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Re: Shorthand? What's BAM and pdoc?

Posted by mercedes on July 23, 2003, at 13:15:49

In reply to Shorthand? What's BAM and pdoc?, posted by Daphnis on July 23, 2003, at 12:13:43

Daphnis (spelling?)
Don't feel bad, I went HUH? when I first started reading posts. Pdoc is your psychiatrist.

BAM stands for Basilar Artery Migrane which is not related to this thread or effexor. For the last 7-9 years I happen to have severe attacks where I get dble vision, slurred speach, make no sense, short term memory loss and then I sleep or pass out. No neurologist has ever had an answer for my attacks, so have been misdiagnosed and given seizure meds and epileptic meds. BAD, bad. After many tests, my tests come out negative for seizures yet I've been given meds for seizures - go figure. I don't take those meds anymore.

I'm treated for anx, ptsd (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) & depression which I DO have.

Through the help of people on this site, I discovered that I may have this BAM, but have to confirm with a new neurologist. Hope this doesnt' confuse you and keep on asking if you don't understand something. You show more courage than I have. I've seen things that I don't quite understand but don't ask. See, you've already helped me, I'll ask next time I don't understand something.

Thanks,
mercedes

> this is new language for me...

 

Re: Effexor - what do u mean by imposter?

Posted by mercedes on July 23, 2003, at 14:00:54

In reply to Re: Effexor...p.s. borrowing a toe :)) Daphnis and zinya, posted by Daphnis on July 23, 2003, at 11:57:57

Daph, what do you mean that you feel like an imposter here? If you are reaching out for help through this site, you are not alone. Do you want to talk about why you feel like an "imposter here and everywhere". I used to refer to myself as a robot, going thru each day like a robot, get up, get dressed, go to work, pretend to be happy, go home and do the same thing the next day. Please stay with us and let us help you out if we can.

p.s. another shorthand, SE-side effects.
Mercedes

> This is amazing! No, I have old (samples) 37.5 mg tabs, and when I DO get so down that I feel like trying again, I break one in like fifths! So I feel like an imposter here cause I hear people dealing with issues over 150 mg, but where else am I going to deal with these issues?? And anyway, I feel like an imposter everywhere and always.

 

Re: anyone had weight gain?

Posted by midgie1007 on July 23, 2003, at 14:17:51

In reply to Re: anyone had weight gain?, posted by mercedes on July 23, 2003, at 11:46:57

I just started Effexor XR, and I'll be interested to see if my weight creeps up. I gained 25 lbs on paxil then switched to prozac and wasn't able to shake it off for the longest time.

I finally figured out that eating a lower carb diet worked for me and lost it all. I certainly don't want it coming back!

 

Re: music, romance, missing in depression... zinya

Posted by mercedes on July 23, 2003, at 14:49:37

In reply to music, romance, and missing in depression, esp. to Susy, posted by zinya on July 21, 2003, at 13:21:02

Zinya, I had to look back for your post. I had read it and for some reason, I think there were just sooooo many posts that day, I personaly didn't respond. But yes, I think we sorta, somehow did get into the subject of music due to your post.

I can remember when nothing I used to enjoy including music was no longer part of my life. Although I've always had my car radio on music. That's cuz if it were on talk, I probably wouldn't "hear" it. I'm not sure I even listened to the car radio music cuz I was in this "other world". Meaning that my body was there but my mind was out in nowhere land. I think it's called "disassociation". Sorta like watching TV and not knowing what the program or movie is about. Or someone talking to me and in the middle of the conv., my mind would go off somewhere else, then I would feel so embarrased when the person would ask, "what do you think?" and I'd have to say something stupid..like "yea" or "uh huh", yet I had no idea what the conversation was about. I was in my own world of depression & misery and subconciously, disassociated. Learned this from going to therapy.

Anyway, right now I'm listening to my country music station as I write. "I'm a little bit country, I'm a little bit rock and roll" I luv all kinds of music, cumbia's, zamba's corridos even hip-hop. I also have a taste for classical, Bethoven, Bach. It depends on my mood. However I remember listening to some music so that I could cry, can't remember what it was now.... that's a good thing, huh?.

Anyway Z, I hope you can soon enjoy your music again, you will, I know it. Got to write you another note, ok.
mercedes

 

Ways to fight initial drowsiness/sleep problems?

