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Maybe some help? katia

Posted by Barbaracat on November 11, 2004, at 16:09:23

In reply to Re: Needing support/shamanic healing? Barbaracat, posted by katia on November 10, 2004, at 13:33:22

Hi Katia,
Yeah, this election really brought the Orcs out of hiding, didn't it? At least the lines are drawn and I know who I definitely don't want to invite over to my house for dinner. I figure it is a time of evolution, either where we humans transcend this crap, or else get off the playing field to allow for another test case for higher consciousness. I sure don't understand it but what's the alternative besides putting one foot in front of the other? And pulling the covers up on those days when we can't? But like you said, you can't let the cover days go on too long because bills pile up and things get messy.

Katia, if a double-dose of Paxil may have helped, then here's a suggestion that's worth a try. We know about bipolars and SSRIs and many other problems associated with them, so bulking up on SSRIs could be trouble. My husband and I and another couple have been taking this research grade St. John's Wort and all of us are being helped by it. Oh sure, I still go into dark places but sheeeit, there are plenty of real dark places to go in to, and not just in my brain. Since taking this SJW I don't stay there as long. I was reading my journal noting how I was before and since taking it and the changes are very evident. I've noticed great positive changes in my husband's mood and motivation and so has he. Just yesterday he was bugging me to please replenish our supply because it's getting low and he doesn't want to run out. For the first time in years he's not feeling in the 'grey zone' - and no problems with 'the wood pile' as he puts it (and I appreciate).

I was talking to our friends last week and they're at the 4 week mark and feel that it's kicking in very nicely. 'Subtle but sweet', as my friend put it.

I don't have the bipolar/SSRI problems with it, no sexual side effects and no buzzyness or somatic stuff like with other ADs. In fact, nothing except a lighter and calmer mood. The brand to get is HBC Protocols - www.hbcprotocols.com. Plus it's cheap, $29.95 for 280 tablets.

It takes a few weeks but maybe you're already primed enough with the Paxil. I also take L-taurine 2,000 mg a day for the extra mood stabilizing. I'm trying another change with the lithium which I'll continue to report on. I ran out of my prescription lithium carbonate and living out in the boonies, don't get to a pharmacy often. I have some left over lithium orotate I was taking at their recommended dosage, 120mg a day, which did squat for me. So I tripled the dose, matching what I was on with the lithium carbonate and so far I like it alot. Less tired, and I've lost 5 pounds since starting with no hint of hypomania at all. In fact, I'm sleeping better since starting it. No one seems to know how it converts dose for dose with the other lithiums so I may need to adjust the dose, but time will tell. If I start seeming like I'm wigging out a bit, I'm sure you'll notice and will let me know, OK? But so far, thumbs up (1 week).

The best brand is Advanced Research Lithium Orotate, which I believe you can get at www.iherb.com. Again, real cheap ($10 for 200 tablets). Hope to see you Thanksgiving. I'm going to set up a yahoo email so we can trade info. Luv, Barbara

 

Re: Maybe some help? Barbaracat

Posted by katia on November 11, 2004, at 16:40:20

In reply to Maybe some help? katia, posted by Barbaracat on November 11, 2004, at 16:09:23

Hi Barb (and Katy, others)
Glad to hear you're doing better today. Did you hear that Eliz. Edwards was dxed with breast cancer the same day they conceded? Bizarre timing...

I'm in a different place today; I'm still slow, decreased appetite, not wanting to see people, teary, but I'm in an accepting place about this shift in mood. Like I just accept I need to go inward and quiet for awhile instead of fight it. I also have a bad migraine starting yesterday (starting at the lower back of the head shooting through my eyeballs). I've never gotten these until this year,, i wonder if it's med related/Trileptal or Paxil? I also have mild/mod whiplash from being rearended a couple weeks ago. I think this adds to the depression.

I may try the SJW, but I get my meds free from samples and don't know how much I can afford. I also know that it works on serotonin, so couldn't that be dangerous for BPs too? it's like an herbal AD? I may try it though; I'd rather go natural if it's effective. I bought a sun/light box yesterday and am waiting for its arrival. I think this will help me since reading up on it.

