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  1. I've been told the bare minimum is 6-8 weeks of just taking the med in the first place, but might still feel transition-y and still fluctuating if at that point the dose is still in the process of being increased/adjusted. It seems like enough time to at least find out if it is worth continuing to spend time and effort refining stuff like dose quantity, dosing schedule, version of the med (some have several formats like instant release, extended release, liquid, etc.) or if it has just become an obvious dud and maybe it is time to move on to something else. In my experience, getting to 6-8 s
  2. I've always been told by both docs and peers to give new meds at least 6-8 weeks to settle into a "steady state" blood/brain concentration before we can really evaluate what it is or is not doing. The exception being obvious allergic reactions or other unquestionably severe problems. 2 weeks is not nearly enough time for your body chemistry to have adjusted to the presence of a new medication and allow any sustained benefits or side effects to clearly identify themselves. If you want sustained benefits you also have to be patient with sustained trial periods. A lot of meds are known to comm
  3. Similarly, I was also thinking that it would be a good idea to tell her basically what you wrote in the original post ^^^ Even if she thinks that the behavioral activation is a good overall approach for you, maybe she'll have some useful ideas for temporarily adjusting therapy goals and methods to better suit your current needs and mood state. Then later on you can just let her know when you're feeling ready to switch back to the original game plan.
  4. I, too, am neck deep in the academic world. So I just wanted to point out how so much of the culture of hard-core academia plays into entrenching invalidating messages from others and our worst beliefs about ourselves. Of course there are so many other complicated contributors to feeling like hell and feeling guilty about it. But I just wanted to validate the fact that it seems you're in a tough life situation that is a major struggle for virtually everyone who wades into it. So no matter what, there are factors at play that are certainly not your fault. That's not to say that things are h
  5. I haven't encountered that exact scenario, but something similar. When I first started with my current therapist I came across an archived video of his 30 minute locally televised interview regarding an association he's involved with and the kind of policy and outreach work they do. When I let him know that I had seen the video and he saw my affirmative response to it, he smiled and relaxed a bit. He said that that just took care of some basic personal and professional disclosure from his end and my response to the video gave him an idea on where I stand on those issues. So in our case it t
  6. A few months ago I had tendinitis in my shoulder and bicep. I saw my GP and physical therapist who put me on first RICE and ibuprofen, then some light physical therapy after that initial week of rest and care. Hopefully doing the RICE care you've already started will be a good head start on whatever the doc might recommend next?
  7. Holy shit, SYS! First of all, I'm so glad that you got out of that toxic situation by whatever means necessary. It is inspiring to hear that your recovery process has led you to be able to take charge of that situation in your life..... and strengthen your resolve to be in charge of your life in general. Thank you for sharing such a personal story for the benefit of everyone struggling with self-worth issues.
  8. I had brain zaps and dizziness after every buspar dose (10mg/3xday) for several months. They became somewhat less frequent after about 6-8 months. They only finally stopped recently after a very small dose of an SSRI was added (10mg/day fluoxetine/prozac, this time around). I'm not exactly sure how that works...? Back when I discontinued lexapro I had horrible brain zaps and vertigo that kept me flat in bed or the couch for several weeks. So with the history I've accumulated so far, at least my current pdoc knows to go light and slow on any changes involving serotonin. Have you had your si
  9. ​Argh, I can't use the new CB format on most of the device platforms I own. For me, in Safari everything is read-only. None of the reply/entry boxes function at all. Many of the drop-down menus don't open either. I also can't use CB on my phone anymore either. I can't update my browser on both devices without a wholesale change to a new OS (I've maxed out the updates available on my current OS and I've researched options as much as I can), which would wipe out all my laptop's software that I need for work like Adobe CS and MS Office, which of course my job doesn't pay for. So it would pe
  10. I'm barely 10 years older than you. Most of my career has focused on working with teens and young adults so I get to know new groups of dozens of 15-25 year olds every year. Like Dianthus also mentioned from her experience, in my own work experience encountering younger people in 3+ year relationships has not been rare at all. I don't intend for that information to make you feel bad about whatever prompted you to ask about peoples' relationship durations. (You didn't explain any purpose for the poll. Some context helps people to understand how their responses will be used by the poll/th
  11. Oh man, I wish the kids I was supervising in a summer boarding program (a few years ago) were required to bring their meds in that format! I was one of the two supervisors responsible for holding and supervising access to their prescription pill bottles. About half of any given multi-week group had something or another, not all were psych meds though. (allergies, juvenile arthritis, etc.) It would have been so much easier, and less chance for human errors by both them and us, with the blister pack format. I totally agree that it would be much easier to double check that each of them got
  12. Before this thread, I'd never heard of any pharmacy blister packing meds for customers. I'm in the US and have used pharmacies in different states in very different parts of the country. Like JT's experience, I've also regularly had to wait 20-60 minutes just for 30 pills to be counted into a bottle. I've also experienced so many errors in filling my orders that the idea of asking for anything that adds complexity is the last thing that would occur to me.
  13. Emphatic YES. Definitely. Very similar to everything you said. Nearly identical to this part:
  14. Grrrr. Apparently TurboTax doesn't think that April 15, US federal tax filing deadline day, lasts until midnight in all US time zones??? And, yes, I live within an actual US state. Not a foreign country, not a US territory, one of the actual 50 states. The TurboTax software forced me to input that my return was filed on April 16 (late!) even though the sun was barely setting here... in other words, nowhere near the start of April 16 at some locations within the US. WTF? If I get slapped with a late fee I will be supremely pissed off. I can't possibly be the only one who got tha
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