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  1. Dear, dear @Epictetus, My goodness, I am so fortunate to have you on my staff. And I am wondering, what has made you so wise? You my dear friend are invaluable. Thank you for being here all these years. I have not thank you enough. ~Lindsay
  2. Sorry to see you go @Devlinkyla, these things happen. This is called life. We just cannot dwell on it . We can post how sorry we are, but. We have to try and stay positive if possible, and as life keeps on going we must at least try to. I lost a fabulous moderator in the mid 90's due to Suicide and everyone knew she was going to die. She was wonderful, I did not give up DF though. Neither did our members! It is difficult I know, I have been there and right now I am starting to feel it as well, but I am not giving-up! I wish you well in whatever you do and wherever you go. ❤️ ~Lindsay P.S. There were some very nice things spoken.
  3. Usually you give a medication a chance, or at least call your pDoc and they would prescribe something to calm you a bit along with the Abilify. Not just an antipsychotic alone. I was once given Haldol mistakenly!! and it was horrific! (for me)! That is one strong med, I was on it one day and my Dr. immediately took me off as it was totally not for me! Please know that you need to consult your pDoc and give your meds a chance, which most usually are btw 4-6 weeks to fully take effect. JMHO. Feel better, best wishes to you, ~Lindsay
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    Valentines Day

    Valentines Day 6 Surprising Facts About St. Valentine Who was St. Valentine, and why do we celebrate him on February 14? In honor of Valentine’s Day, get the facts about this enigmatic character. ELIZABETH HANES 1. The St. Valentine who inspired the holiday may have been two different men. Officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, St. Valentine is known to be a real person who died around A.D. 270. However, his true identity was questioned as early as A.D. 496 by Pope Gelasius I, who referred to the martyr and his acts as “being known only to God.” One account from the 1400s describes Valentine as a temple priest who was beheaded near Rome by the emperor Claudius II for helping Christian couples wed. A different account claims Valentine was the Bishop of Terni, also martyred by Claudius II on the outskirts of Rome. Because of the similarities of these accounts, it’s thought they may refer to the same person. Enough confusion surrounds the true identity of St. Valentine that the Catholic Church discontinued liturgical veneration of him in 1969, though his name remains on its list of officially recognized saints. 2. In all, there are about a dozen St. Valentines, plus a pope. The saint we celebrate on Valentine’s Day is known officially as St. Valentine of Rome in order to differentiate him from the dozen or so other Valentines on the list. Because “Valentinus”—from the Latin word for worthy, strong or powerful—was a popular moniker between the second and eighth centuries A.D., several martyrs over the centuries have carried this name. The official Roman Catholic roster of saints shows about a dozen who were named Valentine or some variation thereof. The most recently beatified Valentine is St. Valentine Berrio-Ochoa, a Spaniard of the Dominican order who traveled to Vietnam, where he served as bishop until his beheading in 1861. Pope John Paul II canonized Berrio-Ochoa in 1988. There was even a Pope Valentine, though little is known about him except that he served a mere 40 days around A.D. 827. 3. Valentine is the patron saint of beekeepers and epilepsy, among many other things. Saints are certainly expected to keep busy in the afterlife. Their holy duties include interceding in earthly affairs and entertaining petitions from living souls. In this respect, St. Valentine has wide-ranging spiritual responsibilities. People call on him to watch over the lives of lovers, of course, but also for interventions regarding beekeeping and epilepsy, as well as the plague, fainting and traveling. As you might expect, he’s also the patron saint of engaged couples and happy marriages. 4. You can find Valentine’s skull in Rome. The flower-adorned skull of St. Valentine is on display in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome. In the early 1800s, the excavation of a catacomb near Rome yielded skeletal remains and other relics now associated with St. Valentine. As is customary, these bits and pieces of the late saint’s body have subsequently been distributed to reliquaries around the world. You’ll find other bits of St. Valentine’s skeleton on display in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Scotland, England and France. 5. Chaucer may have invented Valentine’s Day. The medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer often took liberties with history, placing his poetic characters into fictitious historical contexts that he represented as real. No record exists of romantic celebrations on Valentine’s Day prior to a poem Chaucer wrote around 1375. In his work “Parliament of Foules,” he links a tradition of courtly love with the celebration of St. Valentine’s feast day–an association that didn’t exist until after his poem received widespread attention. The poem refers to February 14 as the day birds (and humans) come together to find a mate. When Chaucer wrote, “For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day / Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate,” he may have invented the holiday we know today. 6. You can celebrate Valentine’s Day several times a year. Because of the abundance of St. Valentines on the Roman Catholic roster, you can choose to celebrate the saint multiple times each year. Besides February 14, you might decide to celebrate St. Valentine of Viterbo on November 3. Or maybe you want to get a jump on the traditional Valentine celebration by feting St. Valentine of Raetia on January 7. Women might choose to honor the only female St. Valentine (Valentina), a virgin martyred in Palestine on July 25, A.D. 308. The Eastern Orthodox Church officially celebrates St. Valentine twice, once as an elder of the church on July 6 and once as a martyr on July 30.
