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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #40 on: May 10, 2015, 07:13:41 PM »
I feel like giving all of you a hug  :squish: :hugs:
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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #41 on: May 10, 2015, 08:56:21 PM »
I feel like giving all of you a hug  :squish: :hugs:

Thank you. :hugs:

I have to step out of the conversation for the moment. I'm very triggered at the moment and need to just chill out somewhere.

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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #42 on: May 10, 2015, 09:10:23 PM »
I have a somewhat related problem, but kind of opposite?

I have an amazing mother and I love her very much and I got to see her, and my sisters and my dad today. Mother's Day is always really hard for me, though, especially recently, because I'm desperately struggling with the fact that I will never be a mother. I have always wanted children of my own, but for reasons I won't go into at the moment, I will never be able to have one. It honestly wouldn't have been too much of a struggle today, but I decided to read my facebook, and it feels like EVERY one of my female friends there has children or is pregnant. And everyone is posting happy pictures and statuses... and it all it does is make me insanely jealous and depressed, and feel like a failure at the life I wanted.

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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #43 on: May 11, 2015, 08:10:18 AM »
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Mothra :hugs::hugs::hugs:

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:hug: thanks <3 and btw, your story broke my heart. I'm really glad you're still around, you seem cool and it's nice seeing a new member being so active :)

I feel like giving all of you a hug  :squish: :hugs:

:hug: I felt like giving a hug back ^^

I have a somewhat related problem, but kind of opposite?

I have an amazing mother and I love her very much and I got to see her, and my sisters and my dad today. Mother's Day is always really hard for me, though, especially recently, because I'm desperately struggling with the fact that I will never be a mother. I have always wanted children of my own, but for reasons I won't go into at the moment, I will never be able to have one. It honestly wouldn't have been too much of a struggle today, but I decided to read my facebook, and it feels like EVERY one of my female friends there has children or is pregnant. And everyone is posting happy pictures and statuses... and it all it does is make me insanely jealous and depressed, and feel like a failure at the life I wanted.

Ahhh one of many the reasons I do not like or use Facebook. I'm also the type to compare myself if I'm not having a good day with the Bipolar, and having other people's lives shoved down your throat gets to be a bit much if you're not 100% cool with your lot in life. I went through what you're going through last mother's day. I'd never wanted children in my entire life, but when I hit 30, something changed in me and I started to at least feel open to it. All (mother's) day in '14, I couldn't stop feeling regret over the fact that I'd never be able to even explore the option of bearing children of my own. I felt like I was mourning a loss, like a nature-given right was taken away from me because of my illness. My heaviest dose med, Divalproex, has a 90% chance of giving any child I carry Cerebral Palsy :( how could I knowingly do that to a child? I'm pretty sure I'm stable enough now to raise children, but knowing I could even pass on my Bipolar to my own kid... geez that's a tough spot, y'know? I don't want a future of mental illness for my child, not in the area where I live. I still don't trust there are enough resources here to get help for mentally ill youth. I'm so sorry you're going through this, DxGirly :hug: I know them feels <3

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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #44 on: May 11, 2015, 09:44:20 AM »

I have a somewhat related problem, but kind of opposite?

I have an amazing mother and I love her very much and I got to see her, and my sisters and my dad today. Mother's Day is always really hard for me, though, especially recently, because I'm desperately struggling with the fact that I will never be a mother. I have always wanted children of my own, but for reasons I won't go into at the moment, I will never be able to have one. It honestly wouldn't have been too much of a struggle today, but I decided to read my facebook, and it feels like EVERY one of my female friends there has children or is pregnant. And everyone is posting happy pictures and statuses... and it all it does is make me insanely jealous and depressed, and feel like a failure at the life I wanted.

