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  1. I hope you had a fantastic day :)

  2. Celexa has been pretty good to me, but it makes me so HOT! The sweating isn't terrible at this point, but now, even in winter I'm in a tank top, not using the heat, and even have the windows open! I live in the Bay Area, so the winter is a lot different than in most places, but it's still just so uncomfortable! My live-in boyfriend is not happy about it. I feel like I'm in early menopause.
  3. Hi, Celexa forum! My doctor just switched me from Zoloft to Celexa because the Z. had a stimulating (and therefore anxiety-inducing) effect on me. I start tomorrow. I'm a little nervous about switching meds - when I went on Zoloft about a month ago it was really, really hard. I hope I'm not just starting over.
  4. The idea of depression as self-punishment makes a lot of sense to me; I've often felt that way, about both depression and anxiety. Sometimes I feel like I've screwed up in one way or another or that I'm just not good enough, and so I deserve to feel down or anxious. This is a hard way to be, especially because I have to suffer the real-world consequences of my actions anyway - there's no sense in mentally beating myself up about them too. And it's a vicious cycle: I don't feel up to par, so I mentally berate myself, which turns into depression and anxiety, which further makes me feel not up to par. This is something I'm working through.
  5. I have done something similar, usually when I'm feeling anxious and have to calm myself down in order to sleep. I don't get panic attacks in the usual sense, but I imagine it would work for that too! What I do is visualize my anxiety in the form of a dark mass, and a woman (okay, it's Joan of Arc) in armor, fighting it off with a sword. I'm not religious, so my choice of Joan of Arc doesn't have anything to do with that, but it's more that I felt protected and someone was fighting on my behalf. Anyway, it's helpful in getting me to become less anxious and sleep for a bit.
  6. My meds have a slightly stimulating effect on me to begin with, and if I have caffeine on top of that, my anxiety goes through the roof. It's really awful. So, no more coffee for me. Although, whenever I wish I could have coffee, I just think about how much money I'm saving not going to Starbucks every morning! :wolverine:
  7. Speaking as someone in the early stages of recovery, it helps a LOT to read posts like yours. So thanks, Jeff!
  8. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area; I moved here a year and a half ago from New England. The weather is perfect here (no Noreasters!), and it's a pretty liberal, everything-goes place, which I really like. Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of people here; if you drive through the East Bay you can see houses upon houses built up the hills and as far as the eye can see. The lack of space is a little freaky sometimes! One thing I really, really miss about New England is the seafood. It's just not the same in California; you can of course get seafood, but...yeah, it's just not the same. On the other hand, California has wicked Thai food.
  9. Today's my second day with no headaches! Huzzah!
  10. I will generally clench my teeth when depressed or anxious, which results in tooth and jaw aches. I've given myself an earache from my bruxism before - painful! I also hold my stress in my neck and shoulders; the muscles get soooo tight and achy. As an aside, when I was in choir in junior high we used to have to massage each other's neck muscles as a warmup. All the other girls had nice, soft shoulders. Mine were always hard as a rock! Also, lately I've had aches in the middle of my back, but I think this might be related to the anti-depressant I'm on - supposedly it can cause backaches.
  11. I admit that I am guilty of this. My boyfriend and my parents know, but I'm afraid to tell my siblings -- and I'm especially afraid to tell my boyfriend's family, with whom I'm fairly close. I really like them a lot, but unfortunately they can be very judgmental about things they haven't had to deal with. I think that if they knew I was taking anti-depressants it would change their view of me, and even though they wouldn't say anything to my face, it would be a topic of discussion when my boyfriend and I aren't around. I realize that by hiding my problems (and the fact that I'm working on solutions) from them, I'm just letting the stigma remain the status quo, but I don't want to be talked about like that. Not the most progressive way to be, but it's where I'm at right now.
  12. I'm not terribly interested in cars, but if I had the dough to get a new one now (even if I could afford anything), I'd get a hybrid. They aren't perfect yet, but I'd feel a little better driving one of those than a regular car.
  13. Congratulations! That's great news for your son. He should be proud of himself.
  14. Honestly, and not to sound totally shallow, but I'd like a winning lottery ticket. I'd get a nice little house in a good neighborhood, could go back to school for anything I wanted without swimming in debt, wouldn't have to worry about insurance or paying for meds or therapy, etc. My parents wouldn't have to worry about their retirement. But I'd also like to echo the folks who said they'd get rid of mental illness. What an amazing thing that would be! We all can understand physical ailments, but mental illness is so much more insidious. I'd also like to be able to erase world conflict: the problems in Africa, the Middle East, etc. I'd also like for my brain to be fixed.
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