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1/1/11 2:59 P

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My heart goes out to you over the family issues. Every family has them, and they can be difficult to deal with. I've been on and off a small dose of xanax more than once in my life to cope with various anxieties. I've been off it for more than a year now. I find that regular exercise helps to keep me less anxious almost as well as the xanax.

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1/1/11 1:41 P

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My pain meds cause my weight to stall and go up. Take the time out you need for yourself and leave mom's guilt trips at the door. That may be hard but you have to take care of you. emoticon

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1/1/11 11:22 A

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Thanks :) I don't feel bad about taking it for my issues. No shame in that, just that the family stuff drove me to it. It's just that the med slows my weight loss down so much so I really wanted a break to speed up my weight loss. I do pretty well with boundaries except when I'm down there. For example, my Mom kept trying to force me to say I loved her more than anybody else, especially my inlaws. I wouldn't do it. I mean this went on for like 5 min. I got up and left her bedroom finally after trying to change the subject multiple times. I love her and I want to talk to her. It's just really frustrating sometimes. I understand she's bipolar and is having a hard time right now and she's isolated herself so she has nobody else to talk to. I just have to think about what I can deal with first. It's hard b/c I'm like SO codependent and I was the "caretaker" role growing up.

Anyway. I'm trying so hard not to dwell on that because it keeps me in that emotional state. I'm back home now. I finally decided to take some benedryl to help me sleep last night and I feel so much better. My monthly friend finally came 4 days late so my PMS is headed out the door too.

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1/1/11 1:15 A

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I went back on zoloft after a 14 year break. I take a very low dose and it does take the edge off and helps me stay more even in my moods. As Cynthia said there is no shame in taking them. emoticon emoticon

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12/31/10 10:18 A

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emoticon Take my head and we'll get through this today together. I know you don't like having to be back on the medication, but if it's what helps you and works for you, then it's what is needed and there is no shame in that.

Family can be so stressful. Being assertive can help. If you don't want to talk to your rents about all their junk, politely tell them you'd rather not be part of that discussion. It might anger them, but it keeps you with healthy boundaries. Boundaries are important; they keep us safe as long as they are not too rigid.

I hope you start to feel better very soon. I also hope that you will be able to get some good rest. I know I feel crummy when I don't get good sleep for awhile.

Try and have a good day. Let us know when you need more support!
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12/31/10 7:46 A

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I went cold turkey off of my Lexapro a few weeks ago and have done great. Very little withdrawel symptoms, my mood was pretty good after the first week, and I was really happy I'd done it.... Then family crap happened. I love my Mom and Stepdad so much but I have so many leftover feelings from my childhood that visiting them makes me a white hot mess. To add to it, my stepsister just moved in with them and that's going to be a huge mess. My Mom kept cornering me to want to talk about it in whispers and stuff. I don't want any of that junk to be a part of my life anymore...

Sorry. Didn't mean to go into all of that... Anyway, I was a nervous wreck the day before we went b/c my Mom got p'd off.... heck reason doesn't matter. I called my husband and got him to pick up my Lexapro (10 mg) on his way home from work. I'm okay now but I had a really rough few days. It's not like there was fighting or anything like that. It's the undercurrents that just kill me. My Monthly friend is about to come and having PMS hit me with that was not fun.

Sorry for running on and on. I haven't slept well at all for the last few nights. I feel a lot better and I know it'll be fine within a few more days. I just hate having to go back on the meds. Especially for that crap :( It is going to slam my weight loss too b/c it's so hard for me to lose weight on it. I don't want to switch though b/c it works well with no side effects for me otherwise.

Yea, I can see I'm still anxious b/c I'm running on and on. LOL.

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