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  1. Sorry you haven't received any responses to your post after waiting for so long. I don't have any advice for you but I hope someone else responds with some words of wisdom.
  2. Sorry you haven't received any responses to your post after waiting for so long. I don't have any advice for you but I hope someone else responds with some words of wisdom.
  3. Sorry you haven't received any responses to your post after waiting for so long. I don't have any advice for you but I hope someone else responds with some words of wisdom.
  4. Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences
  5. Very nice poem! Did you write it yourself?
  6. Hi Devlinkyla, All of us are going through something and nobody blames you if you feel you can't respond to every post on the forums. Sometimes I feel the same way so I just give the post a like so the person who wrote it knows I at least read it. Try not to beat yourself up over it!
  7. I need to get my life back on track but I don't know where to start. What are some of the steps I can start taking within the next couple of days to help fight my depression? Things I can start implementing right now in my life? I'm a bit limited to staying inside my house at the moment due to COVID-19 but I'm sure there are still some things I can do around the house. I've contacted my job counselor recently to get back into the job search so that's something that's currently devleping. What do you guys do on a daily basis to help fight off your depression and improve your lives?
  8. Part 3 Previously I was able to look past these side effects because the medication was working but now it’s not so easy to ignore. I've spoken to my psychiatrist about all of this and we have decided to slower taper off my meds. I was thinking of continuing Seroquel on a very low dose to get its sleep benefits without all the bad stuff, so hopefully that works out. The reason I have not mentioned the Pristiq at all in this is because I don't believe it has ever meaningfully contributed to helping my depression in any way, and thus, I treat it as almost a sugar pill I am taking. The few months I was on it before I started the Seroquel yielded no side effects and no positive benefits whatsoever. My body never really had a reaction to it, positive or negative. Now, you could always argue it was the "combination" of the Seroquel and the Pristiq working together that yielded positive results but, honestly, I'm not convinced of it. Anyway, going off my meds has sunken me into a bit of a lazy, unmotivated state. The past week and a half I haven’t been motivated to do anything, and I haven't been proactive in the job process at all. Today I'm hoping to find a renewed since of purpose and motivation, as I have committed myself to get things back on track.
  9. Part 2 Let's talk a little about my mood. I have noticed that I have been sliding into a depressive episode for about a month and a half now. At first it was gradual but it has accelerated over the past 2 weeks. I think its in part due to the fact that I've decided to stop taking my meds. I'm currently on (or was on) 2 medications, Pristiq and Seroquel. I've been on Pristiq for about a year and 3 months and I've been on Seroquel for just a little over a year now. At first Seroquel worked amazingly and single handedly cured my insomnia which I have been dealing with since before my depression even started. It also restored my desire to want to do things in life which is a big big deal. I felt once again that I could possibly have my life back. But, as always, the good things don't seem to last. Over time my condition began to deteriorate from feeling "amazing" to feeling "just ok." And I was perfectly ok with that, because feeling "just ok" is a big big step up from feeling depressed. And let's not forget, it was still working really well for my insomnia. This continued for some time until maybe October. This was around the time I started my internship. This is when I noticed my mood was frequently dipping below the "feeling ok" mark to the "what's the point of living" level. Me and my psychiatrist did increase my meds, and it did seem to work at first, but I still saw myself sliding backwards. At this point, I thought this was just a classic case of a medication stopping its effectiveness after a period of time. Out of all the medications that I have ever taken (over 10 now) only 3 of them has worked, that includes Seroquel. Every medication that has ever worked for me has eventually stopped working, all of them! So this isn’t something that is surprising. I haven't even mentioned the side effects of taking these meds. Now luckily, I haven't had too many side effects on these medications but the ones I have had are a bit troublesome. On Seroquel I have had 2 main side effects: weight gain, and a general inability to wake up (worse then the usual "I can't wake up because I'm depressed" stuff). Let's first talk about the weight gain since it's fairly straightforward. I have gained about 30 pounds since taking this medication. Not a small amount of weight by any stretch of the imagination but I have been even heavier than I am now due to medications in the past. I was willing to ignore it at first but its become more and more difficult. The 2nd side effect is the inability to wake up in the morning. Now because Seroquel has a very strong sedating effect I take it at night time, this is also what lends it to being a very good sleep aide. The problem is this also makes it very difficult for me to wake up in the morning. Now I could lower the dose but then I would be losing out on medications anti-depressant qualities by doing that.
