Recurrent Major Depression and Anxiety - new here

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   Posted 8/15/2011 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 8/15/2011 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the site Purplesky,

Thankyou for sharing the part of your story you have been able to get out. Wow, twins, you have had your hands full for sure.

I can only answer you briefly, I have most of the diagnoses you have, but are only on meds for my depression, so anything to do with meds, I can say very little.

I have carried my illnesses as long as you. I think at some stage along the way, I decided that this is just my lot in life. What happened as a result of that is I stopped trying to get over things, I just came to a much more accepting place. This lowered my bouts of dissappointment and gave me spare energy to 'get on with getting through life'.

Hang in there, just remember there reasons that have bought you to this place, acknowledge that, and know that you are amaing just for continuing to keep trying.

I hope that brings you some temporary hope, it's great to see you are going to see the Dr though.

Wishing you luck, I am sure others will have a different view point, and may share something that is more meaningful for you.

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   Posted 8/15/2011 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Purplesky46,

Welcome to the deparession forum. I am so glad that you have joined us. You will appreciate the support that you get here I am sure.

You sure do have your hands full. And I really hope that this clinical trial works for you. It is hard when we can't find something to help us, and you have tried a lot of meds. I went through a lot and found effexor and abilify to work. I have since changed to pristiq. And I do feel pretty good. But having treatment resistant depression is the pits. There are others on here like you. Struggling like yourself. So there will be a lot of understanding here.

I do hope that you feel better soon. So happy that you have two little ones in your life. I am sure that they bring you much joy.

Oh, have you ever tried meditation for the racing thoughts that you awake with? It really does help and if you are interested in it let me know. The meditation calms your mind and body. You feel really peaceful.

I hope that you are having a better day. Keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 8/15/2011 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   

I wanted to Welcome you to the Healingwell Site. you have come to the right place, this is a wonderful community with amazing members. Its very nice to meet you.

I am very sorry you struggle with Depression & anxiety. I too, struggle on a daily basis with it. It has also affected my being a mother of my 7-kids, 3- grand kids, & a wife. I am very lucky that my husband puts up with me...I don't think anyone else would.

I do want to tell you that I am proud of you for getting yourself help from the very beginning. You are a much stronger woman than you give yourself credit for. Try to give yourself kudos & a pat on your back more. Try to not get too far ahead of yourself & think in the moment. What is right in front of you to deal with. Like if doing housework is difficult for you, then try and just empty the dishwasher...Don't try and over extend yourself. Do you have any hobbies? When your mind has racing thoughts try and sidetrack them with like something you can do in the present moment. Maybe write down on 3x5 cards (i like the colored ones) "Positive-Affirmations"...If you can't think of any there are ones online. Maybe collaging?

I don't look at myself as artistic at all, however, when I was Inpatient last year part of our group sessions were collaging. I ended up doing it at home as well. I collage pictures & words from Magazines that describe how I am feeling at that time. I hope things ease up for you. Hang in there...Thinking of you, sending you smiles & hugz your way.

Your Healingwell Friend,

P.S. If you ever want to chat more as there is certain criteria here at HW that we are not allowed to talk about...Pleez feel free to email me. My email address is listed on my profile, just click on my name Serenitee & it will take you there.

Bipolar 2, Borderline, Anxiety/Panic Disorder, Ptsd

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Date Joined Apr 2011
Total Posts : 463
   Posted 8/15/2011 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm so glad you were able to update us since you saw your Doctor You had been in my thoughts. I tried to see if you had an email address so I could send you an email (as its a little more private), but noticed you didn't have one listed. I am so happy for you that your twins are there for you. I was wondering how old they are (if you don't mind me asking)? Do you have a supportive family other than your twins? When you mentioned about your Doctor saying about the negatives & the positives, including participating in getting well.

I saw my Pdoc this morning as well. I started Lamictal 25mg 2 weeks ago, so today I went up to 2x a day = 50mg total. So she was saying basically the same as your Doctor. And has been saying how I need to not dwell on certain things (including my past), much easier said than done. I wish it was as easy as they make it sound...I started seeing a Psychiatrist for the first time in my life last September & have continued seeing her weekly/biweekly, I really like her & she has helped me so much. I do try to do the things she says but its just plain difficult for me to do. My 7-kids really support me, but it is so hard for them & my husband to not be able to fix me, and I know they hate seeing me in such a struggle everyday. My kids ages are: 12, 14, 16, 19, 20, 22, 25...Our 3-yr old grandson is like one of our kids & is very much a daily part of our lives.

I wish only the best for you. Smiles & hugz...
Your Healingwell Friend,

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