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Depression and Other Mental Health Issues

Yes but my ideal conditions are when it is overcast. Too hot and I get hot, sweaty and irritable. Pissing down rain and I just get grumpy.

Struggling to get motivated at the moment due to the heat and the stress of our lass getting Sectioned again after another psychotic episode. I think that there is a physical cause (gynaecological - time of the month has coincided with the three times that she has been hospitalised in the last 23 months) but she can't get it looked at yet as all gynaecological services have been closed due to the bloody bat flu.

Bit stressed due to inadequate hospital care. She escaped from Royal Bournemouth Hospital's Observation Ward, got the bus to Fordingbridge and overdosed on paracetamol because she had a headache (typically she bought a pack of 32 from Lloyds Pharmacy - why couldn't she buy cheaper ones?). We found her in Ringwood and ended up getting a ride back in a police car. I've mentioned elsewhere the neglect that she was subject to on a very quiet Acute Medical Unit while waiting for a transfer to a specialist hospital. She is now in St. Ann's and was allowed to give half her clothes away to another patient while she thought that she was dying - we haven't been able to recover these yet.

So with the heat, stress, anxiety and lack of sleep I'm finding that I'm struggling to do anything.
Jeez, that sounds mental. In the best sense. Stay strong.
I would go to the end of the world for my loved ones. And you will.
Stay strong. When people need you, you have to.
 
Off the Mirtazapine since the covid.... and am far better for it, it was a great help at the time..... but suspect repeated medication without assessment does you no favours and delays your recovery.

Hang in there, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.... just you need German hi-spec glasses to see it!
 
Yes but my ideal conditions are when it is overcast. Too hot and I get hot, sweaty and irritable. Pissing down rain and I just get grumpy.

Struggling to get motivated at the moment due to the heat and the stress of our lass getting Sectioned again after another psychotic episode. I think that there is a physical cause (gynaecological - time of the month has coincided with the three times that she has been hospitalised in the last 23 months) but she can't get it looked at yet as all gynaecological services have been closed due to the bloody bat flu.

Bit stressed due to inadequate hospital care. She escaped from Royal Bournemouth Hospital's Observation Ward, got the bus to Fordingbridge and overdosed on paracetamol because she had a headache (typically she bought a pack of 32 from Lloyds Pharmacy - why couldn't she buy cheaper ones?). We found her in Ringwood and ended up getting a ride back in a police car. I've mentioned elsewhere the neglect that she was subject to on a very quiet Acute Medical Unit while waiting for a transfer to a specialist hospital. She is now in St. Ann's and was allowed to give half her clothes away to another patient while she thought that she was dying - we haven't been able to recover these yet.

So with the heat, stress, anxiety and lack of sleep I'm finding that I'm struggling to do anything.
I'm sorry that I cannot offer you any help. I'm not medically qualified in mental health. I'm just going by my own personal experiences.

Hopefully talking to those on here will help eleviate your current state of mind.
 
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I'm sorry that I cannot offer you any help. I'm not medically qualified in mental health. I'm just going by my own personal experiences.

Hopefully talking to those on here will help eleviate your current state.
Over-qualified I would say.
 
I'm not alone. But the truth isn't out there. It seems. Too much conjecture.
Like one of the posters said, there just isn't enough scientific study in this area to say one way or the other. I can definitely understand there being some influence by tidal/gravitational forces on moods, following your original post.* The fact that an unknown proportion of people have issues with watches stopping outside of normal expectations for reliability issues is a new one to me. Perhaps an interesting subject for the Science Forum?
*Casio have some watches with tidal info on them but a cheap paper copy of the tide tables might be a better bet. Might be worth adding that info to your diary along with relative mood rating. The trick is to try not to let knowledge of the moon phase influence your mood or the remarks.
 
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Off the Mirtazapine since the covid.... and am far better for it, it was a great help at the time..... but suspect repeated medication without assessment does you no favours and delays your recovery.

Hang in there, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.... just you need German hi-spec glasses to see it!
I've been on Sertraline since October last year. It's made me feel lot better. I very rarely have any episodes of depression or anxiety, if I do I'm able to tell myself to get past it. I no longer dwell on those thing's that caused my issues.

I've got a suspicion that my Dr is going to tell me to try therapy again. I was very resistant to it last time. I just can't do CBT it just winds me up.

I really don't feel like I want or need to talk about my previous problems. It's because of the Sertraline that I don't think about my issues. To be brutally honest I'm scared of coming off medication.
 
Like one of the posters said, there just isn't enough scientific study in this area to say one way or the other. I can definitely understand there being some influence by tidal/gravitational forces on moods, following your original post.* The fact that an unknown proportion of people have issues with watches stopping outside of normal expectations for reliability issues is a new one to me. Perhaps an interesting subject for the Science Forum?
*Casio have some watches with tidal info on them but a cheap paper copy of the tide tables might be a better bet.
Might be worth adding that info to your diary along with relative mood rating. The trick is to try not to let knowledge of the moon phase influence your mood or the remarks.
The diary could be an idea. I do have a journal that I started when my mental state started going ary. I might start that again just for giggles. To see if the moon really does effect me. It could be either and interesting study or complete bollocks. Either way I'll find out. Cheers
 
I've been on Sertraline since October last year. It's made me feel lot better. I very rarely have any episodes of depression or anxiety, if I do I'm able to tell myself to get past it. I no longer dwell on those thing's that caused my issues.

