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Author Topic: Dragon Tamers - A room for those of us with anxiety / depression / etc  (Read 47590 times)
Cora Courcelle
Snr. Officer
England England

« Reply #1600 on: August 31, 2017, 05:03:07 pm »

*A figure staggers through the door and drops themselves into an armchair in a darkened alcove*

Well, after several years of struggling with my problems, and an occupational health referral I finally went to see my GP and was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. I was prescribed sertraline and was referred to a counseling service (I'm still waiting to hear back from). After 3 weeks of taking the meds I'm finding that they help me quite a bit, and certainly remove the worst of my anxiety, and have helped keep me on more of an even keel, but I'm not sure if I like what it's doing to me. Not in the way of side effects since I've not had any (other than generally leaving me feeling sleepy) but I've noticed my behaviour changing (and had people comment on it) and I've realised I've become far more uninhibited and am acting in a way I normally wouldn't unless I was quite drunk, and I'm not sure if I'm comfortable with that, particularly given the way the comments about my behaviour have made me feel about it.

I was told that it takes a few weeks for the body to adjust, so perhaps your behaviour will also stabilise.  As for the counselling referral, well just don't hold your breath; my husband waited months and then only got a 6 session course of CBT so you might want to see if there are any self-help groups in your area.  (I know that different areas have different provisions so you may get a much quicker service too).

You have to tread a fine line between avant-garde surrealism and getting yourself sectioned...
Zeppelin Admiral
United States United States

« Reply #1601 on: October 02, 2017, 04:56:40 pm »

I stumble in shivering from the near freezing weather we've had recently, which was proceded by a heat wave.

I've not had enough sleep in the last few days, due to the scheduling of things I have to attend, and sleeping being so harsh in near freezing weather inside a car.

I should be excited about lining up a seasonal job, getting training on a large metal lathe, and starting some projects. But at the same time the cold, disrupted sleep, poor diet, changes in my weight, strange smells in the car and my family issues have me in a mood of feeling hopeless.

I got a message from my mother yesterday, and frankly it's a part of why my mood has soured.
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The last time I talked with her, she asked me what I was eating and if I was showering regularly. Sorry, but you don't gt to dismiss me when I'm trying to control the nose dive my life was in, only to back seat drive when I manage to narrowly avoid a crash.

But now she sends her message, somehow making it somehow about her. And I just don't have the energy to deal with it right now. But if I just ignore it, it means abandoning all family ties. I'm not quite ready to do that yet.

I need to focus on establishing a little stability in my life, and then wrangling some of the remaining chaos into an adventure that brings something posative into my life. and my mother and the whole mess involved there are a drain on my energy and ability to do so.

Cora Courcelle
Snr. Officer
England England

« Reply #1602 on: October 23, 2017, 08:51:24 pm »

I have come in here because I am tired and stressed.
My mother-in-law is quite poorly and will not be with us for very much longer - she is 92 so this is only to be expected but ... she has always been fairly high maintenance but now every time we go to see her (four or five times a week usually for at least a couple of hours each visit, which is a twenty mile trip) she is refusing to do anything.  Ask her a question and she doesn't answer, just stares into space for minutes before making some vague reply, make her whatever she wants to eat and she just pushes it around the plate as if she has forgotten how to use cutlery, help her to get into her wheelchair and she screams as if we are murdering her.
Now before you condemn me as a hard-hearted bitch ("What do you expect at her age etc") she has carers going in to look after her 4 times a day and she chats with them, eats the food they give her (not much but she does eat, and stands to transfer chairs with their assistance  without a murmur.  (We have been outside and seen how she changes); I have worked with the elderly for decades and often seen how suddenly people become 'dependent' when family appear so I am not surprised at this but my husband, the only child, is so stressed and depressed that it is breaking my heart; he also has long-term health problems and although I do as much as possible it's always been him who she expects to do everything for her.
We are going on a much needed holiday for a whole week, having had to cancel one earlier this year because she was too poorly to be left but last time we were away for longer than one night she was ill and ended up in hospital.  Thank heavens for her wonderful carers who have said "Go, we'll look after her, you really need a break".

So wish me luck.  Thanks for listening.
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