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   Posted 9/20/2008 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Just after Christmas last year my body started to reject my medications and I started to have serious adverse effects so I had to go off them completely. I tried numerous different types and nothing worked. My doctor suggested I try St. johns wart, but that did not work either. My doctor told me to try and see how I did without any medication at all. For the first while I had withdrawl symptoms, than things seemed to level out. I still suffered from depression, but it was at a level I could control and monitor somewhat. The past 2 weeks I notice my symptoms returning and it’s not even winter. I worry that my mental health issues are getting worse. I have experienced many of these symptoms in the past, but they seem to be worse and coming more regularly. The other night I was so paranoid that certain people were out to get me that I blocked them on face book and anyone who might “help” them. I have started to become suspicious of people at work and friends talking about me. I was so worried that people in my home town were out to get me that I almost called off a trip that I had been excited for months about. My depression is starting up again. The degree depends on the day. Some days I’m fairly levelled out, other days I break down and cannot do anything but feel sorry for myself. I was always awkward in social situations; especially with woman, but recently I have started to become so bad that I can barely have a social conversation. Since the last medications I was on reacted so wrongly I worry that with this relapse I wont be able to function at work or socially. I find myself constantly thinking and fearing that I will end up alone. I know I could have been happy with my ex, but this disease ruined it for me. I don’t know what to do anymore. I would never act on these thoughts because I couldn’t bare to put my family through that and I don’t believe it giving up. I’m extremely tired of dealing with this bull crap…Does anyone have any suggestions on what has helped them with their mental illness other than medication?


I took one sentence out of your post per HW rules.  Discussions of suicide or self-harm  are deemed negative and therefore potentially injurious to others are also not permitted.


Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 9/21/2008 4:41:41 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/21/2008 2:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Al,

I just wanted to offer some support until someone else who may be able relate a little closer comes along. Although I have not suffered from a mental illness, there was a time in my life a few years ago that I believed life was not worth living. I am so glad I overcame that feeling, as suicide is NEVER the answer. But it sounds like you know that and I am proud of you for not giving up. Life is beautiful and once you get through this adjustment of finding the right medicine, you will feel so much better at work and in other social situations and be able to enjoy life again.

Just in case you really feel that you want to talk to someone who understands mental illnesses, I found these numbers you may want to try:

National Alliance on Mental Illness
The Information Helpline is an information and referral service which can be reached by calling 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday, 10 am- 6 pm, Eastern time.

National Mental Health Assn. Provides free information on specific disorders, referral directory to mental health providers, national directory of local mental health associations, and a Stigma Watch . 1-800-969-6642 (M-F, 9-5 EST)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national 24-hour toll-free suicide prevention service available to those in suicidal crisis. Individuals who are seeking help can dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Stay strong,

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   Posted 9/21/2008 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   

Thank you for coming up with the information for Al73. That was very kind of you. That is what this forum is all about. I appreciate so much that you found this information.


Please don't give up. Keep trying. There should be some medications that don't effect you badly, it just might take time finding them. Anyway, keep us posted. We are here for you.

hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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   Posted 9/21/2008 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Al73,
I am so sorry you are going through this tough time but others on the site have experienced the same sx as you when they have been off their AD for a period of time.
Please see you physician as there are several new medications out there as well as a combo of meds may be an idea for you.
I have been in the dark hole but I never forgot to look up as there is a light at the end of the tunnel and you will get better.
Kick the "stinkin thinkin" thoughts to the curb.  You don't need those negative thoughts.

When your fears have the best of you, it is easy to feel that things will not get any better. This is not true. There is much help available in today’s society and the best way to deal with your fears is to find effective ways to overcome them. Instead of focusing on doom, stay in the moment. Give yourself breathing space. Consider what matters to you. Establish a few manageable goals, then take small steps toward achieving them. Don’t try to stop everything as once as you may be setting yourself up for failure.

Please know coming here is a wonderful and courageous step. You are voicing your fears so you know what they are.

Do seek out your physician to help you. We are all here supporting you and if you fall we will pick you up my friend.

Gentle Hugs



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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 10/5/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thankyou for all of your means a lot just to have the support.  I'll keep you posted on my condition and I have been seeing my doctor.  I still haven't found the right medications yet but hopefully soon.  Thankyou

getting by
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   Posted 10/5/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Al73,

I am glad that you have beeen seeing your doctor. And hopefully soon you will find the right medication for you. Sometimes it can take a while, but don't give up.

We are so happy to be supportive of you. Our members mean a lot to us. It is important as a group to be supportive of eachother.

Please keep us posted on how things are going for you.

Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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