Ahhh one of many the reasons I do not like or use Facebook. I'm also the type to compare myself if I'm not having a good day with the Bipolar, and having other people's lives shoved down your throat gets to be a bit much if you're not 100% cool with your lot in life. I went through what you're going through last mother's day. I'd never wanted children in my entire life, but when I hit 30, something changed in me and I started to at least feel open to it. All (mother's) day in '14, I couldn't stop feeling regret over the fact that I'd never be able to even explore the option of bearing children of my own. I felt like I was mourning a loss, like a nature-given right was taken away from me because of my illness. My heaviest dose med, Divalproex, has a 90% chance of giving any child I carry Cerebral Palsy :( how could I knowingly do that to a child? I'm pretty sure I'm stable enough now to raise children, but knowing I could even pass on my Bipolar to my own kid... geez that's a tough spot, y'know? I don't want a future of mental illness for my child, not in the area where I live. I still don't trust there are enough resources here to get help for mentally ill youth. I'm so sorry you're going through this, DxGirly :hug: I know them feels <3

I know how you feel Mothra. When I log on to FB, I feel like jealous and like a loser that these people are like doing all these things. When I see it, I almost wish I were doing the same things as them... I try to stay away from FB from now on. :hugs:

I have a somewhat related problem, but kind of opposite?

I have an amazing mother and I love her very much and I got to see her, and my sisters and my dad today. Mother's Day is always really hard for me, though, especially recently, because I'm desperately struggling with the fact that I will never be a mother. I have always wanted children of my own, but for reasons I won't go into at the moment, I will never be able to have one. It honestly wouldn't have been too much of a struggle today, but I decided to read my facebook, and it feels like EVERY one of my female friends there has children or is pregnant. And everyone is posting happy pictures and statuses... and it all it does is make me insanely jealous and depressed, and feel like a failure at the life I wanted.

Nikki, don't you have those girls Ecuador (sorry if that's not the country, I don't totally remember  ^^;)? You're a mother to them! You help them when they need help and love them like a mother would. You are not a faliure in the least bit.

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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #45 on: May 11, 2015, 04:15:14 PM »
:hug: thanks <3 and btw, your story broke my heart. I'm really glad you're still around, you seem cool and it's nice seeing a new member being so active :)

Thank you. :hug: :)

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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #46 on: May 11, 2015, 04:46:53 PM »
My meds aren't helping me much these last few days, and today I just need an extra step of support...

I'm diagnosed Bi-polar, rapid cycling, but suspect it may just be depression. I'm on medication which helps a lot, usually. Winter is much much worse than any other time of year, and I am actually still recovering from having "lost" a friend who was more akin to a very beloved spouse than not in 2013 (I've come a very long way with that, I'm proud to say!). On top of all of that, I'm also diagnosed PTSD with Generalized Anxiety disorder. As well as hypothyroidism, poly cystic ovary syndrome, and fibromyalgia. I have a 9 yr old son diagnosed ADHD and fitting criteria for Asperger's but not autism, and am his only parent. I live with my mother & brother, in what is supposed to be my step-dad's room, with my son and our pets - my step-dad has been living with family since 2013 when we moved in.

Since 2005-2006 I've had pain (fibro & thyroid) but there has also been a decline in the feeling in my hands, and more odd things. I am struggling (have been since December) to get my doctor to get my referrals in for various things. It's either been Dr's not listening or insurance issues that have kept me from getting the help I need - this time it's the referrals not being properly handled somewhere.

Money issues are getting to me. I worked for six months, barely finished paying off bills, ended up with MORE bills, then the temp position ended. Now I only have child-support and unemployment (for a very short while). Work made me sick and made my stress and anxiety so bad I literally had nothing left.

Yesterday I started having this feeling of just... wanting to give up. Today I ended up only getting about 1 1/2 hours of sleep last night, and another 2 during the day... I'm just worn out, worn down, and exhausted. Always.

The last couple days it's just gotten to be too much. There are other potential mental health issues, as well, but I can't get my therapist group to even confirm the original diagnoses (Bipolar, PTSD, GAD), much less look at others. They say they are only there to help people learn to get by day-to-day ... and I haven't found a specialist in dissociative issues  who takes my insurance to try and figure things out.

It's all so frustrating, and exhausting, and since I managed to work for six months (no matter how badly off I was at the end, physically & mentally) ... I am expected to be able to work, period.
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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #47 on: May 11, 2015, 07:44:27 PM »
Rainsong, :hugs:

I wish I could give more. I am very triggered and can't think very clearly right now. But I wish I could give more.

