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Anonymous  ·  04 Feb 2005
does anyone out there know of any cure/medication to cure psoriasis,does anyone know about hemp as a medication for this
 

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Anonymous  ·  02 Feb 2005
Hey everybody,
I've just recently been diagnosed with depression. What gets to me and makes everyday life rather unbearable at the moment is the fact that I feel totally cold towards my boyfriend. We live together and the constant doubt of whether or not I still love him is feeling like a cramp in my head. There are times of the day where I manage to relax or at least distract myself from these recurring negative thoughts but they are short and overpowered by even more doubts. Has anyone had similar experiences. I would like to join a selfhelp group as well just to exchange feelings and experiences as I have never dealt with anyone with depression nor had one myself. We were perfectly happy and now everything suddenly seems bleek and hopeless. Please let me know if any of you have had similar experiences.
 

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Elaine (toribori)  ·  14 Jan 2005
How things change! I logged on in August of last year and have just read my message. I sounded so positive. Just 3 weeks later my favourite little brother took his life. I got the call at 7.30am on a Monday morning to tell me he had shot himself in the chest. He had stayed with me 3 nights before and he was in great form. I remember telling him that he looked lovely in his new shirt, and that my 6yr old daughter wanted him to go and say goodnight to her even if she was asleep. They adored each other. I have suffered from depression for nearly 7 years now. He left a note saying he just wasn't able to cope with the pain and lonliness any more, that he was sorry and he loved us all. Me & him got on really well, he would come to my hse for lunch most days and i would always get something ready for him, even letting my food get cold to make him a cup of tea. My husband used to get annoyed with me for doing everything for him but i was mad about him. He did lots for me as well, so i like to think it cut both ways. What really got me is that he had seen me at my worst and seen me come through it and yet he couldn't tell me, me who gave him the 'don't get any girl pregnant' talk, me who wrapped all his christmas presents for our family, me who bought the presents for him! He still couldn't tell me. I would have moved heaven and earth to make him better, but it wasn't to be. For anyone who is thinking about ending their life I will say this. You may think that you won't be missed or that they will be better off without you - you are so very wrong! I have never known pain like it. I feel like i'm having a heart attack sometimes, the tightness in my chest is so bad. I've never cried so much in my life and i'm still crying. I drive past where he worked, twice a day and i can't look in. I haven't gone to my own house for lunch since he died as i still expect him to arrive in the door and look for food. I sat in the morgue with him from 10.00am in the morning willing him to wake up, thinking that everyone would be so delighted when they saw it was a joke. I brought my make-up with me and made him look 'normal' so it wouldn't freak out my parents too much. My younger sister was screaming at him to wake up, that he was always playing silly jokes. She had to be held back as the undertaker put the lid on the coffin. People said later on that they had never heard such screams of absolute pain. My mother and father have aged overnight. My mother is strong and prays constantly. My father totally idolised my brother and was always helping him in the garage, much to my brothers annoyance! He now walks with a stoop, spends most days crying. I go to see them twice a week and i end up giving the two of them pep talks about how much he knew he was loved and how dad was the best father, i even make up stuff to make him feel better. Last week dad called to work. I sat in the car with him outside work, holding his hand for an hour as he cried and cried. Then when he was ok again, i went back to work. Then that night i went home and spent the night crying over what this has done to the whole family. We have given up trying to understand the who/what/where/when/why questions but they are always in the back of my mind. Most days i have to force myself to get up and mind my 2 children, and have to put on a happy face, so i wait till i get home that evening and i stay in my room crying. then i have to explain to my daughter again how brilliant heaven is and that you only go when holy god calls you. I told her that heaven was short of a good mechanic! I do know that his depression was pretty bad for him to go and end it all. His pain is over now and we are sure taht he is happy and we will see him again one day. I keep saying he's just gone ahead of us all. But the pain that he's left us, and i swear that i can't even put it into words how bad it is, the pain is going to go on for a long time. Please,please, just tell someone that you need some help. Just tell one person, the help is out there.don't let some other family have to go through what we are going through. thanks, i feel better now.
 

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Anonymous  ·  13 Jan 2005
To the corresp. of 13/01. Just be kind to him,and understanding. Do not criticise,or be sarcastic. Be friendly and he will appreciate it a lot. Believe me,I have gone throu it all!!.....Big Boy.
 

