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HopefulMommy
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Taking a break from the kitchen and feeling sorry for myself. Could use some support here. So I did nine (nine!) weeks of TMS, which is supposed to be more effective than medication. I've never tried medication because I've been mostly pregnant or nursing or wanting to get pregnant. TMS gave me so much hope. I thought I finally found something that didn't affect having children and that would help me with my mental health issues. It was really hard. It took so much out of me to keep going, day after day. The TMS itself triggered a lot of anxiety. So I finished around Purim time and seemed to be feeling better. And then the anxiety started coming back. (Not so much depression. Maybe it did help with that.) Yesterday I went on a chol hamoed outing with my family. I was so anxious and felt so dysfunctional. And I wasn't even the one driving. I wasn't even the only responsible adult. My husband was there. And I still felt that I wasn't functioning. I've also been feeling really self-conscious around other people. I'm afraid that they might notice that something is off. I never felt this way before. Is that social anxiety?

What will happen when Pesach is over? I get agoraphobic when I'm anxious. How will I take my kids to their activities? How will I take them to the park even? Where is my life going? Is there hope? Should I start medication and forget about having more kids any time soon? Does medication really help?
 
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4/15/12 1:04 AM
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Why don't you try "Seretin" for depression and "Anxietin" for anxiety from hellolife.net, they are completely natural homeopathic remedies and are gr8
 
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4/16/12 12:36 AM
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Those look interesting. Have you actually used them? Are they better than the remedies you can get in a health food store?
 
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Not sure what remedies you can get in a health food store, but I use these and they are great. I use it together with a combination of vitamins and vitamin b12 injections that were prescribed by a natural doctor. I've struggled with depression for years and B"H these have helped me feel better. Although people are different..for some medication is good..I tried it but had a bad reaction to a few medications. For others, alternative medicine is the way to go...and the good news is that it's completely natural...Good luck, let me know how it's going!
 
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and it also helped me with anxiety. I used to be soo anxious and now b"h my anxiety is very low and infrequent
 
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Thanks! Do you have to take it every day or as needed?
 
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twice a day..though it's routine by now so now big deal
 
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I hope this isn't too late...but check with your doctor (psyciatrist and regular) before taking any natural medications....They can be dangerous....especially if you become pregnant.


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Well, I tried Anxietin, and it made me feel worse. I felt agitated, kept waking up at night, and just weird. Called my psychiatrist. She told me that there is no such thing as an FDA-approved psychiatric natural medicine. The site carefully says that they are FDA-listed, but that doesn't mean anything. My dr thought it was risky to take something like that.

There goes that idea. Back to medication. To take or not to take?

I have been getting out of the house, but still feel very fragile and not fully functional.
 
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sorry to hear that

different things work for different people.

good luck finding something that works!
 
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Dr. Lynn, Psy.D.
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how are you doing hopeful?
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B"H better. I've been getting out of the house, slowly for more and more time. I guess it counts as exposure, because the more I do it, the less anxious and panicky I feel. But I still don't feel fully functional. Still thinking about medication. Also looking into some nutritional things.

What do you recommend to your patients, Dr. Lynn? When is it time to declare defeat and go on medication?
 
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Hopeful,
First of all, I don't think taking medication is admitting defeat. Meds are not a magic wand nor are they a crutch. The way I see it, they are a tool to help people function more effectively. Unfortunately, it often takes a while before the right medication and/or dosage is determined. Without doing a more thorough evaluation for you, I am not comfortable telling you you should or shouldn't be on meds. I do think getting an evaluation can be helpful. Please forgive me, but I do not remember your history, if you shared it here. As a general rule of thumb, with my patients, I give 3-6 months of therapy alone if the person does not want meds. Of course, if the person is suicidal/homicidal or not functioning at all, sooner. Feel free to private message me if you feel it would be helpful.
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Originally posted by: Dr. Lynn, Psy.D.
Hopeful,
First of all, I don't think taking medication is admitting defeat.

wow, those words make me feel so much better about taking meds.



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Good. It's not something to be ashamed of in my opinion.
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I agree! ITs not defeat! ITs using resources that are available to you!!
 
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Dr. Lynn, Psy.D.
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I tell people all the time: "Hashem made meds, too"
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So I started medication. Wish me luck. I'm feeling anxious and exhausted, but it feels good to know that I'm doing something about it.
 
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Good luck! Hope you start feeling better soon!
 
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Good for you!
 
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wow thats a brave step, hopefulmommy.
im also feeling totally exhausted, i cant deal with anything.


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Thanks for the support! I really need it. It's so hard in the beginning. I've been feeling nauseous on the mornings and having a hard time functioning.

 
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You can do it HopefulMommy!!!! At first the side effects are horrible but then you see how much it helps. Hang in there!!!!!!


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Let us know how it's going
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