Mental Illness is no joke

I’ve been medicated for a few years, yet recently the medication doesn’t seem to be working. Anxiety and depression at the very root of my being. I can barely function at work. I need to get a handle on this. Mental illness is an illness and I’m not feeling well at all.


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Nov 15, 2021 at 11:08pm

I know there's not enough words out there to make you feel better at the moment... however, I really, really hope you feel better soon and you can start to enjoy life again, one piece at a time.

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Nov 15, 2021 at 11:30pm

i had a real banner year. reached out to someone on the verge of suicide, and not only were they not concerned, but they villainized me for it. i don't want to tell anyone how i'm feeling anymore.

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What mental illness?

Nov 16, 2021 at 12:29am

Those sound more like emotions to me. Aside from the everyday stress of trying to make it by in a fucked up world what has you so anxious and depressed?

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hi friend

Nov 16, 2021 at 4:25am

I'm like you. my quick perspective is that the pandemic made changes socially to all of us, so traditions and routines that worked pre pandemic, changed during the first year of the pandemic. likely you, like me, made those changes and adapted best you could, but now that the pandemic has kept going those routines need to be re-re-readjusted. THIS is like starting a new. I can not speak for you, but I am reviewing what worked pre pandemic and what worked pandemic and what isn't working now. I have to assume the thing that's screwed up for you is "good sleeps". meds and stability usually help that one first and foremost. what I did, not that it is a solution or will work for you, and is a trial and error for me, is that I got 2 part time jobs instead of 1 full time. I found 1 full time did not allow the variety of life. it did not allow the social growth.... etc. etc. 1 is a 4 hour a day job, which I've never done. I've always been a full time grinder. but 4 hours is calming day of. maybe not pay day, but for mental illness in 2021 is finding what helps. maybe this helped maybe it didn't. good luck.

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Sounds awful

Nov 16, 2021 at 8:39am

Hopefully you can change something, anything, job your home life. What do you need to do to help yourself. Life is short don’t stay in a life you and your body disagree with. Good luck to you and thanks for sharing

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"Your history, despite its wrenching pain

Nov 16, 2021 at 10:36am

cannot be unloved. But if faced with courage, need not be relived again." -- Maya Angelou ............. suggest you net-search Maya and the hellish childhood she was subjected to. But she sets a totally encouraging example of how we all can make a fulfilling life for ourselves.

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Nov 16, 2021 at 7:12pm

... tends to have two uses: short-term, and long-term where there is some identifiable benefit. Most mental health medications don't have very easy to quantify endpoints, and generally the physician will use sociological indicators like "job" or "moving out of parents house" or whatever to indicate whether or not so-called "mental illness" were present.

I mean, the situation I am using here (not OP's necessarily), what 20something would not be miserable living at home because he had no job and no prospect to move out? So being miserable in such a situation might be normal, or even beneficial: it would spur someone to leave a bad situation.

Or one could be put on medication in order to become anesthetized toward the situation. That would prolong the situation, perhaps indefinitely, and it would create an inappropriate reliance on pharmacy as a way of managing the life-cycle of family.

Also, as for "I can barely function at work," I take that to be another way of saying "I do function at work," but you are not looking "glass half full." As I said, sociological factors are the biggest indicators of mental fitness, not subjective dissatisfaction. If you are employed, just unhappy, the advice might be "well, maybe you want a different job."

Or some other factor in your life---medication can be used long-term, but I've known many people who go this route, and they rarely improve beyond when they went on medication, which is good if they were sliding into the abyss, but it also means that many of them basically stopped having normal disaster response behaviors some time in the 90s or 00s, because they want on medication that interferes with those signals---feeling miserable is a pretty big disaster response signal, no?

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Meds can have lowered effectiveness

Nov 17, 2021 at 7:01pm

after awhile. Often people have to switch it up to a different one. That's what worked for me, with depression, and then I was fine. Talk to your doctor. (Not these amateur posters )

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Ben Zo Dependant

Nov 17, 2021 at 9:53pm

It’s not a concern either. I was handed amphetymines and benzos like candy. Only to watch my physical health decline and medication costs gently increase month after month. A pill should be the ABSOLUTE LAST RESORT. Pills are like a ventilator. Once you’re on it. You’re on it. Withdrawal is worse than the cure.

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Yeah, it sure sucks

Nov 18, 2021 at 4:11pm

I have anxiety, depression, and a whole bunch of other stuff. It's rough.

If you haven't already, go see your doctor and tell them that your symptoms are getting worse. Get some counselling, too.

It's easy to believe that what we suffer is at the core of our being because we've lived with it for so long. But they are treatable conditions. It takes a lot of work to rebuild ourselves, but we can do it.

Good luck.

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