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  2. Hi Brian, Try fishing it's good to get out this time of year. I don't know what part of the country you live in --but crappie are biting in the South for freshwater. Trout are biting in the Saltwater. I also trap coyote and fox live and then sell them live. Its a good hobby that can pay for itself. Just get out and find something you are comfortable with, give it a try. GOD BLESS,
  3. Hi Gentle SUN, Love reading your posts. You have to be a very caring person. To say the things you say. I hate my depression being permanent, But I know others in far worse shape. At least I can get out and enjoy the world around me. So I do my best to look at the positives. SUCH AS-- I don't remember movies after about 6 months so If it was a really good one I get to watch it for the first time again. I may remember bits and pieces while watching it again, but I don't usually know what happens or how it ends. So it has its' good side. MERRY CHRISTMAS GOD BLESS
  4. Hi, I am on a MAOI and there aren't very many meds I can take either. I can take Benadryl --I usually buy the generic store brand, It knocks out head congestion for me. The first dose makes me sleepy then the doses there after don't tend to make me as sleepy. The doctor last time I had a lot of congestion in my chest as well and I was able to take atuss ds with a prescript. Normally the Benadryl knocks it out for me. I was also able to take it while taking all the SSRI's I have tried, which are most. Hope that helps. I hate having a cold. MERRY CHRISTMAS GOD BLESS
  5. Hi Jenna, I don't know how long you have had depression------But alcohol and depression meds DO NOT MIX. If you want your meds to work better-- exercise, diet, and CBT will go a long way into getting you to a much better position to deal with life with depression. Mixing some meds with alcohol you can wind up dead. I myself take Marplan it is a MAOI. I can't have alcohol, cheese, pizza, no Chinese or most Asian foods, aged steaks, bacon , etc. You'd have to see the list which is long for those of us on MAOI's. If we stray from that lists-- in my case I know I will be hospitalized with severely high blood pressure and severe headaches. The blood pressure goes to stroke level. Be sure to look up your meds and stick to whatever diet that needs to be followed with them. Most say no alcohol. Now that you've had an experience with what happens to you. You are now much wiser in knowing what can happen, which could be worse next time. Don't mean to down you but please read up on your meds. Be very careful. I just lost my sister Thanksgiving and I believe it was due to mixing to many meds at one time, caused her to have a heart attack and die in her sleep. Hope this helps. MERRY CHRISTMAS GOD BLESS
  6. Great Job Hi, I really liked it, you caught the essence of being depressed and how we are looked upon. THANKS MERRY CHRISTMAS GOD BLESS
  7. Hi Jenna, I know I take 0.5mg klonopin for anxiety, depression and to as a sleep aid. But if the anxiety really gets bad I also have a prescript for xanax 0.5mg. It is stronger, and in the same family of meds, but it is also addictive-- so I only take as needed. It is a very good med, if you watch how you use it. I have been taking it for about 6 years --just when I need it. AT first it was just about every day , then maybe twice a week, now maybe once a month. It is getting to be less and less now that I am gettting a full and regular dose of the Marplan ( MAOI) and that works for me. Hope that helps. MERRY CHRISTMAS GOD BLESS
  8. Hi, Mine started by crying spells just about every day after I turned 38. Had no idea why I was so sad all the time. Finally spoke to a coworker whom I knew had gotten off for awhile and had been hospitalized. He told me the company had a help line. I called it and they recommended several psychiatrist in the area. He had seen it before and without telling me exactly why had me sent to be evaluated at an Environmental Behavior section of a hospital. They knew what it was before all the testing though they didn't tell me till after all the test. I had used and been exposed to several Electrical Cleaning solvents which were by then banned. However the bann came to late for a lot of people. I and many had Chronic Solvent Encephalopathy ( brain damage) which in my case resulted in Chronic Severe Depression. Some people the chemicals affected there liver, lungs, kidneys, but in many it caused severe depression. After trying most all and combination's thereof of SSRI's. I finally found relief with MAOI's by that time I was 50 years old. They work for me. GOD BLESS MERRYCHRISTMAS
