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getting by
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   Posted 10/31/2017 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Kelly,

I am just checking in on you. You haven't posted in a bit and I am wondering how you are doing. You sounded like you were having a difficult time in your posts. I hope your absense means that you are doing okay.

Please pop in and let us know how you are doing...

Snow here Kelly, can I send it your way?

Hugs, Karen...
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Tim Tam
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   Posted 10/31/2017 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Kelly,

What do you think of getting a new psychiatrist?

You said you were on one med that quit working, and you wanted him to change to another, but he didn't.

So, for that reason, and the fact that you've been depressed so long, what do you think about changing psychiatrist?

When I was wanting to change psychiatrist, here's what I did.

I called a mental health unit in my town. I asked to speak to the director about who she might recommend for a psychiatrist.

I talked to the director and told her I wanted a female psychiatrist. She said, "Dr. Jane Jones. I would go to her myself."

I've been going to that doctor ever since.

You could call a women's health center, and talk to the director, or ask who you can talk to about the name of a good psychiatrist.

Get a name of two. Or, just look in the computer yellow pages, pick one out, male or female as you choose, and if that one doesn't work, try another one on the list.

I know you might say your ins. won't pay for it, but somehow the one you're going to now is in your insurance health program somehow, so can you pick another one?

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 10/31/2017 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
healing thoughts.

ambling
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   Posted 10/31/2017 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
All the best Kelly

BnotAfraid
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   Posted 11/2/2017 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Not responding.

Kelly we are here for you..... Love hugs and prayers..
Peace and strength
Trina
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"...when the gift of sight is cause enough for jubilation."
Billy Collins from the poem. HIGH

DX: reverse Trigeminal Neuralgia;Cluster headaches; Atypical face pain;Hemicrania Continua; raynauds;complex PTSD; recurring MDD,disassociative disorder;

kellyinCali
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   Posted 11/2/2017 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.

Karen - thank you for checking in on me. I am STILL struggling. Last weekend I was able to attend a lunch on Saturday and the a.m. and p.m. church services on Sunday. This was a lot for me in one weekend and I was exhausted. However, Sunday night I slept from 11:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. getting up once to feed my pets. That is 19 hours. I'm still sleeping far too much and combined with the whole body fatigue, I do not have very much time to do the bare minimum "life stuff." I tell you, this is HARD. I live alone and I'm barely "functional." I just want to feel better than I do now. I'll still be well behind the curve but a reprieve from this debilitating fatigue and depression would be nice.

TimTam, I have an appointment with the P-doc at the end of the month. He is out of town. I will consider your advice for going into the New Year. It's exhausting to think of starting over with a new P-doc. It takes time for them to trust you too! I have valium for anxiety (emotional breakdowns). I don't even take my prescribed amount but I know there is a trend to stop prescribing benzos to patients. I know that my P-doc has been "trying" to help me and my hypersomnia may have some roots in the "physical realm." I'm getting an ultrasound of my Thyroid next week and waiting on a referral to an Endocrinologist. BTW, I like what you write repeatedly on your posts about having an attitude of believing you can solve your problems. I usually breakdown when I'm just plain overwhelmed but worse, when I'm thinking about the FUTURE. I tend to worry a lot about the future. This is one of the reasons for my depression.

getting by
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   Posted 11/3/2017 3:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Kelly, Thanks for checking in with us. I am sorry you are still struggling.

How have you been doing with mindfulness?

Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow but a mystery,

Today is a gift,

That is why it is called the "present".

It helps when worrying about the future. The future will come in it's own time. Hang in there sweetie. We are all here for you.

Hugs, Karen...
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BnotAfraid
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   Posted 11/5/2017 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Kelly SO happy your are safe and well on a relative level.

I empathize with you about the P doc. I send good warm thoughts that you like the new one right off.

Here is a link for helping with those overwhelming feelings. I know how debilitating they become, just running an errand can ramp the emotions up so much, I go to my room for the rest of the day at times.

/www.mindful.org/tara-brach-rain-mindfulness-practice/

I wish you peace and strength
Trina
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"...when the gift of sight is cause enough for jubilation."
Billy Collins from the poem. HIGH

DX: reverse Trigeminal Neuralgia;Cluster headaches; Atypical face pain;Hemicrania Continua; raynauds;complex PTSD; recurring MDD,disassociative disorder;

Tim Tam
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   Posted 11/5/2017 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
You said in an earlier post:

"I plan to continue seeing my Pdoc whom I know worked hard to pull me out of a MDD but if at all possible, I want to avoid the anti-psychotics. It's a shame I got a rash from the Lamotrogine. It seemed to help (quickly) at a low dose but I had to quit due to the rash."

So it is a shame that the Lamotrogine (Lamictal) worked on your depression but it caused a rash.

One website said it can cause a rash if its started at too high of a dosage, but I think you said you started off at a low dosage.

Then you said, "Sadly, while I am not convinced I am Bipolar (maybe II), this med (Lamictal, which gave you a rash), helped with my anxiety (racing thoughts, impending doom).”

So really it (Lamictal) helped not with your depression, but with your anxiety.

As far as which meds help with anxiety, webmd.com says:

"Antidepressants, particularly the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are widely used to treat and prevent a variety of anxiety disorders.

"Examples of SSRIs that are commonly used to treat chronic anxiety include citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft).

"The antidepressants duloxetine (Cymbalta) and venlafaxine (Effexor), SNRIs (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) which act on the brain chemicals serotonin and norephinephrine, and some of the tricyclic antidepressants like imipramine (Tofranil), may also help.

"Antihistamines (such as hydroxyzine) and beta-blockers (such as propranolol) can help mild cases of anxiety as well as performance anxiety, a type of social anxiety disorder.

"Antidepressants such as SSRIs or SNRIs or tricyclics need to be taken daily whether or not you have anxiety on that particular day, as prescribed by your health care provider.

"Antihistamines or beta-blockers are usually taken only when needed for anxiety, or immediately before an anxiety-provoking event (for example, taking propranolol shortly before giving a speech).

"Finally, certain anticonvulsant medicines, such as gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica), are also beginning to show value in treating some forms of anxiety in initial research.

(Buspar was also listed as anti anxiety.)

So have you tried some of these anti-anxiety meds?

Good you are getting your thyroid checked next week with ultrasound to see is your sleep situation is physical.
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