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    felix_a_cat got a reaction from Onaolu in Keeping up appearances but things have never been worse   
    Hi Arella, I'm really sorry you're going through a rough time. I am too. I can relate to the feeling of little things seeming like giant undertakings. I've reduced my work hours to 3 hours per day, but every day I still take forever to get myself out the door and face the day. Cooking? It's the bare minimum, often just sandwiches. Anyway, I do encourage you to seek help. Do you have a family doctor you see, or a psychiatrist? Maybe you can try to take one small step forward towards booking an appointment? Perhaps just locate the number for the Dr's office as step one? I'm sorry you're feeling this way, and remember you're not alone, and you can get better.
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    felix_a_cat got a reaction from Positivenegative in Depressed and confused and sleepless   
    Could you try sleeping in the same room as him but in your own bed? You could buy a single (twin are they called?) bed probably pretty cheap, and give that a shot. It could be a good first step, and ultimately you can transition into the same bed. Or, heck stick to the separate beds if necessary. Might cramp the room a bit, but you could maybe just use a mattress and no box spring and put it on the floor and then stash it off to the side when you're not using it.
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    felix_a_cat got a reaction from gandolfication in Self critical and hopeless   
    I'm overwhelmed today as well Gandolf. I'm struggling to get any work done. Have been for the past month. Somehow I get some stuff done, just like somehow I manage to propel my body forward to get to the store, the bus stop, the bicycle, etc. I feel for you, I know what it's like to struggle, to be afraid, lonely, angry and without hope. I'm sorry you're experiencing this. Hopefully this is a lower point that you can recognize as having always lifted in the past at least to some degree. I've had the feeling of the fight being out of me before, only to have renewed vigour come back. Just wanted to reinforce to you the cyclical nature of this. Sometimes the cycles don't have very high highs, but they can again.
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    felix_a_cat got a reaction from Epictetus in Self critical and hopeless   
    I'm overwhelmed today as well Gandolf. I'm struggling to get any work done. Have been for the past month. Somehow I get some stuff done, just like somehow I manage to propel my body forward to get to the store, the bus stop, the bicycle, etc. I feel for you, I know what it's like to struggle, to be afraid, lonely, angry and without hope. I'm sorry you're experiencing this. Hopefully this is a lower point that you can recognize as having always lifted in the past at least to some degree. I've had the feeling of the fight being out of me before, only to have renewed vigour come back. Just wanted to reinforce to you the cyclical nature of this. Sometimes the cycles don't have very high highs, but they can again.
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    felix_a_cat got a reaction from June322 in Hate admit this....   
    I don't want to advocate for one form of treatment or another, but pills have never in my experience taken away emotions - if anything they've given them back, after only being able to feel just the bad emotions. But again, not trying to persuade.
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    felix_a_cat got a reaction from SailingSoul in Hate admit this....   
    I don't want to advocate for one form of treatment or another, but pills have never in my experience taken away emotions - if anything they've given them back, after only being able to feel just the bad emotions. But again, not trying to persuade.
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    felix_a_cat reacted to skblue in Finding medication that helps for unipolar depression + anxiety   
    I have depression, anxiety, and ADD. Here are the meds/combos I've tried:
    Celexa & Adderall - Celexa made me super tired & depression worse, but when I was awake and took my Adderall, it made me super tense Lexapro - same as Celexa Lexapro & Wellbutrin - the Wellbutrin was supposed to counteract the fatigue, but didn't seem to do anything Strattera - just for ADD, but had little effect Strattera & Wellbutrin - little effect Higher dose of Wellbutrin on its own - little effect Prozac - made me super tired & depression worse Effexor - I had a rough start of figuring out when to take it so it didn't keep me up all night or make me sleep all day, and because I've been out of work since I started it, I haven't been as good at taking it every day at the same time as other meds. It's been about 2.5 months that I've been on the same dose (150 mg) of Effexor and I have noticed improvement. I had had severe anhedonia interspersed with bouts of constant sobbing for almost a year, and that's all leveled out. I have emotions again, but not crazy all over the place ones, which I definitely see as a plus. It might need to be tweaked a little bit. I still have some days of sleeping for most of the day, but they seem to be getting further apart.
    So basically, SSRIs just seem to make things worse for me. I would be very reluctant to try another one. However, the SNRI, Effexor, seems to be working, but it did take awhile, so you might need to be patient. And as @ladysmurf says, there are lots of other options, so don't give up hope yet. I know it's an incredibly frustrating and disheartening process, especially if the thing that's suppose to help you does the opposite, yet you're being told you have to deal with it for a month or two. Good luck :)
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    felix_a_cat reacted to ladysmurf in Finding medication that helps for unipolar depression + anxiety   
    there are TCA's, anti-psychotics, MAOI's , various other medications, you can discuss those with your doctor........As well as TMS, ECT, and therapy CBT, DBT, ACT......
