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7/10/08 10:42 P

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I like the idea of number 1, number 4 I do and recommend highly, and I'm working on number 7.

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7/10/08 8:20 A

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Sounds like you may be busier than me.....

I will try what you suggested. I haven't tried them before....well some I have but I will try them and we will see what happends.

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7/10/08 2:31 A

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First of all, I completely understand the whole house/kid thing, it can be stressful! Not to meantion a busy schedule when you dont even have to think straight let alone remember medicine. I use to go days without remembering my meds, Then I was diag. with fibromyalgia and a few other things, my anxiety got worse with the stress, and I got sicker, now I'm on 20 pills a day. I raise twins, they're four and i run a househound, and homeschool, and take care of my family, and do charity work, I'm on call 24/7 for a friend who is trying to stop cutting.

Here are tips that I've found made it easier on me.
1) Sing or hum when you get to the breaking point instead of going off on everyone and snapping.
2) Counting/ Saying the alphabet with your kids. Make it something that is fun to you and them. Smile and laugh it helps!!
3) Hold on to a happy thought, Mind over matter, think of a place you'd rather be and go there for a few minutes every time you get a chance.
4) Exercise release all that stress and anger through exercising.
5) AM & PM yoga and mediation is great to help relieve some of that stuff!
6) Keeping a journal
7) Forgiving yourself. No matter what Love and forgive yourself. You've all you got when the world lets you down.

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Hope this helps!

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7/9/08 10:58 P

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OOHHH that would so feel great right now....oh wait I am in the Navy I can't take a vacation.

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7/9/08 10:45 P

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Man you need a vacation!

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7/9/08 10:36 P

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First off I want to say thank you all so much. The support I feel from here is great.

As for my meds it isn't that I don't like taking those meds it is just that I am so forgetfull and just don't like taking medication in general. I wish there was someplace that I could put a note that I would see it every day but I have physically have a hard time taking pills so I keep them in the kitchen. I can't swallow them with just water I have to either take them with food or certain drinks.

I really do need to take more time for myself but I just don't have the time. As most of you already know I am in the Navy, and a mother of 2 young kids. For example here is a normal day durring the week
0530 get up shower and dressed
0615 get kids up and dressed
0655 out the door to daycare
0730 at work
1600 leaving work and getting kids
1730-1830 dinner
1900 baths
1930 my 1 year old goes to bed
2015 my 5 year old goes to bed
2030-2230 Work on the house
2300 in bed but won't get to sleep till usually 0200

Then we have days like today where I got home from work fed the kids played a little with them and then put them to bed and headed back to work for watch. I will be sitting here in this chair checking ID's untill 0200 then I will get home aroun 0230 only to get back up and start it all over again.

If I could get some good quality sleep then I would get up earlier in the am and spend some time doing something for me. Course I guess if I really want to start feeling better I need to find the time someplace.

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7/9/08 11:24 A

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Proud of you for Posting. Sometimes its hard to admit we may have made out own self a little worse because we are forgetful. I have done the very same thing, and only when I was breaking down, did I realize I had not taken my meds for 3 days. By the third day, I was a basket case and just wanted to cry. When I realized it I imediately took my meds and tried to lay down and rest. It did alot of good. I still forget them sometimes on the weekend. But, as soon as I remember (just like the package says, I take my daily dose). Good luck, I hope you are feeling better today.

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7/9/08 8:11 A

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It sounds like you are under a great deal of stress. More than likely everyone else is stressed too, because of the chaos, and that makes it worse for you. Besides the meds (which I agree you should check with your doctors office and get back on), have you tried exercise and relaxation therapy? I've been working at a psychiatric hospital and have learned that these are very effective methods of slowing yourself down. It also actually helps to post about this, doesn't it? We hear you and are here for you!! Be strong.

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7/8/08 11:28 P

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You're in the process of moving and selling your house and doing it mostly alone right? Well those are some of the most stressful things in the world, and adding small children into the picture can make your stress level out of control.

I say yes, go back on your medication and make a point of taking it otherwise you may continue to feel that way and it will just get worse and worse. What is it about your medications that makes you don't like taking them?

I agree with Oma too, you need some time to yourself to just relax or do something for yourself and not always for someone else or for other reasons.

Post about it too if you have the time and vent your feelings there as well. It usually helps to get them out and I'm sure you'll get lots of feedback and support from all the sparkers here.

I don't really know what your situation is there, but maybe visit your physician again and see if there are better or different medications you can take...? I hope you are getting help from family or friends, and if not, I would hope you could ask them for help when you really need it.

Take care of yourself and keep posting or blogging when you feel overwhelmed. We all know the feeling.

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7/8/08 9:22 P

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I didn't stop on purpose. I actually just plain forgot to take it. I didn't really realize that I wasn't taking it till a day or so ago when I started noticing my attitude. The meds work and I feel like a butt cause I caused this on myself by forgetting but you are also right it is not just my fault.

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7/8/08 5:15 P

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Hi Melissa
First of all, stop blaming yourself.
Next, why did you stop taking the meds? Because you don't like taking them or because they make you feel sick or what? You should never stop taking them on your own. If you want to stop taking them, you should discuss it with your doctor and he/she will help you ease off them.
We've discussed meds before on other threads. I strongly believe that if they help you then you should take them, along with anything else that may ease the stress that leads to anxiety/panic. Maybe you're not on the 'right' meds for you. Talk to your doctor. That's really the most important thing to do. Don't self medicate and don't self 'unmedicate' LOL - is that a word?
Re the house. I know how you feel cos I'm going through EXACTLY the same thing. My house is total chaos with painter and carpenters and furniture pushed all over the place. It drives me nuts and I live alone, so I can imagine what it's like with kids in the house. Just focus on the end result and selling your house...and try not to be too hard on yourself.
Can you take a little time for yourself away from the house and the kids? A nice long walk or a swim or a workout at a gym can do wonders. Actually, I prefer the walk or the swim - clears the mind, produces those endorphins that make us feel good, and helps us to put things in perspective. Or, if you have a friend you can 'vent' to - I like that option too and often use a friend for that purpose.
Like I've said many times to the 'anxiety groups' - I resisted medication for years because I felt there was some sort of 'stigma' attached to it. But my doctor said (and this quote changes every time I write it cos I can't remember it verbatim) 'If you were a diabetic, you'd take your medication, so why wouldn't you take it for THIS illness?'. It IS an illness and nothing to be ashamed of.
Take care.
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7/8/08 8:42 A

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So I posted a little bit ago about having issues this past weekend. I will be honest I have not taken my meds like I should have been in about 3 weeks. So what does that mean? It means that I basically have been off my medication. Well last night I lost it. I snapped at everyone. I broke down crying a few times last night over stupid stuff. And then once I realized that it was cause I hadn't taken my pills it just made it worse. Cause now it is my fault.

Everything is getting to me now. I mean we are fixing my house up so that I can sell it and the stove was moved so we could clean behind it and stuff and I got pissed cause I had to walk around. My son was fussing cause he needed to be changed and I got mad at him.

Today I get up and am sick to my stomach like I was before I got put on the meds. So now I really know I messed up. Please tell me what to do. I will take my meds again I promise but what else can I do to help this? I hate taking medication. Other wise I would not be in this possition. Is there anything else that I can do?

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