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  1. I am now on Zoloft again, and it's working fine. It was the first antidepressant I ever tried (>10 years ago). It worked well, but I decided to go off of it. Then a few months later, my depression returned. It was resumed but did nothing (but other antidepressants later worked fine). Eventually, I decided to retry Zoloft again, and it works.
  2. I guess it depends on the pharmacy. I heard an elderly lady living alone with really bad arthritis in her hands complain that her pharmacy did not want to run the risk of cutting her scored tablets for her...
  3. Various neurological disorders can cause hallucinations. Not that mental illness isn't ultimately neurological, but you know what I mean...
  4. If you managed to get into a program you care nothing about, I think you have a great chance of getting into getting a program that actually interests you (unless maybe it's in a super-competitive field).
  5. Even people who love their Ph.D. projects may end up resenting them (a bit) by the time they're done. Taking a little time off would definitely not reflect badly on you.
  6. I think that in 99% of kids, it's "just imagination." This is based on the fact that most people grow out of it. I'm no specialist, but my guess it that it'd be really hard to tell when dealing with a child like that, except in retrospect--which sucks for those individuals for whom it wasn't "just imagination" and who might have perhaps benefitted from starting meds at a younger age. Lots of people have potential mild warning signs of schizophrenia as tweens or teens, but they don't go on to develop schizophrenia, and medicating them would be doing them a disservice. (If they were miserable, though, and had a strong family history of schizophrenia or bipolar, it would be something to consider. I'd honestly want to discuss it with them, even though they might not understand completely and couldn't give legal consent themselves.)
  7. I will miss you, but I understand. You need to take care of yourself.
  8. I used the common app >10 years ago. It was on paper, which I don't think is the case anymore...
  9. It's also possible that the interaction is more complex than that, but I cannot think.
  10. Perhaps not having the birth control around frees up your liver to metabolize Viibryd faster, causing discontinuation symptoms (akin to a dose reduction)? To be honest, though, I don't know how hormones her metabolized in the liver, and I'm too brain-dead to look it up.
  11. Have you done any CBT that you can fall back on in regards to those thoughts? (I hope you do have a therapist right now.) I highly doubt that "everything you touch gets worse." I guarantee you that it's a cognitive distortion. Because you're depressed, you tend to ignore all the things you do well and things you do that help people--you only notice the bad. How soon is your next pdoc or tdoc appt.?
  12. Could you try to replace smoking with some other comforting activity?
  13. Check your levels to see what's actually going on. I don't think hyperthyroid guarantees thinness. Weight loss is common but still not a given.
  14. I think this article could be valuable to some not-too-depressed young people who hold a slightly narcissistic mindset (it wouldn't really do anything to real narcissists). For this audience, it would be good to realize that the world does not revolve around them, and that they should strive to improve themselves. It's like that "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country (or for your whatever)" speech. Except that the article's emphasis on the job seems a bit excessive (although I guess that's what many recent college grads--the audience--are looking for nowadays).
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