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support site [09 Jan 2010|08:31am]
i have a support site you all can use

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Researching Depression? [27 Apr 2009|02:56pm]


I'm working on a project right now where I'm trying to design a product for young adults (age 18 - 25) who are dealing with depression and taking medication for it. I want to create a series of blocks (think legos) that the user can stack to better understand what is happening to them mentally and physically while on the medication.

What I'm looking for are some suggestions of symptoms which occur while on the medication
Both negative symptoms (side effects) as well as
Positive symptoms are needed.

So if you have any input, I would greatly appreciate it.

I have attached a file of the initial sketch so that you can better understand what I'm doing.

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ummm hi [27 Apr 2009|01:29pm]

[ mood | depressed ]

So im new to this site and all i can say is that im definatly a good mum but a bloddy sad mum

clinical depression has killed any part of me i ever knew

all thoese feelings that you all know of, all thoes experiences have left me numb

when do we ever truely feel free from the burden of sadness wen do we ever get to truely live

when to we get to stop pretending that everythings ok and have everythiong just be ok, i dont know im confused

medication counseling and all the rest help but hinder at the same time

sorry for mty long rant but needed to get it out

Im Ral 23yr old single mum of 2, 5yr old girl and 14mth old boy...ummm so i guess this is just me saying hi


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Life Coaching [21 Jun 2008|12:38pm]

[ mood | calm ]


I am an experienced social worker & agency therapist who is known for her holistic approach to life.

I have experience as a Buddhist minister, with addiction, GLBTQ community, couples counseling/relationships, adolescents, young adults and adult populations. I have worked with many ethnicities as well. I am a seasoned musician and I live what I coach.

This is a non traditional opportunity because I do not counsel and charge high fees. I am a sliding scale coach and offer people a unique opportunity.

I am MSW and CASAC-T credentialed, I have a BA in Communication arts  and  I am a parent.

If you are interested pls contact me for a consultation and or more information about how I guide people to a greater potential.


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Thoughts... [16 May 2008|03:00pm]

Do you ever feel like if you were to get in a horrible car accident or something and you died, you'd be okay with it?

I don't know...I'm not saying I'm suicidal, I'm not going to hurt myself, take a bunch of pills, or anything, but...if for some reason I just fell off the face of the earth I'd be okay with it. I don't know if that makes sense.

But then I love my boys sooooo much, and the thought of them having to deal with me being gone...I just can't imagine their pain...so I keep on keepin' on...

I'm going through a lot right now...leaving an abusive husband...going through a divorce...I am not trying to handle things on my own...I have help with my therapist, a psychiatrist, medications...if it wasn't for the medications, I don't think I could get through the day like a 'normal' human being.

But one time, there was a night my husband and I were fighting, and, as I tried to sleep, he turned on me, clamped his hand down around my neck and squeezed. I didn't fight him, I didnt' push him away. I just took it. I closed my eyes, and told myself if this is the way I go, this is how it goes.

It makes me sad I didn't even react. If I got sick, would I not fight for my life?
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[28 Apr 2008|06:46pm]
 I am a graduate student studying the effects of benzodiazepine drugs.  Benzodiazepines are also known as the minor tranquilizers.  Valium, Clonapin, Ativan, Xanax etc. are some of the most common.  If you, or someone you know well, have used, or are using these drugs, please fill out the survey that applies.  If you know anyone in either of these categories (user, or know someone who is a user) please encourage them to take the survey as well.  Your participation is voluntary, fully confidential, and greatly appreciated.

For those who are using or have used benzodiazepines, please complete this survey:



For those who know someone who has used or is currently using benzodiazapines, please complete this survey:


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[21 Dec 2006|11:27pm]

Anyone try the new anti-depressant...I think it's Cymbalta? The commercial says it helps the mental AND physical symptoms of depression. I was just wondering if it has helped anyone.

I don't think the Wellbutrin and Zoloft I am on is working anymore. I feel like killing my kids, sometimes myself...actual urges, not the "I'm annoyed, I'm gonna kill you..."

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I just found this site right this very minute... [03 Aug 2006|10:26pm]

...but I figure I've found a good place for me.

I am a 40 year old SAHM mother of 2 girls, ages 5 and almost 3. I very recently stopped nursing my youngest (yay! for extended nursing for those who are able to do so) and when I stopped it was like after 5 1/2 years total of nursing. And the hormones made me go insane.

Well it seemed like it anyway- I've been miserable and having crying spells and being excessively quick to anger (always have been a little hair-triggered) and it's been terrible.

When I had my checkup I spoke to my doctor about it and he diagnosed severe depression and put me on prozac. I've only been taking it for 2 weeks. It seemed to help some, but it totally killed my sex life. So I spoke to my doctor about that and now I'm taking wellbutrin also- that's only been for 3 days though.

So far it seems like the major effect of the prozac was to make me sleep better, which I really did need cause I've always been an insomniac. I thought it was making me calmer, but then the last 2 days have really been terrible. Today was better though.

