I don't understand, are you stepping down your dosage over time or did you just stop taking them? Also, your doctor should either have someone fill in for her at her practice or recommend some other providers you can see until she returns.
In the mean time, even if you start taking your medications again, you should tell her you stopped for a while.View Thread
[Trigger] Oh, you've been through so much in such a short period of time. Does the person who prescribed your medication know what you've been through and what you're feeling? You might want a different medication/dosage, to just see that person more frequently or go to a therapist who does talk therapy.
I know for me persistent (obsessive) thoughts is one of the most symptoms of depression. I'd say they are often the cause of major episodes and they aggravate my tendency to insomnia.
I know it seems simple but what has worked for me is to talk to someone, not just about what I'm thinking but that I can't stop mulling it over. I don't know why, but actually saying "I can't stop thinking about X" to another person just helps. Like the thoughts lose their power if you speak about them?
And what ever you do, please keep checking in to let us know how you're doing.View Thread
Hi there. You should certainly talk to your doctor about your concerns now. Ask him if he's had any experience with patients who've had problems with the drug or any early warning signs you should watch for.
Ha. That made me think of my Junior year in college. I had to have an emergency surgery and came out of the hospital about 20 pounds lighter and so about 40 pounds under the target weight for my height. People I'd never spoken too kept bouncing up to me to say they'd heard I'd been in the hospital but I looked GREAT because I was so THIN!
I looked like a famine victim. So I probably also think people who compliment me are kind of deranged. View Thread
Thanks for the kind thoughts. The conference starts next week and I just cope with it like I always do, just cope. At least I'll have the stress of flying to and from the conference and being AT the conference to distract me. Yay.
I know people don't mean any harm by it. I know my reaction isn't normal and I even know I'm letting a number of bullies "win" when I react this way because I'm giving things they said in the past far more weight than what a nice person right in front of me is saying in the present. Ugg. I just want to think like a normal person and not think anything of it.View Thread
Thanks for your comment. I think my realization that my reaction is unusual (to say the least) is evident in my initial post. I do not show hostility to people who make nice comments because I realize my reaction is unusual (to say the least). If I thought it was perfectly normal I wouldn't have posted about it here. Sorry I disturbed you.View Thread
This happened on Friday but I'm still upset about it. I ran into a friend I hadn't seen in a while and in the course of greeting me he said "You look great." I know, I know this is just one of those things people say, even if you in fact look like refried death. But comments about my appearance send me into a tailspin. I either think the person is just being nice (and I in fact do look like refried death) or the person is being snide (because I do in fact look like refried death). At any rate, it makes me feel very defensive and angry. This applies to everyone, including my husband. I'm dreading a conference I must attend next week (in part) because I have to dress up and people will say "Oh, you look nice." I want to yell "Shut up about the way I look!"
I've tried talking to my therapist about this and she (and I know she meant well) started in about how I need to learn to look at myself and think "You're beautiful." NO! First of all, I'm a funny looking gal, period. Where I don't take after my dad, I take after my great-granddad. Second of all, the point isn't that I want to approve of my looks, the point is, I don't want to care about my looks. And I really want to be able to hear a perfectly harmless statement (perhaps even a compliment) and not feel like I'm under attack.View Thread