Posted by catachrest on July 23, 2003, at 14:50:41

In reply to To Theresa Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? , posted by tina on May 8, 2000, at 8:03:14

Hi there,

I'm pretty new to Effexor; started at 37.5 mg about 5 days ago. Overall I'm not minding it, and I haven't had a panic attack or really really low mood since I started. But I'm finding the drowsiness and the problems sleeping hard to deal with. From reading what others have put here it looks like this will most likely stop eventually as my body gets used to it, and I'm okay with that, but as it stands, I've been at work all day and haven't gotten anything done. I feel drowsy and absolutely uninterested and unmotivated in my work. For three nights I've had trouble getting to sleep, and I wake up often at night and don't seem to dream. Can anyone recommend to me a safe, non-medicinal way of dealing with these side effects for the meantime? I'm committed to getting better - can't handle the depression any more - but I also really need to be able to work.

By the way, thanks for all the information and support I've gotten just from reading old posts. I'm pleasantly surprised at the general standard of articulateness in peoples' writing here - it makes me feel like you guys are intelligent, thinking people, and if you can be depressed and get help for it too, then no shame for me!

Thanks,
Susan

 

Re: anyone had weight gain? midgie1007

Posted by mercedes on July 23, 2003, at 15:04:14

In reply to Re: anyone had weight gain?, posted by midgie1007 on July 23, 2003, at 14:17:51

On the contrary, I personnaly have lost about 11 lbs. But this drug works differently for everyone. I have lots more to lose but not really worried about it. My mental health is more important. I've also gained weight with some other AD's. I think some meds make us lathargic, no energy, so we tend to gain weight. One of the SE (side effects) of Effexor is dry mouth, so I drink lots of water now and maybe that attributes to losing. Also loss of appetite, don't really know but I'm glad. Speaking of appetite, I HAVE to eat now so I can take my effexor.
Mercedes
**********************************
> I just started Effexor XR, and I'll be interested to see if my weight creeps up. I gained 25 lbs on paxil then switched to prozac and wasn't able to shake it off for the longest time.
>
> I finally figured out that eating a lower carb diet worked for me and lost it all. I certainly don't want it coming back!

 

Re: Zinya, congrats on moving onward to 150! zinya

Posted by mercedes on July 23, 2003, at 15:19:44

In reply to Re: Hi All... catch-up esp. to mercedes and CherC68, posted by zinya on July 23, 2003, at 11:05:00

Zinya, just wanted you write you a separate note on your courage in taking the 150mgs at one time. Congratulations. How do you feel on it? Since you tend to have the SE's on the second day, keep us posted. I hope you don't have any. Give it a chance. Lack of sleep was the worst reaction I felt, I think. And of course the sweating but gosh, it's been over 100 degrees here in central CA.

Glad you enjoyed my "Self" talk. That's my humor, and I sure missed it when I was in that dark hole some time ago. I'm so glad to be out of it and to enjoy laughing again.

Also, thanks for your comments on my TV issue.

Anyway, I've got to get off this site and try to get something accomplished around here.
<<<<Lots of Hugs>>>>
mercedes

 

Re: Ways to fight initial drowsiness/sleep problem catachrest

Posted by zinya on July 23, 2003, at 15:29:35

In reply to Ways to fight initial drowsiness/sleep problems?, posted by catachrest on July 23, 2003, at 14:50:41

hi Susan,

welcome! I was a newcomer not so long ago myself...

What time of day are you taking your Effexor? (It's the XR time-release, right?)

It could be that you might benefit from changing from night to morning or morning to night ... I take mine at night after dinner (initially out of concern for nausea which did me in with other a-d's i've tried) to be on fullest stomach of the day and so far i haven't had trouble sleeping although i do find myself having a third coffee many days even though i usually tried to keep myself to one or two. But otherwise, i've been fine with taking it night.

However, as you've surely read, others here had to do the opposite and switch to mornings ... If you have enough 37.5s you might try making the switch before you move up to 75 so there's less of an adjustment to your body as you gradually shift time of day.

???

just my 2c,

zinya

 

Re: No imposters here Daphnis

Posted by CherC68 on July 23, 2003, at 15:38:19

In reply to Shorthand? What's BAM and pdoc?, posted by Daphnis on July 23, 2003, at 12:13:43

Dear Daphnis,

There are no imposters here, and if so that would be me! I do not have a PDoc (Shrink) or do I see a therapist. I went to my doctor who was an internist and he put me on Zoloft. I told him I had anxiety attacks that's it. He was a new doctor for me cause I haven't seen one in about 2 years. Zoloft made me nauseaus so I quit. He then put me on Effexor XR which I only lasted SIX DAYS ON. He is no longer at my clinic - so I see nobody yet - but am looking for a pdoc & therapist.

Right now I have a prescription for Xanax (which is not mine a friend gave me hers!)

