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May 22, 2018 at 7:53 pm #753722KateKeymaster
I’m saying you should be getting some actual professional help, whether you post here or not. These forums aren’t a substitute. I’m glad to hear you are, but is it helping?May 22, 2018 at 8:04 pm #753724KateKeymaster
Never mind, actually, that’s your business. But truly I hope you’re figuring out how to make some changes in your life. You don’t have to feel like this.May 22, 2018 at 8:04 pm #753725
edit- It’s a work in progress.May 26, 2018 at 1:58 pm #754133
Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback. I really was going crazy train back there.
Also sorry to bring spirituality into a political discussion. Things are hard enough for everyone without going there. I know it’s a sensitive subject and I really do wish we had gun control and social justice for all of us. There have been so many leaders within movements fighting for social justice and trying to truly live out their values. I have so much respect for these leaders and their tireless pursuit of social justice, reasoned discussion, radical empathy, and the time and energy they put into promoting their values, spiritual or not.May 26, 2018 at 2:16 pm #754139
And I regret being an ass.May 27, 2018 at 3:49 am #754179AngeGuest
I just saw what you wrote on Friday links, mate you don’t sound particularly ok.May 27, 2018 at 12:53 pm #754200LucidityParticipant
I’m reading a fascinating book on anxiety by Sarah Wilson called “first, we make the beast beautiful: A new journey through anxiety.” She talks a lot about her personal experience, coping mechanisms that have worked for her, and includes a lot of the latest research on anxiety, such as the emerging belief that depression and anxiety aren’t actually caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. It’ a easy read, and the research is peppered with her experiences, so you don’t get bogged down woth dry scient I’m halfway expanding
I second Kate’s hope on Friday Links that you are seeing a mental health professional who is more equipped to help than someone like a church deacon.May 27, 2018 at 1:04 pm #754201LucidityParticipant
Sorry about the end of my first paragraph – I accidentally posted too soon and am strangely unable to edit.
I meant to say: “It’s an a easy read, and the research is peppered with her experiences, so you don’t get bogged down with dry scientific language. I’m halfway through and already the way I view and understand anxiety has changed and keeps expanding. I highly recommend it.”May 27, 2018 at 2:09 pm #754203
Thank you for the advice I know it was the ambien. I stopped and now am going out to live my life and enjoy it for awhile.May 27, 2018 at 4:08 pm #754208saneincaGuest
I am not qualified to advice on health issues but I can share my coping strategies.
Exercise regularly. An exhausted body does not have that much energy to fret.
Read a lot of fiction. It takes your mind away from personal problems and gives you space to cope.
Spend as much time outside as possible this summer. Sunlight has a known beneficial effect on elevating mood.May 27, 2018 at 5:14 pm #754212KateGuest
I don’t think it’s a good idea to decide you’re just going to quit cold turkey. You should take this seriously and wean off gradually. Ideally with a doctor’s supervision. Not only is trying to quit suddenly unlikely to work, it also could have dangerous symptoms. Same with Xanax, as soon as you start taking it more than a few days a week, you can’t just stop.
It also worries me that you take it and THEN stay up and post about stuff you’re disturbed about. You’re supposed to lie down and close your eyes immediately. Are you trying to be high or trying to sleep?
Call me a bitch if you want, but I know of what I speak.May 27, 2018 at 7:46 pm #754218
Kate, I’m taking it seriously. Things do have to change. I don’t want to stay in this pattern. I don’t think you are a bitch, I think you were correct about the rebound affect. It’s embarrassing to go back and read my comments but maybe I need to be a little embarrassed.