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Tim 52

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  1. Sleeptroubles: It can take awhile - like 4-6 weeks for an anti-depressant to work well. I encourage you to stay with it.
  2. Sleeptroubles: Sorry you are having difficulty sleeping. That is such a hard thing to deal with. I encourage you to do consider two things (I'm speaking from personal experience, I have no medical training) 1) make another appointment with your doctor (you may already have this). 2) know that it takes several weeks to know the full advantage of taking a new med like Lexapro and an early side effect might be sleep disruption that almost always goes away. Are you still taking Trazadone occasionally?
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    tolerating meds?

    For me, it was because it slows down obsessive thoughts, and helped address the start up side effects of increased anxiety and insomnia of some anti-depressants. It has a longer life in one's body so it is - I believe - easier to move off of than some of the other Benzos. This is my experience, not medical advice. In other words, the klonopin was used for a short time to make it more tolerable to start up an anti-depressant that otherwise was over stimulating to begin with. Some anti-depressants have a more sedating effect at first so the klonopin would not be needed or make as much sense.
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    tolerating meds?

    Seeking Life: The anti-depressants meds I've been on have always given me a difficult time starting. Side effects including increased anxiety and insomnia. I've responded to low doses in the past. In other words, low doses have been therapeutic for me. Also, the initial start up side effects go away in about a month and during that time low doses of Klonopin have been helpful to me. The fact that responses to these meds are all over the map is true but it sure makes it hard to know what is the best route to go. I encourage you to keep asking questions and keep trying different combos. Tim
  5. With a return of OCD symptoms in high gear, and with doctor oversight, I'm increasing my cymbalta dosage from 30 mg to 40 mg. In the past I've been a good responder with low dosages. And I've experienced pretty strong side effects in getting on meds (haven't many of us been through this?). I'm interested in how others have done with increases of Cymbalta.
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    Reconnecting with people?

    Hey KCDPN I encourage you to keep trying to connect. You are meant to have friends. It isn't always easy. Just keep working. Sometimes it helps to ask folks about how they are doing. Or what they are up to. Best to you. t52
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    Best to you Scotty....t52
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    Psychologist Jordan Peterson Helps Me

    Mark 250: I'm not sure that "triggered' is a clinical or evidence-based word. I think it is used by many people to denote that depression or anxiety or other symptoms of mental illness have precursors that make one vulnerable. Such usage makes sense to me though I respect that it is a term you choose not to use. Chris27: Jordan Peterson is an interesting guy. I think he could use a more demanding editor both for his writing and for his oral presentations. But I find his desire to empower others engaging (most of the time). I think there are others that say same similar things in more concise ways. I do better with slightly more laidback cultural observers.
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    "Independence" Day

    Tilted; Four years is a long time to feel so low. I'm so sorry you've had to go through all this. I haven't had the length of the battle that you've had, but I want you to know that I can sense how endless this is for you right now. i'm curious about what treatment you've received. I imagine you've tried many, many things. Does anything help, even a little bit? Best to you on this July 4th. t52
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    anger control

    Surfcaster: I'm uncomfortable with anger, both my own and others. I'm aware when I am likely to make someone uneasy and often choose not to say anything. When someone shares anger toward me I take it personally. That's my first reaction. I'm learning ways to hold others anger without taking it so to heart. And I'm learning to speak up in ways that I can be heard when I need to speak up. I know it sounds trite, but it does help me to slow down my thinking and talking in intense conversations. It allows my thinking to catch up with my feelings and vice versa. Anger, for me, is often a sign that something is wrong, it just might not be the thing that I'm angry about at the moment. i have no great answers, just standing with Sophy and Surfcaster on this challenging subject. Tim
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    Scotty: It is no fun trying to change meds. I'm sorry you are having to go through this. I've been on Cymbalta for some time. It is a sturdy medicine though I found it a bit hard to get on it (nausea and it took awhile to work), Based on my experience, it is worth the effort to see how it works for you. Best to you Tim
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    Lost hope.

    Mystery: Kudos to you for writing. That is, writing your blog (and writing on DF Forum). Keep writing, for sure, even if you don't have a huge audience. Yes, being able to provide internal affirmation is a good thing, but we all need validation from others. So, both kinds of positive reinforcement are needed and are important to our development as human beings. My hope for your is self-satisfaction in your own writing, and more readers too. Best, Tim
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    My situation / Opinions welcome

    Avalance: Thanks for sharing your story. You have trusted the forum by sharing in depth a variety of your experiences . You have alot of self-awareness. I'm not trained to know if there are patterns to what you are experiencing over time. I do think you are wise to be seeing the therapist every other week. I'm missing whether you are currently exercising right now. Best to you, Tim
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    OCD support group?

    It is worth a try. I have some experience with support groups and the can provide relationship nutrients that help one feel less alone and stronger.
  15. it was a bad joke. In the US it is a joke about what docs suggest when they really don't know what to do. Or when they don't have enough time to think through the presenting symptom. So, I was making a bad joke trying to empathize with your observations about meds.