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Hibee
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   Posted 5/25/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All

Hope all is well with you guys, just thought I would give you an update on what's going on with me at the moment. I got a letter from my mental health team to say i had been accepted to do a course of CBT and have been put on the waiting list and hopefully will get a start date soon which im really pleased about but a little miffed about the delay in sorting all of this out. I am also going to see my doctor this week to talk about my medication as I feel i need yet another change as the Effexor is not helping me but not sure were to go next with this? I also have a hospital appointment on Wed to get 2 lumps mri scanned, one on my arm and one on my leg which has really set my health anxiety off and have been googleing which was very stupid off me as it only made my anxiety worse.

My sleep or lack off sleep is still a big issue and my nightmares are getting a lot worse and starting to worry me a lot and something i will bring up with my doctor it still seems like a daily battle with my anxiety and depression which is why i really want to get the cbt started and find a medication which will help ease the symptoms. I am still looking for a new job but have not seen any thing yet and getting depressed about that as im really not enjoying my current job at the moment and need a change.

I will get there and im ready to throw everything into the cbt so i get the most out of it as the last time i did some talk therapy i held a lot back and slipped back into the same cycle's of my GAD/depression and that is something i want to avoid this time. I hope that you guys are dealing better with things that what i am and i will try and get on here more often to reply to members post and offer support were i can, my thoughts are with you all take care.

Ben

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   Posted 5/26/2009 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
(((Ben))) I cannot believe how difficult it has been for you to get on with your CBT therapy. That has been a ridiculously long time. In the meantime, I hope you have checked out our moodgym. Glad to hear you have a doctors appt coming up so that you can talk about your sleeplessness and seeing about changing your meds. I think things would really improve for you if you could get those two things taking care of. Keep posting to us, because we are always here for you.

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Hibee
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   Posted 5/26/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Nanners

Thank you and your right, it seems to have been a long wait for the CBT but fingers crossed i will get a start date soon. My sleep is so messed up and is having a knock on effect on my anxiety and depression and the nightmares are awful.

How are things with you Nanners?

Ben

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   Posted 5/26/2009 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
sad  Hey, Ben! I'm sorry things aren't better for you yet, but they will be. You're doing all the right things. Are you speaking to a psychiatrist about your mental health meds? They are the best to deal with these things. They know all the medications for anxiety/depression, the side effects, etc.
 
It looks like everyone is having a difficult time right now. We just have to stick together and keep helping ourselves. Easier times are coming! Let us know what happens from your appointment on Wednesday. Take care!
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Hibee
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   Posted 5/27/2009 5:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Aries

thanks for the reply, i hope i find a medication soon which helps it is a bit of a battle with my doctor as I have tried a lot of different medications all ready. Thanks again

Ben

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   Posted 5/27/2009 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Ben,

I am so sorry about the delay in starting the CBT but remember to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

I know you will make it through my friend.  I am sure you are worried about the lumps but try to stop googling and just let it be until the tests results are in, not good to get caught up in the anticipatory anxiety mode.  idea

As for meds, I am not on an AD now for the depression as I did not find one that worked well and the side effects were  not good.  I do use the Valium and the Trazodone for sleep.  I sleep well on 100 mg of Trazadone but I do wake up early.  That is ok because I can always come here and read and post and just stay in the moment.

Take care and thank you for the update.

Kitt


 

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Hibee
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   Posted 5/27/2009 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Kitt

Thanks for your reply just back from the hospital after getting the two lumps mri scanned and told they were lipoma's which is a fatty tumor, they advised me to go back to my doctor and ask to get them removed so I am going to do that tomorrow and then i can also ask about my medication. I seem to be continually at the doctors at the moment and get anxious about them thinking i am wasting there time.

Ben

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   Posted 5/27/2009 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Ben, don't worry about wasting the medical professionals time. That's what they're there for. I've had those types of cysts/tumors removed. Piece of cake. Don't worry about that.

Have you tried Buspar? It didn't work for me but it has worked for others. Also, I was on Pamelor for a while. That worked really well, too.

