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  1. Hi Used to be me, Thank you for the thoughtful response. I've had these issues falling asleep as long as I can remember, since I was at least a teenager. I can manage the 45 minutes to an hour, but there are some nights where I feel like I am lying there for hours just waiting. Those are the nights that I really need a better strategy. Actually, the one thing I have found to be the most helpful for me is playing the rainstorm noise on my phone. It has to be a constant rain noise, not like thunderstorm, something I can relax and just tune into. I have never really gone to seek medication because I feel that my troubles with sleep are not enough of an issue that I want to rely on medication. I'd rather work on managing my behaviors. I've heard also that keeping bed as a place for sleeping is helpful, so I should probably stop reading in bed too! I am going to work at incorporating yoga into my evening routines I think because that relaxes me more than anything else and I think should be helpful. Thanks for the input! I hope you will find some relief too, I know it's an ongoing process, and kind of gets better and worse depending on life circumstances.
  2. You know, I do feel the need to urinate more frequently with my Citalopram but I never really connected the two before, because I've also been working to hydrate myself better and just assumed that was it. But it could be the Citalopram! It's not so bad that it's an issue for me and I don't have any other side effects from this medication so I've been happy with it. I hope you feel better soon!
  3. Hi Shamykins, It sounds like you recognize that your relationship is unhealthy, and I can understand how difficult it is to end a relationship after such a long period of time. (I have been there myself and I also was throwing up and panicking and a total wreck at the time). I think that the recommendation to talk to a counselor is a great idea because it may help you to decide what actions will be healthiest for you and how to take steps towards those actions in a healthy way while providing you with support throughout the process. Please remember that you do deserve to be happy and treated with respect, affection and as a unique and feeling person. If you do decide to end the relationship in the future, it might be helpful to have a healthy hobby to help with some of your free time and distract yourself. We are here for you at DF! ((hugs))
  4. Literally nothing. I'm listening to relaxing music and I feel like my mind is floating around on a little cloud taking a vacation. It is quite nice.
  5. I love to remind myself to stop and appreciate all of the wonderful "little things". Some of mine include: Reading (I love to escape into a good story!) Yoga Helping to empower others Snuggling in a soft blanket Going for a walk and just sitting at a park or pond to enjoy nature Spending time with dogs/puppies The perfect hard boiled egg with a little salt (weird, I know, but truly satisfying) Chocolate Watching my plants grow Spending time with my family/friends All of the little ways my bf shows he loves me, like buying me lillies today because he knows I'm feeling down lately
  6. Hi there! I used to take Prozac and Wellbutrin for my anxiety and depression and it worked well for me at the time. Currently, I take Celexa, although I feel that this treats my depression more than my anxiety. I've been able to use a lot of coping mechanisms for my anxiety and have not had a panic attack in months. Yoga has helped and lots of deep breathing exercises. There is a book called "The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook" that I bought that was extremely helpful for me, lots of tools to use to feel better. Good luck!
  7. Hi Yuujin, I just read your update on your appointment. I hope that you will be comfortable with the psychiatrist and that he will listen to how YOU feel about your medications, benefits, side effects, etc. Time will tell, but do not be afraid to ask for what you feel you need. Re: the counseling. I think that it is a good thing that they have "upgraded" you to a more skilled professional, as a student who is training to be a therapist may be helpful, but just does not have a developed skill set yet, so I see this as a really good thing. A more experienced counselor hopefully will be able to meet you where you are at to work on understanding how you are feeling, addressing goals, and taking action to help you feel better! I understand that depression has had a stigma for many of us. I've been very open with my friends, co-workers, etc about my depression because I want people to know how common it is and what it is truly like to live with depression/anxiety, and that you can struggle with these issues and still be a caring, healthy and successful individual. I wish you the best of luck on your journey. :)
  8. Hi Larah, I'm sorry that you are feeling this way. I see that you are taking medications, do you also have a counselor to talk to about what you are feeling and going through? I would hope that could provide some comfort and guidance. There are some really great people on this site also and I hope that you will find much support and compassion here.
  9. Omg it got dark out just before 5pm.....I hate this time change!!! Arghhhh.
  10. Hi Ricardo, welcome to the site. I hope you'll find a lot of support here. I just joined this week and have already chatted with some really friendly/genuine people. Once you have 20 posts you can get into the live chat also, so I'd encourage you to do that! There are a lot of forums that are easy to respond to so you can get to 20 pretty easily. Have a good night!
  11. That's awesome!! As you know, I am a mental health professional and if you ever want to chat about exploring options I'd be happy to talk about it, there are so many different avenues you could take and I have a feeling you will find it very rewarding. :) It's always been my passion and I am so grateful to love what I do and to have the opportunity to help others. Yeah for clarity for you, that's a great moment!!
