Hey there Alicedawn... you have supported me and now it's my turn to support you.
Whenever I start saying some of the things you post here, my spose always tells me to dump the self hatred because that's what keeps me sick. I don't know if that advice will be helpful to you or not but I wanted to offer it in case it is.
You are a better person than you can see now, you are stronger than you know. You do have hope within you though I know it's hard to see. There's nothing wrong with you, or your essential self! There may, however, be a little bit of a brain chemical imbalance, but it's not your fault, and it's not your doing. Don't give up the fight. If it helps, take a walk in a quiet place, get a little sun, and try to go easy on yourself. You are your own best friend. Or you should be. Don't treat your best friend badly.
(Don't worry, I have to tell myself the exact same things... don't give up, it takes practice!)View Thread
Hi there, ianks. I know this response is a little late in coming but I wanted to let you know you are welcome here. I hope you choose life, because every life matters and has worth. If you want to talk about it, you are welcome to.View Thread
Hi there, and welcome! It can be tough dealing with anxiety and depression and trying to smoke at the same time. Atti_Editor had some good information, and I'd like to add healthy eating and exercise to the list. My spouse quit smoking with almost no cravings when we were on a health food kick, so I know it can help for some people.
Agreed, it can be really hard to be positive, especially when the odds are stacked against you. I have trouble with it too. And yet, the most positive person I know is disabled with a lot of chronic pain - I seriously don't know how he does it! When I ask, he says that life is too short to be sad. I know someone else who said that one of the happiest times in her life was when she lived in a box near a railroad track. It was because her reality was in her focus - which was on the bright side.
You aren't alone in having a hard time staying positive, but it is possible. Part of it comes in deciding that you want to make yourself happy, that no one else can. I am trying to do that too. Maybe knowing that other people are working on it with you might encourage you?
I wish you happiness. You can get there, I believe in you.View Thread
ozms13x, please don't judge the community by people who haven't been here in years. This discussion is five years old. If you need support or would like to give it, you are welcome here. But if your intent is just to run people down, you will not be so welcome. The choice is yours.View Thread
The answer depends on your son. You might want to start by making sure he doesn't have a TV or computer in there with him. Those brain sucking devices encourage kids to isolate. Make sure you give him some time just to be himself, teenagers do need time alone to learn who they are.
If you want him to interact with you and his siblings, how about some family time outside? That will get you all moving in the fresh air and it will be good for communication, too. Everybody should have their phones in airplane mode. You could bike ride, go to a park, take a walk, play a sport.
Make sure that kid knows people are important and he is not allowed to isolate, but also let him have time to be him. You might also schedule some parent child one on one time, sometimes that helps.View Thread
The most important question is, are both doctors aware of what the other is prescribing? And is there an information line you can call with either one to ask your question? Either doctor would have more information about your specific reactions to medications and how you react.View Thread