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5/5/10 4:31 P

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I know these are hard times, but if you are having trouble at work (your company), is there any way you could seek alternative employment? I was sure I would never retire, but would be carried out of the alternative high school where I worked. We were a team.... principal, faculty, secretaries, custodian, everyone.. that began with the premise - what is best for our students. A new principal came on the scene and by the middle of the second year, my therapist was asking if I was in a position to retire which I did at the end of her third year. Sometimes things you cannot change can be overwhelming even with the right meds and a great therapist.

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5/5/10 2:34 P

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Thanks for the info link. I will check into it. It's hard for me to think of anything good about what my company is doing to me. I can't come up with anything positive, involving them. They are torturing me and that is not a good thing. The only good thing is my husband is supporting me through this. It was not so good before the medication between us sometimes either. It must be the way I act because there wasn't a problem before I fell. emoticon

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emoticon to Spark. I, too, take meds for depression and anxiety. I don't know if I could function without them. I agree with the previous posts; there's all good advice in them.

Keep in touch so we know how you're doing. margi.

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Here is a link to WebMD which will explain CBT and the many issues that it helps with: www.webmd.com/mental-health/tc/posit
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My hubby had this for OCD - some having it because of some eating disorders - there is a myriad of reasons for using it. Another good thing about it is, it isn't another chemical going into our body - it is teaching us to use our mind in a positive way to deal with our emotional problems. It is also often used in conjunction with medication, so the depression/problem gets hit from more than one angle.

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What is that? Therapy of some sort?

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My therapist told me in no uncertain terms
"Avoid avoidance!" I agree that a Therapist is the best person to help you deal with this problem. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an excellent way to deal with this, and it helps considerably throughout your life if you will let it.

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Yep, me too! I don't have panic attacks often, but when I do...well, let's just say I and all of the people anywhere near me are likely to remember the occasion vividly for the rest of our days.
General anxiety is a more regular sort of thing.
I have found meds to be the most help, but when it gets to me too much I am liable to go into major OCD mode. Trying to keep my mind occupied with lists or puzzles or apps that are mindless can get me through for a bit, but I need meds to keep it from taking over my life.
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Anxiety is really a bad feeling. With mine my heart would hurt. I kept telling the Dr. my heart was hurting. That's one way it effects you, he told me my chest was tightening up and squeezing my heart. Meds have helped, must have been it. It don't hurt anymore most of the time unless I get real stressed out. I can tell it now though and try to settle down. I try deep breathing a few times.

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I remember one time saying to my therapist,"Well, recognizing the problem is 1/2 the battle." She replied, "Yes, 1/2 , now how are going to deal with the other 1/2."
The way that has worked for me was to add an anti-anxiety med to my anti-depressant, get the dose right and work with my therapist. As I become better at recognizing the triggers, I now know I have several options open to me. If you don't have a therapist, please seriously consider it. All the reading I've done indicates that the combination of meds and cognitive therapy have the best results in dealing with depression.

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You probably want to simply ask your doctor for a reccomendation for a therapist. Medical doctors ARE NOT qualified to fully understand and medicate psycholgoical disorders - that is the job of a psychiatrist. Please keep that in mind.

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I hope you find a way to deal with the anxiety. I talk to a therapist and also have medication I take when the anxiety gets to be to overwhelming.

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Thank you all for your response and support. I have not yet spoken to a professional about these issues. I have just recently begun to recognize the problems. I have spent years downplaying the situation: I'm having a bad day (everyday for the last 9 months)or I'm a little nervous when actually my adrenal glands have me feeling like I'm being chased by Freddy Krueger when I'm just speaking to coworkers about something, or I have a headache when actually I'm having a migraine complete with the sensitivities and nausea. It has just been the last month or so that I've recognized these patterns and this board has helped me with that so much. Recognizing myself in others' experiences and learning what to look for. Recognizing the anxiety for what it was, was a revelation and I wanted to know if others had experienced that -- if it could potentially go hand in hand with all the rest. So now that I do I will get some help. Starting with a visit to my GP. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

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emoticon BOONDUGGY to Dealing With Depression,

I visited your spark page and noticed you have been a member of Spark for a few weeks. I am so glad you made your first post as this is where your continued support and feedback truly comes from.

I think most people suffer from some form of anxiety whether they have depression or not, especially in this day and age. It is when it begins to interfere with everyday functioning that one should seek help. So, my question to you is do you have a psychiatrist or counselor to discuss this with? If not I would consider it or at the very least give your family doctor a call for support.

We here at this team share our experiences, what helps, what doesn't and leave the diagnosing up to the professionals. There are some basic coping strategies you could give a try to see if this helps. I use deep breathing, progressive relaxation techniques, and meditation throughout the day as needed.

I visited your spark page and you are one busy lady!! Make sure you take time for you to devote to becoming healthier and happier.

We are here to support you. Keep us posted on how things are going, and keep sharing as often as you can.

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I was having really bad anxiety until I told my dr and they found a med that helped the depression and the anxiety.



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Obviously your coping technique doesn't work (removing yourself from the fear - avoidance). Have you considered therapy to learn better coping techniques? Anxiety is actually fairly easy to treat with cognitive behavior therapy.

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Hi all. I am a newbie on Sparkpeople and the board and I have a question. Do any of you who are dealing with depression also suffer bouts of intense anxiety? I've recognized the depression for a while but I'm just beginning to recognize the anxiety. I swear the older I get the more anxious I become about the most mundane things. It used to be social situations. Now I get not just stressed but heart racing anxious about little things like getting my house clean.

Yesterday I was having a really good day. Beautiful weather. Ticking items off my to do list. Good meeting at work. I came home and was doing a little more background for a project at work and suddenly I was in panic mode: I felt like I was personally responsible for the entire corporate project Reality -- I am a small cog in a big machine. Its a huge team effort. I felt like my boss was suddenly going to drop everything at my feet and leave me to deal with it without support or proper training -- never happened at this employer or with this boss.

Despite reciting these realities I carried a low level sense of panic for the rest of the night and even a bit when I woke in the morning. For years I have responded to this by removing myself from whatever situation has created the panic but I can't do that anymore -- I'm beginning to panic about it being a Tuesday. If I give in my life will be smaller than a shoebox. It is already smaller than it ought to be.

Thanks for the ear and any insight you might have.

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