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  1. Hello, I would also give it a little more time, just to make sure this plateau you're feeling is legitimate. Lexapro stopped working for me after a while as well; I had to try a different medication because I was already on 20mg. Lexapro doesn't work for everyone, so it is possible that you need a new medication. Talk to your doctor about all of your symptoms and concerns, and then you can both make a decision. Unfortunately, psychiatric medications are trial and error, and it just takes time to find a medication that will work for you in the long-term. Thanks for sharing. Keep us posted.
  2. Hello, The psychomotor agitation (pacing, etc) can be attributed to your depression. What some people do not know is that depression often presents itself with a hypomanic state as well as the low depressive state. Your anxiety is also probably playing a role. I would consider therapy, which may prove beneficial in your situation. I would also talk to your doctor about all of your symptoms, and see if he or she thinks you should start medication again. What was your last experience with medication like? If you were not impressed with its results, you can always try a different medication. Again, talk to your doctor and mention all of your symptoms and concerns. Surely there will be something that works for you. Good luck. Keep us posted.
  3. Hello, It is true that you could increase your dose of Aripiprazole. If you do not think it is working for you, as it is a trial and error process, you could always consider other similar medications. I have also been on Cymbalta for about 2 years, and I tried Abilify; it made me extremely nauseous. I talked to a psychiatrist and switched to Seroquel XR, a mood stabilizer and antipsychotic. It is prescribed for manic episodes of manic-depression and schizophrenia-like symptoms, but it is also used as an adjunct treatment for major depressive disorder. During its activation phase, it does cause sedation, but it goes away once a therapeutic level is reached. It helps me sleep at night and gives me energy during the day. I was quite skeptical for a long time, probably due to high expectations. I would read about success stories online, not realizing that they do not represent the majority. However, Seroquel is my success story, my wonder drug. I didn't think it was possible, but I stand corrected. No two people are the same, but if you do not feel that Aripiprazole is right for you, or that there is more to accomplish, talk to your doctor about Seroquel. Good luck. Keep us posted.
  4. Pretty great. Got another scholarship offer to play soccer.
  5. Glad I joined DF, what a great site.

    1. Liliah


      I am glad you joined too! Your advice has been so tremendously kind and useful. You truly are an asset to this community in every way. :) Thank you for being here, and for the support you've extended to me and so, so many others.

    2. Unreal


      From what I can tell, you're a very contributing member. Thanks for the inspiration to stay on the Cymbalta. The first couple of days were rough, and have contemplating quitting at times, but I just keep telling myself it'll get better. Because of you sharing your experience on it, I have hope. Thank you.

  6. Hello, Did your doctor just tell you to quit cold turkey? Cymbalta's half life is rather short, so withdrawal symptoms do not take as long to occur as with some other medications. I'm sure these withdrawal symptoms will disappear shortly. Good luck. Keep us posted.
  7. A lot of reading...I would go on a jog, but unfortunately the weather is rainy. I could use a recovery day anyway.
  8. Hello, Cogntive-behavioral therapy is very helpful with OCD. I would consider finding a therapist. Medications are also effective in the treatment of OCD. Often times, an obsessive-compulsive person will hard-wire his or her brain, making it a neurocircuitry problem. A low-dose antidepressant may benefit you in this area. You will be less likely to experience side effects if taking a low dose, and it will often suffice in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive tendencies. I would talk to your doctor about all of your symptoms and concerns, and see what he or she has to say. Again, I would recommend CBT, and possibly a low-dose antidepressant if your doctor thinks it is needed. Good luck. Keep us posted.
  9. Hello, It is not a serious issue to miss a dose. Take it as soon as you can and then continue as normal. If you are approaching your usual time for a dose, take it and do not take two doses (never double up). Depending on your medication and its half-life, it is possible that missing a day could cause withdrawal symptoms, but one day usually isn't a problem.