  10. Here's another update: Part 1 So I finished the internship portion of my program around mid-January. My last day at my internship was actually a very positive experience. As I was saying goodbye to everyone, everyone told me how much of a pleasure it was to work with me, wished me the best of luck, and said they felt confident I would do well in the future based on my performance there. To be perfectly honest, the whole experience was kind of emotional for me. There was such an outcry of support that I was filled with such a sense of pride and joy. There were even 2 people who asked me for my number so they could stay in contact with me. All in all, it was a great sendoff. Ever since then I've been meeting with a job counselor who has been helping me apply to jobs. She is a nice enough lady and she seems to have a lot of connections. Although, I must say, some of our conversations trigger me just a little bit. I wouldn't say she is necessarily to blame for this, she isn't rude or anything like that, but the combination of being incredibly sensitive mixed with the topics of, "What do you want to do with your life?” etc, can be really triggering. Anyways, I've went on 2 job interviews so far and while they went well, much to my surprise, they haven't lead anywhere. So the process of sending resumes, emailing people, making phone calls, and going to interviews continues. *Sigh*
  11. Your comment made me think of this quote: "It is not seen as insane when a fighter, under an attack that will inevitable lead to his death, chooses to take his own life first. In fact, this act has been encouraged for centuries, and is accepted even now as an honorable reason to do the deed. How is it any different when you are under attack by your own mind?" ~ Emilie Autumn, The Aslyum for Wayward Victorian Girls
  12. As someone who is fairly young (25 years old) I will chime in with my opinion on this one. I know some of you look at me and think "What are you complaining about? You REALLY do have you whole life ahead of you! I wish I was your age again!" And to be honest you wouldn't be completely wrong. But all I can see is the sheer impossibility of the task ahead of me. Continuing to live life and striving to be the best version of yourself while knowing all too well you are woefully inadequate. I cannot construct a future in my mind where I am even remotely successful in the next 5 - 10 years. I think in the end, darkness will swallow me up and I'll end up taking my life. People tell me I'm smart, people tell me I'm kind. I can see that I have potential, but thats all that it is, potential. It will probably never be realized. Without drive, passion, a strong work ethic, or just a general desire to succeed, you won't be able to get anywhere in life. And I lack all those qualities. I seem to be listlessly walking through life hoping some miracle brings about some type of inner change in me. Something that changes my view on life. But this magical event won't ever come. This actually raises the question, what does it mean to be whatever you want to be when you don't actually want "to be" anything? The question itself presupposes that every person is endowed with this inner desire to be or do something. When it is pretty obvious to me that not every one has that inside of them. Ahhh, I've rambled long enough...
  13. No thank you for continuing to follow my journey and being an active member of this thread. I woudn't keep posting to this thread if it wasn't for people like you who provide me with amazing feedback and support!
  14. Well my main supervisor wasn't there on Wednesday so I didn't really have to answer to anyone about my absence. There were a few coworkers who I talk to that noticed I was gone but they just told me "Welcome Back!" and didn't really ask me anything about it. So basically it was just a normal work day. My main supervisor should be back on Monday but she'll probably forget I was even gone last Tuesday given the fact that Thanksgiving and Black Friday just passed and most people's minds are occupied with that.
  15. I f****d up today and didn't show up for my internship. I didn't even bother to call and say I was gonna be out like I knew I was suppose to. When I woke up this morning I was so tired I just turned off my alarm and went back to sleep. How do you guys get up for work day after day, week after week, month after month? It seems like I can keep it together for a while but then I'll eventually have days like this where I just won't be able to get up. It just doesn't seem to be sustainable. *sigh* hopefully I won't get into too much trouble when I go in tomorrow.
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