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  1. I'm just curious if anyone who suffers from SAD thinks the light therapy helps? Does it help or improve your mood?
  2. That's a big decision, be careful and talk with your family/doctors/etc...before you decide....I can relate, when I took certain medications that worked for a few months I was not as creative as I was when I was not on them, and I felt a bit apathetic... However, since I've been dealing with this for decades and only a few medications worked for a few months or so, I would honestly give anything to feel less anxious and depressed , even if it meant my creativity were to fade away... I am so tired of feeling so anxious and depressed. You need to be careful with medications, because they don't work for most people, I consider those that they work for lucky,....I wouldn't mess with it , but that's just my personal opinion after 25 years of dealing with this illness.
  3. Not sure where you live, but there are website like Meetup.com that might offer support groups or check clinics/hospitals near your area that might offer support groups when Covid gets better and people are able to meet in person again.
  4. What keeps you going in life?? Hobbies?? Goals?? Dreams?? I've suffered for decades since a kid with tremendous anxiety, depression, OCD, and nothing seems to help. I've tried everything possible, medication, vitamins, therapy, treatments, except Ketamine because I can't afford it. And I don't know what to do anymore. How am I supposed to be hopeful about the future, that something will help? People keep telling me have hope science is constantly making improvements, but it's not easy when you feel so hopeless. What do you guys do to survive? I can't even hold a job, everything becomes too stressful, i feel like my life is pathetic.
  5. I'm terrified in big crowds, I have tremendous anxiety, that growing up in a small town, I hated high school, and life, so I ended up leaving for a bigger city, where I felt I was not as judged as I was in the small town. People in small towns know each other, and they could tell my anxiety, and I didn't like living there, it made my life very stressful. Now I ended up moving to a bigger city and I feel far more comfortable, because yeah occasionally I think people might stare or i get nervous if they try to talk to me , and I can't think , I panic, I get panic attacks, but not as much as I did when I lived in the small town. I don't worry as much about what people will say or think of me now. Because no medication has worked for me in my lifetime...I ended up joining a support group years ago and met people who can relate with this fear. A bunch of us decided to go together to big events, and try to overcome our fear, it's a process .. a slow process and i can't say im 100% over it, but it's a working process every single day!
  6. You didn't ruin our day, ...have you looked into GeneSight testing?? TMS,, ECT, or ketamine/spravato?? maybe something to talk to your parents or doctors about.. I'm sorry you have to feel this way, i completely understand, i've gone through the same as you .. Try not to worry about the future, it's hard because I admit I do it too, but we can only hope that things will get better, and not sure what country you live in ? I assume US? there are programs out there that will help you..
  7. wow, and i was actually considering trying it because it says it helps with anxiety, but it failed for you guys too? wow and i was just looking for information for me and my friend to see if we can look into it, but she's terrified to do it, i dont have the money because the insurance won't cover it.. what about ketamine guys?
  8. well i guess it depends on the situation, but i think that what someone else mentioned makes sense. I've been dealing with this for decades too, and i find therapy kind of useless to be honest with you. i started going weekly at first, then after a few years I got to go 2 times a month .. and even that seems pretty useless to be honest with you.. I just keep repeating the same stuff about my life, etc, and how much suffering and struggles I go through because I'm treatment resistant and I just feel like im repeating myself over and over again and getting nowhere. i haven't changed many doctors i've had the same one for years now, and i don't really think it matters to be honest. the majority of people who deal with this illness find comfort in others who deal with similar problems. a doctor might be able to diagnose you, but he or she have no idea what this illness is like, another person dealing with it on the other hand definitely does, so i really on the people i met in the support group (2 people i kept contact with to reach out when things get tough) I just don't see anything helpful from going to therapy, but that's just my belief and experience and others i've met along the way...but you must decide what's best for you.
  9. Is this true? Because I was thinking of donating to my local red cross.
  10. I can't function because of this and I isolate. I am in my late 30s and I haven't had friends since my college years. It's very hard and disabling. I wish people wouldn't be so judgemental. My only friend is my family.
  11. i haven't been able to get rid of it. no medications help so i isolate and don't talk to barely anyone. my life consists of internet and video games.. (i've had it since i was a kid) its been decades..horrible
  12. Honestly, I don't remember it was years ago. They gave me a booklet of things that could occur, but I took the risk I was so hopeless. Have you looked into ketamine? The treatments are expensive, but some people say they work , and I suppose TMS. Good luck and feel better.
  13. didn't have much luck with it, it kicks in pretty fast. it helped for a few weeks, and then it stopped. the first few days it knocked me out when i took it at night, i could barely work the next day, but that went away, it helped the anxiety a bit, but that went away after a few weeks. i also had urges to eat non-stop, and that was annoying too. glad it help some!
  14. honestly, it didn't do much for me. I hope it works for others, for me it was not that helpful. can you recommend any books or specific things you did in therapy?
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