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5 minutes ago, capybara said:


I. On a 150 mg at the moment.

Sore one. There is brain zap thing that can happen when you come off them as well as the other withdrawl symptoms. Happened to someone I know, they really struggled.

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Sore one. There is brain zap thing that can happen when you come off them as well as the other withdrawl symptoms. Happened to someone I know, they really struggled.

I was on meds about 14 years ago and had little trouble coming of them. Around the time my dad died in May I was on sleeping tabs. I found it harder to give them up.

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47 minutes ago, johnnydun said:

Sore one. There is brain zap thing that can happen when you come off them as well as the other withdrawl symptoms. Happened to someone I know, they really struggled.

That brain zap thing is awful. I get it if I forget my venlafaxine. Which isn’t often. But you totally blank out momentarily. I came off them when I fell pregnant with second and third and each time as I reached reduced level I basically had a weekend like a junkie to clear system.

 

sleep meds even worse, 

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11 hours ago, johnnydun said:

Be careful with Sertraline mate, its a proper c**t to come off of. Really bad withdrawal.

Aye heard a few bad things about coming off. 

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Been having a really bad time recently and tend to get a bit consumed with it all.

The Mrs told me a couple of nights ago it was starting to affect her and that she felt me pushing her away. As hard as it was to hear it was actually a good wake up call.

We had a really good talk about everything and feel like whilst not everything is resolved we’re at least back on the same page.

As mentioned a few posts above, it’s good to talk.

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7 hours ago, Dons_1988 said:

Been having a really bad time recently and tend to get a bit consumed with it all.
 

We don't work at the same place, do we? Haha.

 

On 21/03/2018 at 20:43, johnnydun said:

Had a "down day" yesterday. Just think I got consumed with a few things. Felt quite disconnected and let things get the better of me.

 

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How do you forgive yourself? It doesn't seem to be as easy and saying it.

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Anxiety has really been kicking in lately, particularly at night. I seem to be getting overly concerned about problems that, in reality, are most likely minuscule- It's definitely been causing some dodgy nights' sleep.

I feel as though I'm on edge most of the time, constantly thinking about what other people will think of me and regularly catastrophising about various aspects of my day-to-day life.

It's a bit shite.

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Extended bad spell. Started ore Christmas. Effexor not really working any more. Psychiatrist on Tuesday, deep joy.

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Finally decided to make an appointment with the Dr. last week after worrying about it and mulling it over for ages. Coming up this week but I have no idea where to begin after the inevitable ‘how can I help’ question or how to word things without it coming across as reading a bunch of signs and symptoms straight from the internet.

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Finally decided to make an appointment with the Dr. last week after worrying about it and mulling it over for ages. Coming up this week but I have no idea where to begin after the inevitable ‘how can I help’ question or how to word things without it coming across as reading a bunch of signs and symptoms straight from the internet.
Trust me mate the thinking about that is worse than the actual visit, as I'm sure anyone here would vouch for. It is what it is, a necessary first step both physically and in your head. Hard I know but you'll feel better after it. The first steps are usually the hardest. Just be honest with your doc.

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The big black dog definitely starting to creep up on me again.

Our daughters simply will not sleep at night. We have tried everything. The only thing we have found that semi-works is if we split them up and take each of them to their bed and lie with them until they fall asleep. We take them about 8pm. At least one of them is usually awake at midnight.

I have kept a diary. My wife and I have had 13 (thirteen) minutes to ourselves in the past three weeks where neither of the kids have been awake and we have been awake enough to want to do something. I am going insane. I want to be an adult. I want to be able to sit with my wife and watch TV.

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49 minutes ago, Iminavest said:

Finally decided to make an appointment with the Dr. last week after worrying about it and mulling it over for ages. Coming up this week but I have no idea where to begin after the inevitable ‘how can I help’ question or how to word things without it coming across as reading a bunch of signs and symptoms straight from the internet.

Try writing it down before you go. Just write what you feel is bothering you and how it makes you feel. From there you can deduce yourself what you want to happen.

Your doctor won't mind if you read something to them. 

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4 minutes ago, Gaz said:

The big black dog definitely starting to creep up on me again.

Our daughters simply will not sleep at night. We have tried everything. The only thing we have found that semi-works is if we split them up and take each of them to their bed and lie with them until they fall asleep. We take them about 8pm. At least one of them is usually awake at midnight.