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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #48 on: May 11, 2015, 11:03:02 PM »
Rainsong, :hugs:

I wish I could give more. I am very triggered and can't think very clearly right now. But I wish I could give more.

Please, just take care of yourself, Haunt :) Thank you, though. I wish I could do more for you and everyone else who suffers depression - right now I know I can't, but maybe another time I can be there and be supportive.
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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #49 on: May 12, 2015, 12:45:18 AM »
Winter is much much worse than any other time of year
Have you ever looked into Seasonal Affective Disorder? Winter/rainy weather tends to bother a lot of people but if you've got depression/bi-polar disorder, there's a lot of co-morbidity with SAD (ironic abbreviation) and something as simple as a phototherapy lamp might help.

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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #50 on: May 12, 2015, 01:58:22 AM »
This thread is such a good idea, I wish I could give every one of you guys a big hug (or an affectionate pat & a cookie if you don't like physical contact)

Normally I try and avoid confiding like this but lately I've been having a lot of trouble dealing.  :annoyed:
I have a whole mess of diagnoses, like most people, but I've been in therapy for a few years now dealing with it, so for the most part, I'm able to handle things, especially panic attacks. I used to get them all the time when I was younger (8-9ish) but eventually they stopped on their own.... The last time I had had a panic attack was YEARS ago... until about 2 months ago. Ever since then I've been having them periodically, getting more and more frequent even with medication and my normal grounding techniques. Ugh and they keep getting worse and worse so my day has basically become constantly trying to keep that panicky feeling from overwhelming me. I don't even have any specific triggers, literally anything can set me off!
 
The bright side is I'm home and on a break so I've been able to handle those sorts of feelings without devolving into a complete blubbering mess every time I hiccup (seriously) but I'm just tired of trying to hold that feeling back all the time... Panic attacks weren't even on my radar anymore until about 2 months ago, so it's just frustrating to have to deal with that again... I feel like I'm losing all the progress I've made since I was a kid, y'know?
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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #51 on: May 12, 2015, 02:43:16 AM »
I feel like I'm losing all the progress I've made since I was a kid, y'know?

This is probably the worst feeling you can ever have when dealing with anxiety. And I'm sorry you feel like this D8
I personally never had panic attacks ever in my life but they've been getting very frequent later. I'm still trying to find a way to deal with them in a better way then just sobbing until i can't breath. If you ever want to talk about it just let me know!

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« Reply #52 on: May 12, 2015, 09:02:46 AM »
Winter is much much worse than any other time of year
Have you ever looked into Seasonal Affective Disorder? Winter/rainy weather tends to bother a lot of people but if you've got depression/bi-polar disorder, there's a lot of co-morbidity with SAD (ironic abbreviation) and something as simple as a phototherapy lamp might help.

That's something I've been saying for years, but every time I point it out to ANY medical professional, I literally get no feedback or response on it. Including my therapist and mental health med. prescriber.

I mean, it's so obvious - it has been since I was in middle school (6-8th grade for me). Some of it may be due to untreated abuse trauma, but I'm fairly certain it's highly weather tied, too, especially because I live in the Pacific Nw. They've found people up here have a lower VitD count, which is tied into it. I take Vit D, but I've never been able to afford one of the phototherapy lamps, which frustrates me.

I learned the light actually needs to enter your eyes when they're open to be effective, too, which is... just a weird tidbit.

This thread is such a good idea, I wish I could give every one of you guys a big hug (or an affectionate pat & a cookie if you don't like physical contact)

Normally I try and avoid confiding like this but lately I've been having a lot of trouble dealing.  :annoyed:
I have a whole mess of diagnoses, like most people, but I've been in therapy for a few years now dealing with it, so for the most part, I'm able to handle things, especially panic attacks. I used to get them all the time when I was younger (8-9ish) but eventually they stopped on their own.... The last time I had had a panic attack was YEARS ago... until about 2 months ago. Ever since then I've been having them periodically, getting more and more frequent even with medication and my normal grounding techniques. Ugh and they keep getting worse and worse so my day has basically become constantly trying to keep that panicky feeling from overwhelming me. I don't even have any specific triggers, literally anything can set me off!
 
