Mental Health

FifeHibs

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This maybe a bit out there but due to the stress of working 60 hours plus a week In a toxic environment (which will be becoming to an end in 10 weeks) and trying to look after my mother with Parkinson’s and a recent TIA the doctor has suggested Fluoxetine. I’m trying to hold off and see what running, better diet and less work stress cwill be able to do rather than take the medication offered.
the sun light definitely helps
 

ReeYees

New radge
This maybe a bit out there but due to the stress of working 60 hours plus a week In a toxic environment (which will be becoming to an end in 10 weeks) and trying to look after my mother with Parkinson’s and a recent TIA the doctor has suggested Fluoxetine. I’m trying to hold off and see what running, better diet and less work stress cwill be able to do rather than take the medication offered.
the sun light definitely helps
If you have never been prescribed an anti-depressant before most doctors will go with a light dose of Fluoxetine (Prozac) or Sertraline which is also popular with medics at the minute. Diet is definitely worth looking at as there is now a shift in mental health practice with a focus on the importance of gut bacteria. If you do decided to go onto Fluoxetine then you can taper off it quite safely with very little side effects compared to some other SSRI's. 60hrs is a lot of hours to work even in an environment that isn't toxic.

It's about having a balance and ultimately deciding what is important in your life. I am not one for chasing money and make no assumptions that you work those hrs to do just that, however i'd rather be just getting by and somewhat comfortable and enjoying my hobbies whilst also being happy at work. I'm sorry to hear that your mother has Parkinson's and of your recent TIA and i sincerely hope you start to feel better soon amigo.
 

FifeHibs

New radge
If you have never been prescribed an anti-depressant before most doctors will go with a light dose of Fluoxetine (Prozac) or Sertraline which is also popular with medics at the minute. Diet is definitely worth looking at as there is now a shift in mental health practice with a focus on the importance of gut bacteria. If you do decided to go onto Fluoxetine then you can taper off it quite safely with very little side effects compared to some other SSRI's. 60hrs is a lot of hours to work even in an environment that isn't toxic.

It's about having a balance and ultimately deciding what is important in your life. I am not one for chasing money and make no assumptions that you work those hrs to do just that, however i'd rather be just getting by and somewhat comfortable and enjoying my hobbies whilst also being happy at work. I'm sorry to hear that your mother has Parkinson's and of your recent TIA and i sincerely hope you start to feel better soon amigo.
I have never felt like this ever, strangely it feels easier to open up to strangers rather than those too close. ( I mean that in a very appreciative way as I don’t know what state I would be in)
There was no reward for OT just work had to get done. Meetings were being held at 8/9 at night and weekends.
Just want to get back to feeling my old self preferably without the pills.
 

aggie

Justified Radge
I have never felt like this ever, strangely it feels easier to open up to strangers rather than those too close. ( I mean that in a very appreciative way as I don’t know what state I would be in)
There was no reward for OT just work had to get done. Meetings were being held at 8/9 at night and weekends.
Just want to get back to feeling my old self preferably without the pills.
If it helps mate, when I had my recent travails and got to the point of feeling like I was cracking up, I had a pretty frank discussion with my GP where the possibility of antidepressants was floated. My feeling was that I was reluctant, simply because I knew there were very clear reasons why I was feeling the way I did, as opposed to a sort of ... vaguer sense of not feeling good, or indeed an actual chemical imbalance.

I felt what I needed was sleep (I had chronic insomnia), so he prescribed me 7 days pf sleeping pills, which helped break the cycle. I'm not back to my usual sound and restful 8hrs, more like 5 or 6 and a bit broken, but nevertheless, not seeing 4 and 5am on the regular has had a transformative effect. I'm miles off being happy or even content, but I'm not in the fucking pit I was 2 or 3 weeks ago.

Go with your gut feeling on it, it's your body and mind after all. And the lifestyle methods you mention certainly can't hurt either way, so defo give them a go.

