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Board: Depression 06-16-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 407
Posted By flamesabers
Re: At a complete loss of late

Hello Frasered.

Yes, I can really relate to being stuck in a rut while being depressed. My advice is to find a therapist to talk to if possible. For me, talking to a therapist helped me to...
Board: Depression 06-16-2015, 07:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 518
Posted By flamesabers
Re: I'm new here ... anybody out there?

Hello seashellsforme.

I'm sorry to hear about your struggle with depression. I agree with the others about seeking out a support group or possibly a therapist. Talking with a support group or...
Board: Depression 11-20-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 405
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Trouble working? Too many sick days?

Hello.

I see two separate issues here: worrying about being able to work and actually becoming financially insolvent. In regards to coping with the first issue, I suggest making a list of things...
Board: Depression 11-16-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 936
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Need Advice With Wellbutrin/Bupropion Side Effects

You're welcome.

Are you planning on talking to your doctor again soon?
Board: Depression 11-16-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 478
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Safe place to land ...

Hello Hando Argaiv.

Welcome to the forum. :)

Are you pursuing any treatment options for your depression like medication and/or therapy?
Board: Depression 11-16-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 936
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Need Advice With Wellbutrin/Bupropion Side Effects

I would strongly suggest telling your doctor all of this. Your loss of appetite, motivation and struggle to do daily tasks I think are all pertient information as to how overwhelming your depression...
Board: Depression 11-15-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 526
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Very lost and confused. How does my mental health compare to others?

Hello Clearsky.

I think it's very likely you're suffering from depression. Hating yourself, distancing yourself from friends, constant despair and thinking about death on a constant basis are all...
Board: Depression 11-15-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 936
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Need Advice With Wellbutrin/Bupropion Side Effects

I think meds are suppose to act as a buffer that takes the edge off your depression. Meds help with making it easier to be proactive about keeping the negative thoughts at bay and reaching out for...
Board: Depression 11-13-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 936
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Need Advice With Wellbutrin/Bupropion Side Effects

When I was taking Effexor I experienced night sweats and shaky hands. The only solution to that was switching to a different med. Normally I would suggest considering lowering the dosage a little...
Board: Depression 11-12-2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 936
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Need Advice With Wellbutrin/Bupropion Side Effects

XbellaitalianaX,

It's good to hear you're taking two major setbacks in stride.



Yes, I think it's useful for your doctor to know how you react to your meds. He/she might offer a...
Board: Depression 11-11-2014, 07:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,887
Posted By flamesabers
Re: How do you get out of the dump

Hello mariallynn.



I can relate to this statement. What helps me to get unstuck is getting a change of scenery like going outside and exercising. Although it may sound counter intuitive, I...
Board: Depression 11-03-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 936
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Need Advice With Wellbutrin/Bupropion Side Effects

Hello.

I've haven't had any side-effects from wellbutrin but maybe that's because I've always taken wellbutrin as a supplement to another med as oppose to being a standalone. Maybe it's time to...
Board: Self-injury Recovery 08-18-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,754
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Feeling ashamed

Hello.

I don't think your post sounds crazy. Have you talked to your therapist about what has happened? If not, he may be able to give you some useful guidance on how to cope when the urge to...
Board: Depression 08-03-2014, 01:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,301
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Do I Have Depression?

Hello Caroline.

Yes, I think it certainly sounds like you could be depressed. Perpetual sadness, a lack of interest in previously enjoyed hobbies and activities, and feeling horrible about...
Board: Self-injury Recovery 05-24-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,011
Posted By flamesabers
Re: How Do I Stop?...

Hello Drowning.

I don't think there's an easy or fast way to stop cutting. From my own experience, I find continually improving my quality of life and well-being is the key to putting an end to...
Board: Nail Problems 05-20-2014, 04:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,382
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Fingernail Fungus?

Hello,

What you described sounds like the toenail fungus I've dealt with. The most effective remedy I've found is getting a prescription for lamisil. The trouble is, even after the lamisil kills...
Board: Self-injury Recovery 04-22-2014, 05:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,216
Posted By flamesabers
Re: In crisis now

Tearsnfears,

I'm sorry to hear you're caught in the crisis of not wanting to cut versus wanting to get some relief from your pain. :( I don't think you should be shamed or judged for cutting. It...
Board: Family & Friends of the Mentally Ill 03-23-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 410
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Just found out my daughter cuts - please help

Hello.

