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Precious Gem
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   Posted 6/5/2009 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to everyone for all your support.  In the last 48 - 72 hours I finally turned that feeling good corner!  All side effects gone, appetite is back (food taste good again) and I feel well.  I was so close even a week ago to stopping meds and giving up.  I am so glad I did not.  My energy level is up as well.  After working all day yesterday, I went home and cleaned house so I am free to relax and enjoy just "being" this week-end.
 
I could not have done this without the encouragement and cheering on of all you guys! turn
 
Gem

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   Posted 6/5/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
jamie says, yeah!! yeah yeah yeah

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   Posted 6/8/2009 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Gem....thanks for the update! I'm a few days behind in my posting, so I hope things are continuing to go well for you. You sound really good, and I'm happy for you! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
 

 

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."  ~Marcel Proust

 

 


Precious Gem
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   Posted 6/8/2009 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Raniah,

You always offer just the right encouragement.  I am thinking when I go back to the Dr. on June 15th that there will probably be a med adjustment.  I am on a low dose anyway, 10mg, and my depression is alot better but my anxiety is really up and down.  I also take Xanax when I need it and try to keep it to a minimum but I have noticed that I have slightly increased what I take over the last three weeks.  I only take 1 a day divided into 1/2 of a .5 tablet 4 times a day.  I had gotten down to .50 in the course of a day.  But I figure when my med really kicked in, I would be able to reduce the Xanax, as I know it is very addicting.

Thanks for everyone's support and I am trying to get through one day at a time and not worry about the future too much.

Gem

 


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   Posted 6/8/2009 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gem,

I'm glad you're keeping on top of things with your doc....that's really good. I hope he/she will be able to get it just right for you....you already sound much better. One day at a time is definitely the way to go! :-)
 

 

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."  ~Marcel Proust

 

 


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   Posted 6/8/2009 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   

Gem,

Whoooo hoooooooo your feeling better.  We were just the cheer leaders !  You did all the hard work and I am so proud of you.

One day at a time, one step at a time.  You are doing all the right things so keep on believing in yourself as we do.

Lots of Hugs my friend,

Kitt


 

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   Posted 6/8/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Gemini congradulations on getting better that's really great to hear, I'm very happy for you. what you say about the xanax is true but sometmies we need something strong, it helped me once when I had a car accident and was feeling very terrible and my uncle gave me one, I was relaxed within 20 minuts it's an amazing drug but we have to be carefull, only to use it when it is approtriate. I hope that you can figure out a way with the help of your doctor to stop using it , except for certain situations. good luck to you with your fight and I hope things will continue to improve for you and that you stop worrying about the future.
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Precious Gem
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   Posted 6/8/2009 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kitt and Akram,
 
I had some really good days last week, the week-end was kind of up and down but I am comforted in the fact that I have more good days than bad.  My depression is really under control I just have had a lot of anxiety which does not feel comfortable but it is better than being so depressed you do not care about anything!
 
Every day I hope for the best, this morning I prayed for a miracle, just in case I am due one. ha ha
 
Gem tongue

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   Posted 6/8/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gem, it's lovely to hear you're feeling better, and it inspires me to keep going (I'm following you I think). I'm slowly getting better too and can now see my way to the future beyond the anxiety/depression haze I was blanketed in a few weeks back. I know what you mean about the xanax, I've got valium 'as needed' and it's hard to know exactly when that is. I'm trying not to take it but that doesn't always work :(. Good luck, xx

Precious Gem
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   Posted 6/9/2009 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I must admit that the good days I had last week have been followed by days of tension and anxiety.  All depressive symptoms are subsiding but I have been really irritable the last three days.  I am trying to hang in until I see my Doc on the 15th.  I am thinking because I have had some really good days that a dosage adjustment is probably coming.  I feel much better but still not quite where I want to be.  I guess it is like this for a while until you get the proper dosage and things start to even out and I am greatful that I have made it this far.  I am only on 10 mg which seems pretty low but I have no side effects any more and that is a good thing.  Well, I have the afternoon off, yippy, and I am sure that will probably in itself help my mood!  I really do not like working and trying to get myself well but we have to do what we have to do.  I am most happy when I am puttering around in my yard, working on my garden, really just being outside and playing with my dog.  But none of these things put money in my bank account.  what a shame. ha ha
 
Gem turn

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   Posted 6/9/2009 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   

Gem,

Hang in there as the anxiety and irritability do go along with some of the meds and with the Depression.  Especially when you are stressing. 

I know working can kick up the anxiety when you are dealing with depression but try to just keep putting one foot in front of the other.

I am a person with  chronic anxiety. In the past I sought out professional help, but now use many practical methods on my own to reduce anxiety. The main objective is remembering what you are capable of doing.

Exercise is a great way to reduce the anxiety.  Take a walk, play a game of basketball, or ride a bike. The point is to exercise because when you do, your body will release endorphins, which contribute to feeling good.

Sometimes letting off a little steam can help relive tension and anxiety. :-)

Share a laugh. Nothing breaks the tension like laughing. If you walk around feeling miserable, you will be miserable, but if you laugh life seems better. So if you are down, watch a funny movie or TV show to laugh.