While on Zoloft & Effexor I had support from Zinya, Mercedes and Kimberly and then more support recently from Susy, Willie & Nyia and several others and I continue posting (which I probably shouldn't because this posting section is for Effexor), but to have people actually understand sort of what you are going through with depression, anxiety, bi-polar, personality disturbances and thoughts of suicide and just feeling plain miserable has helped me tremendously.

I have a friend who is bi-polar and she's really quite manic right now so I don't have her to even talk to. Everyone on here is very supportive because we are all going through similar things - mostly personal crisis. Depression is very debilitating as well as anxiety attacks - the difference is some of us have other problems like personality disturbances, mania, etc.

Many of us on here are not in therapy and those that are in therapy are helping with things they learned.

You are welcome here and I could guarantee that you reaching out looking for any sort of help on here is actually helping someone.

It's quite unbelievable to me that everyone on here is in personal turmoil and has the strength to reach out and help another or even has the strength to reach out and ask for help. That in itself is being on the road to recovery.

Hugs,
Cher

 

No imposters, Cher is right!! Daphnis

Posted by zinya on July 23, 2003, at 15:52:27

In reply to Re: Effexor...p.s. borrowing a toe :)) Daphnis and zinya, posted by Daphnis on July 23, 2003, at 11:57:57

i just saw your post, Daph (can i call you Daph? :)) and i can only second what Cher has said and urge you to post whenever and whatever... That's what we all do, and we all started somewhere. And i first came on this site last November and then decided to postpone taking Effexor and only started in late May ... So believe me, we're each on a unique path and none of them are imposters -- we're only posters :)) [get it? :)) ha ha - my pun for the day...

oh dear...

hugs and more welcome!
zinya

 

Re: Theoscooter1::theo Scooter1

Posted by theo on July 23, 2003, at 15:58:46

In reply to Re: Theoscooter1::theo, posted by Scooter1 on July 23, 2003, at 10:00:37

This morning, 7/23/03. I feel great, actually more leveled off. At 37.5mg I felt like it was trying to kick in but just scratching the surface. Today is just the first day at 75mg but I actually feel more at ease and not as moody. I'll keep you posted.

 

Re: Ways to fight initial drowsiness/sleep problem

Posted by catachrest on July 23, 2003, at 15:58:57

In reply to Re: Ways to fight initial drowsiness/sleep problem catachrest, posted by zinya on July 23, 2003, at 15:29:35

Thanks Zinya,

I think I will try that. I've been taking it with supper - which is often later in the evening due to my decreased appetite lately - and maybe I would benefit from taking it in the morning, or even at lunch. My doctor didn't recommend a time of day, only that I should eat something with it, which is why I chose suppertime.

Susan


> hi Susan,
>
> welcome! I was a newcomer not so long ago myself...
>
> What time of day are you taking your Effexor? (It's the XR time-release, right?)
>
> It could be that you might benefit from changing from night to morning or morning to night ... I take mine at night after dinner (initially out of concern for nausea which did me in with other a-d's i've tried) to be on fullest stomach of the day and so far i haven't had trouble sleeping although i do find myself having a third coffee many days even though i usually tried to keep myself to one or two. But otherwise, i've been fine with taking it night.
>
> However, as you've surely read, others here had to do the opposite and switch to mornings ... If you have enough 37.5s you might try making the switch before you move up to 75 so there's less of an adjustment to your body as you gradually shift time of day.
>
> ???
>
> just my 2c,
>
> zinya

 

Re: music etc. Zinya mercedes

Posted by CherC68 on July 23, 2003, at 16:23:04

In reply to Re: music, romance, missing in depression... zinya, posted by mercedes on July 23, 2003, at 14:49:37

Dear Mercedes and Zinya,

Zinya - I too am sorry that I have not responded to your posting on music.

I watch mostly discovery & tlc and mostly about the medical detectives. I do not watch anything to do with babies and I don't like too many comedies, well okay - I don't like hardly any comedies. I am more your Planes, Trains & Automobile kind of person - dark comedies.

Zinya, I'm sorry about your back. You told me you've been icing it, but I didn't realize it was that bad - I'm so very sorry. I hope that in a few days since you had your adjustment it will be feeling better.

Sweats are still there too and that is doubly horrible. I've been sweating more lately but I'm thinking its the dampness here.

I would definitely like to hear what you have to say and any advise or help would be greatly appreciated.

As always, I hope everyone is having panic attack free day and happy day. One day at a time, I suppose. Thanks again for listening.

Hugs and lots of love,
Cher

 

Daph-Effexor - what do u mean by imposter?

