I don't know if I am depressed or over anxious?

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Precious Gem
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   Posted 8/3/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
A week ago had to go off AD, was put on Buspar.  some days good, some not, now I have been crying over anything for two days, not sure what is going on.  My depression seems to mimic anxiety or maybe just a combo of the both.  Right now I am trying to hang on once again, to see if new med helps and that I know if today is that bad, then tomorrow will be better. 
 
Is it just plain crazy not to be able to tell the difference from depression and anxiety?  I was told recently that I was not bipolar but this sure feels like the definition of rapid cycling to me.
 
Oh well, anyone else out there with such a mixed bag of symptoms?
 
Gem (not a shiny Gem a dull Gem today)
 
 

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   Posted 8/3/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry you are feeling poorly.  Sometimes it takes time to get used to a new medication.
 
I was told that I have mild depression and mild anxiety.  They often seem to go hand in hand.  I also have mild OCD.  When I was having periods (just went through menopause), I also suffered from PMDD.  This whole combination of things wreaked havoc on my emotions as well as my relationships.  I wish I had known sooner that I had PMDD.  I think anti-depressants finally helped with that.  I wouldn't be surprised if many others out there deal with both depression and anxiety.  For me, the depression manifested itself with crying, loss of interest, and mood swings.  The anxiety manifested itself with heart palpitations and digestive problems.  I guess you could say that's a mixed bag of symptoms; no fun, is it?
 
I hope the new medicine helps you.  And I hope you can stop feeling like crying so much.  There have been times when I have cried so much, that I thought I couldn't cry anymore.  But it always seemed like I could still continue to cry anyway.  Maybe you can try something totally distracting to get your mind off things that tend to trigger the crying.  Do you have anyone close to you whom you can talk to? 
~Karen


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   Posted 8/3/2009 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Gem,

I think that there is still a glimmer there. I am glad that you posted. I too think depression and anxiety can go hand in hand. That is a tough one too. You get a sort of high and low that can lead you to thinking that you have mania, but generally it is the anxiety causing that. You don't sound manic. You sound depressed and anxious.

I too hope that the new medication works for you, though I didn't have any luck with buspar, I hope that you do. But it could be the case of needing something stronger.

Crying can often be healthy. But if you are crying too much it can be difficult. I would call the doctor and tell him what you are going through. He might want to put you on something stronger.

Best wishes for you to have a better day.

Hugs, Karen
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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 8/4/2009 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
to the gem of all gems......i am a bag of mixed lollies, some sweet, some sour, maybe a box of liqourice all sorts!! give the new meds a try my herkimer diamond. yeah i have a rare herkimer diamond that was brought down by a sherper in nepal. took 3 days to get it to base camp. keep fightin' i am getting an amber ring soon, my sis works in one of australias largest crystal shops. amber really helps with depression. i have heaps of crystals myself. they help. remember i am here for you my friend. with loving compassion. jamie
 
hoping you feel better soon!!

Precious Gem
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   Posted 8/4/2009 5:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Family,
 
I already feel better today.  I think it is med adjustment.  I have high hopes that Buspar will work for the simple fact that my body is tolerating it so much better than last med, meaning I am not physically sick and spacey!  Jamiee, funny you would mention the amber, etc.  I am on vacation next week - 9 days off from work paid - and I am going to a place called Hiddenite, in the mountains of North Carolina, which is on old precious gem and emerald mine.  You get to pan for stones and it is very inexpensive.  I can not wait.  I think the time off will do me alot of good.
 
I love you guys..........
 
Gem

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   Posted 8/4/2009 5:27 AM (GMT -7)   
These drugs are very scary. They can really change moods in a blink of an eye. I seen it with my wife. If her time of the month is coming she would increase the pills to help offest it. You do have to take long time to adjust. Stay on course taking them same time everyday. Continue to exercise. They will lower your energy level and you need to combat it. Good luck..

Precious Gem
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   Posted 8/4/2009 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Loving Husband,

Yes, I am on Buspar now which is just a anti-anxiety but not like benzo's.  I have never been able to tolerate anti-depressants, physically or mentally!  I got up this morning and exercised and maybe that is why I am feeling better today.  I must get back into my routine.  Up coming time off from work, that I am so looking forward to, I hope it really helps me unwind and put all the things I have to be grateful for into perspective.

