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Orchid221
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   Posted 2/24/2012 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I am feeling so depressed today.  We had a snow storm so everyone is held up inside today.  I haven't gotten any emails from my friends today.  I have spent a bunch of my time on the anxiety and emetophobia forums.  Emetophobia has ruined my life and I realize it is the whole cause for my panic attacks and depression.  I'm thinking of trying the ememtophobia recovery system and asked if anyone has tried it(on the forum), no one responded to my post, but the one about getting a tatoo gets a lot of responses...????  I'm looking for help now with serious problems that are affecting my life-my work, my friends, my relationship with my husband, my housework, etc.  I'm willing to try anything if it will help and I just wanted to see if anyone had used that system, leary about buying something like that-don't have a lot of money.
 
But if I could get better, I could go out and find a job and make that money back shortly.  I just feel alone right now.  I saw a video about depression that actually explained why I can't get up and do anything-clean, get dressed, shower, brush my teeth, you name it.  I forgot what it was called so I won't try repeating it, I'll just get it wrong.  I'll try to find it though.  I've just been wondering why I can't move sometimes.  There is a reason, other than being lazy.  It's because of your neurons in your brain.  Exercise would help but how do you do that when you can't move??
 
Anyway, hope someone can relate and respond.

Orchid221
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   Posted 2/24/2012 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Duh, the video was right here on this site!! It's called psycho motor retardation where the brain doesn't have enough neurotransmitter to organize normal movement. This is important to me to find this out because I've just thought I was being lazy. Now I have something to tell my husband, not that he'll really believe it, he thinks i should just get up and do something-which is true.

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   Posted 2/24/2012 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Exercise like walking will help you, but you have to start out really slow. I have fibromyalgia so I have constant fatigue and pain. It is really hard to get started at first. But even if you just go for five minutes, each day you can increase your distance. You are not lazy. I feel that way sometimes though. I take vyvanse for fatigue, but am going back on adderall because the vyvanse isn't helping.

I don't know much about emetophobia. So I can't help you with that. But I do know anxiety is fear. Especially fear of the unknown. I would just make sure to do things that aren't going to make you feel sick. Such as, don't drink alcohol, and watch your food consumption. It is very stressful to worry about things we can't control, and it takes a lot of energy. Have you ever tried meditation? It gives you a lot of control over yourself, and you feel better in many ways. It keeps you relaxed, which is something that you do need.

I would start out with walking or some small exercises that you can do in your living room. Do a little everyday. STart out really slow. The more that you do, the more that you are able to do. But it takes time, we can't expect results overnight. So be patient with yourself.

I hope that you strart to feel better soon. Keep posting. The forum has been really slow lately, so if you don't get many responses at this time, that is why. Things will perk up in time though.

take care,

Hugs, Karen
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Orchid221
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   Posted 2/24/2012 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Yea, going for walks is so good for me. I've been trying to get out more and do it as the weather hasn't been too bad, except for today. I love walking and sometimes feel so peaceful I don't want to come home.

I'm sure tomorrow will be better. Sometimes I just give up on the day, figure it's shot anyway and don't do anything to help my depression. Maybe I'll shower(or not!!), plan a nice meal for my hubby & me and pick a couple movies to watch tonight. Sometimes just looking forward to something helps me a lot.

I was going to go through my scrapbook stuff and organize it this weekend, maybe I could do that still.

Thanks for your response & support.

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   Posted 2/24/2012 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Orchid, I don't know how old you are or how much insomnia you experience, but if you'd tell us about that, there may be some information available that will help you to get the REM sleep you need to charge your "battery".

Sleep is important, but especially so for you to have sufficient REM sleep at night; otherwise, you may be subject to high blood pressure, heart difficulties, diabetes, depression, fatigue, anxiety, etc.

If you would like to share the amount of sleep you average per night and if you have insomnia, I might be able to give you some information that may be helpful in the long run for you.

Take care of yourself.

It's Genetic

Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 2/24/2012 4:33:53 PM (GMT-7)


Orchid221
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   Posted 2/24/2012 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 36 years old. My sleep seems ok. Have had better sleep in the past. I usually get around 9 hours a night, as I don't have to get up in the morning except 1 morning a week to go to my cleaning job. I dream a lot which tells me I'm getting the REM sleep I need-is that correct in saying that? Lately though I'll get up in the middle of the night then can't fall back to sleep-sometimes I take a xanax to shut my brain off from the worrying. I've been waking up when my husband gets up in the morning automatically. I think the noise wakes me. It hasn't always in the past-could sleep right through it. Then I don't fall back to sleep. When I wake I feel like I got enough rest, although haven't been ready to jump out of bed like I did just a few months ago. Today I didn't feel like I needed to but a lot of days I feel like taking a nap right after lunch. I don't always sleep though.