Posted by KimberlyDi on July 23, 2003, at 17:00:51

In reply to Re: Effexor - what do u mean by imposter?, posted by mercedes on July 23, 2003, at 14:00:54

Daph, if you feel like a failure or an imposter, realize that it's your inner negative voice trying to break you down again. I know the "imposter" feeling. I was sent to an "eating disorders" group therapy session. I saw all those pencil thin girls and almost cried, thinking I was a failure at even having an eating disorder. I wasn't overweight, by all means. But my inner voice always tells me that I am, and I have an unhealty envy of those girls who have the total willpower to starve themselves. I personally am glad you are here, regardless of your Effexor dosage.
KDi in Texas

P.S. I always feel like I'm barely "faking" it through life. That someday everybody is going to see how worthless I really am, and not like me anymore. It's hard to fight those feelings.

> Daph, what do you mean that you feel like an imposter here? If you are reaching out for help through this site, you are not alone. Do you want to talk about why you feel like an "imposter here and everywhere". I used to refer to myself as a robot, going thru each day like a robot, get up, get dressed, go to work, pretend to be happy, go home and do the same thing the next day. Please stay with us and let us help you out if we can.
>
> p.s. another shorthand, SE-side effects.
> Mercedes
>
>
>
> > This is amazing! No, I have old (samples) 37.5 mg tabs, and when I DO get so down that I feel like trying again, I break one in like fifths! So I feel like an imposter here cause I hear people dealing with issues over 150 mg, but where else am I going to deal with these issues?? And anyway, I feel like an imposter everywhere and always.
>
>

 

Re: personal thoughts CherC68

Posted by zinya on July 23, 2003, at 17:55:30

In reply to Re: music etc. Zinya mercedes, posted by CherC68 on July 23, 2003, at 16:23:04

hi Cher,

please -- and to mercedes too -- i wasn't meaning for anybody to feel they 'should' have responded to that music post ... It just started being relevant to so many people talking about music but i wasn't sure if people already had read my thoughts on the topic.

Heaven knows, i get lost in the posts here and sometimes miss some posts i onlyrealize later i didn't even see ... I'd swear sometimes in fact, that they weren't even there previously, as if they "snuck in" belatedly into my list :))

hmmmm

Well, Cher, what i was referring to is a sense i've been getting increasingly lately from your posts of the avalanche of things you're dealing with and i debated mentioning here (in part so anyone else, like mercedes for example, who disagrees with my interpretation could chime in -- as well as obviously you yourself) and i feel a bit funny giving an unsolicited "diagnosis" cuz also, heaven knows, i'm no diagnostician... But several recent posts of yours have increasingly led me to think that with what you are dealing with in your life just even in terms of your hands, but then with so much else, of managing your whole house amid floods and storms and so many other things you've gradually shared bit by bit plus just even the "usual" wifely and motherly and employee stresses that come with the territory, you've had an avalanche of things beyond the norm... And it has made me think that maybe what you're dealing with is "normal depression/anxiety/stress" rather than a "clinical" one which is due to biochemical imbalance that requires or would benefit from these a-d's. It made me begin to think that maybe your inner instinct that made you quit the Effexor was a totally right instinct, and with others having not worked either, maybe it's telling you that your biochemistry doesn't need an a-d. Maybe the problem is that you've been totally overloaded with too much-- starting with, most basically, the pains of your hands which would make anyone in pain, which always makes a person constantly irritated and zapping your strength etc etc...

For years, I kept coming back to a sense that maybe for me too it wasn't really a biochemical thing each time i tried one and had a bad reaaction and quit -- and i could still wind up coming to that conclusion with Effexor too, but so far it's been something i could stick with longer and give it a "real try" and maybe it's telling me that there is some biochemical thing it's "fixing."

Now, heaven knows, i'm in no position to be doing this long-distance "analysis" of what you're dealing with. But the more i would hear you describe BOTH all the ENORMOUS hassles (which is an understatement) that you've been coping with AND on the other hand how i hear signs that say to me you are still able to do things (as odd as it sounds) like laugh hysterically or vibrate with music and talk with such delight about your cousin's band ... Things that -- and maybe here it's just me whose experience is too unrepresentative -- but i feel like if mine is "clinical depression" as I finally decided maybe it is, i can't even imagine (even yet) having the energy to laugh hysterically -- which I wish i could do again (but, please understand, i'm not minimizing how crazed you were feeling then)... Maybe that's a bad basis for seeing a contrast, which is why i'm giving an example for you to see what it is i'm basing this on, but even in your "breakdown" on Monday, you struck me as having the kind of breakdown that any sane person SHOULD have had in that situation. You "deserved" to have a "breakdown" in the midst of all that - and as you described how you started laughing on the phone with your husband about it ... I don't know, maybe i'm totally wrong, but it just didn't sound like what i'm coming to think this "clinical depression" thing is.

