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Thu May 2, 2019, 11:35 PM

My PTSD, depression and anxiety are running ramped.

Trying to handle some big issues right now and my mental issues are not helping.
I need my brain to work, stop crying, and get my mojo going.
Got 1 month to make everything right. How can I with the triple threat running ramped?

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Reply My PTSD, depression and anxiety are running ramped. (Original post)
Lady Freedom Returns May 2019 OP
Laffy Kat May 2019 #1
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FirstLight May 2019 #8
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wryter2000 May 2019 #31
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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2019, 11:36 PM

1. I have no idea if it will work, but sending positive vibes your way.

Hugs, too.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #1)

Thu May 2, 2019, 11:37 PM

2. Thank you.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2019, 11:37 PM

3. Sending vibes, thoughts, and

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Thu May 2, 2019, 11:39 PM

4. Thank you.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2019, 11:40 PM

5. Try some meditation

Sit in a quiet place and just focus on your breathing. Don't follow your thoughts. Don't visit the past, and don't invite the future. As thoughts arise, let them go, like clouds passing over the moon. Come back to focusing on your breathing. Do this for 20 minutes every day.

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Response to vlyons (Reply #5)

Thu May 2, 2019, 11:42 PM

6. Vlyons has a good idea.

And journaling helps me

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Response to irisblue (Reply #6)

Fri May 3, 2019, 12:36 AM

16. Been writing resumes.

And trying to get to a doctor. I'm having to type left handed. I'm right handed.

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Response to vlyons (Reply #5)

Thu May 2, 2019, 11:54 PM

11. Can't afford it.

Past of my worries. I can't go back to the streets.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2019, 11:46 PM

7. Try CBD oil

 

It's wonderful for this.

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Response to SHRED (Reply #7)

Thu May 2, 2019, 11:51 PM

9. Can't afford it.

Money is my biggest problems right now.
Got hurt on the job, then something like 2 weeks later got real sick.
Got into a right to work catch 22.
Scrambling to pick myself up.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2019, 11:50 PM

8. I;m s sorry you are feeling triggered today

I have had a raw from crying day too. Hoping to take some melatonin and sleep to hit the reset button too.

I start anew job after 6 mos of disability in 2 days. My house is still a shambles and I am a single mom of teens (which means they only help when I freak out, lol)
I am so worried I am gonna fail or not be able to get my body to show up and work after being bedridden for months...

But tomorrow, I will attempt to rise up and get shit done...one corner of the house at a time, one task at a time... ugh...


Best of luck to us both we are all in this shit together!

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Response to FirstLight (Reply #8)

Thu May 2, 2019, 11:52 PM

10. Thank you.

Good luck.

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Response to FirstLight (Reply #8)

Fri May 3, 2019, 12:09 AM

14. Here is a good saying: Be kind and gentle with yourself.

Also I'd like to plug the group Recovery International. That is where I learned that saying. It is a great cognitive, free, self help group.

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Response to Maraya1969 (Reply #14)

Fri May 3, 2019, 12:54 AM

22. Me, it's CODAC.

Feel sorry for my doc though, he's had to take up some meteorology. He watches the weather to know if I'm going to have an upcoming issue. My case manager always calls during real bad weather to check on me.

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Response to Maraya1969 (Reply #14)

Fri May 3, 2019, 01:04 AM

25. best advice ever...?

F-in' BREATHE!!!!!

it's how I go back to sleep @ 4am when my mind is running away with things I should be doing
like counting sheep...I did it when I put my toddler to bed...and would wake up sitting on the floor with my face in the mattress, lol

so yeah, it works

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Response to FirstLight (Reply #25)

Fri May 3, 2019, 01:08 AM

27. Thank you.

Hardest thing at times. Like when I go on a crying marathon.
But it is the best advice.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #27)

Fri May 3, 2019, 01:46 AM

37. believe me...I was cry-hiccuping today too...

the breathing when trying to calm down is so hard...It's like being a kid again and having those meltdowns... but we do it through life too I guess. It's part of being sensitive, emotional, etc... so feel what you feel, breathe, ground, move forward...next moment, next day, etc.

