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  1. Hi Sage, My step daughter was prescribed Effexor and even though she was overweight, she actually lost some weight while taking Effexor and it worked beautifully on her depression and anxiety. YMMV, like with all meds it does not work right away, maybe 4-6 weeks and there may be some side effects which should not last long but does not hurt you! And as Tim said everyone is different, but I feel all in all it is a good med to take with no worries. We all are here to support you. Your Dr. should be the one to give you your medical advice though. Take very good care of YOU! ~Lindsay
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  3. Hi Beyond, Thank you so much for your thoughtful words! It really makes me feel so wonderful inside to hear the appreciation coming from my members after all these years. I wish I would have reached out sooner to everyone. It has been 17 years since Depressionforums first became a website I just cannot believe it. I was just with Sydni, the twins and my daughter today. We went to Target (Tarjayyy') for a bit as the twins wanted to spend their birthday money. It was so refreshing to be with Sydni and the girly girls. To see Syd smile and have some sparkle in her eyes a bit felt good, but then she started to get a tad cranky and tired. I hope the Zoloft kicks in soon. Hugs, ~Lindsay
  4. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a fairly new, nontraditional type of psychotherapy. It's growing in popularity, particularly for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD often occurs after experiences such as military combat, physical assault, rape, or car accidents. Although research continues, EMDR remains controversial among some health care professionals. At first glance, EMDR appears to approach psychological issues in an unusual way. It does not rely on talk therapy or medications. Instead, EMDR uses a patient's own rapid, rhythmic eye movements. These eye movements dampen the power of emotionally charged memories of past traumatic events. What Can You Expect From EMDR? An EMDR treatment session can last up to 90 minutes. Your therapist will move his or her fingers back and forth in front of your face and ask you to follow these hand motions with your eyes. At the same time, the EMDR therapist will have you recall a disturbing event. This will include the emotions and body sensations that go along with it. Gradually, the therapist will guide you to shift your thoughts to more pleasant ones. Some therapists use alternatives to finger movements, such as hand or toe tapping or musical tones. How Effective Is EMDR? More than 20,000 practitioners have been trained to use EMDR since psychologist Francine Shapiro developed the technique in 1989. While walking through the woods one day, Shapiro happened to notice that her own negative emotions lessened as her eyes darted from side to side. Then, she found the same positive effect in patients. EMDR appears to be a safe therapy, with no negative side effects. Still, despite its increasing use, mental health practitioners debate EMDR's effectiveness. Critics note that most EMDR studies have involved only small numbers of participants. Other researchers, though, have shown the treatment's effectiveness in published reports that consolidated data from several studies. What Do the Guidelines Recommend? Guidelines issued by more than one professional organization have recently boosted the credibility of EMDR. These guidelines define who may benefit from the treatment. For example: The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has noted that EMDR is effective for treating symptoms of acute and chronic PTSD. According to the APA, EMDR may be particularly useful for people who have trouble talking about the traumatic events they've experienced. The APA guidelines note that other research is needed to tell whether improvements from EMDR can be sustained over time. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense have jointly issued clinical practice guidelines. These guidelines "strongly recommended" EDMR for the treatment of PTSD in both military and non-military populations. They also note that this approach has been as effective as other psychological treatments in some studies, and less effective in others. How Does EMDR Work? Even the most enthusiastic supporters of EMDR have not agreed on how the therapy works. At this point, only theories exist. By inducing the recall of distressing events and diverting attention from their emotional consequences, EMDR in some respects borrows basic principles used in prolonged exposure therapy, the gold standard behavioral psychotherapeutic treatment of PTSD. Some therapists believe that EMDR reduces anxiety. This allows patients to better take control of their upsetting thoughts. Others simply say that we don't yet understand how EMDR works. According to the APA guidelines, EMDR needs further study to more fully understand it. Getting EMDR Treatment EMDR techniques are performed by trained professionals who are also qualified to treat panic disorder, such as psychologists or mental health counselors. If you are currently seeing a therapist who is not trained in EMDR, you can ask him or her to provide you with a referral. EMDR practitioners can also be found through online directories, including the EMDR Institute, Inc. directory or the EMDR International Association's list of treatment centers.
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    Columbus Day