Unfortunately, i think most doctors prescribe way too readily without really plumbing the depths to figure out what kind of depression we are feeling when we say we're depressed. Cuz more than ever, i feel like i'm realizing there's "depressed" and then there's "depressed" -- and i don't want to make one with a capital "D" more than the other cuz each one is surely just as daunting as the other, but i think one of them can benefit from drug therapy cuz there's a biochemical component and the other one can't. And at least one of these "other" kinds of depression would seem to be from an accumulation of life circumstances that leads to depression and anxiety.

I feel like i'm babbling and you might totally disagree with me - I hope only that i'm making clear what i mean to say, which i'm not at all sure about. Does this make sense to you? If it does, it would make sense of your stopping the a-d's and maybe mean that if you see a pdoc, you might want to pose this question first of whether an a-d is even appropriate for you rather than just assuming one is and trying to find a different one that would work. Maybe with xanax or whatever, the reason you like it is because it's the one thing your body's biochemistry is missing and so maybe that's enough to help and then hopefully if your hands can find relief and all this avalanche of crises can abate... Or do you sense that there's a whole other kind of depression that i'm forgetting about in your situation that does feel like something biochemical to you?

Well, now i *really* feel like i'm babbling, so i'm gonna quit and hope i haven't said anything that comes across as 'invasive' or presumptuousness but if i have and you want to tell me to "mind my own business" i'll understand, though of course i hope not :)) And, again, of course, it does feel presumptuous of me that i'm saying any of this cuz i don't even know myself whether what i have is "clinical depression" or what it looks or feels like, not to mention that there must be a lot of variation across people ...

anyway, these were thoughts that had started to occur to me, and it seemed like if i just kept them to myself that -- even if you disagree with my interpretation -- maybe it would be helpful to you to hear it and know whether it sounds reasonable to you or not... That is, if i've even been clear :)

okay, enough!!

love and hugs,
zinya

 

Re: No imposters here

Posted by Susy on July 23, 2003, at 18:03:44

In reply to Re: No imposters here Daphnis, posted by CherC68 on July 23, 2003, at 15:38:19

I completely agree with what Cher said.
It's not easy to know who is in the worst position, I was feeling like that in the beginning when I started sharing in the babble because maybe I am the only one not american here, so I thought "maybe there are going to think I don't belong here eitherw" thanks God everybody have been so sweet with me and suprisily sharing their own problems and fears with each other in the Babble, Mercedes said something today that because of our anxiety must of us are kind of Drug Phobic, which is my case, I only take Xanex, less than Mercedes, more than Cher; and that's it I can't stand the AD's, now going along with Mercedes maybe the word imposter is not the right one, but yes, sometimes everybody look so normal and we are dealing with a panic attack inside, like Freddie Mercury just to say, my make up maybe melting, my hart can be shaking but my body still stays on......show must go on......we understand you perfectly Daphne.

Sorry, again, I have to go when I was must inspired =)

I'll come back later on to night.......

Susy

 

Re: Ways to fight initial drowsiness/sleep problem

Posted by countess on July 23, 2003, at 18:24:09

In reply to Re: Ways to fight initial drowsiness/sleep problem, posted by catachrest on July 23, 2003, at 15:58:57

> hi-i took my med at night when i started and had the same trouble as you with insomnia and then tiredness during the day. i switched to a.m. and still had insomnia. i am back to taking my med at night to see if it is better and i feel i sleep better when i take it at night but during the day i am very drowsy. i am at 75 xr now. i took 37.5 for two weeks and then 75 for almost 6 weeks. i think i actually prefer taking it at night. i take it for anxiety and feel better this way. i know each person is different. i also agree that you should try the timing while you are at a lower dose. i switched back to nighttime last weekend and my muscles were very tired and weak and i didn't get anything done while waiting to take the p.m dose (i skipped the a.m.) take care and good luck!