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Response to FirstLight (Reply #37)

Fri May 3, 2019, 01:48 AM

38. Thank you.

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Response to Maraya1969 (Reply #14)

Fri May 3, 2019, 02:11 AM

41. I did Recovery International 50 years ago, when I was young like you.

Very good philosophy and good support for any age.
I second the recommend.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2019, 11:56 PM

12. guard your sleep.

if you dont sleep well, try to be more pro-active about that.
black out your windows, meditate at bedtime, nap if you need to.
melatonin, mentioned above is also good, and not expensive.

and check in often.
you got this.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #12)

Fri May 3, 2019, 12:41 AM

17. Sleeping is not a big problem.

It's making myself get up is the big problem. That and walking and seeing.
I'm just one hot mess.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #17)

Fri May 3, 2019, 12:49 AM

20. sometimes sleeping a lot means you are not sleeping well.

if getting up is hard, it is a sign that your sleep is not restful.

i'm a mess when my sleep is.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #20)

Fri May 3, 2019, 01:00 AM

24. Another post got me thinking.

May 22 is around the corner. I'm scared I'm about to loose my apartment.
These two things may be messing with me.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #24)

Fri May 3, 2019, 01:15 AM

28. Do you have a GoFund me?

I'm sure folks here would kick in to help you over the hump. Happens a lot on Daily Kos.

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Response to jmbar2 (Reply #28)

Fri May 3, 2019, 01:17 AM

30. Yup.

Someone asked me for the information in the lounge.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Fri May 3, 2019, 12:07 AM

13. Last November when I found out my mom was accepted on Hospice, which

means they believe that she had less then 6 months to live I went into a big depression.

I went to a psychiatric hospital that does ECT and let me tell you it was a miracle! I literally felt relief after the first treatment, (though I think most people need more than one to feel relief).

I know a lot of people freak out about ECT but I did it because over the years I've met several people who did it and they all said it was wonderful.

Sending you positive vibes right now though.

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Response to Maraya1969 (Reply #13)

Fri May 3, 2019, 12:47 AM

19. Thank you.

Think with May 22 around the corner may be part of this. All this bad around the date doesn't help.

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Response to Maraya1969 (Reply #13)

Sat May 4, 2019, 03:30 PM

52. How many ECT treatments did you get?

I'm considering it. Did you have to take antidepressants afterwards for maintenance?

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #52)

Sat May 4, 2019, 04:40 PM

53. I had 11. And I was supposed to get a few more but something got messed up with getting

a ride to the place as you either have to be inpatient or have someone drive you.

I stopped most of my medications after but I'v now gone back on them because it seems like I'm having a relapse. Considering that it has been months since the treatment I think it is still a good idea and I know I can go back and have some more treatments when I want. I am still in the same situation with my mom slowly dying though and that is a really great big stressor for me.

I wanted to stay off the antidepressants but oh well...............

I still recommend that treatment.

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Response to Maraya1969 (Reply #53)

Sat May 4, 2019, 04:46 PM

54. Thanks

I was my mother's caregiver during her losing battle with cancer, so I feel your pain. She died 15 years ago and I've never been the same. I've been on so many meds I've lost count. I'm hoping ECT will help IF they will give it to me.

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Response to Maraya1969 (Reply #53)

Fri May 10, 2019, 05:33 PM

55. Is the driving restriction just the day of the treatment

or can you not drive for the duration of treatments? I guess 11 treatments took you about 4 weeks?

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #55)

Fri May 10, 2019, 08:37 PM

56. The driving restriction is just for the day of the ECT and that's because they have to

put you to sleep. It's the same gig where you can't eat after 12am or so and also if you take Klonopin or anything like it you have to stop the day before as they could hinder you having a seizure, which is what you want.

I started at the end of Nov. and it went longer than 4 weeks because I had to cancel some appointments for lack of transportation. But I had about 5 of them as an inpatient.

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Response to Maraya1969 (Reply #56)

Fri May 10, 2019, 08:48 PM

57. Got it. Good to know n/t

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Fri May 3, 2019, 12:18 AM

15. I can fully relate........ I have a cure !!

At least a dramatic improvement

YouTube has some amazing music with healing solfeggio frequencies - I will sometimes play them as I sleep, more often as background during the day. You would have to play around with them and find out what works for you,

Here are a few suggestions.....








There are thousands and thousands of options..... explore and find what works for you !!!!

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Response to alittlelark (Reply #15)

Fri May 3, 2019, 12:42 AM

18. I'm game.

I just need my mind and body to work.

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Response to alittlelark (Reply #15)

Fri May 3, 2019, 12:51 AM

21. The second one really resonates for me.....

Not sure why, but I was listening to wach of the three and that one made me feel calm.....

Maybe everyone is different....but thanks for posting LittleLark....

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Response to Pachamama (Reply #21)

Fri May 3, 2019, 12:56 AM

23. I'll try it tonight.

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Response to alittlelark (Reply #15)

Fri May 3, 2019, 02:59 PM

48. Wow ...

Tried that 3rd one last night!

Wow! Was able to get up today and felt like I really did sleep. Thanks!

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Fri May 3, 2019, 01:08 AM

26. Unplug. Give yourself a three-day holiday from news and the toobz.

Spend as much of it as you can outdoors in the sunshine. Take walks with friends. Go to a dog park and throw tennis balls.

