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05-06-2016, 08:08 PM
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread
(05-06-2016 06:55 PM)CosmicRaven Wrote:  Ugh. I'm getting anxious because of my dad. Sad
He's afraid because I left his deity. He said that something bad will happen to me. What do I do?

Tell him "that's nice Dad", give him a hug and forget he said anything.

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18-07-2016, 03:54 PM (This post was last modified: 18-07-2016 04:03 PM by AnnieN.)
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I've gone through the same thing, it can be unbearably stressful and hard on your self esteem. Remember that you have worth and deserve support regardless of whether or not he is able to provide it. Parents should love and accept their children no matter what path they are on and no matter what they believe in. Part of recovering from a religious childhood is feeling the pain and rejection of being in an atmosphere that requires you to follow certain rules in order to belong. I'm sorry you are feeling anxious, I would take it mean that you are learning a new way of thinking that is fairly unknown to you. I think you will feel more comfortable as you learn more about yourself and about reality outside of religion. Try not to judge yourself too harshly even though you've been taught to your entire life. Hang in there and remember that believing in God won't ever make your safe.
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18-07-2016, 04:01 PM
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I've gone through the same thing, it can be unbearably stressful and hard on your self esteem. Remember that you have worth and deserve support regardless of whether or not he is able to provide it. Parents should love and accept their children no matter what path they are on and no matter what they believe in. Part of recovering from a religious childhood is feeling the pain and rejection of being in an atmosphere that requires you to follow certain rules in order to belong. I'm sorry you are feeling anxious, I would take it mean that you are learning a new way of thinking that is fairly unknown to you. I think you will feel more comfortable as you learn more about yourself and about reality outside of religion. Try not to judge yourself too harshly even though you've been taught to your entire life. Hang in there and remember that believing in God won't ever make your safe.
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08-08-2016, 02:39 PM
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Best explanation of how major depression feels and what it is that I've seen. no science required.




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08-08-2016, 03:54 PM
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(08-08-2016 02:39 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  Best explanation of how major depression feels and what it is that I've seen. no science required.




Interesting! I watched the whole thing. I'll share it around with some people I know.
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12-08-2016, 09:44 AM
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I think my body is now physically dependant on Xanax. The dosage is low but I've been taking at least .25mg-.5mg nearly every day for the past 4 months.

I've been trying to 'wean' off of it, but it's darn near impossible as even with such a low dose the withdrawals are fairly strong (insomnia, intense anxiety, stiffness, uncontrollable shaking.) Chamomile tea doesn't help anymore.

Next time I see my doctor I'll ask what I can do Sad

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12-08-2016, 09:59 AM
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(12-08-2016 09:44 AM)Loom Wrote:  I think my body is now physically dependant on Xanax. The dosage is low but I've been taking at least .25mg-.5mg nearly every day for the past 4 months.

I've been trying to 'wean' off of it, but it's darn near impossible as even with such a low dose the withdrawals are fairly strong (insomnia, intense anxiety, stiffness, uncontrollable shaking.) Chamomile tea doesn't help anymore.

Next time I see my doctor I'll ask what I can do Sad

I suspect that he will cut the dosage gradually I've been there and my heart goes out to youHug
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12-08-2016, 10:01 AM
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(12-08-2016 09:44 AM)Loom Wrote:  I think my body is now physically dependant on Xanax. The dosage is low but I've been taking at least .25mg-.5mg nearly every day for the past 4 months.

I've been trying to 'wean' off of it, but it's darn near impossible as even with such a low dose the withdrawals are fairly strong (insomnia, intense anxiety, stiffness, uncontrollable shaking.) Chamomile tea doesn't help anymore.

Next time I see my doctor I'll ask what I can do Sad

Yeah, I've got the same thing with Effexor. Missing one dose can mess with your head. Last time I tried to stop taking it, I crashed, bad.

Pressure headaches, anxiety/depression attacks, bad stuff.

Good luck.

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17-08-2016, 03:14 AM (This post was last modified: 17-08-2016 03:17 AM by Deltabravo.)
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(21-04-2012 11:21 AM)Erxomai Wrote:  Dr. Buckminster made a suggestion to me to start a thread for Depression.

A lot of folks seem to deal with Depression or Anxiety or both. I've been pretty vocal about my own dealings with both and know I'm not alone.

Bucky told me about a show on CNN recently aired about treating depression with electrodes. Rumor has it, will be on again tomorrow.
Here's a clip and article about a woman who had the treatment.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/14/health/bat...index.html

I find it fascinating that back in the 50s, ECT (Ectro-Convulsive Therapy) was a popular treatment. But it seems as time went on, it became associated with barbaric techniques like leeches and blood letting. (See the "Shock Shop" in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for a good example). Now, it seems to have come back in vogue as a viable treatment for depression.

The point of this thread is to have a reasonably safe place to talk about our emotional woes. Maybe you have situational depression. What causes it? How long do you usually suffer from it? How do you treat it?

Or maybe your depression is more clinical, longer-lasting, and more pervasive.

I've dealt with depression throughout my whole life, but it's become the sharpest and most debilitating in the past year. Also, as I started having it treated more aggressively through meds and therapy, I discovered what a bitch Anxiety can be. Seems that is my biggest problem these days. It seems that a lot of my issues are rooted in my past Christian worldview. I'm learning that the only way out is to go through. In other words, I've spent a lot of energy repressing my thoughts and feelings rather than working through them to understand and hopefully change them.

So let this be a thread to talk about your issues. Or maybe you don't have any and you've always wondered why those mopey depressed people you know don't just "get over it."


Also, upon further review, it seems there are already a few various threads floating around out there, so I've linked them here to put the discussions in one easy to find place.

http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...depression

http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...depression

http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...depression

http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...depression

http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...depression

Let the good times begin!

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There are a couple of good medications for anxiety depression which senior doctors use instead of SSRI's or traditional anti-depressants. It is often not recognized that what we think of as depression is actually an anxiety illness.

The treatments for this are low doses of lioresal (baclofen) or gabapentin. Many illnesses such as bi-polar, autism, alcoholism, schizophrenia are now being recognized to stem from an underlying anxiety dysphoria.

Unfortunately, this particular line of research is hitting up against the establishment because it focuses on Gaba B dysphoria whereas existing treatments for depression don't and it illustrates a neurological basis for depression and anxiety, rather than a "psychological" one. If you google the subject there are a number of research papers on the topic, such as: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.10...20262/full
http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/...owall=true
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17-08-2016, 04:09 PM (This post was last modified: 17-08-2016 05:04 PM by GirlyMan.)
RE: The Depression/Anxiety Thread
At least I got names for my Black Dogs now: Anhedonia and psychomotor retard .... They're not good dogs. I will not pet them or hug them..

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