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if you feel those winter blues, move to our Village, spread the news!

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ThatVikRinA22 Sun 20-Oct-13 23:22:09

new thread losing track but i think this might be our 7th!

all welcome. old and new. This is a supportive place for anyone suffering with any type of mental health issue.

im on Sertraline (ADs) and have been since last December. I had 6 months off work with depression and anxiety and the ladies on these threads kept me going.

Feel free to post, to comment, to ask questions, or just to lurk and feel less alone.
everyone in the village is lovely.

LEMisdisappointed Sun 20-Oct-13 23:41:41

Pops head round the door of the village pub, time to put some logs on the fire

LEMisdisappointed Sun 20-Oct-13 23:42:18

Pops head round the door of the village pub, time to put some logs on the fire

EdwiniasRevenge Mon 21-Oct-13 00:51:02

I'm lurking these days. Keeping an eye on you. Absorbing your warmth.

Just place marking...and now I better sleep as I have a long car journey to do tomorrow.

mamakoukla Mon 21-Oct-13 01:23:31

Pops head around door as well and gives the fire a poke. Arranges a stack of blankets and cumfy cushions, and leaves a pile of tokens for tea, hot chocolate etc and biscuits.

Hugs for all; I am in a bit of a lurking/contemplative/quiet stage of my journey. Coming out of a rough patch of negativity and just glad to know you are all still here.

ColouringInQueen Mon 21-Oct-13 08:45:33

Rustling up some porridge if anyone fancies some. With a little of my neighbours blackberry jam on top?

Morning all x

SnowyMouse Mon 21-Oct-13 11:35:32

Ooh porridge smile morning all

ColouringInQueen Mon 21-Oct-13 13:38:14

Morning - afternoon snowy how's the morning been?

DumDum32 Mon 21-Oct-13 15:54:18

pokes head in the door gives a big Queens wave to all & thus marks her place smile

DD had a rough night so in turn I had a bad night sad she is a bit better today but v.clingy so is taking up all my attention!

I'm going to be a bit of a lurker for now but am looking in onto the thread still daily & thinking of u all <<<big hugs to all>>>

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 21-Oct-13 19:10:43

ive been thinking of you all and wondering how those who have gone all lurky are doing <stares at ed and mama smile but im glad your still around.

glad to see all your familiar "faces" - i know i feel better at the minute but i dont want to let you all go....i actually get a bit teary at the thought.

gp wants to start weaning me off the sertraline next year, not sure i am ready for that though.

so. im really tired tonight (i think the omeprazole im on for my stomach hinders iron absorbtion) so i think im just gonna pull a bean bag up the the lovely open fire of hte village pub, relax with a small glass of wine and chill....

ed - how are you doing with going back to work? really been thinking of took me ages to settle into it but i think my return wasnt very will managed. Hope you are doing well.

ColouringInQueen Mon 21-Oct-13 19:58:47

Hi vicar we don't want to let you go either wink

I was interested in your comment re: omeprazole. I've been on it since last autumn as anxiety finished my stomach off - but didn't know it hindered iron absorption. I think tiredness is one of my remaining challenges.

Serious bad mood all day. Hoping its just the fall-out from a busy weekend and a lot of wine two nights in a row. Glad dh is out tonight so I don't have to make conversation hmm

enjoy the fire...

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 21-Oct-13 22:10:03

will do is a well known side effect of omeprazole im afraid- the iron thing....

i struggle hugely with tiredness.

EdwiniasRevenge Mon 21-Oct-13 23:54:28

I've only done 2 days. Last Monday and Tues. I'm in a new school so lots of meetings with senior managememt, mentors, school tours and a bit of classroom observation. I was absolutely exhausted afterwards. I was asleep by 9am weds and slept all day until 2.45 shock.

Since then I've been active and alert.

I am now on half term, and have a busy 4 days (including today) visiting London.

I'm back to school for another couple of induction days Mon/tues. See my dr weds to review phased return and then potentially full time the following week. But it will be full time in the sense of full time at school. I shall pick up my classes gradually and build up my teaching load.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 22-Oct-13 00:01:06

ed please keep me posted - i am so so pleased for you. Did you ever think you would get back to this point? you have done so well.

please let me know how you are doing - i really would like to know. you are/were my mn twin - you made me feel ok about how i felt just knowing someone else was going through the same thing at the same time.
youve no idea what a life saver you were for me.

ive booked some time off soon - i feel like i really need it. But im coping. its hard - but im coping. i never thought i would. its hard even now.....but i feel more confident. (apart from today.....but i coped. i was completely out of my confort zone.....but i got through it.)

best get to bed now....i am useless on days - im so tired. im not a naturally early riser....

EdwiniasRevenge Tue 22-Oct-13 00:12:23

Of course I will. And no, there was a time where I had given up on teaching and the only reason I didn't formally quit the course was because my friends and doctors wouldn't let me make the decision while I was ill. And I was scared of telling people 'I've failed'. But as far as I was concerned I wasn't going back.