Give yourself room to remember what really matters.

This will help. I know. Been there, done that.

Holding you in the Light.

warmly,
Bright

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #26)

Fri May 3, 2019, 01:15 AM

29. If l could I would.

Barely able to walk right now. It feels like I'm walking on stilts. Thank goodness all the teenagers want to walk Trooper for me.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Fri May 3, 2019, 01:25 AM

31. Probably the hardest thing for you to do

But, if you can manage, try to get some gentle exercise. A short walk in nice weather.

Wishing you the best.

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #31)

Fri May 3, 2019, 01:31 AM

33. Thank you.

If all works out tomorrow I'll. Have my state income tax, it's small but I'm just Happy to get food in here,and someone donated to my go fund me so I can get a ride to FastMeds.
So I'll be getting some of a workout.

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Response to highplainsdem (Reply #32)

Fri May 3, 2019, 01:34 AM

34. The butterfly hug!

They taught me that in anger management.
Thanks!

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Response to highplainsdem (Reply #32)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:14 PM

58. Mahalo, highplainsdem!

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Fri May 3, 2019, 01:36 AM

35. I try to pacify my anxious brain by

 

giving it the "pacifier" it wants - calming repetitive tasks that re-center. For me this is vacuuming, folding towels, organizing sock drawers and playing a lot of mah jong on my phone. Also maybe 3mg melatonin tablet from Trader Joe's.

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Response to EveHammond13 (Reply #35)

Fri May 3, 2019, 01:44 AM

36. That's why I'm here on DU.

Going from GD to the Lounge. Hunting down LOL Cats, any cartoons, funny stories,, anything I can. Even been trying to take Troopers pic. He doesn't like cameras.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #36)

Fri May 3, 2019, 11:49 AM

47. +1

 

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Fri May 3, 2019, 01:54 AM

39. Turn off the TV. Create your own space. Take long walks

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Response to grantcart (Reply #39)

Fri May 3, 2019, 02:05 AM

40. TV off but walking is not in the cards right now.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #40)

Fri May 3, 2019, 11:19 AM

46. this will sound a little odd but if you have netflix I recommend watching


Jerry Seinfeld's "If your not in the obit, eat breakfast".


He profiles a number of well known people who are working and productive in their 90s and 100s.


That alone is quite inspiring as you are watching people, one is Carl Reiner, who are decades past "retirement" but get immense satisfaction out of each day by creating a structure and "just showing up".

Seinfeld has one particular bit of advice that I found very cogent and useful.

He said that when he wakes up he feels an enormous weight on him as he considers all of the things he has to do that day, which he admits isn't really THAT pressing because he is wealthy and could nothing and be fine.

He finds however that simply by standing up his mood changes. He is now in motion and even if it is just going to brush his teeth he is now getting things done and the day becomes more and more manageable and enjoyable.

I find that the best therapy for me is to leave a long list of things to do the night before. Some important and some trivial. As soon as I wake up I get up and start doing things (even things like "eat breakfast" and crossing them off the list.

It seems trivial and contrived but very quickly I find that I am crossing things off the list and getting things done.

Making a mental list is not enough. For some reason the physical act of crossing an item off the list has a positive impact. Good luck.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Fri May 3, 2019, 02:22 AM

42. CBD

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Response to randr (Reply #42)

Fri May 3, 2019, 03:05 AM

43. Sadly I can't afford it.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Fri May 3, 2019, 07:42 AM

44. are things blooming by you?

long walks might be hard, but maybe a short walk to where there are flowers?

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Response to mopinko (Reply #44)

Fri May 3, 2019, 05:34 PM

50. No, more desert around my part of Tucson.

And I do love my desert.
When the sun sets, it's magic.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #50)

Fri May 3, 2019, 06:36 PM

51. well

get out there and catch a couple sunsets.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Fri May 3, 2019, 10:34 AM

45. I suffer too. I can share what I do.

Found xanax wasn’t for me.

I use the herb ashwaganda and stress decompress which is a blend on amazon. I also use herbs for sleep.

I am trying to learn to use positive words thoughts and learning meditation. Joe dispenza on youtube has some good videos as does Bruce Lipton.

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Response to cpamomfromtexas (Reply #45)

Fri May 3, 2019, 05:28 PM

49. Going to have to check those videos out.

Thanks.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:15 PM

59. I hope you're better now, LFR!

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Response to Cha (Reply #59)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 12:55 AM

60. Trying.

Till I can get answers about why I can't walk normal, what is wrong with my right hand and why my eyes aren't working right. I'm going to be a mess.
Can't work, can't just go somewhere when I want to... it's nerve racking.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #60)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 01:12 AM

61. Awww..

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