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  1. Thankful for my husband and beautiful kids. They make life worth living.
  2. Anti depressants dont just mask your depression they help supply serotonin which we are lacking. So they make our brains able to function "normal". Maybe you feel its abnormal not to feel depression when you're on your medications because its been so normal for you to feel depressed. Whats wrong with taking anti-depressants if they make you feel better? I know id much rather be on them, than to not be.
  3. Hi kbpme and welcome :) im new here too and I've found these forums to be comforting. Its good to be able to talk and give each other advice, especially from people going thru the same struggles.
  4. Im so sorry for your pain and suffering :( my heart goes out to you.. If i could hug you right now I would. I dont know if youre a religious person but church is a great place to start off, if you are open to that. There should also be free counseling services in your local church that could possibly help you out. If you ever need someone to talk to please feel free to send me a message. I love making new friends. Im saying a prayer for you and i hope that you can find some sort of peace. God bless
  5. Eldiablo, So happy to hear that! I hope you keep us updated of how your doctor visit goes. Hugs
  6. I drove down the street ...literally down the street..walking distance but i drove..i have a major phobia of driving so that was an accomplishment, even with baby steps.
  7. I just read this article and i found it interesting so i thought id share. Untreated mental disorders cause shrinkage of key brain areas Published on July 14, 2011 by David Hellerstein, M.D. in Heal Your Brain Key Concepts: 2) Damage from Disorders The second thing that has become clear from New Neuropsychiatry research is that psychiatric disorders are bad for your brain. Study after study show that clinical depression and anxiety disorders-not to mention severe conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and drug abuse-cause measurable changes in key areas of the brain. This isn't just an abstract issue, either: it is a serious and meaningful issue for people who have mood and anxiety disorders. Take depression as an example: common symptoms include mood changes (obviously) but also difficulty with cognitive functioning-trouble remembering things, difficulty making decisions, planning, setting priorities, and taking action. These are symptoms that every therapist, psychiatrist, and other medical doctor see on a daily basis in people with depression. Brain imaging studies using MRI scanning show that these common day-to-day depression symptoms are associated with abnormalities in specific areas of the brain, including the hippocampus (the memory center), the anterior cingulate (the brain's conflict-resolution area), and the prefrontal cortex (involved with planning and executing activities). Recently, German researcher Thomas Frodl did an important study looking at the brains of people with depression and comparing them to people without depression. When he first looked at them, depressed people had abnormalities in several brain areas in comparison to healthy (non-depressed) people, specifically in the hippocampus, cingulate, and prefrontal cortex. Frodl then followed both the depressed and non-depressed people for three years, and showed continued decrease in those brain areas in people with depression, in the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulate, hippocampus, dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, and orbitofrontal cortex: "these reductions were found in patients with major depression but not in [healthy] controls." This seems pretty depressing itself, but it's important to keep in mind the first principle of New Neuropsychiatry, that the brain retains plasticity throughout life. And as I will discuss in principle 3, the Importance of Remission, over time, treatment can protect from ongoing brain injury. In Frodl's words, "It is likely that an early start of treatment with antidepressants and psychotherapy may prevent neuroplastic changes that, in turn, worsen the clinical course." Another interesting area of New Neuropsychiatry research looks at behaviors and thought patterns. One very common symptom of depression is 'rumination'-a tendency for depressed people to spend a lot of time thinking about how miserable they are. There are different definitions of ruminations, for instance, "repetitively thinking about the causes, consequences, and symptoms of one's negative affect" (Nolen Hokstema?) or "repetitive thinking about sadness, and circumstances related to one's sadness." People who are depressed have a tendency to spend hours ruminating, and may justify the time spent ruminating as "trying to sort things out," or to solve their problems. Yet research shows that rumination actually interferes with problem-solving, and makes one's mood worse rather than better. Most likely time spent ruminating increases activity of the brain's fear system, the amygdala, and increases avoidant behavior-making it less likely that a person will get pleasure from life and have a chance of emerging from depression. Such was the case with "Kenneth," whose case I discuss in Heal Your Brain. A widower in his late 60s, Kenneth had low-level depression for over 30 years that became severe after the death of his wife. He became a hermit, avoiding friends and relatives, and spent many hours obsessing and ruminating about how terrible his life was. A major part of his treatment was involved in getting Kenneth to stop obsessing, to get out of his easy-chair and to get him involved in other behaviors-including volunteer work, and spending time with his children and their families. Stop ruminating! I would tell him. Do something that gives you pleasure! Eventually, months into treatment, Kenneth was able to interrupt his tendency to ruminate and to choose more pleasureable activities-and to get a sense of enjoyment and pleasure in daily life for the first time in decades. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/heal-your-brain/201107/depression-and-anxiety-disorders-damage-your-brain-especially-when-untre
  8. Yes to answer your question. I went years without getting treatment because i felt embarrassed, guilty and unsure i actually had a problem. I just recently got help a little over a week ago and its been the best thing ive done for myself! I just went to my family doctor and talked to him, he prescribed me medication, which has helped tremendously so far.. And i have a appt with a psychiatrist in a few weeks from now. Which im a little anxious about but i know everything will go good.
