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  1. 14-day isolation is important if you think you've been exposed to the virus and could be a carrier. You would do this to protect other people from coming into contact with you. In the case of going to the pharmacy, that would break the isolation, but receiving a grocery delivery would not, as long as you don't have contact with the person delivering the groceries. So - are you supposed to be isolating yourself? Probably not, unless someone at your job is known to have been infected. If you were isolating, it would be to keep other people from coming into contact with you. In general it's just important right now to minimize close contact with others. When I'm out, I use hand sanitizer before and after touching a surface (like a door handle) - before to protect people from me, and after to protect me from them. Because who knows who's a carrier? We aren't doing mass testing in the US; we have no idea. When I get deliveries, I bring in the box and wash my hands, leave it for a day (the virus might be able to survive for a day on cardboard), and then open it. Any virus that was inside the box would be dead at that point too (can stay active up to three days on plastic, for example). For grocery deliveries, I would have the person delivering leave them outside, and then I would put them away and wash my hands right afterwards. Leave anything you can leave alone for three days, otherwise wipe it down with alcohol or wash with soap, and then wash your hands again. Hope this helps.
  2. Someone introduced me to this concept a week or so ago. Thoughts on the theme of social closening?
  3. Not to mention people graduating out of high school, college, or with other degrees. I have a family member graduating college right now and everything from grad school to any job at all is a total question mark - when, if, how...
  4. I think that's a great idea. Is there anything people are used to using already that they like?
  5. Today I'm actually looking forward to going out to: Donate toilet paper I was sent by accident Pick up produce from a local farm for my mother Interesting how things that would've felt like annoying tasks before have become my only reasons for leaving the house.
  6. For my part, I've been catching up with old friends a lot, and active on social media (I'm typically not). In a lot of ways I'm being more socially active than I usually am, both because I'm worried about people and because of being back on Facebook and stuff. I've been helping my mother out a lot as well; she's in her 70's, and I've been picking up groceries for her and spending time with her (we don't live together, but I have an apartment attached to her house - still maintaining a degree of distance, though).
  7. Just wanted to check in to see how people are coping with reduced social contact, and probably cabin fever. I hope everyone's doing well, and staying safe and healthy.
  8. I've had meds reduce, increase, or not affect my energy levels, depending on the med - all while having different effects on my depression, cognition, and sleep. Ideally your meds should be lifting you from your depression as well as increasing your energy (or at least not giving you less energy), and if that's not happening, for my part I would keep trying different meds/combinations.
  9. Sorry you've had a similar experience - thanks for chiming in though. I wanted to say that when I did ECT - 3x a week at first - it took at least a couple weeks to start feeling better, and the improvement continued after that. So definitely give it time. Maintenance treatment works very well for a lot of people too. I definitely feel that about every episode getting worse... and lasting longer. The worst part is the lasting longer. My uninformed, general understanding I've developed through reading all sorts of things is that this is not at all uncommon - for the disorder to get worse with time. I don't think it's talked about much - I don't hear a prognosis being talked about at all anymore. I just keep stumbling towards trying new treatments. Not just meds - DBT, meditation, meditation-like-state inducing devices, diets... I haven't been able to work since 2015; well really since 2014 but damn did I keep trying. There's this massive variability in my capacity to do things, which is problematic enough, and then there's the simple fact that if I'm not in a moderate-severe episode of depression, it lasts at most for a month. I also definitely can't go back to my career because of all the 14 hour days and other stressors. It's pretty maddening, especially stacked with problems with my physical health that prevent a lot of types of work from being viable. I often find myself in a trap of considering the lives of people who I know have the same or similar diagnoses as me, and wondering what the hell I'm doing wrong that they're doing right, even though I know it doesn't work like that. Sad to hear you're going through such a hard time. Again, I think this downward staircase thing isn't uncommon. I wish someone in my treatment team would address that, maybe just to say "sometimes things get worse over time, so here's how to prepare for that..."
  10. If definitely depends on where you live, the practice you go to, and the individual you're seeing. No doubt it's a growing trend to not prescribe benzos, and there are legitimate concerns about long-term effects. It's likely people are just less willing to prescribe them because of the PMPs. I have a prescription for clonazepam, and at one point I was at a practice that tried to replace it with gabapentin (this does not work, by the way, at least if you're me). Most practices I've been a patient at, however, have not had concerns.
  11. @shesellsseashells Thanks for clarifying that, especially for others stumbling on this thread - still not sure if I'd be eligible for insurance on the exchange in my state. It's such a #%*#$% quagmire, right... I'll stop myself there.
  12. In theory it is available to me as infusions, although I'm not 100% positive that it would be covered. The place where I did ECT does the infusions. I got so burned out with having to find a ride to the hospital even once a month, especially since the maintenance ECT wasn't helping... I've heard of people doing a nasal spray, though. Is that what you're talking about, or infusions?
  13. @mikl_pls An interesting thought... there's no question I have bipolar ii disorder, so maybe it's "triple depression." Just kidding. In any case, MAOIs are the only class of antidepressants I haven't tried, actually. ECT worked very well when I did a full course, but after that it petered out, even with maintenance treatment monthly. I take buproprion currently, but I'm very wary of antidepressants... I suspect in the past they've caused cycling, even with a mood stabilizer. Particularly SSRIs, of course. @Blahblah Thank you for the input. I've been able to get some relief myself for a few days in the past using stimulants, but they didn't do much for me if I took them daily.
  14. @julesishere, sorry you're feeling so depressed. I hope you have good luck with the Lamictal; it takes time but it works really really well for so many people. It is possible that the Cymbalta is causing anxiety, but I'm sure your pdoc is worried about making the depression worse by discontinuing it. Tough call; I guess what I would do is see if the Lamictal causes an improvement and then if you want to chance it, phase out the Cymbalta by tapering down.
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