  10. Hello, Cymbalta does have activation side effects, but I'm wondering if what you're experiencing is merely a placebo effect. I have not heard of tingling in the extremities. Was Cymbalta helpful while you were taking it? Any side effects that occur while it is in the process of reaching a therapeutic concentration will eventually diminish. If for some reason this does not happen, there are other medications that you can switch to without having to taper off the Cymbalta. You should always talk to your doctor if you want to discontinue a psychiatric medication, as you should safely taper off rather than abruptly stop. Don't give up hope; psychiatric medications work for a lot of people. No two people are the same, and it takes a process of trial and error to find the correct medication or combination of medications to target depressive symptoms. I assure you that finding this medication is worth the effort. There will be a medication that does not give you unpleasant side effects, and will help with depression and anxiety. If it is possible that you are having a placebo effect, I would talk to your doctor about trying Cymbalta again. After 2-3 weeks, you should have a good idea of the side effects and its effect on your depression. Remain hopeful. There is a medication out there specifically for you, you and your doctor just have to find it. Good luck, and keep us posted.
  11. Hello raind0wn388, I am glad that you have agreed to start taking medication. I completely understand the feeling that the damage is done. Now is the time when it is extremely difficult to distinguish between normal feelings and the ones that are due to depression and anxiety. If you stick with your medication, I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised. Psychiatric medications are in their years of trial and error, but work for a lot of people. It truly is incredible how well they can work. Give it some time to reach a therapeutic level in your system, and see if your symptoms change. You definitely are not alone, as many people are skeptical about psychiatric medications. I was skeptical for quite a while, but I finally found a combination that has rid me of all my symptoms of depression and anxiety. Stay strong, stick to your medication, and talk to your doctor about how you are feeling. Good luck. Keep us posted.
  12. I spend majority of the day alone. My avoidant tendencies have pretty much subsided, but I am introverted. I gain energy from being alone and doing things like listening to music, reading, and writing. These things make me happy. I don't mind being around people, and I certainly don't avoid it, but it is not where I'm most comfortable.
  13. 01. First name? Jack 02. Who were you named after? My father 03. Do you wish on stars? Shooting stars, yes 04. When did you last cry? July 16, 2009 05. Do you like your handwriting? Love it 06. Are you medicated? Yes 07. What is your birth date? Jan 16 1988 08. What is your most favorite cd? NIN: The Fray 09. If you were another person, would YOU be friends with you?Yes 10. Do you have a journal? Umm no 11. Do you use sarcasm a lot? To the point of condescension 12. What are your nicknames? Jankles 13. Would you bungee jump? No, I don't aspire to be in a vegetative state 14. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Yes 15. Do you think that you are strong? If I'm not in the middle of one of my lazy phases 16. What do you do to relax, non-medicinal? Listen to music, read, write. 17. Shoe Size? 9.5 18. Receive gifts or give gifts? Give 19. What is your least favorite thing about yourself? My avoidant tendencies 20. Who do you miss most? CWG 21. Two words that define you? Compassionate, introspective 22. "Love and loss" or "never to have loved"? Never to have loved 23. What are you listening to right now? Christopher Jak - Begin to Cry 24. Last thing you ate? McDonald's, unfortunately 25. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Midnight Blue 26. What is the weather like right now? 80 degrees F 27. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? DM 28. What are the first things you notice about "someone"? Eyes 29. Your inspiration? Mortality 30. Favorite Drink? Coca Cola 31. Favorite Sport? Soccer 32. What type of hairstyle do you have right now? Buzz cut 33. Do you wear contacts? Yes, and glasses 34. Favorite Food? Shrimp and pasta 35. Last Movie You Watched? Manic 36. Favorite Day Of The Year? They are all the same to me 37. Scary Movies Or Happy Endings? Scary Movies 38. Summer Or Winter? Summer all year 39. Hugs OR Kisses? Hugs 40. Favorite place to be? Denver, CO 41. Do you ever go on "sabbatical" to gather yourself? No 42. Fly or drive? Drive 43. Living Arrangements? Just me 44. What Books Are You Reading? Beautiful Boy - David Sheff 45. What's On Your Mouse Pad? Don't use one. 46. What Did You Watch Last Night? Nothing 47. Favorite Smells? Women's perfume 48. Favorite Sounds? Fan 49. Rolling Stones or Beatles? Beatles. 50. What's the farthest you've been from home? From KS, USA - Manchester, ENG 51. Do you have a special talent? Prose poetry
  14. Music is a huge part of my life as well. I have absolutely no idea what I would do without it. One of my all-time favorite things is finding an incredible acoustic artist on YouTube that only has a few hundred views. I love acoustic music with strong vocals, I get excited just thinking about it. Last time this happened was Christopher Jak - Begin to Cry. Absolutely amazing song, and it only had about 200 views. Made my day. Made my year.
