Anyone else find it hard to maintain mental health?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I do find it hard, though i am on a low dosage of Prisiq so i dont have many medical side effect anymore. If i miss a dose i dont even notice. I MIGHT get a head ache.  But i do find it hard to see my counsellor every 2 weeks. She is free and only works certain hours so i need to find the time off work. 

And its just a daily struggle. Especially knowing i am going to have to deal with my emotional sensitivity for the rest of my life. That’s the tough part. Trying to change they way your mind works is hard.  But falling back into my depression is not an option so i my trudge along 🙂 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t go to a psychiatrist, rather I see a psychologist…I want to avoid medicated intervention as much as possible. 

 

I’ve had anxiety and panic disorder since I was in my early early teens, so that’s about 13 years..

My anxiety comes in waves, and I find it harder to control some days than others.  That’s why I started seeing a therapist on a weekly basis.  I also joined AnxietyZone.com which has been VERY helpful in the “i’m alone in this” aspect.

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m sorry you’ve had bad experiences with mental health professionals 🙁 Did you stop the medication “cold turkey”, or did you get slowly weaned down off of it?

I hope things get better for you soon. I can understand having to go to lots of doctors and/or take lots of medications. I’m in the same boat.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m sorry you’ve had bad experiences with mental health professionals 🙁 Did you stop the medication “cold turkey”, or did you get slowly weaned down off of it?

I hope things get better for you soon. I can understand having to go to lots of doctors and/or take lots of medications. I’m in the same boat.

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s very difficult to find a psychologist/psychiatrist that you click well with. It took about 5 tries before I found one I like. I see my psychologist once a week, which yes, sometimes its hard to keep those appointments (and I really believe she takes it personally if you cancel on her). Since I am on Lexapro and Xanax (as needed), I see my psychiatrist once a month so he can monitor how I am doing on it.

I had a bad episode of depression earlier in the year and with all the life changes and the wedding coming up, it made sense to stay with my therapist once a week and be monitored on the medication.  Honestly, the once a week therapy thing is great bc I can just vent about everything 🙂

Good luck with everything!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve hated all of my psychologists so I’ve stuck to therapy. She uses a method called EMDR. It’s for people with mild PTSD and reoccuring depressive thoughts. It’s also helped with my social anxiety. I have an hour session that’s 20 minutes processing the week’s happenings and then 40 minutes of the EMDR. It has worked wonders and I highly recommend finding a therapist that offers this treatment. It got me off of all of my drugs within 3 months. 

I also do yoga for an hour a day, every day. And I take B vitamins to help me deal with stress and anxiety. I also use a sun lamp at work and take walk breaks. All of this has helped me maintain a medication free lifestyle. 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@tmsing:  I really lucked out with my psychologist so far (only 3rd time seeing him as of last Saturday)

I did a lot of research and had 10 minute phone convos first, and kinda did my own ‘interview’ process and asked if they had experience with my type of phobias and anxiety and what they did to remedy or control it.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@tmsing:  I am terrible at remembering to get refills and organise psych appointments. The worst situation I have been in was walking into a 24hr chemist (that for some reason closed at 11 that night) and the pharmacist yelled at me from the front of the store what I was coming in for (there were about 8 other people in the pharmacy) so I had to tell her in front of everyone that I needed my anti-depressants.

I wanted to punch her…

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

 @tmsing:  I’m not a clinican or a psychiatrist, only a vocational counselor, so I can’t comment on your splitting the pills in half, etc, but it’s probably better to be taking something rather than nothing.

I’m sorry you’ve had crappy pharmacy experiences!

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@tmsing:  Hi there!

I was actually going to make my own post about being on meds and seeing a therapist, because I find myself with the SAME problems you have about having enough time in the day to see them. I see both a psychiatric APRN and a licensed mental health counselor. I was diagnosed with subthreshold bipolar disorder, and presently I take Effexor (generic version) and Risperdal (generic version.) I also take trazadone, (an old-school antidepressant) and Ambien as needed for sleep. One of them is an antidepressant for my anxiety and depression, and the other is an antipsychotic for mood swings like switching from depressed to hypomanic and irritable.

One thing you should never, EVER EVER DO is wean yourself off medication. Not without the help of a doctor. I remember losing my insurance and stopping my medication abruptly and I had withdrawal symptoms such a severe brain zaps, nausea, insomnia, and thoughts of suicide. They aren’t kidding when they put those black box warnings on medicine! Presently I am waiting for my health insurance to kick in, as the probationary period and waiting period at my new job is 6 months. (Almost there…I have until November.)

I work ten hour shifts at a warehouse and the job comes with mandatory overtime, which makes it extremely difficult in the way of doctor’s appointments.

Personally if I were you, I would fill out the a form for a request for time off at least once a month to see your doctor–no need to tell them what kind of doctor it is, as it is none of their business and by law, they have to give you time off to see a doctor.

 

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