Take care, Ben!!
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Hibee
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   Posted 5/27/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Aries

Yes it would be good to get them removed im just glad it was not something more serious. I just get a real anxious feeling when i goto doctors as i feel that i go and lot and do feel im wasting there time.

Thanks again aries, How are things with you?

Ben

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   Posted 5/27/2009 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Ben,

I'm glad the lumps were nothing serious, and that you can easily get them removed. That's good news!

Hang in there a little longer on the CBT delay. It's a shame your system has been slow about it, but I suppose slow progress is better than none. I really do think you'll feel the benefits once you get the chance to start it.

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Hibee
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   Posted 5/27/2009 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Percycat

Thanks for your support it has been frustrating for mr on how slow it has been to get things moving as i really do need the CBT now as things are not good for me at the moment but fingers crossed i will hear a start date soon.

Thanks again

Ben

Aries8
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   Posted 5/27/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, at the moment I can't stop crying, but I'm sure I'll pull out of it. Thanks for asking!!
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Aries8
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   Posted 5/28/2009 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Another day full of crying. Two episodes of racing heart along with skipped beats. A lot of anxiety. Trying to keep it together. This is a huge test.....hopefully it will all go away.
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roger47
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   Posted 5/28/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to hear that Aries8. Do you cry because of your anxiety? I hope things turn around for you soon.

Hibee
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   Posted 5/28/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi

Was back at doctors today and had my medication increased from 150mg to 225mg of Effexor to see if that helps me fingers crossed it will. Aries so sorry to hear you are having a rough time with your anxiety please know i am always here to listen and support you through this rough patch, you are a very valued member here and have gave me some great advise and support so if i can return the favor then let me no. You are a strong person and i know you will get through this my thoughts are with you aries.

Take Care

Ben

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   Posted 5/28/2009 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ben, hope the increase helps. Ditto re Aries8, crying can be a good thing but it's tough when we're not feeling well so please keep writing and i'll listen xx

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   Posted 5/28/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks everyone for your help and lending an ear. My crying finally stopped. I'm not sure why I was crying except that everything is falling apart. So, I guess I just answered that question. I continue to learn and hope that I will be strong enough some day to accept anxiety completely.

Ben, I'm so glad your medication problems may be over. It sounds like you're on your way to recovery. Don't move too fast and don't forget to treat yourself well as you find peace. You deserve a wonderful, long, healthy life. I wish you well!


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"The part can never be well unless the whole is well." Plato


Hibee
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   Posted 5/29/2009 12:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Aries

I to find it hard to accept that i have anxiety and know this is something i will need to work on so i can cope better, stick in there my friend

Ben

Grizzly pooh
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   Posted 5/29/2009 1:16 AM (GMT -7)   
wow this sounds like me talking. I'm going to work on accepting that i have anxiety just like if i had a physical illness. Then i can get better properly. It's sooo hard when the symptoms are bad isn't it? just so debilitating it's hard to do anything but let the anxiety take over...and that's the worst thing i can do, but it seems to be what instinct has me do in any case. Good luck all

Hibee
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   Posted 5/29/2009 4:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Grizzly

Thanks for your reply. My therapist told me that it is one off the first things you need to do and that if you don't accept your anxiety how are you supposed to deal with it which does make sense to me but I have had anxiety all my life and its going to be hard to break that cycle. I am looking forward to the cbt as i hope this will give me the skills to deal better because at the moment i just want my anxiety and depression to go so i can get back to a normal life but i know its not that easy.

I hope things get better for you my friend and we are here for you and we will beat this anxiety.

Ben

Aries8
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   Posted 5/29/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Yep, yep, yep. Accept, float, allow time to pass. Sounds easy but isn't always. I wish you guys the best, too!
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Grizzly pooh
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   Posted 5/29/2009 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi again. It's morning again and these are the very worst times. i feel absolutely horrible, aching and jittering and hot and cold and can't seem to think clearly enough to do anything to help myself. I took valium but it seems to have made me worse. Writing on here helps just a tiny tiny bit, but i can't do this forever so I will maybe go for a walk and see if that helps at all. I will work on accepting these symptoms right now. I wish us all luck
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