    Columbus Day Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492, and Columbus Day 2018 occurs on Monday, October 8. It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century, but did not become a federal holiday until 1937. For many, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus’ achievements and celebrating Italian-American heritage. But throughout its history, Columbus Day and the man who inspired it have generated controversy, and many alternatives to the holiday have proposed since the 1970s. Christopher Columbus Christopher Columbus was an Italian-born explorer who set sail in August 1492, bound for Asia with backing from the Spanish monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Columbus intended to chart a western sea route to China, India and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia. Instead, on October 12, he landed in the Bahamas, becoming the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings established colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland during the 10th century. Did you know? Contrary to popular belief, most educated Europeans in Columbus' day understood that the world was round, but they did not yet know that the Pacific Ocean existed. As a result, Columbus and his contemporaries assumed that only the Atlantic lay between Europe and the riches of the East Indies. Later that October, Columbus sighted Cuba and believed it was mainland China; in December the expedition found Hispaniola, which he thought might be Japan. There, he established Spain’s first colony in the Americas with 39 of his men. In March 1493, Columbus returned to Spain in triumph, bearing gold, spices and “Indian” captives. The explorer crossed the Atlantic several more times before his death in 1506. It wasn’t until his third journey that Columbus finally realized he hadn’t reached Asia but instead had stumbled upon a continent previously unknown to Europeans. Columbus Day in the United States The first Columbus Day celebration took place in 1792, when New York’s Columbian Order—better known as Tammany Hall—held an event to commemorate the historic landing’s 300th anniversary. Taking pride in Columbus’ birthplace and faith, Italian and Catholic communities in various parts of the country began organizing annual religious ceremonies and parades in his honor. In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation encouraging Americans to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage with patriotic festivities, writing, “On that day let the people, so far as possible, cease from toil and devote themselves to such exercises as may best express honor to the discoverer and their appreciation of the great achievements of the four completed centuries of American life.” In recent decades, Native Americans and other groups have protested the celebration of an event that resulted in the colonization of the Americas, the beginnings of the transatlantic slave trade and the deaths of millions from murder and disease. European settlers brought a host of infectious diseases, including smallpox and influenza, that decimated indigenous populations. Warfare between Native Americans and European colonists claimed many lives as well. Indigenous Peoples Day The image of Christopher Columbus as an intrepid hero has also been called into question. Upon arriving in the Bahamas, the explorer and his men forced the native peoples they found there into slavery. Later, while serving as the governor of Hispaniola, he allegedly imposed barbaric forms of punishment, including torture. In many Latin American nations, the anniversary of Columbus’ landing has traditionally been observed as the Dìa de la Raza (“Day of the Race”), a celebration of Hispanic culture’s diverse roots. In 2002, Venezuela renamed the holiday Dìa de la Resistencia Indìgena (“Day of Indigenous Resistance”) to recognize native peoples and their experience. Several U.S. cities and states have replaced Columbus Day with alternative days of remembrance. Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and South Dakota have officially replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, as have cities like Denver, Phoenix and Los Angeles. In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday, largely as a result of intense lobbying by the Knights of Columbus, an influential Catholic fraternal organization. Columbus Day Alternatives Controversy over Columbus Day dates back to the 19th century, when anti-immigrant groups in the United States rejected the holiday because of its association with Catholicism.
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  7. @_E_ I do agree with @uncertain1, I believe that you should consult with a another Psychiatrist or at least that she should be changing your meds. This should not be happening for months on end let alone years. Please get some help. Also sending you wishes for peace. ~Lindsay
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    Titrating up at 3mg each week?

    Hello and welcome to Depressionforums.org. You'll get more replies probably posting in "Welcome New Members" first. Just make it a little different. Especially on a weekend..Most everyone goes out or away this time of year. Plus we just did an upgrade to the Forums! So sorry. Your Dr. is smart to titrate you up slowly! Yes we are active, I never took Zoloft, but it is an SSRI and it generally takes 4-6 weeks for it to start working well. All the SSRI's are very simular. I would not worry with Zoloft though, not at all. It is a wonderful antidepressant. You could ask him for something mild to add for your anxiety. See what he says. You do not die from side effects and they do dissipate within the time frame I told you about. Good look with everything. Hugs, ~Lindsay, Super Administrator, Founder
  9. Hi I've disabled my private messages and while inbox thinking I was deleting the little mobile chat and can't get it back and need to as it's important, do you know how I can get it back please?

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      Hi Hayley,

      It sounds like to me that you clicked or tapped on the "Disable my messenger" link on your inbox page by mistake.

      Check to see if it works now.


      - KS

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    Happy New Year!

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    Hanukkah The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December. Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts. Happy Hanukkah! Depressionforums.org
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    CHRISTMAS A Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas evolved over two millennia into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many pre-Christian, pagan traditions into the festivities along the way. Today, Christmas is a time for family and friends to get together and exchange gifts. Merry Christmas! Depressionforums.org
  13. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (US) has 2 websites that offer secure chat with crisis counselors 24/7 as an alternative to telephone support. Counselors are available to help with ANY crisis, not just SI. www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org www.veteranscrisisline.net (For active-duty U.S. Armed Forces personnel, veterans, and their families. Web chat and SMS/text messaging.) Some members have said they have used the chat support as an integral part of their safety plan. If you are having a rough day, and don't feel up to talking by phone due to anxiety. I imagine that I'm not alone in that respect, this information may help others. ~Lindsay
  14. My name is Jackie and I was part of the forum years ago. I recently had a relapse of GAD after having a panic attack due to med doc taking me off a beta-blocker I was on for years, after the drug store was unable to get this particular medication. I have been off work and am getting all kinds of pressure to return, which is tomorrow. I was started on Zoloft and am back on the beta-blocker which also controls blood pressure. it's not an easy road, believe me!

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