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    Happy Hanukkah

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    Happy Hanukkah People are preparing to light their menorahs for the first time Sunday night, making it the perfect opportunity to curl up with, as Adam Sandler sings, a "gin and tonic-ah" and learn about Hanukkah. Sunday marks the first night of the holiday, also known as the Festival of Lights. For the next eight days, Jewish people will gather with friends and family to light their menorahs and remember a miracle that God performed thousands of years earlier. When Antiochus IV Epiphanes ruled Judea, the land known today as Israel, he outlawed the Jewish religion and ordered everyone to worship Greek gods. After his soldiers marched into Jerusalem, they desecrated the Second Temple and erected an idol. To fight back against the oppression, a group of people known as the Maccabees banded together. Led by Judah, the son of Mattathias, a local leader in Modi'in, they were successful in their revolt against the king's much more powerful army and reclaimed Jerusalem. When the Maccabees returned to the destroyed temple, Judah ordered it to be rebuilt and for the menorah to be lit once again. Despite having untainted oil to light the menorah for only one night, they lit it anyway. Miraculously, the menorah remained lit for eight days. Now, Hanukkah serves as a reminder of God's miracle and the Maccabees' victory over their oppressors, despite the enormous odds against them. Starting on Sunday, people will light their menorahs, adding one additional candle for each subsequent night until all eight are burning on the last night of Hanukkah. Along with lighting the menorah, which is usually placed in a window or a spot in the home where it can be observed from outside, people often eat latkes, potato pancakes they fry in oil, reminiscent of the oil that burned for eight days.
  6. `Tis The Season Welcome to the holiday season. Typically, a time for families and friends to connect and share in the joy of the season. That said it can also be a time of isolation for many, for stress overload, and a general sense that it is not “joyous.” Recent social media posts on suicidal ideation from celebrities who have been harassed and the recent murders and suicide of a family in Tampa exacerbate negative feelings. Personally, this holiday brings a sense of melancholy to my family, having just lost a wonderful member of our family within the last few weeks and knowing that two other loved ones passed away during this month in years past. We understand that feelings of sadness or loneliness are “normal” feelings that dissipate in a relatively short time. However, for people living with depressive disorder, or chronic depression, those feelings may not subside. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an estimated 16 million American adults had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Depression does not discriminate; rather people of all ages and all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds experience depression. Depression that is chronic, more than two weeks, is different for each person. Depressive disorder changes how a person functions day-to-day and symptoms can include change in sleep or appetite, loss of energy or interest in activities, physical symptoms of pain, and suicidal thoughts. The good news is that there is treatment and support available. Psychotherapy, medication, exercise, and alternative approaches are just a start. NAMI Sarasota County offers weekly and monthly support groups and education classes designed to help individuals, families and caregivers with their mental health issues. NAMI is also a resource to individuals and families looking for support and services in the community. Reach out for help, whether it be to a friend, family member, co-worker, or NAMI at 941-376-9361 or info@namisarasotacounty.org. And if you or someone you know is in crisis, whether they are considering suicide or not, please call the toll-free, 24/7 Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). -Lindsay FacebookTwitterEmailShare
  7. Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Day, annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Americans generally believe that their Thanksgiving is modeled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people. The American holiday is particularly rich in legend and symbolism, and the traditional fare of the Thanksgiving meal typically includes turkey, bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. With respect to vehicular travel, the holiday is often the busiest of the year, as family members gather with one another.