Do you know if the anti-depressants are working for her? If not, that might be a big reason why she's cutting again.

I would suggest being patient and compassionate with her journey...
Board: Depression 02-03-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 454
Posted By flamesabers
Re: should i go visit the doctor's for depression?

Hello.

Constant apathy to everything going on in your life is certainly a possible symptom of depression. How long have you been experiencing this apathetic mood?

Going to the doctor may be...
Board: Depression 02-03-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 583
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Think my therapist want to drop me

Hello tearsnfears.

I don't think you're overreacting. It sounds like he's trying to drop you without having to say it to your face.

As for what to do, I don't think there is an easy answer. ...
Board: Depression 02-01-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 593
Posted By flamesabers
Re: SO depressed...

Hello.

I don't think it's strange that you feel comfort about sharing your story and struggles. You're reaching out for help and support. I remember after making my first call to schedule an...
Board: Depression 01-11-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 365
Posted By flamesabers
Re: just diagnosed

Hello Amanda.

I think one of the hardest things to do while depressed is to reach out and seek help. The fact that you're already seeking treatment I think is a very good sign. Depression...
Board: Depression 12-07-2013, 03:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 489
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Did it ever take anyone a long time for antidepressants to start working

Hello.

How much time do you consider to be a long time? I think typically anti-depressants can take anytime from 4 to 12 weeks to start working. If you're still not seeing improvement after this...
Board: Depression 11-30-2013, 10:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 558
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Bupropion (Wellbutrin) XL anxiety - any way to combat this?

Hello.

Maybe it would be best to switch to a different med? I've taken Wellbutrin in the past. While I haven't had the same experience as you, my doctor has told me Wellbutrin can have a...
Board: Depression 11-30-2013, 10:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 441
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Triggers

Hello.

I can really relate to wanting to hibernate and having difficulty with finding people I'm interested in.

My thoughts on your post is it's not necessary to have a family to feel you're...
Board: Depression 11-29-2013, 03:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 538
Posted By flamesabers
Re: What happens if you tell a therapist you're suicidal?

Hello.

My experience with this is therapists will ask you some questions to assess your risk level. Hospitalization I think is utilized more as a last resort than as an immediate response. It's...
Board: Depression 11-24-2013, 08:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 292
Posted By flamesabers
Re: How do I know what my diagnosis was?

Hello.

I'm also seeing a psychiatric nurse for depression and she wasn't upfront about a formal diagnosis for me either. It may be a formal diagnosis is primarily for your insurance company and...
Board: Depression 11-23-2013, 09:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 416
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Should I see my college's counselor?

Hello.

I think if you feel you've been having problems with your mood seeing a counselor is a good idea. You may find it really beneficial to get a professional opinion on your low moods. If...
Board: Depression 11-23-2013, 08:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 438
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Second counseling session

Hello.

Yes, I think you'll be able to go back and talk about your traumatic losses during a later session. I think it takes time to build up a good rapport with a counselor. It's not practical...
Board: Self-injury Recovery 10-15-2013, 03:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,345
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Just really need someone to talk too

Hello.

Have you tried calling a self-injury hotline?

I hope the next two weeks don't seem too long for you. Have you called your therapist's office and ask them to notify you of any...
Board: Self-injury Recovery 10-08-2013, 06:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,613
Posted By flamesabers
Re: On the edge... HELP

Telling myself my feelings are not necessarily an accurate reflection of my situation or who I am can be useful with putting my urge to cut in a more healthy perspective. Getting a change of...
Board: Self-injury Recovery 10-06-2013, 06:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,613
Posted By flamesabers
Re: On the edge...HELP

Hello mysterygurl.

I'm sorry to hear life has been difficult for you lately.

Is it possible to take a break, give yourself some distance from the dishes and engage in a relaxing activity until...
Board: Nail Problems 10-06-2013, 08:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,808
Posted By flamesabers
Re: White part of fingernail spreading down/hard skin

Hello.

The white part on your fingernail sounds like a fungal infection. I have experienced the same problem, but on my toenails instead. I get a prescription for Lamsil to treat a fungal...
Board: Depression 10-03-2013, 04:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 672
Posted By flamesabers
Re: A lifetime on meds?

