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  1. Yup! They're solidly normal I saw that doc later... after a full hour with her, answering really uncomfortable questions, she told me that I tick all the boxes and have all the thought processes of an anorexic, except for the weight part. She wanted to do some metabolic testing to see what's going on... but she was out of network and I had no money. So we still don't know what's going on. The nutritionist she wanted me to see was similarly expensive, and I wasn't ready to do the work so... *shrug* maybe one day. I've also since been diagnosed with PCOS, which may also contribute to difficulty losing weight. My gdoc wants me to try a hormonal IUD for that. I have texture issues with some foods, so I get that in a way. Also... when we met up I will admit I thought some of how you were talking about (or maybe thinking about) food sounded possibly ED? But I'm no expert. I know it's hard to find the balance. Although my balance must include steak
  2. Traditionally, we Canucks would say that as "sorry, eh?"
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    Questions Thread

    I'll have a big dry erase calendar that shows the whole year. It will get hung on my cube wall. Branded with the logo of the company I work for. I'll mark it up with days I'm off, and major days relating to my project(s). Do you continue any <insert holiday of your choice> traditions from your childhood and what are they?
  4. My new gdoc recently recommended I consider a hormonal IUD. She says it would help with my PCOS-related irregular periods - and that lots of people with them end up with no period. I can't say I'm opposed to no period. I also get pretty bad PMDD some months, so that would be helpful too I guess? I don't need birth control. But... shrug. Does anyone have one of these? The Planned Parenthood website listed like 4 different ones that last anywhere from 3-7 years. How do you choose? Did it hurt getting it placed? I am really not excited about shoving something up my cervix. I have trouble with just a speculum. 😓
  5. I have recently had this conversation with my Tdoc! A couple of times. She would say this: Thinking about what your Tdoc would say or do or recommend in a given situation is called internalizing them, and it's the goal/a good thing. Thinking about your Tdoc between sessions in general - wanting to see him, tell him about how things are going - that's normal too. Your Tdoc is an important part of your life. Thinking about wanting to hang out with your Tdoc as friends, wanting your Tdoc to be your parent, and/or feeling sexually attracted to your Tdoc is also normal. There's nothing wrong with the thoughts, and again, kind of indicate you're making progress in some ways. It only becomes inappropriate if you or he act on those thoughts. It's a good idea to try to talk about these thoughts with your Tdoc, to address/analyze the unmet need behind them.
  6. Wondering how you’re doing. Like @jarn I take gabapentin for anxiety. It does seem to help, mostly with the kind of constant underlying panic. I take 600mg at breakfast & lunch, then 1200mg when I get home from work (so it can help reduce post-work anxiety enough to sleep).
  7. Early 30s here. Never been in a relationship. I want to be - desperately, sometimes. But depression, social anxiety, and almost non-existent self esteem get in the way. I can't even figure out how to do face-to-face friendships, so... No advice. Just commiseration.
  8. I've been taking gabapentin for anxiety for a little while. I titrated up to 600mg 2x/day (breakfast & lunch), and 1200mg when I get home from work in the evenings. The effect, for me, is subtle. But I do have less overwhelming anxiety on a daily basis and I have an easier time settling down for sleep at night. Less dread about the upcoming day.
  9. Cheese - what if they can help? What if they can get the messages from the universe to tone down? Or confirm to husband how bad is bad? Worried about you. Phones suck, I totally agree. But it sounds like you're in a lot of pain and overwhelmed and maybe you can try to pull together just a few seconds of being really brave to initiate the phone call that might help change things.
  10. jarn, it sounds like for all that he's conservative, your new pdoc is responsive and that's good. I'm really glad you have Toby, too. Happy thanksgiving. Keep us updated.
  11. It is my opinion that the French line is what really makes the joke... I mean, it's funny without it, but with it, it's true.
  12. My experience is different. I take stims for ADHD. I have been taking stims for over ten years, and, after finding an adequate dose, the only reason I've changed doses was because of other changes to my med cocktail (stop Vyvanse to take MAOI, for example). I have not had much tolerance build-up at all with true stims like Vyvanse or Ritalin (Strattera was different). Additionally - I do not do med holidays. I want to be able to focus in the evenings, on weekends and on holidays - not just when I'm at work. It makes such a difference to my mood to be able to focus. I've never understood not giving these meds every day. I may find the ADHD more disruptive than some people, I suppose. I want to say that I've heard that my experience of limited or no tolerance effect is consistent with an accurate ADHD diagnosis - that the way it effects those with ADHD is much different than other people, and tolerance is not an issue (or is less of an issue). I don't have a source on that though, so take it with a handful of salt.
  13. Definitely stimulating, but not in a way that helped my ADHD. It just confirmed my need for a sleep aid (and increased dose of that). At 300mg, I started getting daily headaches bordering on migraines. I only managed that for about a week.
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