I thought about you last night. I went to Cathy's workshop "Life Cycles" about what happens when animals die. Someone had a cat who hung on even after the injection and she always wondered if she chose too early for him to go. But Cathy explained that it was time, but still some animals have a strong will to live even when it's time; I thought of Merlin. Rock had requested through CAthy to me that I bring the candle I light on his alter (it's in a nice sculpture/bowl with rose petals and a candle). He wanted me to bring it and light the candle to create light and healing for beings. He was excited about the workshop and was right there the whole time.
Interesting and heartwarming/wrenching stuff and confusing to me as well.
BTW, I received an email from someone directly from this board (sent via PB). I think there is a way that we can send a private message and then exchange email addresses. I'll look into it.
katia

 

Babblemail Barbaracat

Posted by katia on November 11, 2004, at 16:53:15

In reply to Maybe some help? katia, posted by Barbaracat on November 11, 2004, at 16:09:23

Hi Barb,
You need to go to your settings and turn "on" your babblemail allowance. If you don't want to do that, send me one. http://www.dr-bob.org/cgi-bin/pb/babblemail.pl and then just type in Katia for recipient.

 

Re: Maybe some help? katia

Posted by Barbaracat on November 11, 2004, at 17:54:33

In reply to Re: Maybe some help? Barbaracat, posted by katia on November 11, 2004, at 16:40:20

Katia,
That's the thing about SJW - no one knows how it works. But it doesn't have the same side effect profile as SSRIs. Alone, the results were spotty and I need a mood stabilizer with it (I wasn't taking lithium or anything else when I first went on it), but I need a MS anyway. What would concern me is upping an SSRI dose and risking a mixed states episode. I hope Paxil stays effective for you, and free is a good price.

Merlin was one of those cats who didn't want to go. He struggled through his first shot, lost his heartbeat and then regained it and came to again, breathing and fighting to live. Even his second shot took a while. The vet said he'd never seen an animal with such a strong will to live.

It was just agony wondering if I was making a big mistake too soon, making presumptions about taking matters of life and death into my hands for my reasons, not his. The fact that it was torture on us to see his body shutting down, seeing him so worn out, starving, his little bum covered with maggots because he could no longer clean himself (that was the final straw) - those things mattered to US, but didn't seem to matter so much to him. He still wanted to go out, lie in the sun, get brushed. His spirit was so strong but his body was just about gone. My greatest horror was that he wouldn't come home one day and we'd find him a few weeks later via our noses. Our lives were put on hold, just waiting for the end with a constant reminder of wrenching loss. With my Mom's death so recently, the wounds couldn't heal. But this was mine and my husband's pain. Merlin seemed fine with it and he was so bonded with us that I believe he was worried about how we would cope. And he just plain loved life.

I don't regret our decision at all. I miss him very much, that sweet pure little purry love that I'll never know the same way in this life. But gad, that drawn out death watch is just too much and I feel released from a heavy load of unresolved grieving since we let him go. I ache for people who have to go through this with their loved ones. At least humans can decide these things for themselves more consciously. And John Ashcroft trying to repeal the Death with Dignity Act in Oregon - perhaps he will long for a Dr. Kevorkian when his time comes.

 

Re: Maybe some help? Barbaracat

Posted by katia on November 11, 2004, at 18:06:48

In reply to Maybe some help? katia, posted by Barbaracat on November 11, 2004, at 16:09:23

Hi,
interestingly enough, I was doing research to see if migraines were a s/e of Trileptal and found out that people actually take mood stabilizers for migraines! I also somehow got directed to serenity website about li. ort. (LO) and did a search on some postings here...we did talk about this awhile back and there was a post of yours that talked about how it didn't work for you last time you ran out of Li.Carb. But anyway, the other posts I read about raved about it. (hoping it works for you now). You mention that it recommends 120mg a day? Everyone else on that other thread takes between 4-6 120mg spread out in one day. That's a total of 480-720mg. But the amt. of Lithium you get isn't 100% it's like a small percentage Li. This is the link:

http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/alter/20030903/msgs/264515.html

Ummm..maybe a light box, SJW, and LO could do it for me. And I don't need my pdoc really; he doesn't work with alternatives like SJW or LO last time I checked.
Do you have to get your blood drawn/checked?
Katia

 

Re: Maybe some help? Barbaracat

Posted by katia on November 11, 2004, at 18:18:19

In reply to Re: Maybe some help? katia, posted by Barbaracat on November 11, 2004, at 17:54:33

If you want to send a "Babble mail" just clck on the persons name at their post where it says "posted by name". YOu can send them a private message and include your email or anything you like. THe person has to have it set up to receive "Babble mail" first thow.

