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11/18/08 2:37 A

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I hope you both feel better very soon. You can do it.

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11/17/08 11:20 P

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I think she is doing great too. Sharona I am feeling alot the same as you. Like I am too tired, its too hard, nothing makes a difference why do anything. I feel that way myself right now. Feeling pretty down about it. But, trying to overcome. Good luck you all.

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11/17/08 8:53 P

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I admire that you are so aware of your condition and the self help methods of yoga, working out, meditate, and listening to music. It takes great strength to talk yourself into doing those things. I seem to want to sleep too much or watch TV too much. Right now going through the phase where everything seems "too hard".
You are able to look outside yourself and keep on keeping on.

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LUDNAE87's Photo LUDNAE87 Posts: 47
11/17/08 2:20 P

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Well I was about 15 when that happened, so I think I'll be okay this time. It's just hard because after that I went to a better doctor who treated me for depression & anxiety, but no medicines he ever prescribed me ever made much of a difference. The biggest difference that was ever made was from exercising (it just relieves tension for me) and having someone I know and trust to talk to.

Thanks for everyone's input. It's still a tough thing for me to do because I feel like it's likely to be another waste of money on medications that don't work.

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11/17/08 10:51 A

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I recommend the team approach as well. Going by yourself, tends to be confusing, to many (DR WORDS) you know what I mean. It sounds good, but you really don't understand. Anyway, maybe that is just me. I go with my sister, who is bipolar/Lupus, alot of times she struggles with remembering what they said, and it helps to have another set of ears. I take a low dose 20mg Lexapro and it helps with my anxiety. Good Luck.

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11/16/08 7:18 P

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Hi,
I have gone off my Prozac-now Zoloft twice since being diagnosed about 20 yrs ago. Both times it was to try alternatives to meds. and to stop the weight gain. I personally did not have any luck. Even on the meds I struggle to drive since I went back on them the 2nd time.
This team is great support no what your decision. What you went through before was just wrong. I agree to take someone you trust with you if possible.

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11/16/08 6:24 P

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Well, if I had a pysch tell me a different major mental health illness each visit, I'd kick him to the curb. I'd demand a 2nd opinion or see a new one. I know its hard when you are in the middle of stuff, so if you can find an advocate to join you in the visits. I sure wouldn't take anything from someone that had no clue what was really going on for me.

As for taking meds, I am dx ADHD and refused medication. I figured that after 36yrs (when I was finally dx), if people couldn't handle me, that was their problem. *g* Plus I had developed ways to move through the parts that created difficulties. I also got a book "You Mean I'm Not Stupid, Lazy or Crazy" and that really helped. I did take Eflexor though when I was initially hit with anxiety because I was dealing with so much at once, which also set in depression. I figured trying to sort it all out without meds was plain foolish. I was on it for a year, continued with therapy and then went off the med. My mental health therapist and doctor both supported me with these decisions.

I support the use of meds when it's needed, I simply hesitate if they are being given out like candy.



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11/16/08 3:46 P

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I tried for a long time, like you, to avoid prescriptions....Now, I can't imagine life without my zoloft (it was paxil....which worked for me too). Well, I can imagine life without them...it's just not pretty...curling up in a ball, crying my eyes out, feeling like everything was too hard....that's no fun!!Sounds to me like you might want to choose ONE medication to try that targets your anxiety and give it a couple months to decide if it's right for you....if not...give another one a try....not an ideal strategy, but one that is worth the time and effort. Hope that helps some....

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.
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LUDNAE87's Photo LUDNAE87 Posts: 47
11/16/08 3:08 A

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Let me start off by saying that I am in no way looking for a substitute for medical advice from a medical doctor, just support and advice from people who deal with the same problems I do. Don't be afraid to offer personal opinions, because I am only asking to see if other people feel the way that I do.

I have been dealing with levels of anxiety that are just plain debilitating. I plan on seeing a doctor as soon as possible, but I am a little scared about it because of unpleasant past experiences.

I feel like a lot of doctors are too hasty to hand out prescriptions like candy on Halloween. When I was a teenager, I had a psychiatrist tell me I was ADHD on my first visit, not ADHD, but Bipolar I on my second visit(two weeks later), and on my third visit (two weeks later) I was Bulemic and Depressed. And for every visit there was a new set of prescription pills to take, all of which made me feel utterly miserable because I was being treated for conditions I did not have.

Now I'm not a doctor and can't diagnose myself, but I'm pretty sure anxiety is my problem. I'm 99.9% certain. I'm otherwise mentally and emotionally stable, but I cannot stop worrying myself (literally) sick. I've tried every non-medicinal remedy I could think of for fear of a repeat of what happened to me as a teen. I do yoga, work out, meditate, listen to music, anything I can think to relax. Some days it works, some days it doesn't.

My question is not "what should I do" so much as "is there anyone out there who is as wary of these kinds of medication as myself?"

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