  9. Hi Mimsy, I had never had one before so I got mine off the internet it is just a stainless steal one and has held up for 3 and half years the place I bought you could purchase another for half price in which I did. I asked the ER people if they really check for these things and they said Always. Mine says my name first line second line says USING EMSAM PATCH with the third line saying MAOI I also take Plavix so one the back I didn't put my name but added PLAVIX instead. Mine is very scratched up on the front but the back is as clear as the day purchased. If I buy another since I don't take EMSAM any more I would put my name on the back as well. Emsam is a very good med. especially for atypical depression. I just had so much trouble with it sticking and I tried everything to get it to stick even ordering 2 packs of 6mg in the place of the larger 12 patch at twice the cost per month. I just finally gave up. I take MARPLAN by mouth now and I feel like having the MAOI on the bracelet is ok for now. If you look up, one of my post on EMSAM I give the toll free number that they used to have on the web site to speak to someone at BristolMeyers. The last time I checked they didn't have it on their web site anymore. While you are laid up at home you might enjoy some of the inspiring 2 min. videos at walk the talk. com , they are very good and free. I don't know how old you are but if you have teenagers in the family I would make them sit down and watch a few of them. They change( makes you stop and think) and influencing the way you think on life, work, family, and whats important. Hope this helps Merry CHRISTMAS GOD BLESS
  10. Wow, That's wild about the time. Glad you are doing better. In the rural area I live in the ER doc had never in His 20+ years ever met someone on a MAOI. Fortunately, he knew what it meant, but he told me if I was going to be on something that crazy I needed to move to Atlanta. I do travel their to see my Psychiatrists, which is a 5 hour trip one way,. I travel so far because when you find a good one, the travel is worth it. I wear a Med Bracelet at all times, and carry a list of my meds in my wallet. They could have killed you with the wrong meds.---very easily and quickly. I'm sure they could easily look it up on their computers. My nephew can look it up on his Ipod. Are you still in the hospital? Hope you have a great and safe Christmas?
  11. Hi Lauren, Sorry I missed your post until now. I also have been diagnosed with atypical depression. According to a Harvard Study back in 06 or 07 they came to the conclusion that MAOI's where the best for atypical depression. Your Dr. can get you a copy or you can go to there site, but you have to pay for a copy there. I was given a copy but really what they did was do test and came to the conclusion that MAOI's where best for this type of depression. Sorry I don't know the differences in the MAOI line of drugs. I do know that as long as I could get a consistant dose with the Emsam I did well. But when it kept falling off and I wasn't getting a consistant dose I did worse. I finally got tired of walkiing in the house or checking my patches( I tried 2 6mg to see if they would stick better) and one would be gone or on the floor. So I told my Phschychiatrist I had- had enough. To please put me on one orally. I had done well on Parnate for about 3 months, 3 years ago, them my bloodpressure went haywire, they had to get me off ASAP. So , we knew I could not take that one. I have been on Marplan since Aug 26, 08 and so far it has did me very well. So far, so good I hope that helps. Write me a PM and I know I will see that if I can help anymore. I will be praying for you, GOD BLESS
  12. Hi, You have come to the right place. You will meet some very caring people here. They are all very supportive. The age range is very wide--- so however old you are or where you are from you fit in here. Just from my limited experience of 14 years with depression---finding the right psychiatrist and the right combo of meds is of upmost importance. But the down side is everyone is different, the meds work differently on each. Sooo there has to be a lot of trial and error. Diet and exercise will increase the benefits of therapy and the meds both. THere is help. Don't give up I Will be praying for you. GOD BLESS