Hope this helps. Obviously when you registered you said yes to "Babbble mail"

Thanks Iris!

Here above Barb is how to do it, if you want to send me one.

I mentioned Merlin because I felt he wanted to go and you chose right, but it's the desire of life to hang on regardless.
Katia

 

Re: Needing support iris2

Posted by katia on November 11, 2004, at 18:20:51

In reply to Re: Needing support katia, posted by iris2 on November 10, 2004, at 12:29:49

Hi Iris,
I still didn't see where I can do this? (send the mail).
Thanks for your help.
Katia

 

Re: Needing supportKatia

Posted by Laree on November 11, 2004, at 21:14:48

In reply to Re: Needing support katia, posted by jujube on November 9, 2004, at 18:05:30

I have had SAD for years and the most effective med for it (for me) has been Lexapro.
One year I actually felt Prozac made it worse;
last year I was on Wellbutrin during a critical (SAD) time period for me and I suffered horribly with depression. As I understand it, SSRI's (and light therapy) are supposed to be best therapies for SAD. I found that out the hard way!
I have been on Effexor XR and Celexa also. I had a bad experience with Effexor (and it was in winter, too) and I don't think Celexa as good as Lexapro for SAD (my opinion). I have never been on Paxil, but if you feel it isn't the right med for you, I think it would be best to ask about something else (have you tried Lexapro yet?).
Best,
L.


> You are not alone. Many people experience depression or a worsening of their depression when the days start to get shorter and they are exposed to less sunlight. I am sure you are aware that it is a true disorder and is referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder. You might want to invest in a sun simulator or a light box. It is a device that produces light equal in intesity to natural sunlight. It is supposed to be effective for people with SAD. Although I like this time of year, I use one, and it seems to make a difference in my energy and sleep patterns. I have seen some posts in the past while about light therapy and sun simulators. It might be worth your while to do a search and see what others have said about it.
>
> How long have you been on Paxil? Perhaps you need to talk to your doctor about increasing your dose during the darker months.
>
> Hang in there, and try to take advantage of whatever sun and bright days there are. I wish you all the best, and hope you find relief soon.
>
> Tamara
>
>
> > Geez...anyone else feeling the clutches of depression since the days are shorter and since the election?
> >
> > I'm really feeling it coming on and it's scary. I'm still on Paxil at 12.5mg and Trileptal at 450mg and Seroquel at 12.5mg, but this feeling is so familiar and I haven't felt it since last year and the years before. But the difference is I'm on meds and I STILL feel it. I just want to curl up in bed all day and am trying my hardest to not feed the depression. I feel it physically - reduced appetite, feeling like I want to throw up/tightness in throat and cry.
> > Oh boy...this sucks. WB doesn't work for me, effexor, zoloft, celexa, nor serzone and it looks as though maybe paxil isn't making a dent. Wouldn't it be nice to be a straightforward depressive who takes Prozac and feels like a new person....How to hide from the grips of darkness when I've tried so much already??
> > Katia
>
>

 

Re: Maybe some help? katia

Posted by Barbaracat on November 11, 2004, at 22:51:56

In reply to Re: Maybe some help? Barbaracat, posted by katia on November 11, 2004, at 18:06:48

The Li orotate researchers say that the orotate form gets past the blood brain barrier and is transported more efficiently than the carbonate and 120mg should equal around 400mg of carbonate's effectiveness without the lithium side effects (because it's so much less to excrete). I took 2 tabs a day hoping this was so, but it surely wasn't and I went hypo mighty quickly. So now I take 3 tabs twice a day which is a little more than the 600mg of carbonate I was taking. BTW, don't believe the Serenity hype that theirs is the only worthwhile brand. They're 3 times the cost and use the same formulation as the Advanced Research brand (developed by Hans Nieper, the 'father' of the orotic transport system. That's orotic, not... oh well never mind).

The question is if their theory is correct and the orotate form is more efficient, then how does it compare in side effects, etc? Am I getting a whopping dose or what? So far, no sx whatsoever. I stopped taking lithium blood tests because my dose was always way below the therapeutic window (any more than 600mg gave me the drooling shakes).