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Anonymous  ·  13 Jan 2005
A colleague of mine was out sick for quite some time last autumn and some of us have since discovered that he was being treated for depression. This hadn't occured to us as he seemed an attractive young friendly good-humoured guy with everything going for him. He's being very guarded about it but did open up to me at one point about how he felt but hasn't mentioned it since. I don't want to bring the subject up and risk offending him but what I would like to know, from those who have experiened it, is, how can I be of help to this guy? Is there anything I can say or do? Any advice would be really appreciated.
 

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Anonymous  ·  12 Jan 2005
I have suffered with depression for the last 10 years or so, but in the last 2 years my doc put me on a mood stabiliser as well, does that mean I have bi polar disorder now?
 

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Anonymous  ·  27 Aug 2004
To the poster from 26/08, please, please do not think you are alone. There are many of us who feel this horrendous cloud - I sometimes think the isolation is worse than the depression. Your husband may not understand but he may be able to help by finding a doctor who is not too busy for example. Your children need you. You are not alone.
 

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Anonymous  ·  27 Aug 2004
Anonymous, my heart goes out to you.The world would not be a better place without you. For your kids or husband. Think of the love you felt for your kids when you first held them in your arms. Think of how it felt when you first fell in love with your husband. As for miracles, there are little mitracles inside us everyday. You gave the miracle of life to two beautiful human beings. If you were gone, you'd never again see the beauty of a wintry dawn, the sunrise, the smell of a rose or the sea or fresh-cut grass. Or the look on your childrens faces when Santa comes at Christmas. If you don't want to go to the doctor again or talk to a friend or family member have you thought about seeing a counsellor, just to talk about how you feel - L.
 

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Anonymous  ·  26 Aug 2004
HI I am very depressed at the mo. I was on 150mg effexor XL, 150 Prothiadan and was upped to 225 Effexor 150 Prothiaden, xanax twice a day and a sleeping pill at night. I am a young married mum of two and as much as I adore my kids I don't think I can keep this up for much longer. I just want the pain to stop. The only thing keeping me going is the thought of my kids growing up without a mother and even so its getting more and more difficult everyday. I feel now that there is no way out I am despairing I have no one to talk to...Drs are busy, husband has no understanding, alienated all my friends, why am I cursed with this cloud over me...I would rather have cancer. please help I have crashed emotionaly so many tmes that I am worn out. I really feel the world would be a better place without me as I am a burden on my family and society. I need a miracle.
 

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Elaine (toribori)  ·  23 Aug 2004
reading all the letters makes me so sad. I have depression for nearly 7 years now. it started with severe post natal depression. this is now my 3rd relapse. the downers are just awful as you all well know. this last time it happened my mother had just been in an accident and my closest sister had got engaged so i decided not to tell them - it all backfired on me, i was so busy keeping up a good show that i actually got worse. once i told them, it was such a relief. the support is great. my mum has seen it in her family and my young sister has it also. after having it for 3 years i finally got rid of the chip on my shoulder and realised in order to survive i needed to stay on medication. my sister still has a chip on her shoulder and as a result she lives a miserable life. her biggest wish is that a bus will run her over on the way to work. every day she wakes up crying and wishing she was dead. i can't seem to get through to her. my medication is 225mg effexor and 100mg tegretol, which is brilliant for mood swings. after taking it for 5 days i turned into a normal,happy,calm person again. before, i tried reducing my medication but it has to be done so slowly, and bit by bit. the withdrawal symptoms last for a few days but then i settle down again. but i only did a quarter of a tablet at a time. now if i'm lucky i'll stay on this medciation for the rest of my life - i don't mind, i feel normal and happy so whatever it takes. i now tell people whats wrong with me. i sound positive writing this but last week was a different matter, i sat on the couch every evening reading and ignoring my hubby and 2 kids, i just couldn't function at all. then it just lifts again. don't know if theis helps anyone. its great to see a site that people aren't afraid to talk on.
 