Just remember (as I'm sure I've said before) – you are not making a meal of this. Keep talking here, and accept that the road to recovery will be incremental - there's no magic bullet - but things will get better, precisely because you've acknowledged your feelings, and are working proactively to do something about them. Keep on keeping on, bro.
 

ReeYees

New radge
If it helps mate, when I had my recent travails and got to the point of feeling like I was cracking up, I had a pretty frank discussion with my GP where the possibility of antidepressants was floated. My feeling was that I was reluctant, simply because I knew there were very clear reasons why I was feeling the way I did, as opposed to a sort of ... vaguer sense of not feeling good, or indeed an actual chemical imbalance.

I felt what I needed was sleep (I had chronic insomnia), so he prescribed me 7 days pf sleeping pills, which helped break the cycle. I'm not back to my usual sound and restful 8hrs, more like 5 or 6 and a bit broken, but nevertheless, not seeing 4 and 5am on the regular has had a transformative effect. I'm miles off being happy or even content, but I'm not in the fucking pit I was 2 or 3 weeks ago.

Go with your gut feeling on it, it's your body and mind after all. And the lifestyle methods you mention certainly can't hurt either way, so defo give them a go.

Just remember (as I'm sure I've said before) – you are not making a meal of this. Keep talking here, and accept that the road to recovery will be incremental - there's no magic bullet - but things will get better, precisely because you've acknowledged your feelings, and are working proactively to do something about them. Keep on keeping on, bro.
I second what aggie says regarding the importance of sleep. If you are waking up during the night or earlier than usual (very common in depression) then perhaps speaking to your doctor who then might prescribe something along the lines of Zopiclone which is a non-benzo sleeping pill that actively gets you off to sleep but isn't addictive in nature unlike valium.

I go out walking regularly now as my back can no longer hack running, and i definitely feel the benefits not only physically but mentally as well. So if you can, and i know how hard it is just to get your feet out of the bed sometimes when our moods are low, try and just start walking. Even if it's just to the shops and back to get milk or whatever you will feel better for getting out of your house. You might even bump into that friend or similar and have a chat that lifts your spirits. Anyway just keep chatting on here which also helps.

Zopiclone: a sleeping pill used to treat bouts of insomnia
 

aggie

Justified Radge
I second what aggie says regarding the importance of sleep. If you are waking up during the night or earlier than usual (very common in depression) then perhaps speaking to your doctor who then might prescribe something along the lines of Zopiclone which is a non-benzo sleeping pill that actively gets you off to sleep but isn't addictive in nature unlike valium.

I go out walking regularly now as my back can no longer hack running, and i definitely feel the benefits not only physically but mentally as well. So if you can, and i know how hard it is just to get your feet out of the bed sometimes when our moods are low, try and just start walking. Even if it's just to the shops and back to get milk or whatever you will feel better for getting out of your house. You might even bump into that friend or similar and have a chat that lifts your spirits. Anyway just keep chatting on here which also helps.

Zopiclone: a sleeping pill used to treat bouts of insomnia
Zopiclone is indeed what they gave me. Works a treat, I must say! Pity they never gave me a few hundred..
 

Rocky

Well-Known Radge
Thread starter
Bumping this up again just to see how everybody's doing and also because I find it quite easy to forget that you never know what folk are going through on the other side of their keyboard, so I personally find it useful to remind myself now and again.
 

Rocky

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Thread starter
I am well, thanks. Delighted to be seeing my oldest son for the first time since christmas tonight and my second son tomorrow! Hope everyone is well?
I went to see my folks this morning for the first time since Christmas, which made my maw greet of course. Felt weird to be out of the county and getting stuck in slow traffic was a pain in the hoop so I guess the pandemic had some upsides! Really feels like we've finally turned a corner, the sun being out helps with that. Fingers crossed it's all forward steps from here.
 

aggie

Justified Radge
I'm a million miles away from where I was at in Jan/Feb. The prospect of going for a beer in the Meadows after work tonight with a couple of good pals - you'd like to think we'll never take the small stuff for granted again. Because it's not really the "small stuff" - it is in fact the only stuff, in the final analysis.

Happy Fri-YAY, Bouncers!
 
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