Thanks Zinya,
>
> I think I will try that. I've been taking it with supper - which is often later in the evening due to my decreased appetite lately - and maybe I would benefit from taking it in the morning, or even at lunch. My doctor didn't recommend a time of day, only that I should eat something with it, which is why I chose suppertime.
>
> Susan
>
>
> > hi Susan,
> >
> > welcome! I was a newcomer not so long ago myself...
> >
> > What time of day are you taking your Effexor? (It's the XR time-release, right?)
> >
> > It could be that you might benefit from changing from night to morning or morning to night ... I take mine at night after dinner (initially out of concern for nausea which did me in with other a-d's i've tried) to be on fullest stomach of the day and so far i haven't had trouble sleeping although i do find myself having a third coffee many days even though i usually tried to keep myself to one or two. But otherwise, i've been fine with taking it night.
> >
> > However, as you've surely read, others here had to do the opposite and switch to mornings ... If you have enough 37.5s you might try making the switch before you move up to 75 so there's less of an adjustment to your body as you gradually shift time of day.
> >
> > ???
> >
> > just my 2c,
> >
> > zinya
>
>

 

Re: Cher, Susy, Kdi, Theo, Zinya, Mercedes

Posted by willie on July 23, 2003, at 19:02:36

In reply to Anyone had success on Effexor XR? , posted by jp on October 24, 1999, at 14:59:14

Good evening everyone. Well looking at the postings I would say everyone had a pretty good day today.

Cher, I am most impressed by your words today about how we all support one another on the site. I couldn't have said it any better. I'm glad you're having a better day today. You've been in my thoughts.

Actually a lot of you have been in my thoughts since I began sharing on the thread. Funny how total strangers can impact one's life. To give advice, support, "hugs" and truly care. In essence we have a bond, whether or not we are on effexor. We all suffer from some sort of mental issue and who better to support you than people who can truly relate to your pain and fright.

Susy....I'm Canadian...so that would make at least two of us on the thread who aren't American.

Kdi..not sure if it is you who mentioned the point about "faking it" through life. I can totally relate to that. For the longest time I would watch other people to see how I was to act around them. I compared myself to being a chameleon, I swore I could have fit in anywhere and anyone. I faked it so much I had no idea who I was anymore. I'm much better at being myself now (I think..ha ha). My husband tells me I'm one of the kindest, mostgiving person he's ever met but I still have that little voice inside me saying, "If he only knew the true you." So needless to say when you wrote that comment it struck a cord with me.

Theo...so happy for you that your feeling good on your first day at 75mg. I'll be watching your updates as I may eventually work up to that level myself. I've been on 37.5 for 8 months now.

Zinya, sorry to hear about your back..it must be incredible hard for you to get comfortable. I wish you a speedy recovery.

Mercedes...You make me smile almost everytime I read your postings. You have some wise words and tend to share them with a sense of humor.

I do have a question with how you all control your dosages. Do the doctors tell you when and how much to increase it? Mine just gave me the 37.5 dosage with no indication of increase. I guess if I experience some behavours we'll look at taking the next step. I have noticed more of my obsessive compulsive behavour coming out again. Not good...that's an indicator to me that my axiety levels are increasing. I'm trying to put off the next increase in dosage just to see whether or not it's just a phase I'm going through to increased stressors at work.

Anyway...I'm off to bed. I'll look tomorrow to see your updates. Have a peacefull night everyone.

Willie

 

Re: Cher, Susy, Kdi, Theo, Zinya, Mercedes willie

Posted by zinya on July 23, 2003, at 20:40:22

In reply to Re: Cher, Susy, Kdi, Theo, Zinya, Mercedes, posted by willie on July 23, 2003, at 19:02:36

hi Willie,

i think this is the first time i'm writing you - i was kind of on overload when you started writing, i think... Thanks for your wishes.

i completely share your feelings about this group. What a lifeline. And how quickly i've come to feel close to people here, developing vague images of what people look like over time and sensing a kind of "knowledge" which is unique cuz we dive into to areas we don't talk readily to anybody else about. My best friends know what i'm going through but it's too boring, imo, to drag them through specifics that would alarm them disproportionately sometimes and to sense here that people have "been there" in varying ways... Also that we're all exploring together, trying to piece (detective-like) our individual bits of perspective -- about what depression and anxiety even really are, much less how to deal with them ...

I gather you're from eastern Canada? like Nova Scotia or somewhere? (you don't have to answer if you don't want to get specific) but i have exotic images of what eastern Canada must be like. I was in Montreal once and took the CNR (which i think they derailed a few years ago, right?) across to Vancouver - that was 30 yrs ago... 3 days and nights through such varying countryside, but that's all i know of Canada directly... plus a couple of trips to Vancouver... but i doubt you're from there or that would mean you're going to bed at 6 pm :)) but maybe...

Given your moniker here (and my own absentmindedness), i just now realized that you're a woman! :)) It sounds like you have a key quality in that husband of yours :) ... and with time and self-messages you can even start to believe him! :)

To Daphne as well as you, i too very much relate to having the notion of "If he only knew the true me." I've had those times and kinds of dynamics in my life too ... It's kind of like that romance advice i mentioned the other day in another post which i'd learned and still means so much to me, easier to say than do but so important..

