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Psych Meds / Re: Weight Gain on Meds
« Last post by Bob on January 06, 2010, 06:32:26 pm »
I can't recommend any particular med changes, but I do suggest that you have your blood sugar level checked -- soon. Best wishes.
Depression - Living With It / Re: Recovery and depression
« Last post by Bob on January 06, 2010, 06:24:28 pm »
Hi Stevie,  Thanks for posting your message. Treatment for my depression (medication and therapy) profoundly changed my life for the better. As a recovering alcoholic and meth addict, I believe taking anti-depressants is one of the best things I ever have done for my recovery. I am still on medication and I see a therapist once a month. I believe in speaking up about this at 12 step meetings, when people start preaching and saying that people on psych meds are not really clean and sober. Speaking up could save a life, and speaking up keeps me from carrying a resentment against those who say that we who are in recovery should not take psych meds. I have been clean and sober for 25 years. I have been on anti-depressants for 14 years. Hang in there, Stevie. I send you a big hug. 
Psych Meds / Re: Celexa
« Last post by laurent on January 06, 2010, 04:07:42 pm »
Things will get better on the medication, you just need to give your body time to adjust. If it has been a few months and none of your symptoms have improved then you should see someone. Antidepressants are not the cure all that they are sometimes made out to be. Mostly they are designed to improve physical symptoms of depression rather than the mental ones. I know that when I first started on Celexa it wasn't really making a difference instead I had added side effects such as nightmares, dry mouth, nausea and headaches. So after a two months I was switched to a higher dosage and that really helped me improve. Pros and cons of the medication should always be discussed with a health care professional and keeping it to yourself can be dangerous.
Psych Meds / Weight Gain on Meds
« Last post by Purplerose on December 17, 2009, 11:56:12 pm »
Have always struggled with my weight, but the last 9 months are off the hook. My doctor says it's just that the medication increases my appetite, but I swear I'm not eating more than usual. Am on effexor and wellbutrin and neither one is supposed to have weight gain as a side effect, but this is ridiculous. I want to switch, but to what?

Any recommendations?
Depression - Living With It / Maybe Tiger needs this forum
« Last post by HotTip on December 17, 2009, 11:52:12 pm »
Poor dude is a mess. Seems like everything is falling apart. Wondering if maybe he's where I used to be. Running from my demons.

Depression - Living With It / Re: What to tell a new girlfriend?
« Last post by luvpup on December 17, 2009, 05:19:21 pm »
Oops, I didn't see the last post..

Well Congratulations! Sounds like you found a great girl, and she's lucky  to be the one you chose to get close and open up to.
Depression - Living With It / Re: What to tell a new girlfriend?
« Last post by luvpup on December 17, 2009, 05:16:22 pm »
From a femaile perspective, at this point in your relationship, ( 2 months) itis actually the perfect time to open up about it.  

Your post explains the history of it in a very comprehensive manner, and if you take that approach, she'll understand and be glad you felt close enough to be open with your situation.  

YOU also don't want to invest too much time or emotions into someone who can't grasp or understand it.

She will, I'm sure.  It'll only bring you closer, and if it doesn't, and she pulls out of the relationship, then you're better off anyhow.  You'd be surprised how many people understand, and fewer don't. Those who don't or can't understand are flawed in character, and you wouldn't want to invest yourself in that person, whether you have depression or not.

Either way, telling her is the way to go, for both of you. Go for it!

Anxiety - Living With It / OCD is really flaring up
« Last post by CuteKoala on December 17, 2009, 05:09:51 pm »
No med changes lately, but my OCD is riding me like gang busters. Have started checking the lock on the front door over and over again, and even drove home from work yesterday on my lunch break to make sure that  the door was locked. Luckily I only work 15 minutes from home, but still.  :D

This happens sometimes so I don't think I need to call my doctor yet. It usually goes away, and I know the holidays can be stressful so I'm chalking it up to that. I am kind of dreading seeing my sister-in-law at Christmas as she is sooooo hard to deal with.

Just had to vent a little.
Depression - Living With It / Re: What to tell a new girlfriend?
« Last post by PittsBGuy on December 17, 2009, 05:05:06 pm »
Thanks everyone!

I told her, and it went pretty well. I think she was a little bit freaked out and surprised, but she didn't walk away. Timing was important. I waited until we'd finished watching a movie together and were talking about life and getting more serious. It was one of those moments where you just suck your breath in and take the plunge.

It's only been a week, but I don't feel like she's pulling away and when we finished talking she told me that she was really glad I told her and felt honored. She also told me about a roommate in college who had been sexually assaulted and had developed post traumatic stress and how it really opened her eye up to how people struggle with not being in control of their feelings.

Sorry to hear about the HIV stuff you have to deal with. I can only imagine how much that must complicate things. Hang in there and thank you again to everyone for chiming in.
Depression - Living With It / Re: What to tell a new girlfriend?
« Last post by BiPolarBear on December 09, 2009, 02:04:54 pm »
What I'm reading and relating to is timing.  I believe in disclosure as I live with two illnesses, one that I can transmit to my partner and like you I suffer depression, bipolar which I can't transmit.  Dating for me period is very hard because I hit my new date with both these fairly soon as I'm an activist on both HIV and Mental Illness, so for me because I'm all over the net he could find out on his own.

I firmly believe you should share with her your concern, but possible hold off until you feel she will love you for better or worse.  How do you think you would tell her, maybe rent a movie about depression there are many out there, see if any discussion comes up, how releived would you be if she herself has lived with some level of depression or someone in her family has or is and her comments are supportive.  I believe education demishes fear.

I hope this helps.  Sounds like you both are having fun time in getting to know one another.  Happy Holidays.
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