  8. Zoloft: 7 things you should know Medically reviewed by C. Fookes, BPharm Last updated on Oct 3, 2019. 1. How it works Zoloft is a brand (trade) name for sertraline. Sertraline is a medicine that may be used in the treatment of depression and other mood disorders. Experts believe sertraline's effects are due to its ability to rebalance chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin, that appear imbalanced in people with anxiety, depression, and other disorders. Its activity against other neurotransmitters is much less potent than other antidepressants. Zoloft belongs to a group of medicines called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs are thought to work by preventing the reuptake of serotonin by nerves, leading to an increase in serotonin concentrations within the nerve synapse (space between two nerves). 2. Upsides Zoloft may be used in the treatment of moderate-to-severe depression (Major Depressive Disorder). May reduce feelings of anxiety in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, or social or generalized anxiety disorder. Also approved to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), relieving symptoms such as avoidance and intrusion. May improve mood associated with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Zoloft is available as a generic under the name sertraline. 3. Downsides If you are between the ages of 18 and 60, take no other medication or have no other medical conditions, side effects you are more likely to experience include: A headache, nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, insomnia, and sexual dysfunction. May cause drowsiness, but not as likely as with some other antidepressants; however, caution should still be used when driving or operating machinery until full effects of the drug are known. May increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in young adults (similar to other antidepressants). Interaction or overdosage may cause serotonin syndrome (symptoms include agitation, hallucinations, fast heart rate, dizziness, muscle tremor, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea). May cause a discontinuation syndrome if abruptly stopped or interrupted (symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, sweating, tremors, vivid dreams, insomnia). Investigate any unexplained bone pain, tenderness, swelling or bruising since bone fragility fractures have been associated with antidepressant treatment. May increase the risk of bleeding, especially if used with other drugs that also increase bleeding risk (such as other antidepressants, tramadol, or St John's Wort). May precipitate a manic episode in people with undiagnosed bipolar disorder. May cause lowering of total body sodium (called hyponatremia); elderly people or people taking diuretics or already dehydrated may be more at risk. Rarely causes seizures. Notes: In general, seniors or children, people with certain medical conditions (such as liver or kidney problems, heart disease, diabetes, seizures) or people who take other medications are more at risk of developing a wider range of side effects. For a complete list of all side effects, click here. 4. Bottom Line Zoloft is an effective antidepressant with less potential for drowsiness than many other antidepressants. 5. Tips Administer once daily either morning or evening. If Zoloft makes you drowsy, take it at bedtime. May be taken with or without food; however, this needs to be consistent. Talk to your doctor if your mood worsens or you experience any suicidal thoughts particularly during the first few months of therapy. Seek urgent medical advice if symptoms consistent with serotonin syndrome (such as agitation, hallucinations, fast heart rate, dizziness, flushing, nausea, diarrhea) develop. Do not stop suddenly as withdrawal symptoms may occur. When the time comes to discontinue Zoloft, your doctor will advise you how to taper the dose down. Report any problems with bleeding or bruising to your doctor, also report any unexplained skin changes (such as blisters or rashes), problems with urination, eye pain or swelling and vision changes to your doctor. Dilute Zoloft oral concentrate immediately before use with either water, ginger ale, lemon/lime soda, lemonade, or orange juice. Take immediately after mixing. For people who are allergic to latex, note that the Zoloft oral concentrate dropper dispenser contains latex. 