The bright side is I'm home and on a break so I've been able to handle those sorts of feelings without devolving into a complete blubbering mess every time I hiccup (seriously) but I'm just tired of trying to hold that feeling back all the time... Panic attacks weren't even on my radar anymore until about 2 months ago, so it's just frustrating to have to deal with that again... I feel like I'm losing all the progress I've made since I was a kid, y'know?

Is the med new? I learned the hard way that meds can rather suddenly just.... not work anymore. Which is terrifying, but...

I had a med for my depression/bi-polar (Lithium) for a few years. No one realized it had stopped working properly until the middle of 2013; it had started going wonky (I think) around fall of 2012. Sometimes meds need reevaluated and changed - either dosages, or even new meds, or additional meds.

Are you're still in therapy?  Human brains are strange little places. There's usually a reason for it to be wigging out, even if it's an extreme reaction (I refuse to say "overreaction" because of how invalidating that phrase can be - it's NOT an overreaction), and even if you can't fully (if at all) remember whatever it may be reacting to.

If you were having them at 8-9yrs old, could whatever caused them originally still be unresolved?

I don't know, I'm just throwing things out there - I hope both you and xxnickiyxx can find ways to get better soon. Panic attacks are exhausting (and for good cause, you physically go through all the chemical/biological responses of being in a stressful panic inducing event!).
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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #53 on: May 12, 2015, 12:56:23 PM »
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Hey, friend, you know I'm around if you ever need/want to talk, right? I'm only working one part time job until I can find some more, so I'm generally available. :squish: I hope the break helps give you time to deal with things and attempt to make them better though. It's unbelievably frustrating and horrible to feel like that, especially if it's something you thought you were past.

That's something I've been saying for years, but every time I point it out to ANY medical professional, I literally get no feedback or response on it. Including my therapist and mental health med. prescriber.

I mean, it's so obvious - it has been since I was in middle school (6-8th grade for me). Some of it may be due to untreated abuse trauma, but I'm fairly certain it's highly weather tied, too, especially because I live in the Pacific Nw. They've found people up here have a lower VitD count, which is tied into it. I take Vit D, but I've never been able to afford one of the phototherapy lamps, which frustrates me.

I learned the light actually needs to enter your eyes when they're open to be effective, too, which is... just a weird tidbit.

Wait, they seriously don't respond to that? I'm kind of appalled. That was literally one of the first things my therapist brought up when I was having a really bad time in the winter. Have you tried getting outdoors in the winter more, maybe? I hate winter more every year just because I hate the cold, but going out and making a snowman with friends or going for a walk can really help as long as you're bundled up. But for the phototherapy lamps, have you ever considered asking people for your birthday/Christimas/something if they'd think about donating money towards you being able to get the lamp instead of giving you anything? Or maybe starting a gofundme thing and sharing it with friends/family? Dunno if those would be things that would be helpful at all, but just some suggestions.

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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #54 on: May 12, 2015, 03:46:01 PM »
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Thanks for all the nice responses. Again, this thread is such a great idea. I really appreciate having such a supportive group to vent to!  :hug:

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No the meds have been the same for a few years now. (Fluoxetine aka Prozac) I tried going off them a while back but quickly relapsed, so I've just been sticking with it pretty mechanically. No weird changes or anything, at least where the meds are concerned.
I have honestly no idea what's causing them, and my therapist thinks it might just be hormonal or something but I don't know.  :annoyed: It's just frustrating honestly, plus it's definitely not helping my sleep schedule.

...........Now that I'm thinking about it, maybe it's traveling plans that have been causing this... My family's been planning this big trip to Spain for a while, which is actually where I first started having the panic disorder... I'd be staying there alone for a few extra weeks to do some volunteering, and the plans just started coming together about 2 months ago. Maybe my brain's trying to tell me it isn't totally over what happened there. :/

Hey, friend, you know I'm around if you ever need/want to talk, right? I'm only working one part time job until I can find some more, so I'm generally available. :squish: I hope the break helps give you time to deal with things and attempt to make them better though. It's unbelievably frustrating and horrible to feel like that, especially if it's something you thought you were past.