Your pdoc isn't alone in his alternative meds bias. My pdoc admitted that he just didn't have time to keep up with all the standard pharm drugs interactions much less with herbal 'unprovens'. I was always a little puzzled by him because he was otherwise very cool, a Birkenstock and tofu kind of guy. We shared political issues and had a very good connection, but about the only 'alternative' thing we agreed on was fish oil. I think it's because he's in the HMO system and who knows what hair-shirts they have to wear to keep their jobs.

I switched on my accept email. I'll send you one and you send me one to see how it works, OK? Here goes - Barbara


.> Hi,
> interestingly enough, I was doing research to see if migraines were a s/e of Trileptal and found out that people actually take mood stabilizers for migraines! I also somehow got directed to serenity website about li. ort. (LO) and did a search on some postings here...we did talk about this awhile back and there was a post of yours that talked about how it didn't work for you last time you ran out of Li.Carb. But anyway, the other posts I read about raved about it. (hoping it works for you now). You mention that it recommends 120mg a day? Everyone else on that other thread takes between 4-6 120mg spread out in one day. That's a total of 480-720mg. But the amt. of Lithium you get isn't 100% it's like a small percentage Li. This is the link:
>
> http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/alter/20030903/msgs/264515.html
>
> Ummm..maybe a light box, SJW, and LO could do it for me. And I don't need my pdoc really; he doesn't work with alternatives like SJW or LO last time I checked.
> Do you have to get your blood drawn/checked?
> Katia

 

Re: Needing supportKatia Laree

Posted by katia on November 11, 2004, at 23:17:23

In reply to Re: Needing supportKatia, posted by Laree on November 11, 2004, at 21:14:48

Hi,
I am surprised Prozac didn't work for you b/c that's an SSRI too.

I am bipolar so it's harder for me to pop ADs. I'm only on a small amt. of Paxil. I have tried all the ones you mentioned pre-BP dx before we realized I was BP. Lexapro I haven't tried however. I'm sick of all this trial and error stuff anyway, Celexa was awful for me (lexapro being the advanced version of Celexa). Did nothing for my depression and made me worse off even. I might give Li. Orotate a go.
thanks for your support.
Katia

 

Re: Maybe some help? katia

Posted by Barbaracat on November 12, 2004, at 3:14:01

In reply to Re: Maybe some help? Barbaracat, posted by katia on November 11, 2004, at 18:18:19

> I mentioned Merlin because I felt he wanted to go and you chose right, but it's the desire of life to hang on regardless.

**Oh, yes, I know and wasn't really responding about anything specific, just appreciated a chance to talk about him some more to someone I know understands. I was just thinking about him the other day and the whole bit about 'death with dignity' - how hard it is to see a loved one (or ourselves) suffer when hanging on is just too difficult for everyone concerned. I hope I'm allowed to make that choice if ever I need to. But you just never know - the whole bit about karma, the bardo and all, and if all that messy suffering and agony to others isn't necessary for whatever stoic reason. I sure hope not. But however it happens, it sure puts you through poweful changes like nothing else.

You're right, though. Life does have that desire to hang on. It doesn't know anything else, I imagine.

How are you doing these days since losing Rock? You said you were planning on writing a book about Pit Bulls. Still in the works?

 

Re: rapid cycling and mind noise

Posted by TaoSuki on November 13, 2004, at 1:10:30

In reply to rapid cycling and mind noise, posted by Lollie on September 26, 2002, at 1:42:23

It is called "Noisy Brain". You can research it on google but the most advanced knowledge of this is research done on Fragile-X Syndrome. It seems that our brains have too many synapses firing, creating white noise. My brain goes in a million directions at once. I find that meditation (hard at first) does help. As well I find it easier to sleep when I give my brain something to concentrate on, such as an action movie. Sounds weird but it works.

<<<I have been experiencing for as long as I can remember cycling that does not fit with the parameters of bi-polar or cyclothymia. The cycles run every few days normally, but can run minutes or hours. Combined with this I experience mind noise, which can best be described as a very busy train station that runs 24/7. I talked to my psych about it and she had not heard of either of these syptoms, so I stopped seeing her and started my own research. Mind noise is experienced by hundreds of people, some of the more famous include Lord Byron, Emily Dickenson and Kurt Cobain. All known drug addicts. Does any of this sound familiar to you, I am looking for help other than drinking to much, the only thing to give quiet to my mind. Any suggestions other than alcohol or hard drugs? how do you deal with this? I would be interested in your story. The mind noise I experience sometimes is so loud, I can't hear myself speak, its chronic. Does this sound familiar? let me know is this rings true to you and your experiences, please!>>>

 

Re: rapid cycling and mind noise

Posted by linkadge on November 14, 2004, at 14:32:11

In reply to Re: rapid cycling and mind noise, posted by TaoSuki on November 13, 2004, at 1:10:30

I have experienced this.