I don't post as much because I'm not laying in bed all day with nothing better to do. Im up and pottering around the house doing everyday stuff.

But you have been my lifeline. You have normalised my feelings and behaviour. You have shared my feelings and behaviour patterns. People like Hellsbels and mamakoula on the early threads forced me out of bed and have a shower. People like silvery, lem snowy ciqand many others have kept up the vital support and encouragement in more recent months.

A huge team effort. I haven't crossed the finushing line yet but I am out of the starting blocks.

Guaparesaca Tue 22-Oct-13 11:53:20

Hi everyone

I'm so glad to have found this thread- it's so good to know I am not alone though at the same time it is horrid that any of us go through this. Every year around this time I feel a marked dip in my mood. I suffered from PND with both my DCs though only pursued treatment for DS who is now 4. I recognise my current symptoms as SAD though there are similarities to my previous depressions. Crap dreary wet weather is crap enough on its own but what really feels like the final nail in the coffin is the darkness.

Lots of things I force myself to do are- regular strenuous exercise in the form of aerobics with a weekly silly Zumba session, has to be a class cos I find the social aspect really important. Even doing the school run is useful for perking up my mood, despite the aforementioned crap weather. Trying to get a decent night's sleep, not staying up beyond 11pm. Watching what I eat, though all I crave is carbs, sugar, stodge- not great for happy mood by the end of the day. I really recommend Moodscope for daily emails with fab ideas (I don't do the cards' exercise anymore) but I know there's loads out there on the web of a similar design.

Worried this'll disappear into cyberspace so will post then come back in a mo.

Cheers for being there folks X

hoochymama1 Tue 22-Oct-13 11:54:27

hi there my lovelies!
Thanks Vicar for setting up another cosy place for us to chat. I hope you feel better today.
Love to Snowy is it ok where you are? Are you able to sleep? I hope they're being kind to you thanks
So glad to hear about you, Ed, pace yourself, eat, and sleep, and you'll be fine- you seem to be surrounded by supportive people.
Love to mantella I had the same where I came off A/D's and was ok-ish for a while then slowly crashed again. I felt like being on meds was such a failure. This place has helped greatly. Keep posting.
Lots of <<hugs>> to all posting and lurking, ciq, lem silvery and anyone else I've forgotten.

Guaparesaca Tue 22-Oct-13 11:54:50

Also totally forgot about my Lumielight! I must dig it out as have found it useful in the past. (Does bog-all lying in the cupboard though)

hoochymama1 Tue 22-Oct-13 11:56:05

Nice to meet you Guaparesca smile

Guaparesaca Tue 22-Oct-13 12:01:18

You too hoochy grin

Guaparesaca Tue 22-Oct-13 12:01:50

Oh oops

ColouringInQueen Tue 22-Oct-13 12:08:13

Hi guaparesca welcome. These dreary days are tough aren't they.

Hi hoochy nice to hear from you.

Sorry my conversation skills today are lacking.

Feeling sad sad sad. One of those big impact counselling sessions. Got down to some hard truths re me and dh. I have had enough of the rollercoaster that is his personality change, and want to get off. I do not want to be around him at the moment. This last months developments for him have been the fast diet, starting pilates, evangelising about the fact that if he goes to bed a bit earlier he has more energy (no, really!) And yesterday announced he is going to start swimming lessons. That's just this month. I can't cope with him any more sad

DumDum32 Tue 22-Oct-13 12:29:05

hey all,

welcome guaparesca

so I've just got back from G.P & got ssome more crappy news. I've got arthritis in my neck which has caused wear and tear & the cause of my recent unruly pains sad I mean it's like every month they find something new that is f****d in my body.

i've been sent for an ECG - can't wait to get that result which I anticipate will not be good news either!

sorry just needed a moan sad sad sad

Guaparesaca Tue 22-Oct-13 14:59:36

Hello Colouring dreary indeed- though about 20mins ago the sun just streamed through the clouds, there are some beautiful forests round here and the golden tones of the leaves are looking amazing at the moment. I have to remind myself, I mean make a massive effort, to try to take this one step at a time, one day at a time, notice the little joyous and treasured things, slowing down. I'm sorry to hear about your DH, those changes sound really extreme and it sounds like it has got you so down you've reached a point.

Does anyone else ever feel like they withdraw or disengage from their DCs, partners/DHs or friends when they're feeling negative/edgy/sad? I really do and it's such a shame, I'm so aware of it but still do it. Then I feel horrible and guilty..

The irony of it is I am involved in counselling, I mean as a practitioner. Relatively early on in my career having done some training, now volunteering before I continue with more advanced training. Just goes to show you can be fully objective with other people but when it comes to yourself hmm

Dum I'm sorry to hear about your health issues, feel free to moan away, I know how draining pain can be as have a chronic (physical) health condition which when it flares up is a total misery and I do just want to curl up in bed and eat biscuits. I hope you have a decent consultant and get onto some useful meds which work for you.

LEMisdisappointed Tue 22-Oct-13 17:24:16

just a quick hi, welcome to guaparesca will post later, shitty day, but im not dong too bad smile

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