Have a nice day turn

Gem


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   Posted 8/4/2009 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gem.  I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better now.  And it's a great thing that you have nine paid days of vacation to look forward to.  I hope you have a great time.
 
Just wanted to let you know that I have Major Depression and Anxiety.  And I find that when I get more anxious it automatically triggers my depression to get much worst.  And when that happens I find myself in the middle of some major moods swings.  So yes, having one can definately trigger the others.  You are not alone in this.
 
Keep up the good work with your exercise.  Last night I just took my very dusty bike out of the cellar.  It's actually brand new in the sense that it was a gift to me four years ago and I have never used it.  I'm going to try to follow your example of getting some exercise in.
 
Hang in there!  turn
 
Cass

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   Posted 8/4/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
have fun, relax and be at one with nature and the universe. with loving compassion. jamie.

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   Posted 8/4/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gem,

I'm late coming to your thread, but I'm so glad you are seeing improvements now. I have anxiety and depression, too....for many of us, it's two sides of the same coin, if you will. I really hope the Buspar helps. Please keep us posted! I hope you have a wonderful vacation in NC...it sounds like you have a great trip planned for yourself. All the best to you.
 
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   Posted 8/4/2009 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gem,

I must say that I hope you find a great big emerald. That would be so awesome. I made a necklace out of amber Jamie. It is really cool. I have made jewelry out of coyote teeth and bobcat claws. And I love Herkimer Diamonds.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Karen
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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 8/5/2009 3:35 AM (GMT -7)   
cool karen. we have chatted about the herkimer once before. love em' too, all crystals that is. ps. precious gem-have ya got room in ya suitcase for me!!!!!!!! lol, would have to be a big one!!!!!!!!!!! have an awsome and energising time. with heaps of loving compassion.
 
jamie. yeah yeah yeah tongue tongue tongue

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   Posted 8/5/2009 5:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks,
I am feeling better everyday with no side effects!  Fingers and toes crossed!  Jamie, you are the best, sorry though, no suitcase required for this trip.  I only live 45 minutes away from the North Carolina Mountains.  But if I find something worth a trillion dollars, I will send everyone some "mad money!"
 
Gem (a little more shiney today! Hope I am sparkling on vacation)

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   Posted 8/5/2009 5:44 AM (GMT -7)   
EXCELLENT!!!!! jamie. up late trying to get some study papers done. cheers and have fun.

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   Posted 8/5/2009 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Gem,

I am so happy that you are feeling better. It sounds like the buspar is the medication for you. I hope that you have a wonderful time in the mountains. If I were to move anywhere, NC would be the place for me. Think of us while on vacation. Wish I was going with you. That has always been my dreams. Emerald hunting in NC.

Best wishes for a lovely day.

Hugs, Karen
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Precious Gem
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   Posted 8/5/2009 5:54 AM (GMT -7)   
NC has some really awesome aspects.  We have nice clean beaches, good fishing, beautiful mountains and water falls.  We also have a humidty level in the summer of about 900%!  But the fall and spring are nice and winters are not too bad, we get more ice storms than snow.  Thanks everyone, I am going to try and relax and let my body/mind make out it's own schedule!
 
Gem

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   Posted 8/5/2009 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Good deal Gem,

I am so happy for you. I hope that you have a wonderul time and let us know all about it when you get back. I really got a feeling that you are going to find a valuable gemstone.

Best wishes to you.

Hugs, Karen
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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 8/5/2009 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
as do i karen. the coyote and bear claw necklasses sound scary but cool at the same time. hoping you are well. with loving compassion. jamie tongue

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   Posted 8/7/2009 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jamie,

I also have a necklace out of a bear claw. and a wonderful piece of Amber. I love stones. Our son brought us back an 80 lb piece of some type of Granite. I haven't seen it yet, but it sounds really cool. It came from Massachusetts. I can't wait to see it. I hope that it is a valuable stone. But if not, it will still be pretty to me.

Hugs, Karen
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