I could not do anything because there would always be music, a rhthm, fine verbal chatter (like random words/ ideas just going over like a broken reccord)

Anyhow, lithium, depakote, and fish oil takes care of it pretty much.


Linkadge


 

Re: rapid cycling and mind noise

Posted by olysi79 on December 15, 2004, at 11:22:17

In reply to Re: rapid cycling and mind noise, posted by linkadge on November 14, 2004, at 14:32:11

I have this too, what an awful feeling Linkadge... truly terrible.

> I have experienced this.
>
> I could not do anything because there would always be music, a rhthm, fine verbal chatter (like random words/ ideas just going over like a broken reccord)
>
> Anyhow, lithium, depakote, and fish oil takes care of it pretty much.
>
>
> Linkadge
>
>
>

 

Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers-Zyprexa problems Mitch

Posted by Paintmom on December 22, 2004, at 11:48:38

In reply to Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers-Zyprexa problems Carter, posted by Mitch on December 17, 2001, at 9:54:47

HI
So glad to have found this page...Was diagnosed for the past ten years with chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, SAD,acute insomnia, apnea, yadda yadda yadda.....Low and behold...last week...my therapist...who I really trust...said she thought I might be mildly biopolar...Well..I was depressed already...this threw me into a three day hysteria on my couch with my poodle. (not that bad...I have a ten year old..and I have to try to act "normal" in front of him:)
So once the shock wore off...I am actually sort of embracing the concept...it explains so much...like why I have felt like I was dropped from another planet!
Anyway...I am on lexapro...and was on elavil for sleep which was making me gain weight...so now they are trying to add topamax for the moods and ditch the elavil. Mitch...I have the ADD symptoms too...they seem to have gotten worse in the past two years...actually since I went on the lexapro...the doc thinks the lexapro might be throwing me into a mania...(which is kinda fun sometimes...its just the post crash that sucks).
Anyway...the topamax, they were hoping would be sedative at nite for me...but it has the opposite effect!! Also it is supposed to be a appetite suppresent...but it makes me hungry!!! I am only taking 25 mg.
Would love to hear everyone's thoughts and am so glad I found this board.
I ordered the Cyclothemia workbook from Amazon...I'll tell you how it is
Happy Holidays
Paitnmom

 

Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers-Zyprexa problems Paintmom

Posted by barbaracat on December 22, 2004, at 17:42:39

In reply to Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers-Zyprexa problems Mitch, posted by Paintmom on December 22, 2004, at 11:48:38

Hi PaintMom,
Welcome to the wild and sometimes wonderful world of bipolars. Believe me, after the shock wears off you will be glad to have some of your more bizarre symptoms explained - plus you're in great company. So many of the artistically very gifted were and are bipolar. I'm not sure the heights compensate for the sh*tty lows, but they help.

My life has improved so much since I started lithium 2 years ago. Although I still have depressions, they are nowhere near the nightmarish terrors I was getting more and more frequently as I got older, made more and more worse with SSRIs. I'm lucky because I took to lithium right away and do not need the 'therapeutic window' high doses that some pdocs look for in blood tests.

Lexapro could indeed be creating some disorganization simply because it's an SSRI and SSRIs are very destabilizing without a counterbalancing mood stabilizer. When I'm on a manic edge I look like classic ADD - can't pull my thoughts together and put car keys in the fridge and stuff like that.

About topamax - who the heck told you it was a sedating med? It's the most activating of all the mood stabilizers and was way too activating for me - made me feel irritable, anxious and not much better than the bipolar symptoms. I also did not lost weight either. With topamax and lexapro, you're on two rather activating meds for a bipolar. They may be the perfect ones for you, who knows, but be on the lookout if you're results are less than satisfying. Not perfect perhaps, but they should be satisfying.