Know your personal limits. One of the chief causes of anxiety is when a person takes on more than he can handle. Know your limits as to what you can do and how much you can do. It will go a long way in reducing your anxiety.

Take care and I am so glad you are on the high road now.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt


 


 

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Precious Gem
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   Posted 6/9/2009 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kitt,
 
You are so right.  When I get up and walk every morning I do feel better.  I also work way too many hours for what I am physically and mentally capable of.  I have been working on a plan to approach my employer about working less hours (like 35 a week instead of 45) and see if I can get by financially with less money.  Really I would rather have less money and more sanity.
 
Thanks for your encouragement.
Gem

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   Posted 6/9/2009 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Gem,

You are so welcome and I am glad to hear you are going to talk to your boss.  I so agree that having less money sometimes is wiser then being under so much stress by working to many hours.

Take care of you first.  I gave up a very high paying position as it cripppled me in the end and I have learned that I have way to much stuff in my life, material things that I have bought that I could easily have left on the store shelf.

You are a very wise person.  :-)

Hugs

Kitt


Precious Gem
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   Posted 6/9/2009 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Kitt,
 
Amen for the simple things in life that do not cost us a cent.  I have always worked outside the home because my husband is a hard worker, but his salary is not that large.  I never minded but after raising two children, taking care of two elderly sick parents and trying to put some energy into my marriage I am just flat tired of the fast track.  It is time for me to make serious life changes or I feel my health will continue to not be optimal.  It is hard and it is slow but it must be done.............I appreciate you, I have so many fans here in my corner, some days just to see a response notification in my inbox is the high-light of my day.
 
Gem

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   Posted 6/9/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Gem and others,

I'm new to this site so I'm not exactly sure how to navigate through it, but I'd like to share my story because I am at my wit's ends and need some encouraging advice to keep me moving and head above water and you guys seem so incredibly supportive and positive. I have been battling anxiety/depression since November and it has been hell. My biggest complaints are severe insomnia which preceded the actual depression and anxiety and this horrible fogginess which makes me feel so unmotivated. I have been taking generic Zoloft 50mg for a little over 3 months now and although I do have some slight relief, I am far from being 100%. I still have pretty bad anxiety and insomnia which I take Ambien for (it has been helping more the last month or so). I keep hearing about how once you find a therapeutic dose, your symptoms evaporate but I'm still waiting for that. I have an appointment with my family doc this Saturday and I just don't know if I need to up my dose or change the med which I would not look forward to because I know how horrible it is to start a new med. Any words of advice or encouragement would be very mcuh appreciated. Please no negative feedback as I cannot take that right now.

Thanks,

Negrita


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   Posted 6/10/2009 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Negrita,
 
I have never gotten negative feed back here, only positive and uplifting advice and encouragement.  The hardest part of getting well with depression and anxiety is finding the right med and it usually takes a few attempts to get it right.  The changes you will feel are very slow and gradual and conditioning yourself to banish all negative thoughts takes some work.  But nothing in life worth having is ever easy, you have to do the work, do your part and in conjuction with your Dr. it will all work together to make you feel better.  I hope today is a good day for you and me!  Don't give up, keep trying and you will feel better soon, really you will.  Glad you joined the forum, it really has helped me through some lonely, isolated times.
 
Gem turn

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   Posted 6/11/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
i have moved my June 15th appt up to this afternoon.  I have really made progress but today I feel I am sliding back down the hill.  My chest is tight, I find myself holding my breath, not breathing.  I also am starting to feel a little weepy.  I really think the Celexa is helping but I think 10 mg is too low.  Hopefully a mild increase will help.  from what I have read 20 mg is not that high of a dose and ever since I started feeling better I have felt that the med was not quiet strong enough and this is the first one I have ever been able to tolerate for any length of time.
 
Well, wish me luck
 
Gem

serafena
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   Posted 6/11/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Gem,
I too hope that your doc increases your dose. That sounds just right -- it sounds like you were responding well and now just need to adjust to a therapeutic dose.

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Precious Gem
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   Posted 6/11/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Serafena,
 
Nice to hear from you again.  Yeah, I think you are right and I appreciate your response.  I am keeping an open mind but atleast I finally found a med that is trying to work that I can actually tolerate, boy what a long time coming this has been.
 
Good day to you and all my support group here at healing well turn
 
Gem

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   Posted 6/11/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
gem, wishing u the very best, and remember to ride the up's n downs of life as they come. still cheerin' you on. jamie smilewinkgrin

Precious Gem
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   Posted 6/12/2009 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning J,
 
Thanks for all your support.  My Dr. is going to increase my dosage but not until the 13th of July when I have been on my current dose for 8 full weeks.  If I am feeling much better I may not have to increase, so we shall wait and see.  My Dr. was very encouraged and thought I was doing great.  OK, so I shall adopt that attitude as well!
 
Have a great week-end.
 
Love,
Gem

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   Posted 6/12/2009 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
u to my friend!! thx, happy to hear that u are feeling better.  jamie yeah
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