And the good news (!) is that the wellbutrin seems to have had the desired effect (hint, hint!). So maybe that's at least one thing I don't have to worry about anymore...*g*

My girls will be going off to school the end of August- one full time to kindergarten and one part time to preschool. So finally, for the first time since November of 2000, I will have time to myself without kids on a regular basis. Even if it is only 3 hours a day 3 times a week. Part of me is looking forward to that, the other part of me is afraid I won't know what to do with myself. I'm hoping the meds have kicked in good by then and I'll have more energy and desire to do stuff, as opposed to sitting on my couch all day surfing the web and reading my f-list.

One thing I have come to realize is that I've been depressed for a lot longer than just a few weeks-it's been years atleast and possibly most of my life- it was just the hormonal changes that made it sooooo bad that I couldn't deal with it or cover it up anymore. So I don't know how long it'll be before I feel good enough to go without the meds- hell, maybe never. But I've finally realized that feeling numb and lonely and miserable all the time isn't normal, and I want to feel better so I can be a better wife, better mother, better and happier me. You know- normal?

I'd be interested in finding people to email or chat with that have been going through the same things as me. So come on in and say 'hi'!
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Hey y'all, I'm new! [27 Jun 2006|01:45pm]

[ mood | busy ]

My name is Lisa, I'm 20 (soon to be 21 and I can't wait, haha) and I live in East Lansing, MI where I go to Michigan State University. My son, Brandon James, is 14 months old and is the light of my life. I've been diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder for round about 5 years. There was some sexual abuse in my past, as well as some people who I put a lot of importance into breaking down any shred of confidence. I'm taking my Zoloft, and it works wonders. Hmm... what else?

I have a boyfriend now, which is a fairly recent development, and is the first boy I've been with since Brandon was born. He's amazing, but anytime there is a hint of trouble, I blow the situation a billion times out of proportion in my head, even if I never say anything to him about it.

I cannot tell you how happy I am to have found this community. None of my friends know the kind of stuff I have to deal with, so I feel like I'm bringing everyone down if I want to rant about everyday happenings. Alright, well, I'm looking forward to becoming active in the community! Have a good day!

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Message of hope for all. [27 Mar 2006|06:35pm]

This is the creator of this community, Noelle.

Sorry to be an absentee landlord of late. I graduated nursing school last May and my family moved from one state to another and I started one job, quit when I got one working as a psych nurse in a state mental hospital and got in a car accident in January that has had me out on medical leave since then, so I've been so busy, busy, busy and hurt, but alive.

I just posted the following in my journal and thought perhaps some of us could stand to benefit from it. It's a very brief story of how I managed to make it through nursing school while battling major depressive disorder with psychotic breaks. I don't post it to brag, but to prove that there is hope out there and that our dreams need not be put aside simply because we suffer chemical imbalances.

I'm nambrose@mac.com on AIM (yes, that IS my SN) if any of you need/want to chat!

I wrote this in a comment (edited to make more sense as a stand-alone post) in a dear young woman's journal and felt I'd also put it here as it touches on something I've been thinking about of late.

I was just sitting around last night thinking, "Hey, I'm a registered nurse. I did it!"

I had mono my first year and was hospitalized three times throughout my schooling for major depressive disorder and PTSD and yes, had two suicide attempts because I idiotically missed doses of my medications: the first time because I was so tired from the mono, I think that I simply didn't remember whether or not I had taken my meds, so I'd opt not to take them, the second time because I thought I could get by without meds, I think....hmm...or maybe I just missed some doses. I actually don't remember.

I'm not proud I tried to "snuff it" twice, but I am proud at what I overcame, that I managed to graduate from a very, very competitive, tough program and with HONORS, WHILE raising three kids, keeping a house in at least living condition (yeah, it was a mess, but livable!) and keeping a marriage in living condition (yeah, sometimes things were a mess, but livable :-) All that and I missed 2 days of class. I'd go from the hospital on pass over to class the second time I was hospitalized because the first time happened to fall over our Spring break so I didn't miss any classes that time. When I had mono I never missed a single class. I got up, took the kids where they needed to go, went to class, went home, tried to read a bit, fell asleep, got up the next day and did it all over and still got an A on every test, paper and in clinicals that semester.

I'm by no means proud that I have a chemical imbalance that so controlled my mind that I thought everyone around me would be better off were I gone, but I'm not ashamed of it either. As Kurt Vonnegut says, "It is what it is." But I AM damn proud of what I accomplished. As I said back then, getting that diploma was as important to me and as emotional for me as an Olympian getting a gold medal: that's how much I worked for it, how many obstacles I had to feel my way around in some of the darkest hours of my life.

But I do stop and think sometimes with a smile on my face, "Well, holy shit, I'm a nurse!" (A lifelong dream of mine.) And it feels SO damn good.
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