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  1. dancesintherain

    Two med changes and anxiety

    fingers crossed! so you think more ativan as the culprit? i'm hoping more time with luvox will handle the OCD thinking.
  2. My pdoc made two med changes last Monday. I got started on Luvox for OCD at a low dose (25mg) because of the bipolar crap and my evening dose of Ativan got progressively shifted (from 2mg at night to a 0.75/1.25 split). The Luvox got bumped to 50 mg about four days ago. what I’m curious about is whether some symptom changes make sense give that switch. What I’ve been surprised by is the general anxiety disorder impact...it’s not perfect, but it’s a lot better. It’s like rather than having my resting state at a four it’s more like a two. Can that be as simple as the Ativan? Or is the Luvox likely playing a role? it hasn’t gotten rid of everything...I have had two really bad panic attacks and the OCD symptoms aren’t gone. But it’s still a nice change that I wasn’t expecting to come as quickly.
  3. dancesintherain

    How Do You Feel THIS MOMENT in Time?

    yay for fixing and cleverness. and for you all working out that there was a problem. load more activity is a favorite of mine as well. ;-)
  4. dancesintherain

    How Do You Feel THIS MOMENT in Time?

    I was really anxious about it also. It did help me recognize how much I appreciate the site. But not a fun way of finding out!
  5. sorry things are so miserable. I've gone through many phases of living in order to not hurt other people. They're awful. But important. You'll get through this, but that doesn't make it any easier, I know. I'd give a med thought/suggestion if I had one, but I'm not knowledgeable with the ones you're working with very well.
  6. dancesintherain

    12-step groups

    thanks--that helps to know. I might be in touch about philosophical differences. I'm not sure I know enough about the philosophy yet to have a reaction. I'm curious about the having to start over...mine's Al-anon (children/relatives of people with alcohol abuse disorder), so I don't know what that would look like. I can definitely see how it would cause problems with an addiction situation--why bother stopping if it doesn't count for something to stop earlier? Al-Anon's still a 12-step program, so it definitely might be incorporated. Much to learn and consider.
  7. dancesintherain

    12-step groups

    Not technically therapy, but as close at the topics get. Anyone here done a 12-step program of any sort? AA/OA/Al-Anon/etc? Any recommendations/suggestions/reflections for someone who is considering one?
  8. dancesintherain

    How Do You Feel THIS MOMENT in Time?

    thanks for the kind wishes. The meeting was interesting. Not bad, just interesting. will blog more to try to sort out thoughts and emotions. glad to hear the job went well! getting along well with your boss and being interested in all that's happening are great signs.
  9. dancesintherain

    insomnia ideas

    thank you both. and politeness is not necessary 🙂
  10. dancesintherain

    insomnia ideas

    worth trying--thanks!
  11. dancesintherain

    insomnia ideas

    adding on - sleep or other meditation ice (if cause is extreme anxiety) progressive muscle relaxation
  12. dancesintherain

    insomnia ideas

    I've had one before, actually, and I don't have sleep apnea or any other known sleep disorders beyond, at the time, idiopathic hypersomnia. Might try it again if things don't clear up, but for now I don't think it would be covered by insurance because of the one within the past five years.
  13. dancesintherain

    insomnia ideas

    ahh, right. thanks!
  14. dancesintherain

    insomnia ideas

    I've been dealing with intermittent insomnia since doing two med changes. I'm cautiously optimistic that the recent timing of things may make the insomnia go away, but I'd like to be better prepared if it doesn't. I've had sleep issues forever, but always of the hypersomnia variety. I know there are meds that can be taken (I've tried a fair number) and I potentially accidentally overdosed on a combo previously (PA at hospital said it was insomnia even though I'd slept 10 hours the night before, therapist, psychiatrist, and medic said accidental overdose). I took one, didn't get a reaction, took another, etc. So I'm wary around sleep meds. Anyway, I've started a list of possible things to do when you're facing insomnia--either to help with falling asleep or to help with handling the fact that you aren't going to fall asleep. Can people here add on suggestions or eliminate things that you don't think are a good idea? cup of hot tea read a book (light-reading sort if possible) take a bath (lavender/cedarwood bubbles are my favorite) use sleep aromatherapy lotion lie under a blanket with a good smelling candle lit (not in bedroom) journal Disney movie (if just handling fact that you won't fall asleep soon) coloring bedtime yoga routine (essentially just gentle stretching) I know there are more, but that's off the top of my head right now. Anyone willing to get the ideas going?
  15. dancesintherain

    How Do You Feel THIS MOMENT in Time?

    really, really anxious. I'm trying out an Al-Anon meeting for the first time tonight (it's the group for family members of people with alcoholism--not AA) and it terrifies me. I doubt myself as to whether it's necessary, but then think about just how badly my parents' drinking is impacting me right now. I worry about the fact that I don't know how many people there will be, how long it will last, what will happen, etc. I worry about the fact that it's a 12-step program (I think that's universal for it) and that I don't have a higher power to surrender to (though reportedly some do fine without it). In short, I worry. And it's not until 8pm, so I've got 6 more hours worth of worrying.
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