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  1. It's not that the board is dead. It's more the case that people may sign in anonymously by their choice. Also, the MTHFR gene thing is kind of specialized and not as wide of a topic as, say, experiences with inpatient. More people have experiences with inpatient hospitalization, so it's likely to get more responses faster than something that's a little less common.
  2. Sorry to hear you aren't getting information quickly enough here. Good luck, and if you find out anything helpful, I'd love to hear what you learn. I'm sure you can't be the only one who is looking for this info.
  3. So... I notice that you're posting in fairly rapid succession for the message boards, seeking more information from other people about the MTHFR gene test. Things tend to take more on the time scale of hours to days to get a collection of answers, as we have users in a lot of different time zones. I just didn't want you to be disappointed by not feeling like you were getting answers as quickly as you would like. Here's an article from the Cleveland Clinic about why you likely don't actually need a MTHFR genetic test. (Essentially you can test for high homocysteine levels in the blood, and having a mutation of the MTHFR gene may or may not actually lead to problems with folate or other B vitamins. But to answer your question, yes, it is a blood test. Is there a particular reason you're wanting the test?
  4. Welcome to CrazyBoards, amskray. It sucks that you needed to find us, but we're glad you did. I hope you get back to a reasonable place with your mood and meds soon!
  5. I've been following the pro publica series on health care costs in the US where this article originally appeared. It's disgusting and fascinating.
  6. There are a lot of people who ascribe to the guideline that if an antidepressant induces mania that one has bipolar disorder. However, if you look at the diagnostic criteria for a hypomanic (or manic for that matter) episode, the last criteria is "F. The episode is not attributable to the physiological effects of a substance (eg, a drug of abuse, a medication, or other treatment)." So, according to this guideline, you'd have to have another hypomanic episode not attributable to antidepressants for it to "count". I'd go with the pdoc who knows you best. That pdoc may still want to change your diagnosis based on the episode, but at least they'll be doing it with a more complete context of you.
  7. Have you already had an "intake assessment"... you know... the one where they ask you about every-friggin-thing? If not, I'd expect that to be a first session. If yes, or when that's done, CBT can be done as a highly structured learning process. It can also be done based on a looser "menu" of options to pick from each week. You likely will learn about the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; thinking errors; assessing evidence for and against your thoughts; behavioral activation; how to keep thought records to assess relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and a bunch of other stuff. If you want a leg up, check out the Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns.
  8. I can see why it's difficult for you and that you don't need to be educating her about basic trans-competency issues. And I can also see why she would use unambiguous anatomical names to help clarify if you had used a euphemism and she wanted to clarify. It's also possible that she does have basic trans-competency, but doesn't know your specific language and preferences. Bummer that you feel you can't continue with her, especially if it was an otherwise mostly functional therapy relationship. And also totally your prerogative. You're under no obligation to her, either to educate her, or to feel bad that she feels bad.
  9. Good on you for getting to where you're at! Even 10% of body weight loss can have MASSIVE changes in health outcomes. I'd be wary of the claims that they boost metabolism, as they may be claiming this based on the fact that they contain caffeine. Also in common is capsaicin, which is claimed to increase thermogenesis (production of body heat). But as far as I can tell, none of them tell you how much of each actual ingredient is in there PhenQ is a little scary to me because they have a "secret ingredient", alpha-lacys reset, which appears to be a combo of alpha lipoic acid, an antioxidant, and cystine, which is one of the amino acids. And the claims they make are based on research that say people lose 3.44% of their body weight. For you this would be a loss of 7.6 lbs. Also, there are several "clinical studies" that are not very well cited. What I see is that individual ingredients (aside from the "secret ingredient" mentioned above) have research behind them specific to weight loss applications. But without knowing how much of each ingredient is contained in each tablet, it's impossible to know if you're getting an appropriate amount based on clinical studies cited.
  10. I'd add that the thing you can do is take care of yourself, set reasonable limits about what you will and won't tolerate in the relationship, and enforce them in ways that feel appropriate to you that lead to stronger relationship or clarity that he's going to keep choosing alcohol over the relationship.
  11. Gabapentin, and essentially anything that works on GABA receptors, was the argument being put forth, has abuse potential. But there is a substantial difference between tolerance and addiction, @matthew beech. Tolerance is a physiological process whereby the body adapts to a substance such that in the absence of that substance physiological withdrawal symptoms occur. Addiction is a psychological process with physiological consequences when a substance is used to escape unpleasantness or gain an altered state of consciousness even so much that it causes problems in living.
  12. Lamictal, generic lamotrigine, is an anticonvulsant that also is used as a mood stabilizer.
  13. Someone else was trying naltrexone for treatment resistant depression and they got fairly ill from it, though I'm not sure it's the same kind of ill. I'm glad you let your doctor know. They'll ultimately make a recommendation with you about what's safe and effective. I know it's really obnoxious, but it's sort of my party line to ask, "What kind of behavioral and/or psychotherapy are you doing to specifically address the eating behaviors?" Medication plus therapy really gives the one-two punch for strongest effect. Congrats on getting anxiety/depression relief. Le suck about the eating behaviors, though. Welcome to the nuthouse. Feel free to poke around and ask a moderator if you have any questions.
  14. Slightly awkward hair is the state of my reality.
  15. I've had therapy with people who are licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, doctorate level psychologists, and a couple psych nurse practitioners who only did med management in the context of therapy. I've had some really great ones of each and some ones that I really didn't click with at all. Do you have a goal or set of goals for your therapy? Have you brought up with your current therapist that you notice feeling like you've hit a plateau? I'd encourage you to bring up the plateau issue and see what happens.