Thank you both for responding. It's reassuring to know I'm not alone in this regard. :)

Tearsnfears,

At this point I'm accepting that I do need help from meds. Perhaps it's easier to do this...
Board: Depression 10-02-2013, 08:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 672
Posted By flamesabers
A lifetime on meds?

Hello everyone.

Has your doctor suggested the possibility of having to stay on anti-depressants for the rest of your life?

A little about me. I started taking anti-depressants in February of...
Board: Depression 09-17-2013, 08:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 550
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Effexor Xr

Hello,

Yes, I used Effexor for a few months. The highest dose I went up to was 225 mg. While I didn't have any weight gain from this med, I did experience other side-effects such as excessive...
Board: Depression 09-09-2013, 08:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 402
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Wellbutrin (bupropion) after an SSRI

Hello,

I've always used Wellbutrin as a supplement to help counter the side-effects of other anti-depressants like Effexor or Zoloft. I didn't have any issues of weight gain with Wellbutrin,...
Board: Depression 08-27-2013, 04:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 736
Posted By flamesabers
Re: What do you feel like when an antidepressant starts to work

Hello.

I'm taking zoloft for depression. I started noticing improvements in my mood about two weeks after I started taking it. When a med (like zoloft) starts to work I realize I'm thinking a...
Board: Nail Problems 08-24-2013, 04:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 575
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Does this sound fungal?

Hello auxano.

I think the yellowish color and the debris under the nail sounds like it's fungal. However, my experience with nail fungus has always been on the toenails and when left untreated,...
Board: Depression 07-29-2013, 08:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 440
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Depressed? Should I seek help?

Hello chitaloop.

I do think you should seek help. It's certainly a possibility that you're depressed. As far as your mom not understanding, I think it's important to remember that depression can...
Board: Depression 07-29-2013, 05:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 530
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Brand vs. Generic Prozac Side Effects?

Hello Connie,

Maybe it's time to switch to a different med? I suppose either Prozac may have stopped working for you, or it's going to take more time for it to stabilize for you. I spent about...
Board: Depression 07-28-2013, 08:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,157
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Dysthymia and SSRIs

Hello Connie.

I can relate to the symptoms you described. I'm still fulfilling my obligations and completing my routines for the most part, but I know something is wrong. I've lost interest in...
Board: Depression 07-28-2013, 08:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 664
Posted By flamesabers
Re: I feel so stuck and so alone.

Hello again mag777.

Were you able to see someone for your CMH appointment? If so, how did it go?
Board: Depression 07-24-2013, 04:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Prozac

I went up as high as 60 mg on Prozac. I don't recall having any particular troublesome side-effects with Prozac other than some drowsiness maybe. My doctor suggested taking Prozac at night to help...
Board: Depression 07-23-2013, 06:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Prozac

What dosage of Wellbutrin were you previously taking? And what form of Wellbutrin were you using? I think perhaps trying a different form and/or dosage may help to avoid the side-effect of the med...
Board: Depression 07-22-2013, 06:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 18,879
Posted By flamesabers
Re: help did it take anyone longer than four weeks to see any improvement on an ssri?

Hello.

I would suggest giving it another week or two and then switching to a different med if there's still no improvement. If you haven't already, I suggest asking those who are close to you...
Board: Depression 07-22-2013, 04:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Prozac

Hello himmylover.

Maybe a higher dose of Prozac may be more effective for you? I went up to as high as 60 mg on Prozac. It worked for me for a few months, but then it quit on me. It might be...
Board: Self-injury Recovery 07-22-2013, 05:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 390
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Act of desperation

Hello.

I think you make a lot of good points about cutting in your post. I can relate to much of what you wrote. I think going to the doctor is a excellent idea for getting help. I hope you see...
Board: Depression 07-21-2013, 08:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 664
Posted By flamesabers
Re: I feel so stuck and so alone..

Hello.

It sounds like you have a lot to contend with, both physically and mentally. :( It doesn't seem like your husband has any idea about what depression is or what you are going through. I...
Board: Depression 07-12-2013, 09:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 361
Posted By flamesabers
Re: Looking for advice please

Hello,

Perhaps you could transition to other medication that isn't as harsh on your GI but still effective with minimizing your depressive and bipolar symptoms?

On the other hand, your need...
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