Linda’s help

Kristin, I am new too. (Anxiety and depression). I am sure sorry
you are going through this. I know its not fun. Trust me, you are
not the only one struggling. Are you seeing a Dr.? Are you on
meds? Is your anoxeria under control?

If it helps, just remember, set your own standards- go by what is
right for you. You ‘ll drive yourself nuts trying to live up to
others standards.

Hope your day is better today. I will think good thoughts for you.

Linda

Depression and zoloft

I am new to this sight, and am wondering if I could get some feedback
about zoloft.

I am taking 150mg every day, I recently got off prozac 60mg daily after about 4years. I am having extreme dificulty sleeping and tried sonata a new sleeping medication, but had no results. tonight I start taking ativan 1mg. How long has everyone been deressed? I have been this way for about 6 years, but just recently started having major problems with it and anxiety. I was able to stay off of work for a little while, but have to go back on Friday and I don’t know if I can do it. I guess put on a happy face and go to it huh? I would really like to join your group and try to order generic viagra 100mg online.

Looking forward to hearing from anybody with the same problems. Cat

Fight with depression

Linda,
I’ve wondered about the hormones too. I am 45. My doctor is no
help, she just says “you’re too young for that” but my understanding
is it can start early. My mom said she did. I have little faith in
doctors sometimes.

I would be very interested in info on herbs. I tried St. John’s Wort
but it seemed to make me short of breath at night, which is one of my
anxiety symptoms. I tried um, oh can’t think of the name right
now…but it didn’t help either. I took Buspar about 10 years ago
for anxiety, and it really helped a lot. But I do have pretty mild
symptoms. I have found that caffeine exacerbates my shortness of
breath also, and just cutting back on it has helped somewhat.

I had a friend who had been clean and sober for about 10 years, and
was a rehab counselor. She had a difficult time of it too. She told
me several times that she could help others easier than it was to
care for herself.

Elaine

Catherine about Arthritis

I had surgery last March to tighten the ligaments and tendons of my
right hand knuckles as well as some synovectomy work. Before surgery I
was wearing a custom made orthotic to hold my fingers up as the tendons
were so loose my fingers were all deviated to the right. Now my fingers
are back in line and I can function quite normally. By normal I mean
that both my hands are at about half normal strength. I know this
because I saw the figures at the physio’s about strength for my age and
sex and have used their instruments to measure mine. I have done hand
exercises to try to improve strength but could not see much change. I’m
just glad to be pain free now.
Since I’ve been out of work for over a year now I decided I had to do
something so I started a support group with the help of The Arthritis
Society here in Toronto. I also started an exercise class for people
with arthritis. Believe me this is very new to me but the Red Cross here
has volunteer leadership programs so I took one as well as CPR.
I will be leading my second class tonight. This is just my way of giving
back to so many who have helped me deal with this disease.

Hope you all have a good day.
Catherine