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Sun, Sep 8 4:11pm · easily becoming stressed in Depression & Anxiety

@annedodrill44 , I have a dichotomy of experience when it comes to stress. General, daily stressors can really be a pull upon me with my anxiety. It can produce fear, nausea and other very unpleasant symptoms. I take Gabapentin to control it fairly well, but with some side effects. On the other hand, I respond to emergent crises well, it's strange to me. I wouldn't seek out exposure to high stress as a way to control what bothers me on a regular basis for anxiety as my own means toward being more hardened to life's inputs. I practice recognizing my stress and how it may be false as a relief, but sometimes the unconscious levels get to me. Recognizing when we are not at ease, and starting from a premise that it is not necessarily us that is a cause can be helpful.

Mon, Sep 2 9:02pm · Positive Experiences with Effexor in Depression & Anxiety

I react to pharmacology and to therapy as only I can based upon my biology and my mental makeup. It's hard when we have to try different doses and are managed by others with powerful drugs. We switch medications. Take it upon yourself to be known to your provider how you feel and when you think you are either improving or not.

EDIT: There is a block of something in us that wants us to move forward. I am frequently surprised that we have that in us. I am slightly sad now, but I know that sadness is okay. I am anxious to share my thoughts, but I know that I am not faulty.

Fri, Aug 2 9:15am · My perfectionist family is causing my depression even worse in Depression & Anxiety

I am a perfectionist at heart, I internalize everything that could be critical if I don't check myself. It seems to me that you are placing a great deal of emphasis on the recognition from your family that you are living up to their expectations. I see that they do place extremely and probably overly high standards for you to reach, but it seems that you are regardless doing quite well with your own achievements. I am going to make an assumption that you are living at home by custom and not by choice, and that you do not have an option to become independent at the moment or to change your situation readily, and that is fine. Being in such a position, I myself would listen less to my family and place more worth on the external *evidence* that you are, in fact, a successful person. Yes, we may become irritated at others who fail to see us as we think we are, or actually are, but that is their issue and will probably not change much with respect to you. What is important is you see your value in yourself and for your own well-being.

Wed, Jul 17 7:18pm · What is your anxiety like? in Depression & Anxiety

Low dose anti-depressants are often a suggested route for anxiety, which is interesting. I have depression and take Lexapro and Abilify for it with good effect, but I also take Gabapentin for my anxiety. All of these have mild side-effects for me, such as some weight gain (not morbidity) and some brain fog. So, there is some caution warranted in medication if you can use other methods to address the anxiety. If your anxiety is episodic, CBT techniques may be helpful in resolving in your mind that the anxious feelings and the physical manifestations are false assumptions or errors in your thinking such as catastrophizing the moment(s) of distress. You did well to remove yourself to another place when you were near panic, but it must have been very hard to do. I would go back to the psychiatrist to review what medication might be helpful for you. I am cautious about benzos, though they work well for immediate relief, because they can be habit forming and hard to quit. All told, I perceive that you are handling things well for yourself in difficult times.

Tue, Jun 25 3:53am · Clinical Depression in Depression & Anxiety

@maw258 , I think that it's a great idea to reach out to your physician(s) to get opinions on your concerns, but ultimately the decision will be up to you. I was not aware of the possible association between onset dementia and anti-depressants, and it's something that I will read up on for myself. My quality of life is so improved by taking medication that I'm also going to ask my psychiatrist about this next time I see her. As an aside, and really coming back to your original post, I also use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to cope with my depression and anxiety symptoms that still occur, by directing my thoughts, realizing when I'm making mental leaps or errors, I find that it helps me a lot to cope with my problems. I also have my "safe" place of work, when I'm busy and my mind is not so prone to take me where I don't want to go, and I wish that it wasn't that way; leaving me to find some other coping skills to expand my experiences feeling happy.

Wed, Jun 12 1:14pm · Multivitamins and Antidepressants/psychotics ? in Depression & Anxiety

I do not have any problem with taking a multi-vitamin interfering with my Lexapro (20 mg) and Abilify (5mg). My psychiatrist has me take an additional 5000 units of vitamin D per day as well as a "stress complex" vitamin B each day. All of these together with a healthy diet that is not restricted in any particular way have worked fine for me.

Sun, May 26 6:32pm · "WHY BOTHER?" What can we do when we are stuck? in Depression & Anxiety

@dianrib I have been experiencing memory issues from my medications, and it is very frustrating. It's mostly short term memory issues, or just getting stuck with things like names of people I definitely know. It is very frustrating at times, but when I alter my medications I have problems with my depression and anxiety. If I was confident that other medication would lessen this for me I would risk trying a switch, but I am otherwise doing very well with my Lexapro and Abilify combination. I'm not sure what to do other than I will bring it up with my psychiatrist. My heart goes out to you.

Wed, May 15 8:12am · "WHY BOTHER?" What can we do when we are stuck? in Depression & Anxiety

It is important to consider your safety, as you aren't going to be in a good place without knowing that you are secure. I had a medical alert device, but it was funded by another source, and they are not inexpensive to have, either. If you are able to afford it, and if your insurance will help with that, you should probably consider it in any case. The wireless option is the way to go there. Sometimes we aren't able to do the things we hope to do, and you alone know if that means saying "no" to this offer now.