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        I was watching a documentary on the various mental illnesses out there.

        I myself suffer form depression, I am bi-polar, and I have severe panic disorder.

        I take medication daily to keep it in check.

        My sister is a paranoid schizophrenic, she however doesn't take her medicine and is all wrapped up in meth. The doctors told her that her excessive drug use contributed to her disorder.

        My brother in law has OCD. He has rituals, hand washing, counting, tapping, etc etc.
        He also has Tourettes syndrome.

        My husband has Borderline Personality Disorder, and he is also on medication for it.

        My 8 year old has panic disorder, and takes medication nightly.



        I guess I just was watching this show, and I realized mental illness is everywhere. Someone you know has a disorder, and it affects millions of people. I think medications and therapy help a great deal, and I know some others feel that medication is only a crutch. I was hoping to get some different point of views on treatments, opinions, etc.

        I feel very comfortable being able to talk about almost anything with you guys, and any input will be appreciated.


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        I went thru a few times in my life where I had  post part. depression or panic attacks or stress so bad I dropped 20lbs and broke out in hives all over my body. I did absolutely nothing and just dealt with it until it went away or remission I should say because I know it is always there.  I would not recommend this. I feel you and it is more common than people realize and it nothing to be ashamed of.
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        Yeah I had post partum depression too, pretty bad after I had Brooklyn. I didn't know what was wrong, I just felt different than I did with the other babies.

        I got treatment, and I got better. I guess my depression comes from all the hard things I have been through. Without therapy, I would be keeping all the stuff bottled up, and that's not good.

        I also think that it's not something to be ashamed of. It's a real problem nowadays, and if someone is ashamed of how they feel, they may not get help, and end result of that won't be good 99% of the time.

        In your case, I hope you are feeling better these days, and I know you have some stress with your daughters condition, and I know it's hard.

        I take one day at a time, and that's the best I can do.


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        I can usually sense when I am going to have an episode and try to prepare myself before hand and not let it get out of control. Keeps things locked away isn't good, you're right. It is nice to have someone to talk to.  I can remember being a worrier as far back as a child. I was so consumed with the fear that the world could end at any second. That is all I thought about and then when I had kids it moved to worrying about every little thing with them.
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        I can talk myself out of a panic, and it usually works, in some instances I have to take my anxiety medicine to help it.

        I have always been a worrier too, if I get something in my head that I am worried about, it almost like consumes me. Not so much anymore, in therapy I have learned alot, and now I have tools to help me.


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        Mommy, I commend you for being proactive in educating yourself about the various health issues affecting you and your family. 

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        I take one day at a time, and that's the best I can do.


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        ...ditto
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        Mommy, you can be proud of yourself ! I takes a lot of courage to talk about mental illness.  My hobby has severe anxiety disorder & take meds.  But there is hope...a study done at McGill University , here in Montreal, was published & some interwiews were done.  Omega 3 seems to have the same effect  that antidepressor after 8-14 days of use.

        They had 2 groups ( Omega-3 & placebo) and a significant improvment was noted in the omega3 group...the depression symptoms were not as severe.  Of course if there is anxiety on top of depression  it could take up to 1 month to see the effects...I am in the medical field & study at Mcgill so I know the reseach is good...)  Check it out at a any mental illness web site I am sure they will post it the results

        My hobby started Omega 3 yesterday to see if is med for depressions will be better or if he can reduce  them....to follow
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        Wow....this board is beginning to feel like therapy and thats a good thing!
        Ok I have dealt with depression for over 37 years so I realize that yes I was depressed as a child,my depressive core stems from being molested as a little kid,and I had horrible "flashbacks" for years,(thru puberty) and I started to become very withdrawn and self conscious about everything, well I starting gaining weight (which has always been an issue) and keeping to myself,fortunately one of my mothers attributes was to instill in my sisters and I,(All 6 footers) to be proud of our height, hold your head up and keep your shoulders back, BE QUEENS!! That helped a lot and eventually I forced myself to be more assertive because I knew if I didnt I would just fade away.