I truly do believe that the only way you can expect to be successful with the weight thing is to get yourself to a point where you're not too depressed to exercise and then literally FORCE yourself to get out and work out. If you can force yourself to do it every day for 2 weeks, it becomes like a habit you look forward to, but maybe you already know this with a little one at home.

Even if you do find a med that dampens your appetite, it's not enough to simply eat less. I believe that mood disorders with their various chemical soups affect our metabolism in strange ways and the weight gain has little to do with actual food intake, but everything to do with managing metabolism. Some meds will definitely put on weight - again a metabolism thing, not amount of food eaten - and some may lessen your appetite just a bit, but there is no getting around the fact that if you want to not start to get steadily more and more porky, you must work out. Them's the facts. Plus, exercise is the world's best AD, just the most annoying to commit to. Anyhow, welcome to our exotic little club. - Barbara


> HI
> So glad to have found this page...Was diagnosed for the past ten years with chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, SAD,acute insomnia, apnea, yadda yadda yadda.....Low and behold...last week...my therapist...who I really trust...said she thought I might be mildly biopolar...Well..I was depressed already...this threw me into a three day hysteria on my couch with my poodle. (not that bad...I have a ten year old..and I have to try to act "normal" in front of him:)
> So once the shock wore off...I am actually sort of embracing the concept...it explains so much...like why I have felt like I was dropped from another planet!
> Anyway...I am on lexapro...and was on elavil for sleep which was making me gain weight...so now they are trying to add topamax for the moods and ditch the elavil. Mitch...I have the ADD symptoms too...they seem to have gotten worse in the past two years...actually since I went on the lexapro...the doc thinks the lexapro might be throwing me into a mania...(which is kinda fun sometimes...its just the post crash that sucks).
> Anyway...the topamax, they were hoping would be sedative at nite for me...but it has the opposite effect!! Also it is supposed to be a appetite suppresent...but it makes me hungry!!! I am only taking 25 mg.
> Would love to hear everyone's thoughts and am so glad I found this board.
> I ordered the Cyclothemia workbook from Amazon...I'll tell you how it is
> Happy Holidays
> Paitnmom

 

Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers-Zyprexa problems

Posted by Paintmom on December 22, 2004, at 19:41:36

In reply to Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers-Zyprexa problems Paintmom, posted by barbaracat on December 22, 2004, at 17:42:39

thanks for the welcome Barbara!

I am taking the topamax earlier....and seeing how that goes....

I do usually exercise..I walk 2+ miles 4 times a week and go to the gym for strength training three times a week...unfortunately when I get in a funk...I cut back..whcih is the worst time to do that....
I also usually use the light box....cause I has SAD....but since I got separated out of a very bad marraige in march...I've been on a high!!! and haven't seemed to need it:)

Anyway...look forward to learning and getting to know all of you

all my best
Paintmom

PS
I have been to a lot of boards for different things thru the years....I really like this one!

 

Light box Paintmom

Posted by katia on December 27, 2004, at 14:54:07

In reply to Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers-Zyprexa problems, posted by Paintmom on December 22, 2004, at 19:41:36

HI Paintmom (and Barbara)
When you did use your light box, how did you use it? When, how long, what time of the year? And did you find it helped you break out of a depression better or equal to meds? Also, did you experience nauseaous with it? I have with mine and have had to quit and restart with five min. increments.
Thanks-
Katia

> thanks for the welcome Barbara!
>
> I am taking the topamax earlier....and seeing how that goes....
>
> I do usually exercise..I walk 2+ miles 4 times a week and go to the gym for strength training three times a week...unfortunately when I get in a funk...I cut back..whcih is the worst time to do that....
> I also usually use the light box....cause I has SAD....but since I got separated out of a very bad marraige in march...I've been on a high!!! and haven't seemed to need it:)
>
> Anyway...look forward to learning and getting to know all of you
>
> all my best
> Paintmom
>
> PS
> I have been to a lot of boards for different things thru the years....I really like this one!