  15. Hello technoman5222, Unfortunately, all of what you described can be attributed to panic disorder. Often times, people with this disorder do go to the ER, as they feel like they have a true physical ailment. I suffered panic attacks for about two years - they were absolutely terrifying. Majority of them were completely random, no precipitating event whatsoever. It would be like a gust of warm air rushing through my body, my breathing would become labored and I would feel pressure in my chest, feeling like I'm going to have a heart attack, blurred vision, sweating, not knowing whether to run around, crawl into bed, chug water, vomit, or go to the ER (which I did once), and feeling like you are moving at a faster pace than everything around you. These attacks were debilitating in every sense of the word. They pushed me to my limit, forcing me to question whether a life of panic attacks was truly worth living. Cognitive-behavioral therapy works great for anxiety, you should consider finding a therapist. Benzodiazepines are extremely effective as well, but they are habit-forming and should only be taken PRN. A low-dose antidepressant can also help with anxiety, which also comes with less side effects and less risk of dependency than the benzodiazepines. Panic disorder is tricky. It is our brain in fight-or-flight mode, reacting to any situation that even remotely resembles the ones we fear. These conditioned fears are hard-wired in our brains, and it takes a lot of work and therapy to recondition ourselves. I highly recommend CBT, and talking to your doctor about all of your symptoms. He or she may be willing to prescribe you a benzodiazepine for the time being, until you are able to better manage your anxiety. Good luck. Keep us posted.
  16. Hi LLT1589, Congratulations on your new motherhood! I am sure your little girl is adorable. I am also sorry to hear about your current depressive state. Genetics play a huge role in disorders like manic-depression, and though I do not suffer from this ailment, I can imagine the pain it causes. Since you have been diagnosed for about 8 years, I'm guessing you have been able to manage it quite well. As far as the postpartum depression, are you in therapy? Therapy would probably be the best option, since it may be temporary, and medication may cause you to feel sedated/drowsy. Who knows, maybe posting here on DF will be therapeutic and you will be lifted of your depression. But all things considered, being a new mother, be sure to seek help if your depression starts to affect you in daily activities. I'm glad you joined DF, and I look forward to hearing more from you. Congratulations, again. I wish you the best of luck.
  17. I am no longer taking Mirtazapine, as I experienced akathisia. I did, however, have pretty bizarre dreams while I was taking it. Whenever I wake up after a dream, I take note of it; later in the day, I'll use Freudian interpretation techniques to figure it out. It seemed that while taking Mirtazapine, the manifest content was minimal. Its latent content was the only way to make sense of the dream. My dreams usually go back and forth, some pretty straightforward, but not while taking this medication. Every little thing needed analyzing, almost in a roundabout way - sophistry. There is something about this medicine that jumbles our experiences to such a point that they are unrecognizable.