6. Response and Effectiveness Peak effects are seen within 4.5 to 8 hours. Some reduction in symptoms of depression or anxiety may be seen within the first week of taking Zoloft; however, it may take up to six weeks for the full effects of Zoloft are seen. 7. Interactions Medicines that interact with Zoloft may either decrease its effect, affect how long it works for, increase side effects, or have less of an effect when taken with Zoloft. An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of the medications; however, sometimes it does. Speak to your doctor about how drug interactions should be managed. Common medications that may interact with Zoloft include: anticoagulants (blood thinners), such as warfarin, or other drugs that have blood thinning effects such as aspirin or NSAIDs anticonvulsants, such as phenytoin, phenobarbital, or primidone antipsychotics (such as butyrophenones, phenothiazines, or thioxanthenes) and atypical antipsychotics (eg, olanzapine, quetiapine, ziprasidone) any medication that may cause drowsiness, such as benzodiazepines (eg, diazepam, lorazepam), first-generation antihistamines (such as doxylamine or promethazine), metoclopramide, or opioids (such as codeine, morphine) bupropion diuretics, such as furosemide lithium medications that may affect the heartbeat by prolonging the QT interval, such as amiodarone, encainide, flecainide, or pimozide other antidepressants, such as tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (eg, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine), venlafaxine, and SSRIs (eg, paroxetine, sertraline) other medications that affect serotonin, such as amphetamines, fentanyl, lithium, tramadol, triptans (eg, almotriptan, eletriptan, or sumatriptan), or St. John's Wort other medications that are metabolized by the same enzymes such as cimetidine, most antipsychotics, flecainide, propafenone, or vinblastine others, such as HIV medications (fosamprenavir, ritonavir), or procyclidine. Avoid drinking alcohol or taking illegal or recreational drugs while taking Zoloft. Note that this list is not all-inclusive and includes only common medications that may interact with Zoloft. You should refer to the prescribing information for Zoloft for a complete list of interactions. References Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride) [Package Insert]. Revised 09/2019. Roerig https://www.drugs.com/pro/zoloft.html Further information Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Zoloft only for the indication prescribed. Copyright 1996-2019 Drugs.com. Revision date: October 2, 2019. Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances. Medical Disclaimer
  9. Today is World Mental Health Day, and National Depression Screening Day Mental health home Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 mhGAP Evidence and research Policy and services Maternal and child mental health Neurology and public health Mental disorders Suicide prevention Mental health in emergencies Mental health publications Media centre Mental disorders Mental disorders comprise a broad range of problems, with different symptoms. However, they are generally characterized by some combination of abnormal thoughts, emotions, behaviour and relationships with others. Examples are schizophrenia, depression, intellectual disabilities and disorders due to drug abuse. Most of these disorders can be successfully treated.
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    Mailing List ADHD AWARENESS MONTH MYTH: ADHD doesn’t exist FACT: There are more than 100,000 articles in science journals on ADHD (and its precursor labels) and references to it in medical textbooks going back to 1775. Adapted from the full length article by Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center FACT: There are more than 100,000 articles in science journals on ADHD (and its precursor labels) and references to it in medical textbooks going back to 1775. Adapted from the full length article by Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center We periodically hear that ADHD is a myth. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are more than 100,000 articles in science journals on ADHD (and its precursor labels) and references to it appear in medical textbooks going back to 1775. Jerome Wakefield, Ph.D. defined explicit criteria for judging mental disorders more than 20 years ago. Real disorders: consist of a failure or serious deficiency in the functioning of a mental ability and this failure or deficiency is producing harm to the individual. We can show that ADHD meets both these standards. First: there is overwhelming evidence ADHD involves a serious deficiency in both attention (poor sustained attention and distractibility) and behavioral inhibition (impulsivity and hyperactivity). These symptoms of ADHD actually reflect an underlying problem in the development of executive functioning (EF). The prefrontal lobe network, or executive brain, provides executive mental abilities necessary for goal-directed, future-oriented action: self-awareness, inhibition, working memory, emotional self-regulation, self-motivation, and planning/problem-solving. These mental abilities give us self-regulation, and ADHD symptoms arise from deficiencies in them. Whether you think ADHD is a disorder of EF or see ADHD as a disorder of inattention and inhibition, the evidence supports a failure or serious deficiency in the functioning of a set of mental mechanisms. Criterion number 1 has been met. Is ADHD associated with harm to the individual? Harm refers to an increased risk of mortality (death), morbidity (injury), personal suffering (a markedly reduced quality of life), or impairment in major domains of