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  1. @Fluent In Silence, Maybe, if some people started a rumor that the vaccine could add several inches to a man's penis, we could have men lining up to get it......Not sure what to do about the women anti-vaxxers, though......
  2. I feel reasonably sure she won't get the vaccine.......I hope I'm wrong about that though....Really hope I'm wrong, and she will eventually get it.
  3. The term "euthymic" is most closely associated with bipolar disorder, according to this article I found: https://www.healthline.com/health/euthymic
  4. I did send it to her, and she seemed sort of offended that I did........She still thinks her choice to not get vaccinated or wear a mask won't hurt anyone..........She said the children could have gotten it somewhere else, and there was no way to prove it was definitely the teacher. Why can't she see that it could be a risk, especially with these little kids under 12 who aren't yet eligible for a vaccine? However, she did tell me that the schools in her area were considering reinstating the mask requirements at school for teachers and students........I hope they reinstate the mask requirement !!.....She seemed irritated by the idea of wearing a mask again--she thinks they don't work. This is sad, but I just found out yesterday that her adult son, who lives with his father and stepmother, got COVID, and then his father and stepmom got it, too (None of them were vaccinated). Her son ended up with a milder case, but his father and stepmom are now in the hospital with Covid......My sister still won't budge even though it's now staring her in the face.......I just don't get it.....Fortunately, her daughter is vaccinated because her college required it to attend.
  5. Not sure how she would handle that, to be honest...I can't get through to her......**SIGH**
  6. I read this article today.....It's all over the news....What's scary is I can imagine this happening again at some point: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/unvaccinated-unmasked-teacher-spreads-covid-19-elementary-school-students-cdc-n1277852
  7. My anxiety affected my sleep greatly before I started taking clonazepam (Klonopin). I don't know if you've tried any of these, but Ambien, Lunesta, or maybe Belsomra might also be options, if your pdoc agrees.
  8. Sorry guys but I am just so frustrated, and even sometimes angry about this situation. In my state, our Gov. has ordered that all K-12 students, and staff and teachers will have to wear masks (with some exemptions for religious or medical reasons). This includes all public and private schools....Obviously, masks can be removed while eating, or exercising outside.....That is what my state (VA) will be doing when school starts. My sister, an elementary school teacher, lives in NC....The NC Gov said that each county in NC can decide what their school mask policy will be.....The county my sister lives in voted for masks optional....They can wear a mask if they choose, but it's not required......My sister is not vaccinated because she's scared of long-term side effects, and says it's her choice to not get it, because this is a free county.....I'll give you one guess who she voted for...**SIGH**.... Anyway, I was talking to her, and I said, "Well, I guess you'll be wearing a mask, at least to protect the young children who aren't eligible yet to be vaccinated, right?".........She said, "No, I won't be wearing one, because I don't have to." I can't tell you how angry I am about this....She's teaching children, who may or may not be wearing a mask, but she won't get vaccinated, or even simply wear a mask to protect them............What a terrible situation.....Her school starts after Labor Day.......I don't want to think about what's going to happen. My sister is a college-educated woman....I still love her, but now I try not to talk about the vaccine, or masks, because it gets me so frustrated that she won't even wear a mask to help protect the little kids........**SIGH** again. Rant over.......Thanks for reading, I just had to get that out......
  9. Update: I am still scared when I go outside for 5 minutes....In the past week, I have been able to do 4 days of going outside, but instead of checking just one thing, like my therapist said to do, I have been checking multiple things before going out.....Once I start checking one thing, I have to check almost everything........So.....I don't know......*SIGH* I haven't gotten a chance to tell therapist, because my appointment this week was cancelled....My therapist had to go out of town for a family matter, and my appointment was moved up to next week.....I'll see what she says then....
  10. This is terrible and so sad......Police brutality here in the states is now being recognized as well......You've probably heard of the George Floyd case, where George Floyd, an African American, was murdered by a police officer last year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_George_Floyd Fortunately in the George Floyd case, justice was served, and the officer that killed him was convicted of murder, and sent to prison. I hope that justice is found for Soleiman Faqiri.....This kind of violence needs to stop.
  11. @dancesintherain and @Complicated toad, thank you for your thoughts and encouragement........My therapist and I talked today about what happened, and we have agreed on modifying it a bit. The plan now is that I am allowed to check one thing only, before I attempt to stand outside for 5 minutes.....I must choose what thing to check, and only check it once, before attempting to go outside.......This sounds a little bit easier, although checking only one time scares me a bit. Okay, I'll see how it goes, and update later this weekend......Thanks again for the support !!