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Anonymous  ·  21 Aug 2004
Not all Depressions are a reaction to events in ones life. Depression and Bi Polar Affective Disorder are triggered by changes in the seretonin and are chemical imbalances. Stressful events can have an effect on an episode occurring but the very nature of the illness means an episode can occur spontaneously without any prior stress and occurs at particular times of the year. Obviously, the times of year are individual and it doesn't necessarily mean that Depression only strikes during winter. If a Depression or Bi Polar Mood Swing are diagnosed as a chemical imbalance then it does require Medication. Reactive Depression is the result of a stressful event in ones life and not necessarily an illness that is going to be cyclic in nature and having a regular pattern. In the 90's Prozac was the wonder drug. Now its seroxat which I took in 1994. Thankfully, I had a reaction to it and it was withdrawn but only to replace it with Melleril which I was originally taking and advised was safe but then it was withdrawn from the Worldwide market in 2000 because it was now considered unsafe the results of which have been widely reported. I started the Medication in 1989 and took it up until the end of 2001. Upon starting the medication I was a maximum 8 stone and ended up 18 stone and the Consultant responsible for the Treatment Plan and the Commencement of the drug makes comments about my weight. Add to that it has now transpired since May 2003 that I actually have a syndrome that consists of various illnesses and their symptoms and effects and the side-effects of Treatments on the others. The results of my "Hormonal Levels" were ignored by the Consultant whom actually laughed inappropriately infront of me, told me not to be ridiuclous and "Hormonal Tests Aren't Identifable By Blood Tests". End of story dismissed. I don't have a habit of lying but unfortunately the conscience of some people doesn't bother them despite the effect their imcompetence and negligence has on their patients. I was referred to a Gynae who wasn't particularly interested in identifying my problem and did the easiest thing and blamed 6 months without my cycle on the medications. Once again I was dismissed. I actually went without a cycle for four years until I finally went to an Endocrinologist and in November 1999 it was confirmed that I had PCOS (PolyCysticOvarianSyndrome). Irregular/Absent cycles, Transient cysts on the Ovary's, Insulin Resistance/Diabetes 2 (diagnosed in January 2000), Hirsutism (Excessive Hair Growth), more Testerone than I should have and Fertility Problems. PCOS is a Pituarity Gland Problem with a Gynaecological dimension and also Cholesterol and Triglyceride problems and these are just my symptoms. PCOS normally causes weight problems and is a symptom used in diagnosis along with blood and ultrasound investigations. I know that it was advised I didn't have PCOS in 1995. Unfortunately, I wasn't referred to the appropriate Facility to have an Internal Scan as external Ultrasounds aren't beneficial for women with weight problems. My Endocrinologist identified that my weight was a result of the Psychiatric Drugs used and not atypical of PCOS. Having the Diabetes diagnosed is obviously a serious side-effect but went undiagnosed when my initial problem began. Since 1989 I have been diagnosed with Bi Polar however my "Hormonal Mood Swing" difficulties are actually linked to the drop in my Oestrogen Levels and the Source wasn't Treated. The symptoms of "Hormonal Mood Swings" are closely related to the symptoms of Bi Polar. The Oestrogen source needs to be identified as a result of a Medical Difficulty-"Hormonal Mood Swing" and not a "Psychiatric Illness" that despite all the Anti-Discrimination Laws it is still an area that receives exclusion from many facets of life. Unfortunately, I have discovered that idle fictional gossip once it gets plenty of airing it sticks and the truth isn't important. In May 2003 after 16 months of further tests I was diagnosed with Endometriosis. I also have B RH (D) Negative (Andti-D). Elevated White Cell Count, UTI'S and Bacterial Infections, Bowel (alternating), Excruciating Pain everyday but from Mid-Cycle-Onset of Cycle the Pain accelerates and cramps. I haven't had success with obtaining a Treatment that works. As you can imagine these difficulties affect every section of my life. Mentally, Physically, Emotionally, Socially, Financially, Employability (Inability to sustain Employment) or even to get Employment (Absence due to genuine illness), Friendships/Relationships, Isolation, Restrictions on Careers because of some ailments, Job Suitability-Results Inappropriate and bordering on Discrimatory type of attitudes by a State Agency through a computer based program devised by a psychcologist who doesn't take into consideration that there are different forms of diabetes and different treatments and one that I use which doesn't cause Hypo's when used on its own and therefore doesn't affect driving or the operation of machinery. I fail to understand that using this substance restricts my career path. I may have this syndrome but I am not intellectually incapacited and my Mental Health Status isn't lacking stability. Thankfully, I have come across some medics that do everything they can but unfortunately I am in a position where there aren't many options. I will survive but ten-thirteen years is a long time. I know that I am a capable, skilled, experienced and person with abilities that has been treated atrociously by my Health Board with the inhumane, degrading, humiliating and embarrassing practices endorsed for use in the field of psychiatry and mental health units and practiced by Consultants. The same Health Board, Hospital and Consultant in the Medical field. I don't blame the nurses in the Psychiatric Sector, the majority of Nurses, most of the Consultants and other Dr's, other Medical Staff, Porters, Care Assistants, Catering Staff and etc but those in the seat of decision making whom don't see people who have the misfortune to use their services as human beings and treated as third class citizens but yet their salary's are paid by these same people. As you can imagine my life has being destructed and ruined by people whom couldn't careless that their actions have basically destroyed my life and my potential. From experience I know that my difficulties have virtually wrecked my opportunity of maintaining a reasonable lifestyle have diminished. Now I am trying to look at it in a different perspective and turn my negative experiences into positives and reach out and assist those whom don't feel they have the voice to be heard. One hears alot about Consultants working in the Hospitals, GP'S, Nurses and etc and we complain about their service but many work under great pressure and they also have to provide services in accordance with the Procedures and Guidelines that the Health Department, Health Boards and Hospital Management have in their Administrative Book Of Golden Rules which are more of a hindrance for them in trying to do their jobs so give them a break most of them do their best to provide an excellent service but it is claimed the administrative procedures which sometimes means four copies of a high tech prescription to be arranged for the Chemist, The Health Board, The Patient and the GP are claimed by Hospital Management to be in practice to aide the Consultants.
It is also claimed by Hospital Management that it is reasonable for me to attend Different Consultants, Different Departments, Different Days and Different Clinics which means I could spend Mon-Fri 8-6 driving to the Hospital, waiting at Outpatient Clinics, the Appointment and Drive home again. Reasonable!??? The most ridiculous thing is the Appointment Schedule. On the Outpatient card it says to allow two hours for this Clinic. However, depending on the Consultant and their workload all the Appointments end up as the same time.
 