I've got a suspicion that my Dr is going to tell me to try therapy again. I was very resistant to it last time. I just can't do CBT it just winds me up.

I really don't feel like I want or need to talk about my previous problems. It's because of the Sertraline that I don't think about my issues. To be brutally honest I'm scared of coming off medication.
I had a feeling of anxiety about coming off diazapam, even though I wasn't on it for depression. For me it had done it's job and I needed to avoid dependency on it. It was sort of an emergency override to help me function fairly normally. It had the pleasant and interesting side effect of feeling emotionally neutral in a smiley way. I reduced the dose and came off it. It wasn't a cure by any means but a useful tool to get me started.

Maybe the fear of therapy is linked to how you felt before. It might be different, less stressful, while on meds. I don't know, it's just a thought. Maybe as well to work out a few things before eventually reducing meds? Can the sessions be done from home via computer or perhaps they could suggest something that doesn't involve other people.
 
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I've been on Sertraline since October last year. It's made me feel lot better. I very rarely have any episodes of depression or anxiety, if I do I'm able to tell myself to get past it. I no longer dwell on those thing's that caused my issues.

I've got a suspicion that my Dr is going to tell me to try therapy again. I was very resistant to it last time. I just can't do CBT it just winds me up.

I really don't feel like I want or need to talk about my previous problems. It's because of the Sertraline that I don't think about my issues. To be brutally honest I'm scared of coming off medication.
I found CBT to be useless. Without going into details, it is. I was suicidal, and put on a course with people being slightly annoyed that their partner hadn’t bought them a new Audi. Shite.
It was also run by a religious group. Yeah, your head will be saved by Jesus.
Crack on here, seek professional help when needed and all may be good.
 
I had a feeling of anxiety about coming off diazapam, even though I wasn't on it for depression. For me it had done it's job and I needed to avoid dependency on it. It was sort of an emergency override to help me function fairly normally. It had the pleasant and interesting side effect of feeling emotionally neutral in a smiley way. I reduced the dose and came off it. It wasn't a cure by any means but a useful tool to get me started.

Maybe the fear of therapy is linked to how you felt before. It might be different, less stressful, while on meds. I don't know, it's just a thought. Maybe as well to work out a few things before eventually reducing meds? Can the sessions be done from home via computer or perhaps they could suggest something that doesn't involve other people.
That's probably the reason for me not wanting to come of my meds. I know before I was just emotionally redundant. I had no emotion one way or the other. If I did get upset or angry there wouldn't be any fuse lighting but there would be a lot of standing back.

Next time I see my Dr I think I'll have to talk this through, before it starts causing me to overcome my meds.
 
I've been on Sertraline since October last year. It's made me feel lot better. I very rarely have any episodes of depression or anxiety, if I do I'm able to tell myself to get past it. I no longer dwell on those thing's that caused my issues.

I've got a suspicion that my Dr is going to tell me to try therapy again. I was very resistant to it last time. I just can't do CBT it just winds me up.

I really don't feel like I want or need to talk about my previous problems. It's because of the Sertraline that I don't think about my issues. To be brutally honest I'm scared of coming off medication.
It's like a monkey on your shoulder........ those memories of the really dark bad days will never go away, just don't visit them too often..... just got to face the fact they are there and move on or you will be a slave to what will be preventing what you can be..... fck, I sound like a therapist!
It takes it's time, you cannot heal faster.

Sertraline just made me want to start lots of wars.
 
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I've given up with tv. The only time it goes on now is to watch a movie on Prime, thanks to the new HD telly. Freeview is history, as is the MSM. Utterly depressing.

The missus has pricked up her guitar after a fifteen year hiatus, and is now playing catch up at a surprising rate. The evenings are now very relaxed with her renaissance loot music.

My other interests keep me sane. The bird feeders are busy, I'm researching and writing articles on history, I've started stamp collecting again as a pure time-killer, and I'll take the bike out for a run once a week.

I don't do Twatter or Facespace thankfully. Arrse keeps me informed and I've got shit-loads of whisky. I've had a few wobbles but generally I'm ok. My mother's funeral was a very simple affair. I'm glad she's out of it.

I moved from a rural environment nearly two years ago and now live on a housing estate. I hate it, but it is what it is and it's not forever. I miss the dogs terribly, but they're country girls and they couldn't come with me. They're still on the farm and I stay in touch with 'mum'.
Really useful to know I am on a path with one other!
Being a country boy I go for miles with the dog in the morning, then spend time in the garden which is almost ready for Chelsea, such as been the tending!
Love history and signed up for the online Waterloo Uncovered course which is fabulous, the practical side (which I am not on) is heavily biased to veterans via the Op Nightingale group. So lots of interesting conflict archaeology.
TV is rationed to stuff I like and the old black and white channel which is packed with 1950s stuff that doesn't screw with my bonce.
Have left Twatter alone and like you don't do Facebook. So relatively quite on line presence withstanding the addiction to Arsse!!
 