  12. I feel like a useless lump today. I'm looking out the window and it looks so nice out. I'm going to have to force myself out to go get groceries so I at least get out and accomplish something today. Staying inside all day is never a good idea. That means putting on clothes. Hmph. Maybe in a couple of hours. More being a lump for a while....
  13. Oh gotcha! Let me think on this for a while, I'll let you know if I can think of any good google search terms!! :detective2:
  14. Hi again. :) "mood disorder due to a medical condition" is one type of depression in the DSM. However, I would agree that this is not necessarily the most important when seeking a therapist. I think finding someone who is willing to meet you where you are at and work with you on what your unique goals are is important. Any good therapist will take the time to learn more about any specific conditions that you are dealing with so that they can either assist you or refer you to someone who could better assist you. If you research different types of therapy it may help you decide what will best fit what you personally are looking for, but I really think that the therapist/patient relationship is the most important aspect of any therapy.
  15. I think it's a great idea to have a candid conversation with you current therapist about your concerns. If you truly feel that it's time to move on, I have found psychologytoday.com to be a good website to find therapists, and they usually have information about what they specialize in, their qualifications, etc. It's important to find a good fit for you, especially when you are revealing so much of yourself. Good luck!
  16. I can relate to much of what you all have posted. I also have tested IFNJ, each time I've taken that test. Being around people truly does drain my energy. I work with people very closely as part of my job so I need some serious "down" time after work to be alone and take care of myself. Being in groups gets overwhelming to my senses and I feel the urge to escape pretty quickly. I've always been uncomfortable with hugs and always kind of did the "side hug", but have worked really hard to try to be better about that so as not to offend anyone...but it's certainly not natural, and you won't see me walking up and hugging people on the regular! I think we have much to offer to people when we do open up on a more intimate level, if we are willing to take that risk! I really don't think most introverts like small talk or talking just to fill empty space. I'm okay sitting in silence sometimes. Anyways, I'm off to bed, you all have a good night.
  17. Don't give up frozen. I'm sorry that you are feeling down right now. I had a rough day today too. I can relate to the lump on your breast and the stress it causes. I had a cyst about a year ago and had to go to get it checked out. My doctor sent me to get a mammogram but since I was only 28 at the time, they did an ultrasound instead, and it turned out that the cyst went away on its own and everything was okay. I hope that will be the case for you as well. Especially at such a young age, benign cysts can come and go. Fingers crossed for you. Sometimes when dealing with a lot at once it helps me to step back and take some deep breaths and do something relaxing for myself for a little while each day. We just take it one day at a time!
  18. I've been told that the side effects will go away after about 2-3 weeks, but if you are concerned I would recommend giving your doctor a call, I'm sure they would be happy to talk to you about it. :)
  19. I've recently been depressed again, as I have several times in my life. I get what you are saying about that nagging underlying feeling that prevents you from really being happy. I'm going to reach out to my counselor who I haven't seen in a long time (since I was doing well) and will talk to my doctor about increasing my Citalopram to see if that will help. I generally respond very well to medication treatment. I would encourage you to talk to your doctor if you have not already.
  20. Hi Shelly! I just recently joined and am very glad I joined, it seems like a great place to get and give support. Once you have 20 posts you can do the live chat too. :)
  21. I started crying again today for no reason. I hate depressed me, I am no fun. I just feel sad out of the blue and restless but don't know what to do with myself. It's like I become this pathetic version of myself and I just want to crawl in a hole. We are going to go out tonight for a while to get some dessert and drinks, hopefully getting out will cheer me up a little. We'll see.
  22. I agree that counseling may be a great way to explore some of these questions with a professional and get some of your questions answered. You may find that some of your physical symptoms are psychosomatic. Anxiety can do many strange things to the body that we are often not aware of (for me usually neck and shoulder pain/tension and lots of stomach issues and nausea). I hope that you will find a new doctor that is more understanding of what your are going through as well. Good luck!
  23. My head is pounding today too, and medication has not helped. It's finally starting to get a bit better...it's gotta be this weather change.
  24. Dragonfly in Amber. It's the second of the Outlander series. :)
  25. I'm terrified of heights. Part of my body feels the urge to jump off whenever I stand to close to a bridge or balcony or anything high. It's not out of a suicidal tendancy but some bizzarre like fight or flight syndrome where my body reacts in a strange way. It's terrifying, because I'm truly afraid of heights but my body feels this strong urge to leap, and I have to fight it every time....I force myself to stand at my balcony sometimes with my hands steady on the ledge to try to find a calm place of mind...it's gotten a little better but it's still there.
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