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Thu, Jan 10 1:34pm · depression/anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

I guess that I am one of the fortunate ones that it didn't take all that long (about 6 months) to find a combination of medications that work for me. I also very actively use CBT techniques to deal with negative thinking, and I think I wouldn't be able to be as functional as I am without it. I am tapering the medication I use for anxiety, as it was giving me brain fog and making me very tired in the afternoons. Today I'm taking 20mg of Lexapro and 5mg of Abilify, and that doesn't affect my energy detrimentally. When things were very bad for me I wasn't engaged in much activity, either. After being able to engage in work, which I was off for two years, with managing my sleep better, I have improved my verve quite a bit: I think it's important to be doing something meaningful for me within the limitations that I face today.

Thu, Jan 3 7:32am · STOPPING ANTIDEPRESSANTS MADE ME WORSE THAN EVER!! in Depression & Anxiety

@aliali, I would agree that since the antidepressants were working for you, that is your first area to consider as treatment, I would not jump ahead but rather seek alternatives that may have fewer side effects for you. My medication for depression and anxiety have caused me issues with memory and concentration, too, so I understand how frustrating it can be, and it can take a long time to sort it out; there are no quick fixes that I know about. Are you able to travel out of Kingdom on a medical Visa for a period of time that would allow you to seek more thorough mental health care? I know that sounds like a long shot, but it's worth considering.

Wed, Jan 2 6:56am · STOPPING ANTIDEPRESSANTS MADE ME WORSE THAN EVER!! in Depression & Anxiety

@aliali , I completely agree that you should consult with your prescribing doctor about what you did and how to follow up. Anti-depressants don't work by just making us feel happy or energetic (or just feeling less symptomatic), they work on the brain's chemistry in fundamental ways that require medical supervision for their use and for their discontinuation. Treating depression is not like taking antibiotics for an infection, and I think that doctors and pharmacists could do better to warn patients about this, even if it is described in the medical pamphlets that come with the pills.

Tue, Jan 1 12:21pm · Inability to live a normal life. in Epilepsy & Seizures

@davidinvegas , I'm glad that you are getting some financial support for things now, it helped me a lot when I was getting on my feet. Congratulations, too, on the job interview: after a long absence from the workplace I know that it may worry you a bit, but it's just an interview and nothing more. Just so you know, it took me a while to find a job, and I found that keeping up the search and applications was a good way to relieve any anxiety I had over one particular possibility. I have to agree that our physical health and mental health are very closely connected, it takes care for both to try to see improvements when you are ill.

Dec 21, 2018 · Inability to live a normal life. in Epilepsy & Seizures

@davidinvegas , you have an inventory of things that you need and/or want to do, and that's a good thing. I cannot think of anything better than working with your present doctor on an approach that may work for your seizures along with consideration of Mayo as well.

I agree that a new roommate will smooth your situation with finances and compatibility, just be careful on how you select somebody, verify references and resources, and be clear about your own expectations. I don't mean to scare people away, it's just that there are plenty of people out there that could take advantage of you aren't careful. Having some questions on paper ahead of time, meeting with a third party who can serve as support, both of these things could serve you well on that front.

I think that you can work while on disability, but there are income limits that apply. It would be a good idea to check that out to avoid getting into trouble with having to pay back money or losing your eligibility. There are some jobs that encourage persons with disabilities to apply, and those can be special workplaces that you can look for in your search. Try not to worry about this too much before you take those steps like traveling on your own or building up undue anxiety in the process. Be deliberate and you will find it a bit easier, don't roll up everything into a ball of fur that has you choking on the experience.

You do well to remember the positive things in your life, I'm happy for you to realize it. Talk to your therapist about how you see things moving ahead. Have a productive and safe journey today.

Dec 21, 2018 · Inability to live a normal life. in Epilepsy & Seizures

@davidinvegas, I understand what it means to feel like coping is a full-time effort, leaving one feeling so different or even outcast from the normal routines that other people follow. My life is complicated by both mental and physical, chronic problems that require constant attention on my part to be able to function daily. I don't like it, but I have learned to accept it, and I do have those days that cause me to pause and wonder why I it has to be so hard. Our lives are informed by every aspect that we face as challenges and in victories, and you have been through things that other people cannot relate to with your illness. Some of what you describe is what happens to many or most people in their lives, so try to remember that you are not going through those any differently than others but have also come through despite facing obstacles. If you are able to do so, pursue whatever avenues are available to you to address the seizures, to seek out care for feeling depressed, and to plan for a future that can hold many possibilities that today might seem remote. The path to having things turn out in a different way is to do things that may help to realize those changes. Expressing your feelings here and elsewhere is a great way to begin.

Dec 11, 2018 · Long-term depression in Depression & Anxiety

From what I know, regarding the treatment of young individuals suffering from depression, physicians/psychiatrists are cautious about the use of medications due to higher risks of side-effects, including suicidal thoughts, that can result. This suggests it might be all the more useful to consider an opinion that includes genetic testing for drug effectiveness for a full picture of what one's options may be presently and in the future. I have had depression and anxiety issues my whole life, not diagnosed until much later in life at the age of 50, and I cannot imagine my life now without pharmacological aid, but it is a complicated matter when considering drugs, especially potential dependence on some, for youth. With respect to the depression, it might also be useful to consider vitamin D, vitamin B supplements, and light therapy as concomitant adjuncts to antidepressants that might be used. Exercise and a healthy diet are important, too. I'm not aware of how cognitive behavioral therapy has been applied to younger individuals, but for anxiety it is very helpful to me in handling distressing thoughts. All things being said from my part, I am in general agreement that we should not stigmatize anyone for using medication in the treatment of chronic mental illness but rather seek all avenues that may yield success in the treatment of debilitating psychological pressures that may be rooted in our inherited traits as much as by environmental or other factors. Each person is deserving of the most careful and compassionate course of treatments and therapies that may prove useful and all the understanding that we can offer.

Dec 2, 2018 · Need help! Depression and anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

@rattahk, I went from 1800mg of gapapentin down to 1200, then down to 600. When i dropped to 600mg I started having depression, so I went back up to 1200 and am doing better. In the next week I will drop 300mg down to 900 and see how that goes. I was reducing my dosage faster than I was able to deal with the change, and understand that it will just take me longer than I want to come down to a dose that is where I have fewer side effects of difficult in focusing and being tired during the day. When I wasn't working i didn't notice these side effects so much, but I have a relatively new job where it had become a problem for me.