The diary could be an idea. I do have a journal that I started when my mental state started going ary. I might start that again just for giggles. To see if the moon really does effect me. It could be either and interesting study or complete bollocks. Either way I'll find out. Cheers
Moon Phases 2020 – Lunar Calendar
A quick search brought this up The mood-altering power of the Moon

"Being a problem-solver, the man had been keeping meticulous records of these patterns, trying to make sense of it all. Avery closely studied these records and scratched his head: “It was the rhythmicity of it that intrigued me,” he says. To him, it looked very much like the patient’s mood and sleep patterns were tracking rise and fall of the Earth's oceans, which are driven by the gravitational pull of the moon."

I wonder what preparations sufferers can make leading up to full moons and super-moons. If it's an Alpha wave thing, there are supposedly devices for helping encourage stimulation of alphawaves. Maybe an increase in dark chocolate for just that time of the month?

As an aside, if you decide to wear those watches again, it might be fun to make a note of when they go wrong and if it's seemingly random or seemingly linked to a cycle.
 
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This time two years ago I was admitted to a mental hospital ( again ) for severe depression , i gave up work and moved to the countryside 18 months ago and haven't had a significant episode of depression since , its not that its cured but that there are no triggers for it now. I still have to take Citalopram maximum dose.

I'm looking to get rid of the last stresses, the road noise I get here and the rent contract is heavily restricted , so a more remote, off grid, quieter location and owning my own land is the way forward.
 
Moon Phases 2020 – Lunar Calendar
A quick search brought this up The mood-altering power of the Moon

"Being a problem-solver, the man had been keeping meticulous records of these patterns, trying to make sense of it all. Avery closely studied these records and scratched his head: “It was the rhythmicity of it that intrigued me,” he says. To him, it looked very much like the patient’s mood and sleep patterns were tracking rise and fall of the Earth's oceans, which are driven by the gravitational pull of the moon."

I wonder what preparations sufferers can make leading up to full moons and super-moons. If it's an Alpha wave thing, there are supposedly devices for helping encourage stimulation of alphawaves. Maybe an increase in dark chocolate for just that time of the month?

As an aside, if you decide to wear those watches again, it might be fun to make a note of when they go wrong and if it's seemingly random or seemingly linked to a cycle.
Very interesting. I had an uncle who used to go bonkers, and I mean off the deep end when there were electrical storms.
 
This time two years ago I was admitted to a mental hospital ( again ) for severe depression , i gave up work and moved to the countryside 18 months ago and haven't had a significant episode of depression since , its not that its cured but that there are no triggers for it now. I still have to take Citalopram maximum dose.

I'm looking to get rid of the last stresses, the road noise I get here and the rent contract is heavily restricted , so a more remote, off grid, quieter location and owning my own land is the way forward.
Sounds like a good solution, be careful you don't become too remote. As a homeworker/country boy I need to get out even if its to get a coffee and prod another human. But, where I do find a solidarity with similar bods in on a local shoot as a beater. Hard exercise, good banter and scoff does something for you and it keeps me quite routed. When the season ends I do have to watch myself as it is an important safety net for me.
 
Waterloo.... do you think we could have held out till Night without the Prussians?
 
This time two years ago I was admitted to a mental hospital ( again ) for severe depression , i gave up work and moved to the countryside 18 months ago and haven't had a significant episode of depression since , its not that its cured but that there are no triggers for it now. I still have to take Citalopram maximum dose.

I'm looking to get rid of the last stresses, the road noise I get here and the rent contract is heavily restricted , so a more remote, off grid, quieter location and owning my own land is the way forward.
I think you will be ok, Mr B. Feed the machine, it’s what fuels the brain. Look after yourself and the rest can feck off.
 
Waterloo.... do you think we could have held out till Night without the Prussians?
Thread drift - sod all to do with mental health!!!
No, the French had broken the centre at La Haye Sainte when the German Legion ran out of ammunition which but for some brave resupply actions could have happened at Hougoumont as well.
Another thing to consider was had Napoleon been able to start the Battle earlier, we would have lost he held back so his guns could move.
And something Wellington was loath to be overly complimentary about had the Prussians not turned up when they did we would have lost.
It was a close rum thing!
 
Thread drift - sod all to do with mental health!!!
No, the French had broken the centre at La Haye Sainte when the German Legion ran out of ammunition which but for some brave resupply actions could have happened at Hougoumont as well.
Another thing to consider was had Napoleon been able to start the Battle earlier, we would have lost he held back so his guns could move.
And something Wellington was loath to be overly complimentary about had the Prussians not turned up when they did we would have lost.
It was a close rum thing!
Of course it was a deliberate thread drift!...... Gets a bit dark in here sometimes.
 

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