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    Hmm yeah using Ambien long term can't be great. I hope you don't have too rough of a time trying to get off it. Last year I experienced my first ever hypomanic episode. It was medication induced (it was triggered by antidepressant withdrawal) so it's unclear whether I have bipolar II too. Mania sure can be fun at the time but the come down is not at all worth it,. hugs to you if you are experiencing that, bipolar really fucking sucks. I still feel so much embarrassment and shame about some things I did while I was hypomanic (things that seemed totally logical, reasonable and/or amazing at the time).
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    Ambient is super scary!
    Team pot! Yes. Agree that it helps with anxiety, insomnia, & chronic pain
    It needs to become legal & then research needs to been done on all of its possible medical applications as I feel there will be many.

    My body though is in major pain flare up mode and revolting against me
    Too much stress & not enough of me doing the things we need to do to take care of ourselves
    Feeling like such a non functional human being lately and adding to my self loathing
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    Update time!

    I'm doing better. I've cut my Ambien dose to a quarter dose every two days, half dose otherwise. I'm now on 75mg of Effexor and it is definitely helping. The main side effect I'm experiencing is massive breakouts on my face, though they're blind pimples so not obvious to anyone but me. Though they are pretty painful. Hoping that will level out over time. Changing my skincare routine a bit and it's already improving.

    I'm also in therapy and working on a lot of things. I left a trail of fire on my wake, so my therapist is helping me put some of them out. Mostly it's stuff like volunteering for things I don't actually want to do, so I'm closing the loop by communicating that I'm sorry, but it's just not gonna happen. That meant quitting the regional board of an advertising association with which I've been active for years. That hurt, but I've been procrastinating so much that it had turned into a source of stress instead of passion.

    I'm also updating my resume and looking for a new job. The cutthroat, shit-talking, backstabbing Environment my boss creates is unhealthy for me and while I think I can find ways to manage the stress short-term, I don't think I can pull it off long-term (even with meds). I suspect it has a lot to do with me ending up in this dark place.

    Anyway. Not 100%, but definitely on the mend.

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    Oh Jess, I hadn't seen you post in a while so I've wondered how you've been doing. Happy to read that you're feeling better. And yes, a shitty workplace can contribute to so much stress, even misery. Life is too short for all that.

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    I feel very raw today, like every single nerve ending is right at the surface. It's causing me to shut down, but I can't really afford to do that at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea View Post
    I feel very raw today, like every single nerve ending is right at the surface. It's causing me to shut down, but I can't really afford to do that at work.
    Same. I'm sorry hun. I hope you feel better soon.

    I've been writing my anxiety, depression, and tiredness levels at the bottom of each day on my calendar/schedule book (on a scale of 0-10)... been averaging around 7.5-8/10 on all three since Monday.
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    So, I still have the worst psychiatrist ever, but it's free and it's the only one I can afford right now (specially since the medication are 300% more expensive than last year). A couple of months ago I started noticing that Ambien was doing no effect on me anymore, so I started taking two per night. Still couldn't sleep. So fuck ambien, I asked him for something new, so he gave me zopiclone (according to Wikipedia, the brand names are Zimovane and Imovane). It worked for a while; I could sleep but I didn't rest. You know, like when you had a good sleep and you wake up with energy? Well, not the case with zopiclone (plus, I'm taking clonazepam and Lamotrigine, a.k.a.Lamictal. Fuck bipolar disorde type 2).
    So, as I have the worst psychiatrist, I told him I didn't want to take zopiclone anymore and I wanted ambien back. And he was ok with that. Man, I missed it so much. I am having one of those weeks where living is so fucking hard, but at least I know that I will sleep and the first minutes in the morning, when you are not still aware of your problems, are marvelous.
    I do have a great psychologist. Poor girl, she struggles really hard with me, I see that.
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    I'm writing in this thread because I'm worried about a friend. He rencently moved to Madrid, he's originally from Dublin, but was travelling through South America for like a year before deciding to move here. But the moment he started living in Spain he's suffered anxiety. Apparently, ever since he moved here his confidence has completely disappeared and he's been having problems interacting socially and making friends. I'm pretty much his best friend here. I suggested counselling but he doesn't think that's for him, but I'm pretty sure that would be his best option.