  12. If AA didn't work out for you, do you have a therapist that you could talk to about your plan? Hopefully, someone with more experience will respond soon.
  13. Update: when I had my last session, my "homework" for the week was to stand outside everyday, by myself, for 5 minutes, without checking anything in the house first. Usually, when I go outside, I have to have someone with me, and I have to go through all the checking first, as well. Well, I have to say that I was only partially successful with this.......I only managed to do it for 3 days, and then I got very overwhelmed and had a major panic attack on the 4th day when I tried to do it........My next session is tomorrow, when I get to tell her what happened. I tried my best.....I am hoping for the strength to continue, but I am very discouraged.....I realize this is very early in the exposure therapy, though, and I can't expect it to work overnight.
  14. @Complicated toad and @dancesintherain, you're both so welcome.......I'm glad to share my experience, as it might help someone else as well as me.........toad, I totally understand about the checking, it is so time-consuming, and good luck in creating your safe place, if that's what you decide to do.
  15. Update today, @Complicated toad........Had my appointment with therapist......She wanted me to create a "safe place" in my mind where I can go anytime, before we actually start the exposure. So, my safe place I came up with is a small bedroom with blue walls, and a blue and green comforter, and lots of pillows.....There are no windows in this room, because I wanted to be blocked off from the outside world in my "safe place".....Only my cat is allowed in this room, because my kitty comforts me....I have a small wooden nightstand with a lamp if I need it. My safe place is where I want to hide from the world, because there are so many things that frighten me. She said I can't stay in this room all the time, but it is supposed to be a place of refuge when I need it......Anyway, that was what we did today, is create the safe place......I thought we had a good session.......Next update will be next Tuesday after my appointment.
  16. Well, the latest is that my appointment this past Tuesday was cancelled due to my therapist having a family emergency......I have another appointment scheduled for this coming Tuesday.....I will update then what she plans.......
  17. Thanks for sharing......I'm happy to hear this helped you..........I am not sure how my therapist is going to do exposure with me.....It would make sense to tackle the least distressing thing and move up, although I have read that some therapists go all out and address the most distressing thing first. Most of my OCD is centered around everyday things that a typical person wouldn't think twice about doing, like going outside, cooking, driving, going to the grocery store, etc.......I can't do any of those things because they scare me......Someone has to drive me to all my appointments, and to get meds, etc. My therapist's goal, I think, is to try to get me to do some simple things first, by myself.....At least I hope so.......Her specialty is actually ptsd, and she works with a lot of military people with ptsd, so she is familiar with exposure therapy.......I am not sure how she plans to address my particular fears, since they are not really centered around traumatic events. I will update tomorrow after my appointment on what her plan is.......Thanks again, so much......Reading about your experience really helped.
  18. When I needed to stop mirtazapine, my doctor at the time put me on a taper plan.....She said that mirtazapine is a med that should be gradually tapered, and not stopped cold turkey.........Just my experience.
  19. Yes, I will doing updates on this.......My therapist and I will be planning for it at my next appointment in a couple of days....I will post what we plan to do.....I am trying to think positive, and have some hope....
  20. Thanks @Iceberg, I appreciate it.......Nice to know your family member had good results.....I'll try to keep an open mind....I've been with this therapist for 2 years, so I do trust her pretty well.
  21. My therapist wants to try "exposure therapy"......I have read about it and it sounds terrifying to me. She is going to talk with me more about it next week. Has anyone ever done this type therapy?.......If you have, was it successful or helpful? Any thoughts and experiences welcome......Thanks !
  22. Do you currently have a psychiatrist? If not, I would recommend seeing one about these symptoms......We can't diagnose here, because we aren't doctors, but it certainly sounds like these things are bothering you a lot. I have been diagnosed with OCD, but my symptoms are somewhat different than what you describe.
  23. I totally agree......The scary thing about lifting mask mandates is that there's really no way to prove who's vaxxed and who's not.....Yes, at least some people are definitely going to lie, and as far as I know, no stores are even making an effort to check yet. To give example, my sister refuses to get vaccinated, and, now that mask mandates have been lifted, she goes inside places without a mask !!...AARGGHH....She says no one in any store she's been in, has even asked if she's vaxxed...I'm very ashamed to admit my own sister is risking her health, and health of others.... I have heard of some cases of people trying to get and sell fake vaccination cards....Those links are in my other thread about the WHO. Like I've said before, I don't trust the general public....There's certainly going to be at least some unvaccinated folks walking around inside stores with no mask........So even though I'm fully vaxxed, I'll still wear a mask on the rare occasions I go inside a place of business.....
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