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sea glass
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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 6/22/2010 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I found this board today and am really excited about it. I don't have much of a support system and I really want to find some productive ways to feel better about myself and life without taking meds (if possible). I have been diagnosed with Panic and Anxiety disorder/ Depression/ and OCD. I have been on meds contantly for the last 6 years and have gained 50 pounds as a result. The weight gain has only made things worse. I currently take wellbutrin XR, Prozac, and Xanax XR. The only thing that has improved is the OCD. I am still depressed and I panic on a daily basis although the severity of the attacks has lessened with the medication. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone here. This seems like a great community!
Take care,

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   Posted 6/22/2010 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum. I am so glad to see you have found us. You will find the members to be wise and wonderful so stick with us.

Just wondering if you have ever been to therapy ? I have depression and A & P but without meds I do not do well. I went for many years on one med which finally pooped out on me. So now I am finally on one that seems to be working better.

There are 2 types of depression, clinical and situational depression. Clinical depression is believed to be caused by a chemical imbalance and is most often treated with medication. Situational depression is caused by painful life experiences and it is therefore believed that the best treatment involves therapy to address the underlying cause. The borders get blurred because a short-term course of medication can be helpful in situational depression and because situational depression can turn into clinical depression when left untreated or when unresponsive to initial treatment.

Inside, the depressed person often experiences a lot of anxiety. This can lead to them having panic attacks. I have clinical depression so I need to take the meds and I know the anxiety that comes from having depression can be overwhelming.

Both anxiety and depression are frequently treated in much the same manner, which may explain why the two disorders are so often confused.
Weight gain is a big issue for me also so I am very leary of some of the drugs.

We do have members that only use therapy and natural remedies and hopefully you will be hearing from some of them.

Again a warm welcome,


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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 1986
   Posted 6/22/2010 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
The folks here have always been really kind, particularly Kitt and Howlyncat!
I've been on meds for my anxiety/depression for approximately 17-18 years. I am definitely overweight and do believe the meds contributed to it in some degree. However, I'd be afraid to try and cease my meds. FOr me, being fat is less depressing than being mentally miserable all the time. Every person is different and so I'm only speaking for me.
Take care and keep coming! :)

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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 6/23/2010 1:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the best online support group there iis
Kitt n jl have really given you great advice and
just wanted to pop on and say welcome n keep posting
i hv ocd with cleaning n balancing lol
i use the CBT online kitt has posted n it works for me n others
tk very good care

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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 6/23/2010 10:39:29 PM (GMT-6)

sea glass
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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 6/23/2010 4:06 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the warm welcome. I have been treated for depression off and on for 20 years. I don't think any of my doctors ever specifically said if it was clinical or situational. about 10 years ago I began having infrequent panic attacks. I was able to handle them until 6 years ago- about 3 months after I had my son. Since that time, I have attacks almost daily. I have been to 4 different therapists. The last one was great and really experienced with anxiety but unfortunately left the practice. I probably should look for another because it did help. I know I will probably always be on some type of medication, but the side effects of taking 3 is taking it's toll on me. Besides the weight gain, I have excessive sweating, my body gets overheated very easily, and I am always tired.

Jl- I wish I could have your positive attitude about the weight gain. The weight adds to my depression. And unfortunately, my husband is not supportive of the problems I have nor the weight gain so that doesn't help either.

Thanks for your responses! Have a good day :)

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 6/23/2010 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Sea!
I wouldn't say I have a positive attitude about my obesity. I hate it really! I would seriously consider bariatric surgery if there was a surgeon in town that did them and took medicaid. But I do consider my weight to be the lesser of two evils.
I am sorry that your husband is not supportive...people like him have no idea at all. It really makes me mad. mad I truly believe that even many therapists and docttors are clueless about what it is like...they "think" they know, but they don't!!! I had a therapist once that wanted me to enter a group home for anxiety, where I couid learn to deal with getting and keeping a job, etc. She told me about one patient that was actually working at Burger King and how the manager was made aware of her struggle, blah blah blah.........!!!!!!!!!!! Talk about depressing! She wanted me to leave my home and family, live in a group home with little privacy, and learn an exciting job like flipping burgers! WooHoo!!! I did not even go to tour the home! She got mad and I didn't care! But you know what? By saying "NO" to her, I actually started feeling better somewhat! LOL! It was like a turning point for me! I still don't work on SSI. And don't misunderstand, there's no shame in working for a fast food place or any place, but it wasn't an incentive at all! The idea scared the mud outta me! Anyway, I found out a few years later that my therapist handled her stress by SMOKING and this despite the fact that she had leukemia in remission! I felt for her condition, but found it very hypocritical! So I'm not all that big on a lot of therapists!

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