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  1. It didn't do anything for me aside from making me feel kind of dissociated.
  2. Nice Cabin in the Woods reference. Silly boars...
  3. I bet there are some folks out there with sex-with-a-surgical-mask-on fetishes who are just going "YESSSS" right now. I think Cerberus is right about quarantining your partner in the closet for 14 days, except it would be even more effective than masks. I mean, with an occasional partner, you're both potentially being exposed to the virus whenever you go somewhere where there are other people, so it's different from STIs where you could hypothetically be exclusive and essentially eliminate risk. I don't think sex is much more risky (in terms of Covid-19) than say going jogging with someone or eating a meal across the table from them. For my part though, I'm steering clear of dating and/or sex until things have settled down. Who knows how long that will be... I guess I've resigned myself to it.
  4. I would ask the practice what precautions they're taking in terms of how many people they're letting in at a time, and their policies on mask usage for staff/doctors and patients. If they're not requiring everyone to wear a mask, well... that would make me pretty nervous. Even with doctors there's a wide range in how seriously they're taking Covid-19. Your health is important, but some things can wait. If you had an acute problem you were dealing with it'd be a different story, but this is preventative care. That said it's sure a lot safer than going to an indoor restaurant or a movie theater, and probably very low risk. Personally, I would delay the physical, but I'd consider going for the tetanus shot.
  5. I hate statements like that - in my opinion that's the kind of thing a pdoc says to someone when they can't deal with how intelligent or inquisitive their patient is. I've even dealt with pdocs etc. who think that tracking my mood is a sign of obsessiveness just because I know how to make a simple graph. Not to say you should definitely find someone new to work with; those people were alright other than that.
  6. I know Medicare covers genetic testing for depression, and I've looked into it and talked to my pdoc about it. As far as its worth goes, at the practice I go to everyone regards it as basically a scam. The test will tell you what you metabolize well, but just because you metabolize something well, it doesn't mean it's going to be an effective medication. Combine that with what it can cost a person - that's why they regard it as basically a scam. If you've tried a lot of different medications, I'm not sure you'd learn anything helpful by doing the testing.
  7. I agree it sounds potentially like a meds problem, since it's cyclical and tied to symptoms of depression. Definitely worth bringing up with a doctor. In a romantic relationship, I think the most important thing to do is talk about what you're experiencing (not to make excuses for any bad behavior but to explain it). I really lay it out, like "when I'm in a bad depression, even the sound of a text message makes me feel like a bear is chasing me, and it makes me really irritable. I'm sorry you've been on the other end of that." Then when you notice it's happening you can tell your partner, and somehow put up a buffer between them and you, temporarily. At least once you realize it's happening... Probably you've done something like that already... Anyways doing this has helped me a lot in all types of close relationships. Other than that I think DBT can help a lot with regulating the way you interact with others, and having more awareness of your symptoms and when you're depressed, so you can react faster to the depression spiking. Another thing maybe worth looking into would be having your partner go to a tdoc or pdoc appointment with you, if they have questions or feel unclear about your diagnoses and what they mean.
  8. Sorry you're going through this right now. Also, sorry about you car. That's a tough call. My instinct would be to guess that the depression is causing inattentive symptoms on top of the ADHD. From what you say about your pdoc not wanting to prescribe stimulants, it sounds like she's not willing to really work with you. Probably if it were me I'd want to get a fresh set of eyes on it at least, and maybe search for a new pdoc. I'd screen a few for sure if you can, asking about their attitudes, experience with, and strategies prescribing for ADHD. As far as what meds to augment with, I can't speak to that.
  9. I think it's OK to pause. My father would routinely take 10-30 seconds or more to answer even a simple question, thinking in silence until he had an answer. As far as I know everyone just got used to it - friends, family, and coworkers.
  10. I can relate. The only words of wisdom I have are that you're definitely not letting your psychiatrist down. You obviously have no reason to blame yourself; you're taking medications and trying new ones when they don't work. It's not anyone's fault that that isn't always enough.
  11. That is seriously messed up. I don't doubt that there are people who were once in my life who feel that way about me, but they aren't in my life anymore. I'd rather be boring and grounded, too. I doubt you're actually boring, though.
  12. This may not be doable right now because of the pandemic, but hiring a professional organizer for just a few hours can be really helpful, and many of them will cart stuff away to be donated for you. They charge between $40-$100 an hour, but you can get a lot done in even a couple hours, and you'll be left with advice on how to do more.
  13. I actually think I approach it pretty well, but I was just curious about if anyone else dealt with something similar, and what they did. Because it truly is not at all fun. My approach has been to talk about being trans first, pretty early on, after either the first or second date or even before. Timing is tricky. The mental illness thing I've also been approaching early on, because of questions about my work (of which I have none), but I would prefer to approach that later, say after a month or two.
  14. I can tell it's doing something because of the reduction in hypomanic episodes I've had since starting it. It's not doing what it's supposed to be doing, which would be helping with depression, but it is doing something. Then again, the depression might be worse without it.
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