SO glad to hear, Stephi! I really hope the visit is helpful. xx
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Fingers crossed for you, Stephi. Will you be able to see your own doctor - continuity is great if you can get it. Hope they can help xx
Thanks Cindy! Yeah I saw my own doctor and she was so nice. Upped my medication temporarily and has urgently referred me to the perinatal mental health team. All positive steps forward! Xxx
Great news! Look after yourself xx
You too Cindy, lots and lots of love! Xxx
Good luck Stephi, hoping for the best :-) you're going all the right things, hope you feel better soon x
That was meant to be a heart! Xx
This is great! I'm glad they upped your dosage. Maybe this will be all you need. xx
I thought they were making me better but being fat, depressed and exhausted is just too much!
I know how you feel Stephi
can you make any other lifestyle changes to help Stephi ? x x
I feel like I've done everything I can Stephen! I think that's why I feel so desperate xx
Hmmm I wish I could help Stephi .. swimming is great for anxiety even if its just floating in a pool x x
I think if I can just get out of the cycle of anxiety-insomnia-anxiety I think things will get better.
Ps. I love going to the little spa room at the local pool and floating in the jacuzzi! Also, you ARE helping! Xx
I know it's amazing when the anxiety can keep you up through tons of meds. I also know how depressing it feels when they make you gain weight & they're not working. I eventually had to just try something else by the time I gained 50 lbs even...
I understand while I can sleep i wake at around 3am the morning anxiety starts and i cant get back of to sleep so the tiredness builds which increases anxiety and stress then my mood plummets ... I miss having a hot tub that was just so relaxing x
...though the med kept me mostly sedated. I was walking around like an overweight zombie & that with having an eating disorder just didn't work out. Have you tried different meds yet?
I'm very limited to what I can take because I'm breastfeeding. I'm Ina similar situation Manda- ive put on 5lbs in 6 weeks BUT I was already a stone heavier than I like to be because I still had baby weight! I'm too embarrassed to see my friends
Because I feel so fat. I slept last night which will hopefully break the cycle a bit but I still feel kinda crappy. X
:/ I know weight is an issue for many folk , even i have worried about mine now and again and loose weight just by thinking about it .. but dont be hard on yourself you have just had a baby as you said your not well .. its one step at a time and in
the end you will have to do things in stages first become more mentally stable then think about your weight and deal with it if its a problem .. your happiness comes first Stephi x x x
I'm lucky that 30 years as a gymnast has left me looking reasonably athletic even with the extra weight but I just don't feel like myself this size! How I thought I was fat at 8stone is now beyond me!
Yeah, give yourself a break. You just had a baby! And you need to stay at a healthy weight to give good breast milk to your baby. I didn't know you were doing that. I was able to for the first three months ( which, luckily, they say is most...
...important) before I had to stop it to get on meds. I was just so f*cked up in the head because of my disorders & adding a new baby (plus, a first!) just wrecked me. Remember a lot of other people go through this & make it through. You will too. <3
Are you feeling any better, Stephi? I hope you check in soon. Worried about you! <3
Hi Manda. I'm not great but I'm surviving! It's hard when I can't see a way out- I feel like I'm running out of options. Thank you so much for caring ??
Glad to see you're at least surviving. I know it seems hopeless, but you'll eventually find your way. There's alway a way. Hang on tight. xx
I'm hanging on by my fingernails and fighting like a wolf to get out of this! Your support means so much! X
You can make it. If I did, you can because I'm the weakest of weaklings! I'll be thinking of you. xx
Sorry to hear. Good on you for reaching out for help though. Try not to think about what they will do, just let them do their job and receive the help. Hope things get better
Sorry to hear that you are going through a rough time.the good thing is you make a emergency appointment to see the doctors.
So Sorry to hear this Stephi , hope you get the help you need .. thinking about you and wishing you well x x
Thank you. I just want to feel ok again :(
You made the right decision even when you were feeling like that, this is huge. I hope you're better now.
Sorry, Stephi, but good for you on making an appointment. I know that's sometimes hard to do. Hope they fix you right up. <3
I read an article about how grounding yourself - focusing on gravity pressing you down to the floor or seat or bed and focusing on each touchpoint - and breathing deeply really helps with anxiety.
That's great Jeff! I do find it relaxing to feel the weight of my body on the mattress and to really let go of my exhales!
This is Love 1's specialty. You are describing one of many techniques used to focus our mind in the 'here and now'. Some call it mindfulness. Well done for doing it. When we are truly in the present moment we aren't thinking of the future or past
which have emotions attached to them. Glad you found a way to achieve some relief :)
Excellent Stephi x x
Hope your visit goes well Stephi.
Thanks guys! Smoked salmon sandwiches, ice cream and catch up tv at my parents. Nice and cosy under a furry blanket for cuddles with Frank (my baby) nice afternoon!
Sounds lovely, Stephi! I'm glad you had a good day.
How do you feel acupuncture works for you?
I've only had 1 session so far so it's hard to tell- I felt very relaxed and had 3 rally great days mentally but then this awful feeling hit. It's hard to know if it's related. She said it can bring up old emotions. Perhaps it's just my post
Childbirth hormones returning and getting back to normal? Who knows. It can bugger off whatever it is. Xx
Sorry you are feeling that way. How old is your baby? I know it's SO hard in the beginning. It was tough for me even through the toddler stages because I was newly diagnosed & trying to figure out the right med cocktail. Hang in there. xx
He's 12 weeks tomorrow! I was diagnosed 6 weeks ago so I think I caught it before things got too serious. I find it hard functioning at less than 100% so this is a real challenge! If you don't mind me asking, how long was it until you felt better?
I can't remember honestly. All that time was such a blur. Luckily, we have lots of videos & pictures of her that take me back. I know it's hard. It'll get better though & I think faster for you than it did me! xx