As to your question on dosages, I'm afraid I'm rather "stubborn" and resistant to doing what doctors tell me if i sense my body telling me something different. So i've been only increasing my dosage at the rate and pace that i felt ready for ... I waited pretty much to make sure i wasn't feeling side effects anymore at that level (except for the sweating which has become so constant it seems i couldn't wait for that one to quit but i at least waited til i didn't real any more dizziness or other weird feelings in my head and then stayed a couple or a few days more at that level to make sure and then moved on.

How much did he give you at 37.5? Does he want you back to see him before they expire? Maybe he's planning to decide then. Maybe the dosage levels are different for OCD??

If your md. only talked about 37.5, then i probably wouldn't go to a higher level without asking him (or her) first, i think. Sounds wise to see if increase in work stress might be skewing your perceptions.

I guess i felt more "stubborn" cuz it meant for me going slower than my md. had suggested. But i probably wouldn't have gone faster than my md. suggested, which is why i'm suggesting you talk to him (or her) before moving up if all that was mentioned was 37.5.

with well wishes and sweet dreams to far off Canada :)

zinya

 

Effexor XR KimberlyDi

Posted by Daphnis on July 23, 2003, at 22:29:09

In reply to Re: Effexor...p.s. mercedes, posted by KimberlyDi on July 23, 2003, at 12:51:37

Hey KDi, what IS the difference between Effexor and Effexor XR?? I looked it up on Google but only got info on effexor XR so thought I was mistaken and it must be all the same.

 

Re: Shorthand? What's BAM and pdoc? mercedes

Posted by Daphnis on July 23, 2003, at 22:36:46

In reply to Re: Shorthand? What's BAM and pdoc?, posted by mercedes on July 23, 2003, at 13:15:49

Thanks. That's helpful. (And so nice!) I also have way too much anxiety, fear, obsessive thinking, ptsd (why, I don't know. but I jump hard at loud noises) and depression. tonight I went to the state fair (taking a disabled person, at work) and just marvelled at how the people could listen to the concert at that decible level! I had to hold my fingers in my ears the whole hour we were there. I have always been sensitive like that. One counselor told me some small percentage of babies are just born super sensitive like that.

 

Re: Effexor - what do u mean by imposter? mercedes

Posted by Daphnis on July 23, 2003, at 23:05:40

In reply to Re: Effexor - what do u mean by imposter?, posted by mercedes on July 23, 2003, at 14:00:54

well, I'm way behind because I went to work and just got back, but will read through and see what lies ahead as well. but I'll answer this...
I have never felt like I belonged anywhere. I guess it's just the feeling I learned in my family. No one talked about anything real. and I was lonely at school. I was sort of anti-social. I think cause I didn't know how. funny, as now most of my life is people oriented. I did well and went to a good college but always wondered why they had accepted ME? Felt pretty lost all my life. Started getting help after college. A few pdocs. First one fell asleep, which didn't help the old lack of confidence. Had one I loved, for a year or so. He helped a lot. Married a wounded man and had two girls, now 21 and 18. Divorced in 93. He re-married, a woman half his age, just like my own dad did.
I went to grad school at 43 or so, and loved it, but I always felt I was doing things for wrong reasons. Taught freshman comp and world lit and British lit one year, and really felt like an imposter then!!! But I was just green, I guess...
Had trouble finding work after the fellowship, living in a very small town. Made bagels in a cafe starting at $4.25 an hour! I was overeducated and underskilled. Didn't belong at the university, didn't belong at the cafe, though it was actually basically a good interlude, despite the divorce happening then. I was learning that I could, indeed, take care of myself, even in difficult circumstances. I also realized I needed spiritual help, somewhere around 43, and joined a church, where I REALLY felt like an imposter, as I was an atheist for 30 years and have serious issues with any set of religious "laws". Maybe now, at 55, I am getting some realization that everyone muddles along, even if they act like they have it together, and I may feel like I deserve a place in the human race afterall. Not really there yet, I guess... It is really just serious feelings of inadequacy. Helpless and hopeless. that's the role I immediately revert to around my family. and it feels so familiar and so awful at the same time! OK. that's my attempt to describe feeling an imposter or always an outsider. I need a lot of solitude and isolate a lot, too. I think it's protective. I just take things too hard. Oh, one more place I felt an imposter...it took me YEARS in Al-anon to feel I really belonged there. I just kept saying: No one drank THAT much...no one was violent, etc. I didn't think the alcohol part was right, but I just knew everything I heard was familiar and helpful. At some point I told a counselor I didn't know if my dad was an alcoholic or not, but he carried a small suitcase bar in the trunk of his car, and gallon bottles of gin, rum, bourbon, etc. she just started to laugh...so...although I understand where the feelings come from, that doesn't make them easier to deal with. they still incapacitate me at times. I just despair, at times. Al-anon has given me some helpful tools to get out of it, if I can remember and make myself use them! phew! this site is like opening a window in a stuffy old house. It's great, but scary. Admitting vulnerability and needing help? Yipes.

