Turquoise Dove

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  • in reply to: How do you cope? #107257
    Turquoise Dove
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    Quickly, I just want to share that I have treatment-resistant ADHD, panic disorder anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder. I felt hopeless just like you. I have suffered many years, tried all the traditional medications. I felt like I was on a medically induced merry-go-round everytime I tried a new one. I finally just gave up.Recently, however, due to my serious impulsivity, I did something that’s going to cost me most, if not all, of my savings. So, once again, I went looking for someone who might be able to help me, and this time I found a psychiatrist willing to think outside the box. I now take Vyvanse:a relatively new ADHD medication,baclofen:a muscle relaxer,, quetiapine:an antipsychotic and gabapentin:an anti-seizure medication. I don’t know why this combination works. I’m not psychotic and I don’t have seizures, but this cocktail works for me and is easy on my organs.The mmeds,other than the Vyvanse,are all non-addictive. I don’t abuse the Vyvanse, so that’s not that’s not a problem. I figured I didn’t need an addiction problem on top of everything else!What I’m suggesting is that finding a psychiatrist who is willing to look into your health issues and try nontraditional medications might be worth finding.

    in reply to: Keeping Consistent Moods #86288
    Turquoise Dove
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    II was invited to attend a Center for Spiritual Living group meditation and service. I went, because I didn’t want to hurt the feelings (you guys know the drill) of the person who invited me, but I’m glad I did! This group is based on New Thought, and they actually TEACH you how to think positively. I had no idea I had so many negative thoughts!! I was under the impression that I was simply thinking thoughts that were true when in actuality it was a long tirade of negativity. They warn that one needs to be constantly vigilant in guarding our minds against thoughts that don’t serve us well. For example, “Oh no! A traffic jam!” can change to, “”Thank goodness I have a full tank of gas and won’t run out if this lasts a while.” I’ve actually used that one. At first, it’s a constant vigilance, but now I find that when a negative thought comes into my head, I automatically change it around to a positive. Also, they teach mindfulness. When I start spinning out of control, I’ve learned to stop, ask myself what’s really happening, i.e., is disaster REALLY looming? Is my life REALLY heading for financial disaster. The answer is always, well, no, not REALLY. I meditate in short boughts throughout the week and for a 1/2 hour on Sundays with the group. This and giving up alcohol except for a single light drink if I’m out with friends, has made a huge difference in my ability to control the anxiety/depression aspect of my ADHD. Being a hunter/warrior in a sower/gatherer society isn’t easy, especially when they’ve dubbed us “disordered”! I also want to say that I’m a devout Christian, so I do take the New Thought theology with a grain of salt. So, take what you need from it and leave the rest. Actually, they don’t care. They’re just glad to be able to help you out on your personal journey.

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