 

Re: Light box

Posted by Paintmom on December 27, 2004, at 15:10:22

In reply to Light box Paintmom, posted by katia on December 27, 2004, at 14:54:07

HI
I used the light box first thing in the morning for 30 minutes...I never got nauseuos...I had to use it in addition to meds...but it worked great...
a different year I used it liked at five for 30 minutes...and that seemed to help with the sleeping better...
The sun always seems to make me feel better....I try to be in the light as much as possible...it works for me...but I quess everyone has to find their own rythym. Different things work for different people.
One thing that has worked for me...that I would swear is this tape that I got at thinkrightnow
It's called stop depression now and it just has simplmepositive affirmations on it...It was rather expensive...so I thought it was a hoax and then I noticed when I listened to it for several days and then stopped....I noticed I felt beter when I listen to it. I was very skeptical ...but this happened over and over again. I also find taking b complex makes a noticecable imrpovement...such simple things...why don't I do them religiously.
Anyway
Happy Holidays to all
Paintmom

 

Re: Light box Paintmom

Posted by katia on December 27, 2004, at 15:32:57

In reply to Re: Light box, posted by Paintmom on December 27, 2004, at 15:10:22

Hi,
Yes, such simple things, but why don't we do it? I know that one. For me, it just gets exhausting to have such a high maintenance vigilant life. Like flying to Miami for four days for family get together. I'm wiped out now because I didn't get enough down time, nor was I able to bring my light box and different time zones make me unbalanced....Things seem simple to do but it's definitely a regulated life style, which makes spontaneity hard to do.

When you used your light box (LB) for five min. in the p.m., was this in addition to use in the morning? Did it give you that extra lift? Where do you live?
Katia

 

Re: Light box

Posted by Paintmom on December 27, 2004, at 15:46:21

In reply to Re: Light box Paintmom, posted by katia on December 27, 2004, at 15:32:57

I think when I used the light box I did it in addition some times ...like 15 min in the am and 15 min in the pm
if you are on certain meds ...you can be photosensative...so ask your doctor
I live in NY

 

Re: BIPOLAR QUESTION? (nm)

Posted by amberlicious on December 27, 2004, at 19:18:48

In reply to BIPOLAR QUESTION?, posted by cleo on July 14, 2003, at 21:31:29

 

Re: Light box Paintmom

Posted by Taosuki on December 28, 2004, at 2:02:31

In reply to Re: Light box, posted by Paintmom on December 27, 2004, at 15:46:21

I am really interested in this lightbox thing - I've heard of it and it makes sense to me. I read somewhere that if you surround yourself with ample light first thing in the morning (it had to be within 30 minutes of waking) it helps you to wake up and keep energy throughout the day.

I have experimented at home and it seems that when I do this it really works. I've noticed a difference between the days that I go into the bathroom in the morning and turn on every light source possible, just flooding the room with light while I'm doing the regular morning stuff in there compared to the days that I just brush my teeth in the weak morning light of the window and shuffle around the house without turning the lights on or opening the blinds.

I've never seen a lightbox - what do they look like, where can I find one and how much do they cost and by any chance would insurance cover it?

 

Re: Light box

Posted by Paintmom on December 28, 2004, at 9:59:58

In reply to Re: Light box Paintmom, posted by Taosuki on December 28, 2004, at 2:02:31

HI
The light box is a great thing. They are special because unlike regular lights ...they give you full spectrum light like the sun...without the harmful rays. I have heard that they have them at costco sometimes...I got mine on line and it was like 100 bucks 4 years ago...I think they are cheaper now...you can look at places like toolsforwellness.com and see if they have any. Research it a little because some are better than others. You can also buy the full spectrum bulbs for around your house...I think even at the HOme Depot. My insurance didn't cover it...but sometimes they might. You have to have a doctor say you need it. There is a Seasonal Affective Disorder association and they have information on light therapy....Columbia Presb hospital was doing studies on it as well...so it is pretty main stream now.
good luck
Paintmom

 

Re: Light box

Posted by katia on December 28, 2004, at 12:12:27

In reply to Re: Light box, posted by Paintmom on December 28, 2004, at 9:59:58

I got mine from Apollolight.com It's the Apollo IV. I got it from the recommendation of my pdoc. It is supposed to be the best in quality. And quality is really what you're after. No use spending money on a cheaper one if it doesn't do half of what this one does. It's up to you to do the research though because this one was $300. You can get it on line. I've heard that the full spectrum lights on lamps don't really work that great. It's only effective with the amount of light and the distance you are from it (like 18 inches). it's a pretty exact science. So even if the light box is on and you move three feet away, the effectiveness drops dramatically.

My philosophy is just buy the best and you won't have to spend time and more money buying box after box that doesn't work or only works half as well. i'm sure there are others out there, but this is one that works for me.

Katia


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