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   Posted 12/4/2011 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope this note finds you all well. I'm still struggling, however today has been a little better. Hope it continues through the night. I have been so sad and unmotivated. I am still unable to follow the threads very well. Went to the psych doctor yesterday. We agree that I am getting better in some areas - negative thoughts and severe crying episodes. However, everything else is moving slowly. She said she hasn't seen anyone quite this bad in a while. I don't want to be bad. Every time I go I hope the med adjustment is what will work. I told her I am just about ready to give up and just except this as what I have to contend with. She said we won't give up. So again we have done some med adjustments. Lithium is up to 1200mg, Ativan 1 and a half mg, Wellbutrin 600mg and add on Lamatrogine. That is 11 and a half pills per day. Plus my other 2 pills. Sometimes I take the pills out and just let them sit there for a while. Getting tired of taking pills too. Oh well. I have also been journaling, per my therapist. When I look back at my entries I get sad, when I write in it I am sad. I am just sad, sad, sad.

My family is coming to my house for Christmas. How am I going to pull this together. I need to start cleaning and getting things in order. For some reason Christmas is making me very sad. I can't even listen to my Christmas music. Miss you guys. Hopefully I will be able to really join back in soon. Hugs

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   Posted 12/4/2011 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((BIG HUGS)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

am always here for you. thx 4 the update. things will turn around. with contimued healing compassion, jamie



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   Posted 12/4/2011 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Tune out all the Christmas music and play some tunes you'd like to hear on an ipod using ear buds
or just hum something different, might help...Christmas time sure can be the hardest holiday to get thru
when your feeling down, but you can always try different things to work around that to...
What about getting a new book to read, or a magazine and worry about the holidays later...
it's still early and you can get better, but give the new medicine a little time to work, hope it'll
work for you soon...and you did say your making progress woo hoo for that, even if it
is slow, it's also good....your heading in the right direction...many many well wishes to you
and keep us posted as we do truly care....
* So many dx's I could write a book* "It would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

It's Genetic
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   Posted 12/4/2011 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Stillme, I'm really sorry your depression is still strong for you.
Would you be willing to share with us something about your diet? I am a strong believer that the diet has a powerful influence over the feeling tone and that certain changes will help tremendously.

If you have routinely either caffeine in coffee or in some teas, alcohol, or chocolate in your diet, you need to remove all of those from you schedule. They make depression much worse. You need to change your diet to a more alkaline state. Drink lemonade or just plain lemon with water.

Cut back on meat in your diet every day. Have it maybe 4 times a
week instead of 3 times a day. And have a large salad every single day.

Drink WATER, plenty of it every time you take a medication and keep yourself well-hydrated.

All these things will help to improve your feeling tone. It takes a while, but it really does work.

Don't smoke--all the things that are addictive are really tough on depression. Using an aspirin helps for many and has been suggested to many patients who have bipolar illness.

One big problem for depressed people is too much acidity in the
fluids of the body. All medications react with an acid residue when they are ingested, so you have to do everything you can to counteract that. The changes I've suggested help to do it.

Please go online to Alkaline to see which foods are most beneficial for you in maintaining a relatively alkaline diet. I'll bet that you'll be amazed to see what you use in your diet that is highly acidic in digestion. Cut back on that and add more alkaline-reacting foods.

Maybe you will be able to turn things around before Christmas and have a wonderful, calm holiday.

Here's wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!


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   Posted 12/5/2011 5:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stillme,

I think also that you are coming along, it is just slow. Do give the meds time to start working. I hope that you feel better soon. You do still have plenty time to get ready for Christmas. Maybe write out a few cards to get going. Play a little Christmas music. If you don't like it you can always jam to some rock and roll. lol... I am glad that you are having your family for the holidays. You can do this. I know that you can. Start that dinner list. Make sure you get everything.

Know we are right here behind you. Cheering you on.

Take care,

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 12/5/2011 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi stillme just wanted to know I am thinking of you and hope your bout lightens up is a hard time of year to boot

hang in there
"We never realize how strong we are, until being strong is the only thing left"
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   Posted 12/5/2011 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for letting us know how you are doing Stillyou, I am so pleased you are having some improvements, even little improvements can be hard at times, so well done to you.
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