        I never told anyone what had happened to me until I was in my 20's and that was one ugly scene,my mom and I were arguing about some trivial whatever and she pushed a button and I blurted out,"did you know i was molested when I was 4"!? I was shocked to hear her answer back, "yes I thought so" WTF!!! So my Mother suspected it but NEVER asked me about it, and that made me realize its a subject that is avoided like the plague. I felt betrayed and crushed because if you should trust and depend on ANYBODY it should be your Mother. I love my mom, we sometimes still bump heads, but I finally realized that my Mother had her own issues and never tried to fix them(denial is a biotch) I did seek counseling and found a great therapist I saw for years, have taken Paxil (zombied me out) Zoloft which keeps me even,and Wellbutrin which at least helped me stop smoking but gave me the DRYEST mouth not to mention it constipates the hell out you(really really bad)
        Now at 51 I still have depression, Sarcoidosis, high cholesterol,hypertension,diabetes,and now kidney disease(gee I'm the picture of health)BUT I go on and I pray that I will get better and just try to enjoy life. I have a very good sense of humor and love people and creativity,cooking, writing.I am trying to write a novel and love to paint on large canvases too. I appreciate this place and the people here and hope you all hit jackpots and get stinking stupid loaded with dough!!!  :-)
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        I love you ally, you are an inspiration for many as well. You are one of my good friends on here, and I am here for you anyway that I can be.

        I am blessed to be among best friends here!

        Stay strong.

        Sorry for turning this into a therapy board LMAO


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        I too have suffered from depression for over 30 years. My mom was very abusive so I became a loner and suffered from depression for many years. Over the past 5 years it has become somewhat worse I think because I was diagnosed with MS. I have a difficult time accepting that my life as I knew it has changed. I was always very physically active and all of a sudden it came to a halt. I also am a very compulsive person which can at times be very frustrating. My grandfather was a paranoid schizophrenic and was self destructive. He eventually ended his own life. Living with my Mom was like living with mommy dearest and that is no joke. She was really mean. She had four children and didn't know how to love any of us.I really think she was mentally ill, and even though she was abusive to myself and my siblings, I was always good to her as long as she lived. I really felt guilty when she passed because I couldn't cry, I only felt relief. MY first thought was, I had no childhood at least not one I care to remember so my life begins today.
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        I know how it feels to come from abuse Deb321, I really applaud your courage in sharing your story.

        I don't want my children to ever feel the way I did growing up, so I try hard to be a good mother.

        I know what you mean about no matter what you were good to her, I was the same way with my mother, she was not a very nice person, and her parenting skills were non existant. I loved her anyways, I think it's almost human nature to do so.

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        This world is a hard place to cope with for MOST of us I think, I personally feel that 3/4's of the people on earth are dealing with depression in one form or another, and if possible EVERYONE on the planet should go thru therapy if only to make everyone UNDERSTAND the mechanics of the beast.I know for me it got old very quickly for someone to tell me."to just forget it",HA, thank you very much,WHY DIDNT I THINK OF THAT!!
        I'll tell you guys something thats true and a sort of a phenomenon too, most of the greatest comedienes and artists suffered from depression. Jonathan Winters, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Richard Jeni (committed suicide) Freddie Prinz Sr. (suicide)....the list goes on but my point is people with depression usually are very funny because they use it as a "coping skill" and even a survival tool also.Also fyi a lot of mentally ill chose to go into the psychology field, I know I had to go thru a lot of KOOKOO NUTJOBS before I found competent Drs and analysts who didnt make me feel like I should have been in the chair and they should be on the couch.
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        Amen Ally, alot of people suffer from depression. Alot of those people never get help, and unfortunately suicide is an ugly reality for alot of those too.

        I never tried to hurt myself, I have too many people that depend on me now. I believe if I were to do something like that, it would be very selfish of me to do that to my children.

        When I am having a particularly hard day, I pray, I journal, I find a friend I can talk to.

        Therapy is the best thing for me, I put all of myself out there, I cry, I get angry, but after all that is said and done I feel so much better. For a long time I bottled up my feelings, and exploded.

        I had to weed through so many therapists to finally get a good one that I felt not only comfortable with, but who I trusted.

        I hid my pain and feelings with drugs for so long, once I wasn't numb anymore the flood gates opened and it allllllll came out


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        Ally your just precious.......what else can i say. You keep it real, your a inspiration and at the same time you bring us laughter.

        Thanks for sharing something as sacred as you did. I wish you all the happiness in the world because you certainly deserve it.

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