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  1. Hi, good luck with your new medication and thanks for posting here. I too have increased my prozac dose without sucess. I think prozac for me at the lowered dose has brightened my mood a bit at times but not consistantly. I think its strange times in enforced isolation so difficult to judge how well we are. I use meditaion and mindfulness to help elivate symptoms. eg if you can remember how you felt when you when for a walk in the sunshine, you could try to bring that feeling to mind during meditation. Also maybe your gp has told you and from my personal experience, changing doses of antidepressants can affect mood and can take quite a while to get into the bloodstream. this is the same aas for new medication. Good luck and be well.
  2. Hi @JessieJake, thanks for your feedback and great news that you fell well enough to come off these. I've no expeerience of coming off prozac so cant comment except when useful to tell us your experience thanks and good luck
  3. Thanks for updating and still battling. Its a strange time to start a recovery for us both. probably when we need more social inclusion, interaction to aid healing, we have pandemic isolation.Hope your increased dosage gives good results
  4. had to look that one up , yes your post sent my head spinning @Atra, watch out..., deep breaths. No seriously, I can see things that return my faith in humanity in this time of adversity. In the UK 0.5 million people have voluntered to be nhs responders to deliver shopping or medicine, ferry people back from hospital or just chatting on the phone to self isolators or vunerable people. Also I read on the news today that the government have called to house all homless people. Now of course this may be reactionary and not a permanant shift in policy or maybe this is the start of a more caring society? Hell, lets just cut to the chase, why not give everybody a liveable wage whatever their ability to earn it? I would agree it's going to evolve more gradually once we all get through this. I would say these are very useful to pass on but I would reckon you have greater qualities to pass on: empathy, compassion, listening skills and probably most valuable emotional intelligence. Also, helping others can elevate your spirit and a great thing to do for yourself. Ah yes, forgot to mention 'resiliance'. You'll need bags of that, think I'll go for the deliver shopping and medicine option!
  5. On the news today, there's a charity in the UK that has seen a 3 fold increase in anxiety related calls. There advice was : dont watch the news too much, find something that interests you, and exercise. Hmm , think I've been overthinking this
  6. Hi @claudialaver, that's good news for your friend. Could you share some of what has helped your friend, psychotherapist, CBT ..?
  7. Hi @Wifeylol, sorry for your pain and suffering, I'd reckon that I'm familiar with the kind of pain you are feeling. What may help is a look at my understanding of 'conciousness' as apposed to concious thought. I believe these are different. So stuff we come up with or conjour in our minds are 'just thoughts'. In our concious mind we can look at our thoughts and decide if we really think they are valid. If they are subconcious, it's more difficult to do that at least for me, however they are still 'just thoughts' conjured by your mind. So, how can we look at our thoughts from a better place, especially those self distructive thoughts that we are all so familiar with and what do we do with them? well I'm still working on this one but 'my' understanding so far.. We have to look for a deeper place within us, this is well documented in many regelions, beliefs eg Buddah nature, soul as you mention, conciousness. One can seek this place by being in the 'present moment' and being able to look at your thoughts, not block them but give them consideration from a new perspective. I believe that it is this deep place that lives on and not ones mind
  8. Hi @Atra, Really good satire Close to the bone, but it helps to laugh about our affliction s, right? Think of your favourite comedian who you'd like to deliver it in standup? Mine would be Alexi Sayle a Scouse comedian in the UK, yours?
  9. Hi @Devlinkyla, I care, I understand how brutal this illness can be leaving us bereft of hope at difficult times. It can leave us to 'struggle for life' and just doing enough to survive is admirable. For those of us unfortunate of us to experience this it's hard to use language to describe the extent or gravity of the suffering that is experienced. I also agree with @iWantRope in that we must look after ourselves. Look from within, not paying too much attention to your thoughs but to the present moment.
  10. Hi @Natasha1, I feel for you as I have felt the same way especially at work for many years. Silence and exclusion seems the hardest thing to deal with. What comes to mind is the Serenity prayer. Hope it can give you some comfort God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
  11. Hi @el_zee and welcome. Sorry for your suffering. Here you will find people that have had/ are having a journey with similarities to yours. I remember asking similar questions and agree with @Atra that for me the answers have always layed within. They are often hard and uncomfortable truths that are revealed slowly in the healing process (as the fog clears) . We are all different and you will find that each of us approaches depression in different ways in terms of healing and advice that alleviates symptoms. I am unable to answer your questions also, however encourage you to keep an open mind and try things that help you on the path of healing. What has served me is to build from small to start on this path. Try one thing to improve your day even if it's just feels like going through the motions (eg fill the bird feeder, buy a pill box to make it easier to remember to take your pills every day) Try to build on this each day, but dont beat yourself up if you miss a day or two. best wishes on your journey
  12. Thank you @hendricksbrock for your encouraging words. Russell Brand said that big companies asking the state for a bailout is just the same as a mentally ill person asking for help. You know that when you can't fix stuff thats not in your control, you ask for help. When we come out the other end, lets hope that things will be better..
  13. Hi @louis2008, I had a similar relationship with my father, maybe weeks would go by in the house with silence from him. Other times were just practical talk as you say. In fact in his native language, I still to this day cannot express emotional feeling. I can't add much to @mmd reply except to try before it is too late. I wish I had this advice maybe 30 years or more ago. I wish you the best, and your English reads well.
  14. Hi @Kenneth8825, sorry for your suffering. Yes our past can way heavily on us and we could be fearful for the future especially in these unusual times. That leaves us with the present in which to change our perspective. Looking at younger members of family I can see they play happily for the moment, free of burdens of past and future. Maybe the answer to your question might lie there? I'm a good bit older than you and have had maybe a similar journey to you in some ways. I hope you can get a little relief from your suffering.
  15. Oh man, I can empathise with your plight and suffering. I'm probably older than you and still search for answers and practises (healthy ones) that lessen the symptoms . Feels like a lifetime of work. One thing that does keep me going is my belief that we all are much more than just our thoughts. My 'thoughts' have got me into trouble mischief and conflict in the past even without conciously intending to do so (mostly I think). Reaching for a deeper place I hope I can watch for these thoughts, acknowlege them and see them from a different perspective, If you can 'catch' your thoughts, particulary the destructive or unhelpful ones, you will be observing your thoughts from the deeper place. It of course immensly helpful to write down those particularly destructive (self loathing, boy, I know about that!) to help distance from these thoughts and gain a perspective on them. So that when they return, it's easier to catch, distance and go to that deeper place. I hope this doesn't come across as evangelising as I'm far from 'living the dream'. In fact struggling to stay in this seat long enough to write this! It's really useful that you have written these thoughts out and encourage you to keep on searching.
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