  13. HI, Welcome, you've came to the right place. People care here. As for me, if I think I need to go to the hospital, I probably should have gone before it got to this stage. I go inpatient to the hospital. I may have thought before I went ---maybe I could make it without going. ----- I may have but at what price to me and my family?? I have never regretted checking in. I've always left the hospital, a much wiser, complete, happier, and more stable person. I have been in at least once every year since 1994. I hope my last stay was the last, but if I really get down---I know where to go. I thank GOD, I've never been in a bad hospital. Some needed improving, but I did leave much better off, in them all. I teach a large SS class of Senior Adults at ou church. They do not fully understand, but they do encourage me to do what is best. Some mention me being gone and others never mention it, but they all want me back as soon as possible. They love and appreciate me. They call and check on my family while I am gone. I have always thought GOD gave us a Brain, He wants us to use it. He has given knowledge to Drs' and therapist-- to help when we need them and especially a hospital when we need more than just once a week or month help. Not trying to tell you what to do----I just know It Works For ME GOD BLESS Be praying for YOU, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill 1871-1965 Life does not consist mainly
  14. HI, I know a little how you feel, my sister died suddenly at home last Friday. It has shocked the family, to say the least, she had come home for Thanksgiving. We as a family also now there is an appointed time for each of us to die. GOD is GOOD, HE and HE alone knows the right time for us to leave this world. Once a person becomes a Christian this world really is no longer their home they / we have a Heavenly home much better than the present world. A much better and happier place. The job for us that are left, is to prepare to meet them there. By the way Welcome. You'll meet a lot of caring people here. I also know that counseling helps, CBT helps, finding the right therapist/ psychiatrists is a must, for it to work the best and the quickest. Diet and exercise is a must, also in dealing with life in general, even more so while in a high stress environment like school. However, it would be your choice to drop out a semester-- but as streamlinefd said once you stop it is so easy to put off returning. I saw a large picture in the Dr
  15. HI I saw this and knew it fit your situation and all of ours really: It is Titles LEARNING TO TRUST THE MASTER BY MAX LUCADO A man and his dog are in the same car. The dog howls bright-moon-in-the-middle-of-the-night caterwauling howls. The man pleads, promising a daily delivery of dog biscuit bouquets if only the hound will hush. After all, it's only a car wash. Never occurred to him--ahem, to me--that the car wash would scare my dog. But it did. Placing myself in her paws, I can see why. A huge, noisy machine presses toward us, pounding our window with water, banging against the door with brushes. Duck! We're under attack. "Don't panic. The car wash was my idea." "I've done this before." "It's for our own good." Ever tried to explain a car wash to a canine? Dog dictionaries are minus the words brush and detail job. My words fell on fallen flaps. Nothing helped. She just did what dogs do; she wailed. Actually, she did what we do. Don't we howl? Not at car washes perhaps but at hospital stays and job transfers. Let the economy go south or the kids move north, and we have a wail of a time. And when our Master explains what's happening, we react as if he's speaking Yalunka. We don't understand a word he says. Is your world wet and wild? God's greatest blessings often come costumed as disasters. Any doubters need to do nothing more than ascend the hill of Calvary. Jerusalem's collective opinion that Friday was this: Jesus is finished. Such is the view of the disciples, the opinion of the friends, and the outlook of the enemies. Label it the dog-in-the-passenger-seat view. The Master who sits behind the wheel thinks differently. God is not surprised. His plan is right on schedule. Even in--especially in--death, Christ is still the king, the king over his own crucifixion. Can't he do the same for you? Can't he turn your Friday into a Sunday? Some of you doubt it. How can God use cancer or death or divorce? Simple. He's smarter than we are. He is to you what I was to four-year-old Amy. I met her at a bookstore. She asked me if I would sign her children's book. When I asked her name, she watched as I began to write, "To Amy ..." She stopped me right there. With wide eyes and open mouth, she asked, "How did you know how to spell my name?" She was awed. You aren't. You know the difference between the knowledge of a child and an adult. Can you imagine the difference between the wisdom of a human and the wisdom of God? What is impossible to us is like spelling "Amy" to him. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts" (Isa. 55:9). I keep taking Molly to the car wash. She's howling less. I don't think she understands the machinery. She's just learning to trust her master. Maybe we'll learn the same.
