Negative thoughts that don't go away!

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 4/6/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Help! For 2 months now I have been severely depressed. It gets worse when I'm alone, and I practically work by myself 98% of the time. I can't wait to get home and just feel dead inside most of the time. I feel this cloud of negative, recurring thoughts that never let me rest. I noticed it all started when placed on new asthma medications. I was prescribed advair, singulair, and flonase. I've been on paxil for 9 years for anxiety and depression, but it seemed to keep my symptoms at bay untill I got on these meds. I became more anxious, compulsive, and almost obsessive in my behavior. I saw a doctor 2 weeks ago who took me off singulair and raised my paxil dosage, but I still feel crappy. Does advair or flonase cause this? How do I get over negative recurring thoughts bringing me down? I feel like a shell of my former self.

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   Posted 4/6/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Blueboy,

I can't advise about the meds, but I am wondering if your doc has mentioned anything about possible side-effects. Also, do you see anyone for counseling? I'm asking because I've actually found counseling really effective in managing my anxiety and depression. I'm sorry that you are feeling isolated....I think I remember one of your earlier posts where you talked about that, and being in a cubicle by yourself at work. Do you have any activities outside of work where you see other people? Are you able to find comfort and support once you get home? Please know I am not trying to pry, but merely to get a better understanding of your situation and find something I can suggest that might help.

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   Posted 4/6/2009 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I've found a lot of times that when I fixate on thoughts, that I have to make myself a distraction. Whether that's starting a movie or reading something, or calling someone and asking how they're doing to focus on something else, it helps me. Sometimes also I clean around the house, or try to be productive and find that finishing a task makes me feel better (I'm also a clean freak, so cleaning is calming for me-I know it's the opposite for some).

All medicines have potential side effects, and affect people differently, so maybe one of your medicines did cause this. The important thing is finding a solution. If being off the singulair doesn't help, or changing the dose of the paxil doesn't change things, I'd go back to the dr and talk to them again. Of course, with all depression/anxiety meds, you have to give them time to help you.

Hopefully changing your meds will help you feel back to your normal self soon. Let us know how you continue to do.

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05
Currently on Humira, Prilosec, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12; phenergan, ultram, clonazepam as needed

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   Posted 4/6/2009 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Blueboy,
I am not sure about the meds you have mentioned.  If you have just had an increase in your AD med you will need to give it a chance to kick in.  :)
When your fears and depression 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. Here are some techniques a person can use to help manage their fears and anxieties.

You never know when the answers you are looking for will come to your doorstep. Even if the thing that you feared does happen, there are circumstances and factors that you can’t predict which can be used to your advantage. These factors can change everything. Remember: we may be ninety-nine percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for that one percent to make a world of difference.

Challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make you feel fearful or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense.

Be smart in how you deal with your fears and anxieties. Do not try to tackle everything all at once. When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with a lot of anxiety, break the task into a series of smaller steps. Completing these smaller tasks one at a time will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances of success.

Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your fears and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem. By talking to a professional, you  will be helping yourself in the long run because you  will become better able to deal with your problems in the future. Managing your fears and anxieties takes practice. The more you practice, the better you will become.

Please do look into all the options available to you to help you get back out into the world and once again enjoy life to it's fullest.

May you have peace within,



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   Posted 4/7/2009 3:21 AM (GMT -6)   

dear blue boy.

raniah, becky, and skitt have given you wonderful info and support, just wanted to add my support to you okay. keep posting, we care. jamiee

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