It's been a long ride for me here with WebMD's board and I can tell you that it's been both interesting and stimulating. I have been the expert, but I've also been a beneficiary because I have learned from you, too.
So, as I approach my last day of posting this coming Saturday, I want to wish all of you well. I know the new expert will appreciate your participation and that your new "guide" will benefit as I have.
As the Irish saying goes, "May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face."View Thread
I am not an M.D., but one thing I do know is that you cannot stop Klonopin cold turkey after 10 years. Your physician should be aware that this could cause serious consequences to you, including seizures. If this person is not aware of this, please have them research it a bit.
If you are no longer in the care of a psychiatrist who is prescribing medications for you, that person cannot ethically continue prescribing the medication. If they did, they could be brought up on charges before a licensing board. So, it is not on unethical, especially if it was your decision to leave. If they had said that they thought you should work with someone else because you were not benefiting from treatment, they would have had to refer you to someone else. If they failed to do this, it would have been called "patient abandonment" and this is also a licensing board action that could be brought. But that was not the case here.
I can see that you have had a number of difficulties and that you may have some more difficulty finding a new psychiatrist. You and your current PCP need to work on a plan that will enable you to continue functioning as best you can with your current medications, if that is the decision.
I wish I could provide more help to you. Perhaps your prior psychiatrist can recommend someone.View Thread
College is a stressful time for any student, but especially so for a student who wants to do well but questions their abilities. The freshman year is probably the most stressful of all and, for that reason, most colleges if not all, have freshman orientation and make available counselors for freshmen. These counselors provide access to study skills, tutors, counseling and whatever the student needs in order to feel comfortable and to do their best. It is something to be explored at your daughter's school.
I think you need to tell your daughter that, if she does her best, that is all that can be expected. If she has problems in a class or with an exam or a paper, the thing to do is to speak to the instructor privately. If she has had a history of anxiety in school prior to going to college, perhaps she is qualified for special consideration. I taught at a college for many years and we did have a number of students who needed this consideration in terms of taking their tests at a different time and in a special room or even taking their tests in a different manner. One student required that her tests be administered verbally to her and that was done.
I do have a Study Skills page on my website (www.drfarrell.net) and I would encourage you to go there with her and see which of the links might be helpful. I would also suggest that you watch the relaxation breathing video tutorial we have on my Videos page and use that technique several times a day. It's intended to keep anxiety in check and should be used before the anxiety becomes so heightened that it can be quite upsetting.
I think also that you and your daughter might speak to the counselor at school so that you will know what you can do at home and the three of you can work together on a plan to help your daughter be successful in school.
I hope she does well and that these suggestions are helpful.View Thread
I'm not sure what the cause of your high anxiety level might be but I would recommend that you have a medical checkup. There may be things which can be done to address either an undiagnosed medical condition or a need for dietary change or even lifestyle change. I'm not advocating psychiatric medication, but rather looking for the most conservative approach to help you.
In today's economy, working anywhere, even somewhere you been for 14 years, can be stressful because of the uncertainty that all of us are feeling. What can you do? As I said, the first stop is a medical exam. The next step is for you to evaluate your life and see where there may be places that you can make changes that are going to help you. I'm thinking specifically of the number of hours you sleep each night, your diet, regular, moderate exercise and getting out and having some fun with friends or family. Remember, just as we need to eat a balanced diet each day, we need to have balance in our life and when any of that balance is missing, the result can be heightened anxiety.
Exercise, remember, doesn't have to be anything that exhausts you. It can be as simple as doing walking in place while you're doing the dishes, walking up and down stairs, taking walks, or even doing exercises in an office chair. We do have some exercises on my website's (www.drfarrell.net) Videos page and I also have a relaxation breathing video tutorial there as well as on YouTube and here in our Tips column. So there are a number of things that you can take advantage of that can be helpful.
In fact, if you have a laptop computer, an iPad or even a cell phone, you can use your web browser to go to my YouTube channel (drfarrell22) and watch the four-minute relaxation, beach scene with music. Music is a wonderful stress and anxiety reliever and I urge you to also use this technique. Find something that is calming and soothing and keep it around wherever you happen to be either in your home or at your place of work.
I hope things do improve for you very soon and that you feel much better.View Thread
I can understand that your neurosurgeon's opinion must have been very upsetting, especially since you already have had a steel rod placed in your neck. I think you need to remember one thing and that is that this is one person's opinion and you may wish to seek the opinion of others.
I've seen quite a few articles lately regarding the benefits of physical rehab in certain painful back conditions as well as conditions of the knee that would have required surgery in the past. So don't give up hope because there may be things that can be done that will enable you to be more independent and mobile than your surgeon thought.
I hope that you are not seriously considering hurting yourself because I'm sure there are people who love you and want to help you. This is the time to seek them out and also to seek additional information regarding your condition and what can be done about it.
I do hope that things improve for you and that there are things you discover which will be helpful to you.View Thread
Right now you and your wife are in a difficult time in your marriage because of your impairments. In addition to having your diagnosis clarified, I would think you and your wife would benefit from some marriage counseling. Anyone who is trying to contend with a cognitive impairment of memory understands how frustrating it can be for themselves and for anyone who has a relationship with them. It's not something that can be easily done considering the emotional component and, for that reason, I would suggest marriage counseling.
I'm hopeful that once you do receive your definitive diagnosis that they will provide you with some cognitive rehab.
I hope things do work out well for you because I know this must be both frustrating and emotionally painful for both of you.View Thread
I am not an M.D., and I would suggest that your father discuss this with whoever is providing the prescription for him. Twenty years is a long time to be on medication of this type and there may be some things that he and his prescriber need to work out.
Please be sure that he left his prescriber know about this extreme anxiety, which may actually be a symptom of a withdrawal syndrome.View Thread
Thanks to you and everyone here on the board. I have enjoyed my time with all of you and you have provided me with something I truly enjoy--helping others. So, it has been a win-win situation for all of us.
One thing to remember is that you have a future, a wife and a small daughter and there is hope that you can begin to make a life for all three of you.
Since you were released from the drug offenders' program, I'm assuming that they have provided you with some counseling and that this counseling is connected with job-training programs to give you a means to earn a living. If that isn't so, then it is up to you to reach out to one of the community social service agencies that deals specifically with persons in your situation.
I would think that you do have skills which you have not yet used in an appropriate manner and which can benefit you in the future. But now you need to begin to work on a more positive approach to making money that is quite different from what you did in the past.
You've reached out here and now it's up to you to reach out in the community to groups that can provide the resources and skills that you need to succeed as a father, a husband and a person. Good luck with everything.View Thread