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Anonymous  ·  21 Aug 2004
To those of you finding it difficult to come off Seroxat, I recommend asking your GP to switch you to Seroxat liquid and tapering down very gradually. I was on it for a year and a half for depression / anxiety and it took me about 6 months to come off it, reducing the dose by 1 ml at a time but the side effects were minimal.

I had originally tried dropping from 20mg to 10mg with the tablets but got severe withdrawal symptoms - dizzyness, electric shock sensations, mood swings etc.

Since Seroxat treats the symptoms of depression and not the cause, it is important to make the changes necessary in your life to enable you to get by without it. For me, regular exercise, healty diet (plenty of vitamin B), meditation and spending quality time with friends seems to work.

Some very useful info about depression here: http://www.clinical-depression.co.uk/index.htm
 

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Anonymous  ·  18 Aug 2004
CFS is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I'm assuming that by 'Fibro', the poster was referring to Fibromyalgia. Both of these are well documented through-out this site and there are other resources for them on the web as well, through the about.com websites.
 

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Anonymous  ·  17 Aug 2004
What is CFS or fibro referred to by anonymnous 10 /8/04 in response to my query about son with Tourette Syndrome
 

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Anonymous  ·  12 Aug 2004
The attitude of the consultant psych sounds horrible. I mean we are paying these people thru our taxes and then when we see them as well. To say that homore levels can't be determined by blood tests is ridiculous and for a consultant to say this and then laugh in your face is downright hideous. Even I (and I have no medical knowledge except what I read) know from experience that you can determine hormone levels form blood tests. In the process of having my hypothyroidism diagnosed, I was tested for eostrogen, progesterne, antigen and testosterone levels, to determoine if hormone imbalance was involved. This was all thru blood tests, as well as fasting blood glucose level (for diabetes), anemia, B12 deficiency, white blood cell count (auto-immunity) and cholesterol.
 