  16. Hi, This is not the end, its' just a bump in the road. How many light bulbs did Thomas Edison build and watch blow out before he got it right????? We DO NOT GIVE UP!!!I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West! Tolkien
  17. Hi,bluefox, Had a great Thanksgiving! I never wanted or could ever believe I would get depression. It happened in 1994 I was diagnosed as having severe depression and also some brain damage caused by long term use / exposure to some electrical cleaning chemicals. So I could no longer go onto the companies property for liability reasons and became a Mr. Mom. Up until then and I still am a Licensed Electrician/ Electical Contractor and a Licensed Construction Contractor. I worked for a company and also had my own company. I can relate to bluefox being at home is not an easy job. It is 24/7. Then if you add taking meds for the depression, things change alot around home. Our children were teenagers at the time and trying to explain to them and they inturn having to tell their friend why there Dad didn't work any more led to its own set of problems. I was hospitalized and have been ,at least once a year since 1994. I' ve stayed in therapy ever since 1994. Just never give up. The kids take the changes better than we do. If I could tell anyone with Depression what to do---- that would be to keep trying to find the right combo of meds for you and demand and get a very good Physchiatrist and a very good Physchologists to help you. YOU are not alone. There is Help GOD BLESS
  18. Thanks Mimsey, Its good to know when someone responds to a message. I seem to be the only one on Marplan . Another person responded and they are on Parnate. Its just good to be able to share with someone on a similar med. What they have found helpful and not. I was on Emsam for about 2 and a half years, It is a really good med. I just could not get the patches to stick very well. I live in the deep South in SouthEast Georgia, a few miles from the Okefenokee Swamp and 50 mile from the Atlantic Ocean, 50 miles from Florida---soooo it is very humid. I even was in an advetisement for Emsam but I just got tired of inconsistent doses with the patch falling off. I went to the MAOI orally, and so far so good. I hope everything is well with YOU. Thanks you made my day GOD BLESS William Shakespeare: Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt I saw a large picture in the Dr
  19. Thanks Sukij, I'm sure there are more of us out there that are on a MAOI. They are just not responding. But I'm glad you did. I'm glad you found the right combination Of ECT and meds that help you. The last time I was in the hospital, the Pdoc asked if I had considered ECT. I have. However, as long as this combination of Meds work I will stay with it, always knowing there are other options,help. Do you use CBT therapy as well. I do, and have found it helps greatly. Thanks again, Have a great THANKSGIVING. Count your blessings, not your problems 'And remember: amateurs built the ark .. professionals built the Titanic. -------------------------- "Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence." George Washington 1732-1799 "Good friends are like stars.........You don't always see them, but you know they are always there." Keep Dreaming
  20. HI, We all would like to know what happened?? We've had you in our prayers? Philippians 4:13 --- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." Henry Ford 1863-1947 "The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time." Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865 Perseverance is not a long race: it is many short races, one after another. -- Walter Elliot
  21. Hi, Thanks so much for responding. I have asked several times about the MAOI's and the one I am on called Marplan. No one had responded. I could see where people viewed my message but, I had gotten no response. I was on Parnate 3 years ago, I did very well until out of the blue my bloodpressure skyrocketed to stroke level. I was rushed from the rural area I live to Atlanta/ Emory and they got me off it and on a SSRI until Emsam came out in Feb. of 2006. The Marplan seems to be going good for me. I have had no ill effects and have been on it since Aug. 26, 2008. So far no blood pressure problems. Though as you must do as well, I take my bloodpressure twice a day, to see anything happening before it is too far alone. I also make sure every doc knows I am on a MAOI. They do not like them in the rural area in which I live. But after trying most all the SSRI's, the MAOI's provide the relief I need for Depression. I have Atypical Depression brought on by many years of exposure and use of certain Electrical Cleaners/Solvents. Harvard did a study back in 2007 ,I believe, and came to the conclusion that MAOI's where the best drug for those with Atypical Depression. I just know it works for me. If you don't mind me asking????? How many years have you been on Parnate? Have you had any side effects? Do you know what are the results from long term use? Any other information you have??? Thanks again for responding.
  22. HI, I can't believe I am the only person out here on a MAOI. I take Marplan. I'd like to know how it effects you, if you have had problems or good response?? If no one answers after I try this time , I'll stop asking and just forget it. I guess I''ll just have to go it alone.
  23. HI, I enjoy a number of outlets. I have to agree diet and exercise do help with the depression. The exercise must enhance the meds somehow. Writing down your thoughts is really an integral part of CBT, which works. Putting your thoughts and feelings on paper is a unmeasurable release. Writing letters to people that have hurt you and never mailing them is such healing. But you need other outlets to be a well rounded person. Personally, Have a personal relationship with GOD, FIND a good church and be involved in it. I go fishing. I also enjoy going hunting for deer, provides most of the hamburger and steak for my family. I also trap and catch coyotes and fox live, then I sell them to large fox pens it is a good hobby that at times does pay for itself. Save one day a week for something you enjoy--live life -- GOD wants us to enjoy HIS CREATION GOD BLESS
  24. HI Somebody please reply Surely someone else is on MARPLAN out there. HELP, I don't want to be in this alone.
  25. HI I don't know If I'm the only one on a MAOI??? I was taking Emsam for about 2 and half years, but had many problems with the patch not sticking. Resulting in unequal doses. I finally couldn't stand it anymore one day the patch would stick another it wouldn't. I was on 12mg and so I went to 2--6mg patches at twice the cost. The 6's stuck some better but I just got sick of walking in and finding one on the floor. I started Marplan 10mg on Aug 26,08 and so far it has been a good switch for me. Does anyone else take or has taken Marplan????? Thanks
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