  18. Hello phantom3757, It is great that you shared your situation with your friends. That is a big step that takes most people quite a while to take. It is unfortunate that not everyone understands the seriousness and symptoms of depression. It is still seen by some as merely a lack of confidence, or something that can easily be changed by behavior. Maybe when you and your friends are sitting around, you can enlighten them and tell them how depression makes you feel. You said that they were supportive and helpful, so I'm sure that will not change if you help them better understand your problem. Your friends fully understanding will probably help your symptoms too, especially when you're out with them, making you feel less alone. Are you in therapy or taking any medication? Therapy would be a good idea; I think you would find it very helpful, since you seem willing to open up to others. I would talk to your doctor and see if he or she knows of a good therapist. Cognitive-behavioral therapy could help you out in so many ways. In the meantime, continue to confide in your friends, as they seem like a good group. Good luck with everything. Keep us posted on your situation.
  19. Hello, I believe that self-confidence is the core issue here. I'm sure a lot of people have these thoughts, but they rarely become a problem like they do for you. You are obviously an introspective person, who is learning to better understand your thoughts as they occur. Worrying about what others are thinking is a never-ending battle, which cannot be won. If you learn to be confident to the point where you are completely content with yourself, you will start caring less about what others think. Your opinion about yourself is the only one that matters. We all seek acceptance from others, but self-confidence helps us to realize that we can be accepted exactly the way we are. Others can see confidence in us, it radiates out from our speech and gestures; acceptance is easy to acquire once we accept ourselves.
  20. Medication, all the way. It is true that depression is a disorder of the brain that requires various forms of treatment. Though I've heard the cancer treatment comparison many times, from books to articles, I do not like using it. Both ailments are mostly out of our control (some exceptions) and do not merely disappear on their own. But they are still different in the methods of treatment, how they affect families, their success rates, etc. They are two completely different issues that should not be compared. Addiction is a disease as well, but who's to say that a person with a genetic predisposition to alcoholism would actually become an alcoholic if he/she had never touched alcohol in the first place. There are many aspects of these diseases we have yet to uncover, specifically, their cures. The grieving processes for a friend's homicide and a friend's suicide are completely different. Just because they are similar on the surface does not mean that they should be compared. I am beginning to rant, so I will end there. It is only my opinion.
  21. Hello chickadee7984, I'm sorry to hear that your medication was not working for you. You shouldn't give up on a medication, as there are many others out there that may have worked better for you. Psychiatric medications are still in their years of trial and error, and no two people will respond the same way to a given medication. If your depressive symptoms are causing this much trouble in your life, you should definitely consider talking to your doctor and finding a new medication. Therapy is also a good idea. I completely understand not wanting to open up to a stranger, but it will be easier if you find one you feel comfortable with. The whole "getting to know you" part can be as quick as you allow it to go. Nothing you say will surprise your therapist, or make him or her judge you. They are in this profession for a reason, and they are there to help you. Not everyone can manage their depression on their own; majority of sufferers need treatment. With that being said, I hope you decide to venture back into the doctor's office and explain all of your symptoms and concerns. No one should have to force him/herself through each day, feeling depressed and misunderstood. There are many treatments, if you are willing to give them a chance. Good luck, and keep us posted.
  22. loner7, I am also curious - do you actually mean impulsive? Impulsivity is normally a personality trait one would work towards changing, not acquiring. It is characterized by initiating action without adequate forethought, like acting before thinking.
  23. Hi henrithecat, Indeed, anxiety sucks. Even if you suffer from anxiety in other areas of your life, it seems that this one is probably just a form of motherly love since your kittens are still somewhat new to the family. Your fears are quite natural, rather than unrealistic and excessive like most phobias. I'm guessing time is the only obstacle between your anxiety and your kittens. Good luck. Be sure to "rant" some more.
  24. knitter, That is odd that your pain comes and goes. Pain definitely makes sense with age (I'm only 23 and I already have major back problems), but I would expect it to be consistent throughout the day. Have you had back problems or headache issues in the past? Sometimes back pain causes headaches and migraines. This would be a neurological issue, but I'm sure your doctor could help you figure it out or find a specialist who can. Old age should come with wisdom, not pain. Keep us posted.
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