  9. Today im thankful for the ac in my car. Really hot outside!
  10. Feeling a little anxiety today but all together im ok :)
  11. Im glad you got in touch with some sort of counseling. We all need a little extra help from someone who will listen to our crazyness for a bit! Its awesome you made a new friend this week, i think thats an accomplishment right there. Dont worry, your life wont always be this stressed, i promise... It just takes awhile for some of us to understand whats going on inside our bodies and brains! Getting help from doctors, counselors, etc... Wish you the best xoxo
  12. I think they both come together. I think you fall into a depression and with that depression comes anxiety and vice versa.. Its hard to tell really. I think only a professional would be able to give you the answer to that question. For me the depression started up first and then the anxiety slowly snuck up on me later in my early 20's. Either way they are both crippling illnesses and im sorry youre having to go thru that. I hope you're seeking out help for your anxiety with a doctor.
  13. I've been struggling with depression my whole life, even as a child. I just recently went to the doctor for my depression and even though I've only been on 20 mg of lexapro for a week, i see a lot of improvement! My side effects havent been too bad.. Mostly just nasal congestion and ive had two headaches. First headache was bad and then i had a minor headache a few days ago that went away after 10 mins or so. Im kind of a hypochondriac when it comes to medications but I've been doing a lot of research on lexapro and its one of the safest anti depressants out there with less serious side effects.
  14. Im thankful today for God, who continuously answers my prayers.
  15. I've had this happen to me once, but the bathroom has been a place i've been many times. Either to cry, or more commonly to have a panic attack. I recently broke down in the middle of london, in a crowded area. I cried all the way home (bus, tube, train). Noone said anything, everyone ignored me. typical city really.Its a horrible feeling.. Its good to know we arent alone and there are others out there like us that are going thru the same things we are. When i went to my doctor he asked why hadn't i come in sooner. I told him because i was embarrassed, and he said, " Dont be, because most likely the person you pass driving down the road is suffering with the same thing you are. "
  16. I find that our society is rapidly going down the toliet. So many selfish, self centered and self entitled, materialistic people, and whats sad is this is becoming a trend. Its trendy now to be selfish little brats. But for every selfish a****** out there theres also a kind stranger..
  17. Im thankful for finally gaining enough courage to go get help after all of these years. Most of all im thankful for my family, whos been very supportive.
  18. I agree. I think you definitely need someone to talk to. Maybe talk to your school counselor. Im sure he/she could help you out if you're uncomfortable going to your parents. I understand its hard telling strangers in person what problems you're facing. Im a lot older than you and i have the same anxiety.. But once you can overcome that fear its like a weight being lifted off of your shoulders. Its almost a feeling of euphoria to be able to talk to someone and let all of the things youre holding inside out to someone else. Wish you the best xoxo
  19. When im depressed i dont eat anything but since I've started lexapro I've been hungry all the time! I know im going to gain a lot of weight on this medicine... Im going to the grocery store tonight to stock up on fruits and veggies. Getting rid of all the junk food in my house!
  20. I never made it to the bathroom.. I would just break down and start crying in front of my coworkers, which was humiliating. It was pretty uncontrollable. I hated myself for it and i always felt like an ***** afterwards. The only thing that i felt helped subside the emotional outbursts were breathing exercises.
  21. You seem like a great guy and im positive there is someone out there for you so dont give up searching. Sometimes it just takes awhile.. My cousin found his match at 33 and had never been in a relationship before her. I know how hard it is to socialize with anxiety and depression.. The internet is a great place for people like us to get to know awesome people and make new friends when real life is too stressful.
  22. I take mine in the morning because it gives me insomnia
  23. Im on 20 mg of lexapro starting out, on day 4. So far ive had one migraine and my nose has been stuffed up everyday since i started. Thats the only side effects ive had so far. The first day i had diarrhea but thats it.
  24. Thanks :) im on day 4 now and so far ive just had one really bad headache that went away after a few hours. Mainly im just experiencing a stuffy nose..which is annoying but tolerable.
  25. I recently went to the regular family care doctor for my depression and hes prescribed me lexapro 20 mg a day. This feels like a pretty high dosage to be starting out on but my doctor assured me its very safe and one of the best drugs on the market for major depression. Im still a little leery though. So my question is, are there any lexapro users out there that have started on this high of a dosage? And did you have any side effects from this medicine, and if so what were they? Thanks in advance.
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