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Anonymous  ·  11 Aug 2004
The last two posts. Since 1989 I have been treated for "Bi Polar Affective Disorder". In 1995 I underwent some Hormonal Blood Tests by a GP. The results came back a week later and I was advised that the "Hormones were EVERYWHERE but not where they SHOULD be". I gave the Results to the Consultant Psych whom promptly laughed, told me not to be ridiculous and "Blood Tests Can't Determine Hormone Levels" and I was dismissed. As a qualified Dr before going onto Psych this Consultant obviously had the Medical Knowledge and Ability to read them and what makes it really laughable (but not literally) the guidelines are included with the Results. If I can understand them there is no reason that the Consultant couldn't. At this stage I hadn't a monthly cycle for six months. I was referred to a Gynae who couldn't be bothered investigating and said it was all the Psych Medication and dismissed. I didn't have a cycle for four years "Menopausal" state with my decreased oestrogen level and it was four years before I could work again. This latest swing began in July 1994 and I was told it was "Mollycoddling" and my imagination by the same Consultant. I spent six months in a hospital and hostel and had ten ECT sessions in July 1995 which did nothing for me. It would have made sense to me that if the "Oestrogen Level Decline" was treated then I would have got better alot quicker. November 1999 I was diagnosed with PCOS by an internal scan overseas and then Diabetes 2 a result of PCOS, and Cholesterol and Triglyceride problems, Hypertension, Hirsutism, Infertility Issues and Weight although my Endocrinologist said it was caused by the Psych Meds. I was advised here in 1995 I didn't have PCOS and External Ultrasounds aren't very good diagnostic tools for weight affected people. I started the BCP but the first two made my problem worse in 1997. Before leaving overseas I went through several UTI'S and Elevated White Cell Count and other symptoms. When I came back to Ireland although I had symptoms over a number of years and started when I was fifteen and my Cycles began Irregular but extremely Painful and I endured it until the absent cycles began. With the use of the BCP in 1997-2001 I developed Pain in my left Ovary position, around my lower back and the right Ovary and down my legs with sciatica down my right leg. In May 2003 I was diagnosed with Endometriosis. Again in May 2002 "Mood Swing" began Oestrogen level dropped. September 2003 "Mood Swing" Oestrogen Level Drop Treatment for Endo. I can state for every "Mood Swing" trigger has been related to my drop in Oestrogen Level. Like the both of you I lost many years of my life from 15-39 with all different affects. I unfortunately have a Syndrome that treatments affect each problem. So unfortunately the Mental Health Service, My Health Board, Hospital and the Consultants involved successfully destroyed my life but I am about to regain it and thankfully, I am under the care of some good medics whom do everything possible to help me. There are alot of good Dr's in every field its a matter of coming across the right ones. I take solace in that I have lost 13kgs in exactly one year. I was 8 stone until the Medication and then it just kept going up. My Syndrome covers different Consultants, Different Departments, Different Days, Different Times and Different Hospitals. I could do a regular Mon-Fri 9-5 Outpatient Clinic Hopping and I am thinking about squatters rights and setting up my tent. I know it isn't funny but sometimes there is no option but to smile and laugh that Administrative Procedures are more important than the Patients and the staff outside of Administration end up receiving the flack whilst attempting to do their job.
 

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Anonymous  ·  11 Aug 2004
A not dissimilar thing hasppened to me after glandular fever in my late teens. I seemed to have recovered physically, but had frequent perios of depression - constant crying etc. Could take the anti-d's perscribreed as these made me to tired to cope with study. Nine years on, it was discovered that I had a seriously underactive thyroid. I went on 350 mg of thyroxine daily. That was two years ago and I'm like a totally different woman, I have all mt energy back that I had in my teens. I just regret have missed out on so much of my 20's.
 

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Brenda (MDY15110)  ·  10 Aug 2004
I suffered depression from puberty to age 30. Mine was frequent plunges into periods of black bleak living hell. I spent 5 months hospitalised & 2 years follow up with medication.
Then at age 30 I had a hysterectomy, overies intact and left, but research indicates that menophause kicks in early c5years after hyst. I was prescribed HRT and within 3 weeks was reborn with a quality and thirst for life I could not have imagined. That was 30 years ago now that I returned to study, got a nursing career, a Masters degree, and never again entered the black pit of hell.
Albeit mental illhealth theories, I have no doubt in my mind that MY problem was chemically induced at puberty, and it was HRT which righted MY hormonal imbalance to the level it should have been for ME. I have since discovered 10 other women who have a similiar experience.
 

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Anonymous  ·  10 Aug 2004
With muscle ache and tiredness it makes me wonder if the meds could've brought on CFS or Fibro?
 

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Anonymous  ·  09 Aug 2004
Hi, I'm back to Tourettes Syndrome. I wrote about it some months ago, but got veery little response. My son haas had it since he was about 10, but not diagnosed til he was 16. He is on Orap now and the tics seem to have improved a little. But my main worry is his constant tiredness. He cannot study or concentrate, cannot hold down a job. He is always tired, and has pains in his joints and musscles. Doctors don't ever seem to take notice of this and says he'll just have to try to relax more, take long walks before bed-time, but don't seem to understand that he's too tired for this. He is now 22 and just sitting around at home all day. He finds it very hard to communicate with people because of his facial tics and movements. He is very intelligent and is not depressed but just fed up with nothing to do. Is there anyone there who can help with this?
 