I have kept a diary. My wife and I have had 13 (thirteen) minutes to ourselves in the past three weeks where neither of the kids have been awake and we have been awake enough to want to do something. I am going insane. I want to be an adult. I want to be able to sit with my wife and watch TV.

I know in past you’ve said at least one is asd, has anyone  medical suggested trying melatonin? Someone I knows son is query asd and it’s helped them a bit after yrs no sleep.

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I only check in on this thread from time to time so I apologise if this has already been mentioned but it might be worth googling "Stress Control" followed by the area that you live in (e.g., 'Stress Control Glasgow') to check out if there are any classes running in your area.  It's a 6 session, 90 minute set of free, evidence-based classes that provides some really practical ways of dealing with depression, anxiety,  poor sleep, burnout, or loss of confidence/self-esteem. There's no need to be referred, no records of attendance, and because it is a class rather than a group, there is absolutely no self-disclosure.  You can dip in and out of classes, can attend in more than one location, and the evidence-base suggests that the classes are equally effective as individual CBT. 

 

Stress Control Lanarkshire Information

Stress Control Lanarkshire Timetable

 

If you're interested and can't find a class in your area or if you would like to know more then just give me a shout. 

 

 

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On 26/03/2018 at 21:46, Rowan said:

I know in past you’ve said at least one is asd, has anyone  medical suggested trying melatonin? Someone I knows son is query asd and it’s helped them a bit after yrs no sleep.

Tried it, didn't work.

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Possibly the most appropriate place for this. Not sure if it's been discussed elsewhere. Did anyone catch the piece on This Morning yesterday? I think they are having a mental health awareness week and have erected this. Each 'statue' represents a man who has taken his life and are real representations, down to their actual clothing. I missed all if it but one family were in the studio and had given clothing to the 'artist' of their dad who unfortunately took his own life. 84 men in total as that is the reported number of males who take their own life each week. Quite a terrifying stat and hopefully such a shocking piece of art can get people talking and break some of the stigma.

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It's quite a shocking piece and very morbid but if it gets people talking and encourages people to seek help then it's a masterpiece IMO.

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Possibly the most appropriate place for this. Not sure if it's been discussed elsewhere. Did anyone catch the piece on This Morning yesterday? I think they are having a mental health awareness week and have erected this. Each 'statue' represents a man who has taken his life and are real representations, down to their actual clothing. I missed all if it but one family were in the studio and had given clothing to the 'artist' of their dad who unfortunately took his own life. 84 men in total as that is the reported number of males who take their own life each week. Quite a terrifying stat and hopefully such a shocking piece of art can get people talking and break some of the stigma.

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It's quite a shocking piece and very morbid but if it gets people talking and encourages people to seek help then it's a masterpiece IMO.


I did see this.

It’s quite harrowing but I like it. The brutal reality of suicide and the sheer scale of it you would pray allow some people who don’t understand mental health issues to at least take it seriously.

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Been really struggling with my anxiety lately.

I'm worrying about worrying, as my main train of thought is that my anxiety might hold me back from being able to handle a considerable work load at work. Currently it is very manageable and the atmosphere is easy going but I fear that I might get asked to do more, cant handle it and have a massive freak out.

Started having panic attacks in my sleep again also, they're not incredibly stressing just very annoying. Its that jolt you get like you're falling in a dream? I don't wake up hyperventilating or sweating or anything like that but my mind is racing.

I'm still on 20mg of Citalopram and my mum wants me to talk to the doctor about upping it but I would rather just try the more standard practices of eating better, exercising, actually reading my CBT book, quit smoking and drinking etc. But this is all easier said than done.

To touch base on the Sertraline topic, the doctor prescribed me 50mg of that when I said that my depression had sort of made way for anxiety and after taking one I was not willing to take any more. I was absolutely manic during the night and was having suicidal thoughts etc. and I'll never touch them again. Everyone is different but it wasn't as easy going as the Citalopram is for me.

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Yes indeed, depression is killing thousands of people around the world and still there is no absolute cure for it as it is hard to locate people suffering from depression. The person may be depressed inside but outside he/she might be smiling and all that. This is a serious issue especially for the younger generation and only timely intervention can help stop it.

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