:hug: Thanks buddy. Same goes to you too! I'm always here for you.

This is probably the worst feeling you can ever have when dealing with anxiety. And I'm sorry you feel like this D8
I personally never had panic attacks ever in my life but they've been getting very frequent later. I'm still trying to find a way to deal with them in a better way then just sobbing until i can't breath. If you ever want to talk about it just let me know!

That's awful! I'm so sorry, honestly I wouldn't wish them on my worst enemy. I'm doing all right since I've been dealing with them for so long, I know how to handle it, but I can't imagine having to go through that learning curve as an adult. :hugs: And I'm always here if you need to talk to someone who knows what it's like to go through that!
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Re: Anxiety/Depression Support Thread
« Reply #55 on: May 17, 2015, 05:14:48 AM »
Does anyone else with anxiety/depression/bipolar/any other type of mental illness struggle with SEVERE insomnia? Mine has been absolutely ridiculous lately. For example, it's now 8:12am where I live, and I still haven't been able to fall asleep. I've been awake since 10:30am-ish yesterday.

I really don't know how anyone that actually works can deal with this. :(

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« Reply #56 on: May 17, 2015, 05:19:37 AM »
Mine isn't so bad, but if I have a good night I sleep around 6 hours and only wake up a few times. In my case what helps best is that I don't force myself to go to sleep. If I ever wake up I just tell myself that my thoughts are being too busy and I have to let them calm down. Then I'll sleep when I feel the need too. Continuously checking the clock to see how many hours I've already missed doesn't help anyone.

It's not ideal, but forcing myself to focus on my breathing instead of how many hours sleep I missed is the best I can do so far.

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« Reply #57 on: May 17, 2015, 09:27:29 AM »
Sometimes I go through phases where I just can't sleep. For me it's usually that my brain won't shut off. Sometimes taking valerian root helps and sometimes melatonin helps... Other times I'll just push through it and call it a "reset night" and stay up the whole night and not let myself nap.

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« Reply #58 on: May 17, 2015, 10:34:18 AM »
I had such severe insomnia that nightly I had to take Ambien. This did not jibe well with being oncall at night, because it's hard to answer a 3am page after taking that stuff, and taking a "reset" night is not an option when you have to juggle complex coding tasks and meetings the next day.

I did find out later on that with Abilify (which nullifies my sometimes-disconnect with reality on waking and when the bad memories come) I no longer needed the Ambien and now sleep pretty regularly.

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« Reply #59 on: May 17, 2015, 02:18:59 PM »
Haha yeah at my worst point I'll go for 2-3 days without sleeping at all, then crash and sleep for a full 24 hours. It's not a great cycle, but usually what happens is I'll get so worked up and anxious I can't fall asleep, so I have to become literally so tired that my brain just shuts off and finally lets me rest. I took ambien for a while, until I ran out and my psych recommended I try different methods. Melatonin works, sometimes, if I take it a few hours before I actually want to fall asleep.

Are you practicing good sleep hygiene? Every time I mention insomnia I get this same old spiel.... No phone, computer, screens, or artificial lights anywhere near the bedroom for at least a half hour before you go to sleep. Don't work from your bed, and don't watch TV while you're trying to fall asleep. (The artificial light messes with your internal clock, or so my doctor tells me). Lay in the dark for a half hour. If you haven't fallen asleep, get up, move to another place and try reading a book for another half hour or so. Move back to the bed, total darkness, try falling asleep. Keep repeating until you fall asleep. It has something to do with your mind associating your bed only with sleep. It doesn't always work for me, since I use TV to kind of drown out my thoughts, but it can help, somewhat, if you get rid of all your screens while you're trying to sleep.

Idk, it sounds like you need to fix your meds/try out a sleep aid but I'd talk to your psych or your doctor before you start messing around with different meds.
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