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Anonymous  ·  21 May 2004
I know it happened me after my father died - October 04. Now if I phone my mothers and there's no answer, I worry all day that soemthign has happened her until I can call by that way on my way home. I was a bit of a worrier before but I think hios death has made it worse. Now I worry how I'll cope if anyone else closeto me dies - even tho' they're all very healthy.
 

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Melissa (VEE10984)  ·  21 May 2004
I did lose my Grandmother in Aug 03. It was my first time seeing someone die and was quite slowly and peacefully in front of me at the hospital. Although i was very strong at the time, and fine throughout the funeral it took about 2 months after that it hit me. It has changed my view of life and now im scared about death, scared about the time it will happen my parents. I often get paranoid that something is wrong in our relationship even though there is not, sometimes we sit there and we dont have anything much to talk to each other about and it makes me feel oh know. But then there are days when everything is so perfect. But i wouldnt think this is because of my grandmother dying, or does it?, i have been a worrier and paranoid before this happened.
 

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Anonymous  ·  20 May 2004
Hi Melissa, have you lost a loved one through death in the past year. The reason I ask is becuase I experience similar feelings with my partner. If he goes tothe shop and takes longer than 10 minutes, I panic. If I email him and get no response after 15 minutes I get paranoid. If I phone and there's no answer I worry. These, I believe stem from my own bereavement.
 

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Melissa (VEE10984)  ·  19 May 2004
Sometimes i feel that i may be paranoid. I am with my boyfriend 5 years now. Even though we have had or ups and downs we have stuck with each other and most times things are fine. He is always telling me he loves me and said he feels ready to get engages within the next 2 years. I love him to bits also, but there is this problem or anxiety/paranoia. Today i was at work, sometimes when he rings me our number would come up, but twice today he rang and our number didnt come up. Or when he says he is going to do something and then didnt do it i get paranoid. Its all very hard to explain. There are very small incidents, im not really talking about him cheating on me but just paranoid in general, but it is starting to affect me and i want it to go away before it affects our relationship.
 

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Anonymous  ·  19 Apr 2004
anonomous 12-4-04 12.07 pm
Over the past two weeks I have done everything in my power to get help for my mother but the health board and social worker "Will get back to Me" I got assistance from my boyfriends mother who could not bear to see me in this state any longer and we had a break through! I feel that because she was not a "Professional" or family mamber that it made a difference , My mam actualy listened to her instead of shoting and telling her she has no right to say anything. We found out what incident triggered it off and why she is, as I percieved it, trying to tear the family apart. She said she feels so frustrated and maybe needs intense counselling as she came off her tablets at her own will as she felt they were doing her no good. We are hoping to have some family mediation starting within the next few weeks from a counsellor who has no experience with working with my family as my mam feels betrayed by her doctor and "Team of professionals". From this I have learned that nothing comes without pain and the saying is true you only hurt the ones you love. Maybe you could try this approach with your sister and try to discuss ways and benefits of recieving intense counselling even if it means admitting her into a hospital for a while. But please remember you are only human and can only do so much. all the best!
 

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Anonymous  ·  14 Apr 2004
Hey SF are you still posting? Iam sorry I haven't been on this board for ages until recently. I finally found out my problem May 2003. I have Endometriosis added to PCOS, "Mood Swings", Diabetes and another discovery rare blood group. I had a bit of a mishap well two on one day but I pulled through and then ended up with another suspected mishap and another four days in hospital. I have been really sick and has now been established that I really don't have Bi Polar but my "Mood Swings" are part of the metabolic syndrome I suffer from where all these illnesses and other side effects and the side effects of the Endometriosis from the treatment is horrific and I started another treatment in Feb this year and was given the wrong HRT to go with the injection and then it was commenced when it shouldn't have been but my gynae was away and another although I attempted to explain didn't listen about the "Mood Swings" and bang. I am not very happy at the moment and I have been having real trouble because all the illnesses interact. If its not one its another. All of this should have been discovered in 1995 but of course I am not important. Add to that a few family difficulties. Anyway, I am still here but there are so many issues surrounding the metabolic syndrome. At the moment I just want to get rid of this horrendous pain. I have to go to a Pain Management Clinic and I will probaly have to get Morphine Tablets as nothing else has worked. I taking a course of Injections every 28 days at the moment To stop the cycle and the hope it will shrivel up the endo and give me some respite from the pain. It has been a rough year since last May and so much to learn and lifestyle changes. Better go before I Lose the mesage. Hope to hear from you SF soon. Take care everybody. FE.
 

