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  1. I feel for you on the hot flashes. Have you started by avoiding triggers? Spice, caffeine, alcohol? Also, low dose ssri’s are prescribed to treat hot flashes, I can’t recall the name of the one approved specifically, but it’s equivalent to paxil 10 mg I believe. It might be something to consider if your pdoc and GYN think it would interact with your combo or not. Or if the hot flashes are debilitating and that doesn’t work—Brisdelle I think it is—especially if menopause is messing with your moods—consider HRT. Not first choice maybe but sometimes it’s the answer.
  2. I hope he’s not being a flake, time will tell, but it was an odd question. There is stigma and I’m not sure I’d catalog my meds for someone, I’m good at being vague. Shouldn’t be that way but it is.
  3. Not sure about your age, but I can say hormonal changes can tweak you like that. Could that be a factor?
  4. Driving on the freeway. Gulp

    Personally I can’t do freeways and research various other road alternatives. In rush hour it can even be faster. My pdoc says if I just drive freeways I’ll get over the fear but I dispute that. But maybe it’ll be true for you. One old author whose books used to help me driving was Claire Weekes, (Weeks?), but I can’t even recall the title now when I try to see if it would help me now. I admit my choice of job is partly related to not needing freeways. I wish a med helped with that. If someone has advice I’m interested. I did find doing gps searching turned up routes I didn’t know about, maybe do a search for a better route new to you?
  5. I consider how are you to be a courtesy greeting, not an actual question. I reply fine, how are you? And likely then ask more about them. As to what I’m doing, I do work but otherwise said something like not much new, or maybe mentioned something I did or that I do stuff with my dogs (not actually true). And then asked them a question that requires a lengthy answer, depending on what their life is like. I figure they don’t know what to talk about so I try to turn it to them and something of interest to them. Most people like that so it works but I do have to remember a bit about them for best results. I’ve even discussed their TV show preference or vacation plans. Most people have something they like to talk about so score if you can tap into that. For some it’s sports and then I’m lost or political and that can backfire but their hobbies or such can work and might be interesting. I don’t give out much info on myself. One thing I read about and do is check news for topics or events I might find uncontroversial and discussable. Occasionally I find something I can use with my brother, he’s hard to talk to. But just consider how are you to be more a greeting than a question.
  6. I agree with Gearhead. It can really work for some things, but if it’s the wrong choice and you unexpectedly end up manic, it’s a real problem. I’ve used them with success in the past but maybe I just got lucky, I was instructed to use it my a tdoc originally. I’d run it by a pdoc who knows you.
  7. I think it can sometimes be a hard call, or at least it was in my case. I had what were in retrospect hypo or manic times, but they were chalked up to other things. Finally I had an episode more obviously manic and then a bipolar diagnosis. For a long time I said I’d never had a manic episode before but eventually I could see that wasn’t really so. I’m thinking that there are others like me, or who maybe had mixed times, which I don’t understand, who had missed diagnoses. It is easier for some to get recognized. To me, it seems sort of a continuum but I’m no pdoc and am looking at my own situation. I have noticed that properly medicated, I’m rarely depressed but can tip into hypomania, where before I was depressed most of the time. I don’t know if any of this helps, since I have no answers, but it’s my experience.
  8. What are you afraid of?

    Yes, I live in a big city but can’t take freeways at all, I take the surface streets. Hard to use GPS, it routes to freeways. And I’m super nervous on bridges anyway. I keep those fears to myself as much as possible.
  9. Dysthymia plus bipolar?

    Absolutely, from dozens of ADs tried, to lamotrigine plus abilify. For me, it was life changing. Prior to that I was just told I’d probably be depressed forever. It’s almost worth dealing with the bipolar diagnosis which I hate since I am so much better.
  10. Mania Pdoc is very worried Mania

    Manic thinking seems to make so much sense at the time, but it’s not accurate or helpful. I’ve surely been there. Get rid of that light box, even the slightest use can mess with your mind. I’m concerned about you, too.
  11. Dysthymia plus bipolar?

    I agree you probably have s change in diagnosis, it’s basically what happened to me. I think I had poorly treated depression because I wasn’t be medicated for bipolar, the real issue. Maybe you will do better with new meds, too.
  12. You never know, volunteering might lead somewhere in future. It at least shows you could turn up for a commitment. But your new idea sounds promising, good luck with it.
  13. I’m glad the meds are helping. Breakups are difficult so take care of yourself.
  14. What are you afraid of?

    I have many, worst are driving in freeways or some hills, especially in snow. And fear of MRI scans, which I’ve never had. I won’t even go into the rest.
  15. Having a cold can send me to depression and heaven knows hormonal changes can mess you up. The combination of the two can’t be helping you. Maybe as both resolve, your depression won’t linger? I’m being hopeful here. Having two things at once can make it harder.