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    felix_a_cat reacted to HavePatience in Finding medication that helps for unipolar depression + anxiety   
    Hey Felix,
    I saw that nobody had responded to this. Unfortunately I can't speak to the different combinations of antidepressants, but I wanted to send you some support!
    I'm so sorry you've been feeling low. It sounds like you're doing some really good things for yourself by keeping active and eating well. That must be really hard, so I commend you for sticking with it.
    Have you thought about going back to your therapist?
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    felix_a_cat reacted to HavePatience in Stuck in a Blank Mind State--Could Really Use Some Support   
    Thank you so much for your reply, felix. I think we're in the same boat. Lucky for me, my boss is really wonderful and understanding about this. It sounds like your work has been accommodating, too.
    I think you might be right about the CBT--it's doing good things under the hood. I'm just not seeing the benefits yet. We just have to persevere. Thank you again.
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    felix_a_cat got a reaction from HavePatience in Stuck in a Blank Mind State--Could Really Use Some Support   
    I have been in a very bad place for a few months now, and experience cognitive problems as well. Back in December I got hit with a ton of bricks and immediately had intense depression and anxiety. I couldn't get my mind to focus enough to work on complex work problems. It was the anxiety I think. My mind was jumping all over the place. Usually ruminating on how crappy I feel and when is it going to stop. So I had to work on easier projects at work (I told work what was up). I've been trying different pharmaceutical approaches and CBT as well. I too find that CBT isn't as effective when you're deep in the toilet. But I do it nonetheless. It's doing good things under the hood whether it feels that way or not. I think your username sums it up. Patience is needed. We'll get to a better place.
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    felix_a_cat got a reaction from Sideofbacon in Losing my personality :(   
    I can definitely relate. I feel like my brain has shrunk. (which I bet it probably has). I find myself spacing out mid sentence often, not so quick at coming up with words, not really funny anymore, fearful of doing things, trouble concentrating on work projects (this is a big problem for me), garbage memory. I think it's pretty common with depression. So you're not alone. And the good news is depressions do end. You're still early on in your meds, so give it some more time. Consider a psychologist as well. I feel like a different person too. A much worse person. But we'll come out the other end and be ourselves again.
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    felix_a_cat got a reaction from Kogent5 in Scared of the world, my therapist wants me to get out more   
    There's also Meetup (.com). In my city I've seen social anxiety support groups on Meetup, you could signup to that, and I'll bet nobody would blame you if you wanted to take off part-way through. I've also seen meetups for walking tours, "mindful walks", stuff like that, around the city. You could show up, take part in the walks, and then take off part-way through if you needed to.
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    felix_a_cat reacted to Epictetus in Scared of the world, my therapist wants me to get out more   
    Its so tough suffering from anxiety! ! ! I suffer too and I feel for what you are going through.  Some cities that have public libraries have "Friends of the Library" organizations.  In my city it is very laid back volunteering.  Come when you want.  Go when you want.  No pressure.  It involves sorting books people give as gifts to the library.  Maybe it is not to your liking but I can't think of anything else at the moment.  Good luck with everything!
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    felix_a_cat got a reaction from gandolfication in Had my first Ketamine treatment today   
    I'm genuinely amazed at how much suffering we can endure. It's pretty amazing. Completely f****d up but kind of amazing.
    I feel for you guys. It sounds like every day is a battle. It is for me too. @gandolfication sounds like you're having at least some success with meds. That's good. What does your Naturopath do for you? Wonder if I should see one. @standup good luck for the next few days. They're going to be crazy rough for me as well. I've been trying Effexor the past few weeks and have realized that now at 150mg it does nothing for me but give me outrageous anxiety and deep dread and depression. I'm gonna drop the dose to a level where all it does for me is nothing at all, so I'll be merely a raw exposed nerve walking around, instead of a raw exposed nerve with a needle P**king it. But I know I still have a bunch of days ahead of me with this crap in my system. I better just strap in. 
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    felix_a_cat reacted to mikl_pls in Increased anxiety starting/upping Effexor   
    Effexor can be quite activating for some and for some it is just too activating for them to hack it out. Sorry you're experiencing difficulties with it, Effexor helped me quite substantially with my anxiety. To each their own reactions though. It's perfectly fine to use benzos while getting accommodated to an antidepressant, but if you feel that Effexor just isn't a match for you, it's perfectly fine for you to ask your pdoc to change to a different medicine.
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    felix_a_cat got a reaction from samadhiSheol in What was a small victory you had today?   
    I solved a tricky problem at work.
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