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Anonymous  ·  09 Apr 2004
Dear Anonymous 13/03/04 re your experience giving birth. I don't have children but due to an accident a number of years ago got Post Truamatic Stress Disorder. I could find very little help in Ireland at all and ended up searching the web to research PTSD. Some women, can actually get PTSD following a difficult birth and experience nightmares, depression, agoraphobia, other fears etc. PTSD can go undiagnosed as a lot of the symptoms resemble depression. If you'd like to read up more on PTSD theres a website called www.ptsdinfo.org. Good Luck
 

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Anonymous  ·  08 Apr 2004
RE:DEPRESSION.Iam a 44 year-old married woman suffering from depression for the last 16 years. I am on Tofranil 25 twice daily plus Xanax 25 twice daily. My depression has never been properly managed and now I find myself with additional problems .Medication long-term for asthma blood pressure stomach ulcer. I also suffer from tinnitus and vertigo. I wonder if my illnesses are linked to the depression. My GP is very understanding but I feel that everything is overwhelming me at the moment. I SMOKE 20 cigarettes daily despite having hypnotherapy .Are there any other "chronics like me and if so what should I do?.
 

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Anonymous  ·  08 Apr 2004
OCD means Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. There is a little piece about it somewhere on this site. I have thought about going to a doctor several times but I think I would find it very hard for some reason to talk about it and also the way I feel about it is that I will have to overcome it myself anyway. What did the doctor say to you? I just keep thinking that it should be so easy to ignore these horrible thoughts and carry on regardless but I just can't do that. It's just unreal. How do you cope when this happens? (B)
 

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Anonymous  ·  08 Apr 2004
B, Im not sure what OCD is can you please fill me in? I read your earlier message and i am very similar with negative thoughts etc. but do not have the same as you with repeating everything. Why dont you go to a doctor? Although dont know why i suggest that as both i ve gone to last and this year were useless. Just give a perscription and 50 euro please!
 

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Anonymous  ·  07 Apr 2004
I wonder how common is this OCD? I am the person that posted earlier about it. I keep thinking each day I'm going to overcome it but just can't. It sounds so simple to think if you could only ignore the thoughts but I just can't do it. I think if it's a bad thought about a person you're just afraid something terrible will happen to them if you ignore it.Another part of it is if a bad thought comes and you're doing something, maybe washing up for instance I would have to wash the thing again or various times I have even gone as far as throwing things in the bin that I would have had in my hand at the time. It's unbelieveable the things you do. Another part of it is you keep repeating a thing over and over again in your brain till you feel free of it. It really is not good for the head. I am curious how this effects you JJ or how long have you had this problem. (B)
 

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Anonymous  ·  07 Apr 2004
I am afraid to report that after 4 mths of cypramil (all doctor would give) i am back to was before taking them. During the course i found myself not as negative, little more confident and outgoing, now am back to being pure apathetic, cant be bothered with anything and only stopped taking the tablets a week ago. I had been on these all last year also with success. Do i have to take these forever? Is there any hope of coming of the cypramil and being the person you are while on theM? JJ
 

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Anonymous  ·  07 Apr 2004
tO Anonymous Posted: 13/03/2004 15:57, I would be very interested to hear more of your experiences. My sister wentr thru what I believe to be a similar truamatic experience with the birth of her first. Hard to beleive it could take place in this day and age. It was like she underwent a personality change as well aas giving birth. She describes it as a horror but won't talk about it. Doctors of course will tell us nothing altho' we would like to be ableto help her if we knew more aboiut what she has been thru. She would love another child but this has made her reluctant and her gynae seemed unwilling to discussed an elective section. She would like to have this garaunteed before they try for another baby but he seems to take the line of 'we'll discuss it when the time comes'.
 

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Anonymous  ·  05 Apr 2004
I suffer from what I now think is OCD. I keep getting these terrible negative thoughts, about absolutely anything and everything and I cant seem to be able to overcome them. They seem to be getting worse as time goes on and my head suffers as a result, totally stressed at times. I never went for help to a doctor or my family do not know. I keep hoping I can get over it by myself. Read about it and heard a bit about it on the radio. I can put on a very good outward show and nobody would realise what I am going through. Would be so grateful for any help.
 