life activities essential to our survival and welfare. ADHD is linked to a nearly doubled risk of early mortality before age 10, and more than 4 times the risk of early death in adults before age 45. People with ADHD have 3-5 times the risk for accidental injury, and a higher risk for repeated injuries, visitation to the hospital emergency room, and hospitalization. Abundant research shows people with ADHD function ineffectively in myriad major life activities that result in impairment and adverse consequences. There are few outpatient mental disorders more severely impairing, impairing to more people, and across more domains of major life activities than ADHD. As you can see, ADHD handily meets both standards for being a valid mental disorder. Thus ADHD is real. Sometimes critics claim ADHD cannot be real because there is no objective laboratory test for the disorder. The absence of a test hardly means the absence of a disorder. Disorders are primarily discovered first by describing the symptoms that are believed to comprise that condition and showing they cluster together routinely. Then scientists search for the causes that contribute to those symptoms. Only then, years or even decades later, when evidence is well established is clinical science able to discover some objective means of routinely testing for it. https://www.adhdawarenessmonth.org/wp-content/uploads/ADHD-is-Real-Shortened-Version.pdf ABOUT THE AUTHOR Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D. is a clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner who has published 23 books, rating scales, more than 290 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature, assessment, and treatment of ADHD and related disorders, and clinical manuals numbering 41 editions. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA. His websites are www.russellbarkley.org and ADHDLectures.com. REFERENCES Barkley, R. A. (2015). Health problems and related impairments in children and adults with ADHD. In R. A. Barkley (ed.) Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: A handbook for diagnosis and treatment (4thEd)(pp. 267-313). New York, NY: Guilford Press. Barkley, R. A. (2015b). Educational, occupational, dating and marriage, and financial impairments in adults with ADHD. In R. A. Barkley (ed.) Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: A handbook for diagnosis and treatment (4th Ed)(pp. 314-342). New York, NY: Guilford Press. Barkley, R. A. & Fischer, M. (2019). Hyperactive child syndrome and estimated life expectancy by young adult follow-up: The role of ADHD persistence and other potential predictors. Journal of Attention Disorder, 23(9), 907-923. Barkley, R. A., Murphy, K. R., & Fischer, M. (2008). ADHD in adults: What the science says. New York: Guilford Press. Dalsgaard, S., Ostergaard, S. D., Leckman, J. F., Mortensen, P. B., & Pedersen, M. G. (2015). Mortality in children, adolescents and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a nationwide cohort study. Lancet, 385, 2190-2196. Faraone, S. C., Asherson, P., Banaschewski, T., Biederman, J., Buitelaar, J. K., Ramos-Quiroga, J. A. et al. (2015). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Nature Reviews (Disease Primers), 1, 1-23. Frazier, T. W., Demareem H. A., & Youngstrom, E. A. (2004). Meta-analysis of intellectual and neuropsychological test performance in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Neuropsychology, 18, 543-555. Hervey, A. S., Epstein, J. N., & Curry, J. F. (2004). Neuropsychology of adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A meta-analytic review. Neuropsychology, 18, 495-503. London, A. S., & Landes, S. D. (2016). Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and adult mortality. Preventive Medicine, 90, 8-10. Nigg, J. T. (2013). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and adverse health outcomes. Clinical Psychology Review, 33, 215-228. Wakefield, J. C. (1999). Evolutionary versus prototype analyses of the concept of disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 108, 374-399.
  11. Hello Morgan, You are such a courageous young woman and I see such amazing strength in you. I believe with much support you can get through your pregnancy, to focus on! Realizing this sweet beautiful baby boy, whom you already love, who would be such a wonderful companion for you, his Mum Starting a Blog here on Depression Forums after five posts would help to you greatly, I believe. Like my wonderful Members above have noted, you are articulate, amazing, determined, and strong and your peers are here for you. You are going to get through this! -Lindsay, Forum Admin Founder
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  14. Hello, There are many that can tolerate 0.5 mg easily and stop it on a dime with no problem and others that become dependent on it. Your Mileage May Vary, (YMMV). Everyone is so different as you can see above. I can take it or leave it. It's been 15 years on and off. Best of luck to you, -Lindsay
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