I haven't thought that sleep was an issue but I don't know.

Thanks for your support.

getting by
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   Posted 2/24/2012 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I have found that it is easier for me to jump into the shower in the mornings than in the evenings. So that might help you too. I am glad you walk. Keep it up. I haven't been able to because of snow and ice, I really miss it. I ususally walk daily with my dog. So if you can get yourself moving, try, it takes practice but you can do it.

Keep posting. If you are getting between 7-9 hours of restful sleep, that is enough. I dream a lot too. It is like another world. lol...

Best wishes to you.

Hugs, Karen
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Orchid221
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   Posted 2/24/2012 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it is snowing here too. We've had some nice weather but just had a snow storm today so i didn't make it out for a walk. I think walking will be my thing, as I love being outside without having to really "work" had-haha and I just get this peace when I do it. So I will go as soon as I can. I have tons of work out videos-should just pick one and do it!!

I love to dream too. Some of my dreams give me such strong emotions and I just let them stay with me for a while. I started recording my dreams but not just writing them out-making sort of a map of them starting with a main event then branching off of that with items or people or colors, etc in the dream and I put a box around them with a line connecting them-kind of like a family tree. It's kind of fun and can be revealing but takes up so much time if you've had several dreams to record which I often do. But I thought of picking that back up again.

Thanks again.

It's Genetic
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   Posted 2/24/2012 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, Orchid 221, Thank you for responding with your age and normal sleep schedule.  Your age would indicate that you may not have quality sleep deprivation, and the fact that you are dreaming is an indication that you are getting some REM sleep. How much REM sleep is the question.

The interruptions during the night, especially if you are awake for a considerable amount of time, and waking up easily when you husband gets up could be depriving you of some of the rem cycles in your sleep schedule.

But!  and these are big ones! You are only 36 years old, and you are able to make plans for an evening with your husband and for planning the meal, etc., as well as making efforts to do the things that you feel must be done. You may have just one form of mild depression, but we aren't doctors so we can't diagnose or say that something is the solution to your problem.

If you really begin to have erratic sleep cycles it would help you greatly if you would consider seeing a pneumocologist to have a sleep apnea test to see if you are, perhaps, missing significant time in the REM cycles of sleep during the night.

Research statistics show that improvement in depression and anxiety occurs strongly when continuous positive air pressure treatment is used on anxiety and depression levels in apnea patients.1

I would investigate it only if your conditions worsen.
 
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Based on "The Effects of Continuous Positive Air Pressure Treatment on Anxiety and Depression Levels in Apnea Patients".com

Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 2/24/2012 5:08:24 PM (GMT-7)


getting by
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   Posted 2/25/2012 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I am glad that walking is your thing Orchid, and I love your name by the way. I feel it is pretty easy on the joints and relaxing. I always feel more energetic when I get done. And my head is clear. Keep up the good work. Walk as much as you can. I do little things like park away from the store so I have to walk farther and these little things do add up. Five minutes here and there. It does add up.

I use to keep a dream diary but I stopped. I find it interesting what you do. Keep it up. I use to have preminitoin dreams but it scared me, so I think I lost the ability. I think the dream world is interesting.

Keep us posted on how you are doing. I hope that you are having a good day. We got more snow last night. I can't wait for spring...

Hugs, Karen
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Surfergirl7
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   Posted 2/27/2012 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Orchard - How are you doing these days? Thanks for mentioning the Psycho Motor Retardation - definitely doesn't flatter one's ego ;) but I think I definitely experience this from time to time.
My perception of the sensation is it's like being 'paralyzed' in your mind...It's like there's no gas in the gas tank. The wheels are spinning and you can't go anywhere. At those times I have to
be sure to be extra patience with myself and give myself permission to not be 'perfect'. Old tapes of past relationship tends to propel me into 'beating myself up' inside my mind. However, I am
not a violent person, nor do I treat anyone else in that manner. I've just got a LOT of time on my hands, and have to work and keeping my thoughts positive and productive.

Take Care!

ICECAT
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   Posted 2/27/2012 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I had depression issues in 1970... the world has changed so much since then. The theme I'm seeing is... exercise, and truly it will help, outdoors if at all possible.
 
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