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Anonymous  ·  04 Apr 2004
Dear Joann

Aware have support group meetings for families in various spots around the country. The best option is to look up their Website which is www.aware.ie and go to the map of the country and your area and it will give info about days, times etc for families as well as sufferers. Groups are separate. Your Mum could go to one Group and family go to the Family support group. The group would supply your Mum with people who are in the same position and will probaly identify her thoughts, emotions and feelings with others. Your family can draw support from other families talking about the difficulties and how to handle your Mum's situation.
Has there been any respite in the last six years? Has it been on a daily basis? There could be an event, which has triggered it off these are only speculative questions and not intended to be intrusive. Aware have Facilitators most of whom have either Depression or Bi Polar Affective Disorder (Manic Depression) and the Family Groups have Facilitators with a member of the family with the above illnesses. If your Mum is having difficulty getting a sympathetic Doctor and Counsellor look around for different ones and make a few enquiries. Unfortunately, we tend to be fobbed off with prescriptions and tablets although it is a chemical imbalance the scripts and tablets are meant to stabilise it but the underlying causes or events that trigger it are generally ignored. I don't know whether I have been of much help. GROW are for suferers of any mental health difficulties. Aware is solely for Depression/Bi Polar Affective Disorder and associated effects. Bye. FE
 

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Anonymous  ·  04 Apr 2004
Thank you author on 03/04/04 for agreeing with me. As I said before my sister does not get any continunity. In fact when she's in good form and her moods are good she's discharged from Consultant care and returned to the care of her GP. Nothing against GP's but in general this isn't really their area of expertise?? As we found out last christmas. My sister was given a SIX MONTH reducing prescription of her anti-depressant from her GP.And GP didn't follow her up in any way during this six month period, so 2 months into the reducing regieme and she attempts suicide and ends up spending Christmas in hospital. Different hospital,and yet again different Consultant. So as it happens as soon as my sister comes out of hospital which is when she is deemed "better" is when I start to worry. It's as if we will have to spend the rest of her life going from crisis to crisis, waiting for the phonecall to say 'she's back in hospital' , 'she's attempted suicide' or whatever! My parents have tried to talk to her Dr's to find out what's happening, what we can do. But they say their hands are tied "patient confidentiality" and all that. So now we watch as she gradually fades away on her path of self destruction, getting thinner and thinner, cos did I mention she's "better" they say. Her depression is controlled they say. So then why is she destroying herself with her eating disorder. Does this not warrant some help. Then again I suppose we have to wait for the crisis cos as far as I can see thats the only time help is given.
 

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Anonymous  ·  04 Apr 2004
Dear Joanne, writer on the 3/4,Sorry to hear about your Mum.
I agree with u re cut backs etc.,
If it were me, I would get a 2nd
opinion for my Mum. From what u say
it looks like her medication is not
suiting her,as she too is suffering.Try a 2nd opinion. Best
of luck. Remember there is always light at the end of the Tunnel.
 

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Joann (bluelucy)  ·  03 Apr 2004
I would have to agree with anoymous two msg's up, my mam has been suffering from depression for 6 years and the family have had no support, there is also no ongoing support for my mother, as soon as things begin to look up, her counselling sessions are cut back dramatically, the doctor will not see her, but just leave a prescription at the main desk for her. How unprofessional? Things have gotten really bad and it has torn the family apart with her lies, back biting, false accusations, and mood swings, there has to be more help available for this kind of mental illness, it does not just go away, without further support it canot and will not go away! Does anyone agree?
 

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Anonymous  ·  01 Apr 2004
What (legal) recourse do I have if I believe my sister's medication is unsuited to her?
 

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Anonymous  ·  21 Mar 2004
Hi, this is my first time to this sight.My younger sister was diagnosed with depression 3yrs ago and commenced on anti-depressants. In the past 3yrs she has attempted suicide, developed an eating disorder and also self harms by cutting herself. At the moment she appears to be in good health depression wise but is still not eating properly and as far as I know she hasn't been cutting herself in months. I hate the person she becomes:ie manuliptive,secretive,liar,actor and angry.I also hate the whole health system which I feel has let her and my family down in the past few years.(She has had 3 different consultants in different hospitals what sort of care can she be getting with no continuity!!!) And whatever about the person with depression , there is absolutly no support or help or guidance for family and friends.(Please correct me if I'm wrong Here????)I worry so much about her, I know you say "don't Worry" but how can I not.
 
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