 

Re: No imposters here CherC68

Posted by Daphnis on July 23, 2003, at 23:23:48

In reply to Re: No imposters here Daphnis, posted by CherC68 on July 23, 2003, at 15:38:19

wow, thanks Cher. I'm sort of bowled over by all the support. I realize the extent of family conditioning. Everyone was struggling but NO ONE talked about it. and Psychiatry and Psychology and/or any pastoral care were absolutely unthinkable. Instead of support there was criticism. I am sort of in shock, here, due to everyone's kindness.
I know there is genetic stuff in my family. I have serious mood swings myself. I've learned to recognize the brief (two hours?) manic elation and know that a low depression is coming that same day. and I have a bipolar nephew.

 

Re: Hi All...

Posted by Yankeegirl on July 23, 2003, at 23:26:51

In reply to Re: Hi All... willie, posted by CherC68 on July 22, 2003, at 19:22:37

> Thanks Willie, Susy & Kimberly & everyone for listening to my breakdown yesterday.
>
> I didn't go to the movies today, I'm a bit tired since I got up every 1-1/2 hours last night to drain the water in the basement. I'm conducting a test now to see how long it takes the hole to fill up. At least I can manually plug the pump in to drain - but I need to know the exact hours it takes to fill up. It's finally sunny here and no rain this evening predicted so hopefully the ground will dry up a bit.
>
> Yes, Eat A Peach has gotten to open up for some awesome bands, but The Wallflowers was the most fun by far, I got to sit on stage and hang out in the green room.
>
> Today I listened to some Poi Dog Pondering another favorite band and its more uplifting.
>
> I have a list of PDocs & Therapists, but no energy to actually call one of them. I see the hand specialists on Saturday and don't know how much out of pocket I will have to pay for the surgery, and don't want to start getting into debt with doctors since I just seen the dentist and that cost so far 200 out of pocket.
>
> I am hoping I don't have another breakdown like I did yesterday and since my husband and son will be home tomorrow - I should be fine. My son will always be home with me for now on when my husband is out of town, because I realize I'm much stronger when my son is around. (I have to be for him.)
>
> Thanks for getting me through a rough day yesterday everyone and thanks for listening.
>
> Hugs,
> Cher
>
> Hi Cher, I totally understand how you don't have the energy to call a pdoc. That is the major clue for me that I am depressed, is that a simple phone call is too overwhelming to accomplish. (I used to get seasonal affective disorder, or winter blues, and that was my main reaction to it)

I don't know why nobody on this site talks about what they learn in therapy. My understanding is that the Effexor is only part of a successful treatment, that some kind of therapy is necessary too, for most people. Well, I've been on Eff 4 weeks, but today was the first time I actually had a talk with my pdoc. What a revelation! We went over the results of my psychiatric personality testing (called Minnesota something or other, I'll find out the name next week) where I answered about 700 true-false questions. I was diagnosed with depression and avoidant personality disorder. When she read the description of that from the (DSM?) book, I kept saying, "That's me! That's me!" I am SO HAPPY and EXCITED tonight. My problem has a name! They know how to fix me! They assured me I am fixable! I am so excited!

Cher, I urge you to make that one phone call for a pdoc. If you can't do it, maybe your son or husband will do it for you. I think that your mental health is more important right now than your carpal tunnel surgery. It's pretty scary for us to hear how deep in the depression you are right now, and I hope you can decide to put your needs first and foremost, for the first time maybe, and get the help you are needing. The hope I feel today is worth any amount of money. I am so excited about my pdoc helping me that I would do anything legal to pay for it - I'd even ask relatives for money. First I'd call all the ones who bullied me all my childhood - HA! "This is your fault - give me money!!!"

Seriously, please call a psychiatist today!

Sending caring prayers, Yankeegirl

 

Re: No imposters, Cher is right!! zinya

Posted by Daphnis on July 23, 2003, at 23:27:54

In reply to No imposters, Cher is right!! Daphnis, posted by zinya on July 23, 2003, at 15:52:27

ok. I think it's starting to sink in that I am ok here and welcome. Seems like a safe place. which is often sorely lacking in the "real" world. (I always think that is backwards, and this stuff is the REALITY.)thanks to everybody! I like the "posters" joke. good one.


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