    Does anyone have any advice on dealing with a friend who is going through this?
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    Well, in my experience, if your friend doesn't think he needs therapy, he shouldn't go to a psychologist because it won't work. You can persuade him (is that a word, persuade?). Talk to him about people you know that had been through a similar situation and how they solved it, but do it like something casual, not like "im telling you this because you must go to therapy".
    And the best thing you can do: be there. Let him know that in those shitty days, you're there for him.
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    Yes, I know that if I force him it won't do him any good... one question though, he told me he doesn't think "talking to a stranger about his problems" will help... I wanted to tell him that's not what therapy is, but I didn't because I didn't have a good answer to what it is. What would you say to someone who thinks that?
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    Can we talk about panic attacks, please? What do you use to quell the attack. right now i'm taking xanax .25 but i feel like i'm needing it near-daily. i fear i'm becoming too dependent and it doesn't seem to "kick in" as fast when i start feeling symptoms . Doc said i can take 2 when it gets really bad but taking 2 freaks me out too

    My doc wants to put me on antidepressants,(SSRI) but i really don't want to take any because of side effects (okay, weight gain, i lost 30 pounds from my highest weigh (i gained some back) and still want to lose some more).

    Gym/exercise has been a nightmare, inducing panic/anxiety so it's hard enough as it is to lose weight.

    so what do you guys use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    I have been taking xanax on and off since I was 16 years old. I only take when I absolutely need it, which is when I am having a full fledged no shit panic attack. Do not be afraid to take two if you need to - what you are doing by underdosing is just prolonging the symptoms. Now that I am older, .25 mg is pissing in the ocean. I don't get attacks as often as I used to, but when I do, sometimes I need .5 or .75 to knock that fucker out because they are very severe. Sometimes you need a bigger dose to stop it entirely, otherwise you're just rebounding. If that doesn't work you might want to ask about switching to klonopin which is longer acting. Ativan is another option.

    In my personal experience, SSRI's do diddly squat for anxiety, but that's just my own experience. The only things that have helped me are pot (indica heavy strains only, will not stop a panic attack but has really helped with the day to day anxiety), consistent therapy, and yes, diet/exercise. The exercise induced anxiety is something I had to work through, because diet/exercise are THE MOST IMPORTANT PART of my managing my anxiety.
    Would you care to expand on that, Kari? I think my struggle with anxiety would be helped quite a bit by exercise, but as noted the exercise-induced anxiety is a barrier. How were you able to get through it?

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    I've been on a low dose of Lexapro since October for anxiety and it has been pretty amazing. One of the best decisions I've made.

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    I've been terrified of bad luck for a really long time. I am not superstitious but I have OCD, which can be utterly debilitating, and often comes with its own absurd rituals on how to ward off all kinds of jinx. These past three days have brought the following:

    - A very close friend passed away.
    - I was fired from my job, a job that I hated but worked for non-stop because I was in real need.
    - My uncle was diagnosed with cancer.
    - I got a UTI.
    - Another friend & coworker died.

    I am paralysed. Obviously, the rational aspects of my mind are still in effect, and I'm fully aware of the fact that there is no connection between any of these events. But it's all happened over a 3-day span and I feel that I can't breathe.

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    If you could all keep my in your thoughts, that'd be amazing. I don't really have a place to talk about what's going on with me over the last year, and I'm honestly afraid to open up about any of it. I'm seeing a therapist for the first time, but I'm afraid to talk to even her. I'm going through a divorce (again, oi) and I haven't seen any of my family or friends in months (disabled, cannot drive). I'm feeling a bit isolated.

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