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Depression - Living With It / Re: What to tell a new girlfriend?
« Last post by TigerLilly on December 07, 2009, 10:38:35 pm »
Yes. I think telling is a good thing. You don't always know how they will react though.

My mother didn't want to deal with my depression at all. She kept telling me to stay active and think positively. She really disagreed with my decision to see a therapist. She couldn't really say anything though, because my doctor was the one who recommended it.

My mother didn't want me to tell anyone. I think she was worried about what they would think of me and my family. She was furious when she found out that I had told my father's sister. The strange thing is that even though she was my favorite auntie, and she has always been supportive, she didn't react that well.

I'm trying to accept that I don't need for my family to accept this for me to be ok. Maybe your girlfriend will be glad you told her and she will be there for you. If she doesn't, you can still be ok though.

I wish you luck
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Psych Meds / Re: Celexa
« Last post by disturbia on December 07, 2009, 10:31:44 pm »
Thanks. I looked it up on my friend's computer. Kind of freaked me out because the list of side effects was so long. It's been two weeks. I feel more anxious, but at the same time kind of sleepy. It's not that bad though.
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Alternative and Complimentary Therapies / Kava helping more than Valerian
« Last post by WayToJose on December 07, 2009, 10:28:03 pm »
This amazing lady at the herbal store downtown just turned me onto kava kava. I been drinking it in a tea and using drops of it in my water bottle. It keeps me way more chill than valerian, which is what my aunt told me to try. I totally recommend it.
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Bipolar - Just Diagnosed / Re: Bipolar 2
« Last post by HairRaiser on December 07, 2009, 10:21:57 pm »
My psychiatrist told me that seasonal affective disorder, which is my problem, is related to bipolar and maybe even has the same genetic cause. So far, I seem to do well by going on Lexapro during the winter, which is when the seasonal depression is at the worst. I'd love to do it without drugs, but I've tried that and I'm sick of suffering. I've tried everything!

I was asking my doctor what she would recommend if the Lexapro ever stopped working and she was saying that it might be worth it to try adding a mood stabilizer. She didn't say what kind.

Our problems aren't exactly the same, but wanted to tell you that you're not the only one who has ever been told about bipolar maybe showing up different than you usually think about it
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Depression - Living With It / Re: What to tell a new girlfriend?
« Last post by Purplerose on December 07, 2009, 10:15:43 pm »
Hey PittsBGuy,

You should definitely tell her. I mean, do you want a secret this big from the person you could spend the rest of your life with?

I get it how hard it is to tell people. I just think you owe it to yourself to know for sure whether or not she'll be supportive of you when you are going through it.

My two cents.
G

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Depression - Living With It / Recovery and depression
« Last post by sadstevie on December 07, 2009, 10:11:17 pm »
I'm new to the site. I'm wondering if other people who are in recovery and being treated for depression have experienced problems in AA from people who think that any kind of medication is a  mind altering drug?

There are people at several of my favorite AA meetings here in L.A. who practically preach about the evils of psych meds and how people who use them aren't even really sober. It makes me so angry, and I want to just go up and shake them and ask them how they'll feel if they cause someone to kill themselves, because they didn't get the help they need?

I know I can go to other meetings, but these people don't talk all the time, and actually don't talk that often about this subject, but at least once every month or so it comes up at one of the meetings I go to.

My sponsor says live and let live, or even to go to other meetings, but that even pisses me off more. They're my meetings too. Why should I have to leave, because of someone else's ignorant opinion?

I wouldn't care except that I was lucky enough in my first few months of sobriety to start treatment for depression and it has changed my life. It kills me to think what might have happened to me if I'd heard one of these people tell me that I shouldn't take my meds. Would I even be alive today? I just don't know.

Peace
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Depression - Just Diagnosed / Re: Depression - Doesn't seem real
« Last post by sadstevie on December 07, 2009, 10:05:22 pm »
Yes. Hang in there. It always does get better, it just takes a while sometimes.
 :-*
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Bipolar - Just Diagnosed / Bipolar 2
« Last post by unconditionallove on December 03, 2009, 05:52:57 pm »
My psychiatrist thinks I have bipolar, but I've never been told that before. Have been having depression and anxiety for years. I've been on several different medications for different lengths of time. They always seemed to help for a while or at least a little bit.

Just had another patch of depression, and had moved to Denver. I got a new psychiatrist and she thinks I actually have bipolar, but not the usual kind. She says it's possible to not have the bad mania that some people have, but still have bipolar. I guess that's me.

I just started a low dose of Abilify. She says to watch out for facial tics and jerking in my hands or legs. Kind of disturbing, but if it helps I'll give it a try. She is also lowering my dose of Efexor, which I have been on for a long time.

I have never heard of people having bipolar before unless they had big mood swings. Haven't found a lot of good information online about this.
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Anxiety - Just Diagnosed / Panic
« Last post by Youngun on December 03, 2009, 05:40:18 pm »
Had two panic attacks this months. Thought I was having a heart attack. Wanted to go to the emergency room the second time, but waited it out. Don't have insurance, so I called the local free clinic. Hated it. Had to wait like three hours, but the doctor was nice at least. They have a psychiatrist on staff, but I don't get to see him for one more week. Just praying I don't get another attack. Life's kind of stressful right now. I'm trying to keep it chill.
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