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General Discussion / Happy 2020
« on: December 28, 2019, 06:33:13 pm »
Hi Everybody! for those who are new here Rich and I met on this discussion board and got married in 2012! Lots of stuff going on ... kids going through college and university and moving out on their own .. was just thinking about when we met and wondered how everyone was doing?

Mood wise, I am reconnecting with outpatient CAMH for a look at my medications ... Rich and I also retired as of July 2019 and have been busy cleaning out his mom's house so when its time to move it will be easier. After going through 50 years of stuff it really hits home about how we need to downsize so we don't leave this kind of thing to our kids. 

How is everyone doing?

General Discussion / Can you believe its been 5 Years?!!!!???!!!
« on: June 25, 2017, 11:39:38 am »
Rich and I just got back from our yearly Niagara Vacation where we were celebrating our 5th Anniversary! Time goes fast when you are having fun I guess! Sorry we have not been on the site... Life with millennials is really challenging and time consuming! But all 3 kids are moving on as they should be with jobs and college etc. We are in the home stretch!

We just wanted to say HI and check in with everyone! We hope you are all doing well!

For those of you who don't know Rich and I, we met here on this forum and met offline, fell in love and were married 5 years ago! And we are still going strong! Many thought (especially Rich's pdoc!) we wouldn't make it because Rich is bipolar 2 and I am bipolar 1, but we are both committed to our mental health and taking medication, so life has been good together!

Best wishes to everyone and thank you MDAO and Paul M for this community board! My life would have been crap if it wasn't for this forum!

Happy 150th Canada Day!

Rich and Soozan

General Discussion / Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday!
« on: December 23, 2015, 12:13:58 pm »
I know I haven't been on the board in a long while, I have been plagued with depression and having my meds adjusted and going to a program once a week, it has been a rough go but I think I am starting to feel better.

I am grateful the weather has been mild as I have severe anxiety when it comes to driving in the winter and we have to go to Brampton from Toronto on Christmas day and that is stressful enough....

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season! Hopefully 2016 will prove to be a good year!

- Soozan

General Discussion / I am starting a program at CAMH
« on: September 11, 2015, 09:14:27 am »
In lieu of not  having a psychiatrist as of yet, I am starting a program with CAMH that involves 4 months of weekly group therapy and then 6 - 8 months of seeing someone once a month for follow up. I am wondering if anyone else has gone through this program? They change my medication and I am going on Monday to see a Nurse, clinician and the psychiatrist who recommended me .... I am not sure what this will hold but I am hopeful that it will help me get through my depression. It seems my meds that the last psychiatrist has put me on makes me depressed most of the time. I can't remember the last time I had a good laugh. Nothing appeals to me and I am becoming a shut in ...

I hope this will help. Anyone heard of this or participated in this program?

Just wondering what to expect.


General Discussion / I had a sad day today
« on: March 21, 2015, 09:18:56 pm »
Today I attended the funeral of a cousin who I grew up with who was like a sister to me, over the years we grew apart as she married and started her family but still saw each other at family get togethers, she was only 57 and just 7 months ago was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It was so sad. She had just retired with her husband from being a real estate agent and was looking forward to being a snowbird between toronto and florida in their new house.

She was a beautiful woman and it tears me up that such a horrible disease has taken my beautiful, fun loving cousin away from me. It's just not fair. My dad told me many years ago that that is the hardest lesson that life gives us is that life is not fair!

My heart breaks for her family who is now without a wife, a mother and a woman who will never hold her grandchildren. I am sorry to be such a bummer here, I am sorry if this thread depresses anyone and brings up their own painful losses. I just had to share what was heavy on my heart this day.

- Soozan

General Discussion / Anxiety is getting to me ....
« on: February 22, 2015, 09:39:38 pm »
I am still waiting for a psychiatrist, and my anxiety is getting worse, its getting so I don't or can't go out. The thought of getting in the car now that its winter, all these scenarios of cars sliding into us or us sliding into cars, gets the better of me, and even when the roads are dry, I find the anticipation of having to drive has me nervous. I just want to stay home and have Rich stay home where its safe, but that isn't possible.

When I do get a psychiatrist is there other medications other than pams for anxiety? and does it really help? It would be nice to get something that I can take and drive, as with pams I can't drive when taking one. I have never had anxiety before the last year or so, so this is all new to me, its due to the topomax I am taking but the topomax is controlling my weight, so its hard to let go of that.

UGH!!!! I just don't know what to do.. thanks for listening!

- Soozan

General Discussion / Happy New Year Everyone!
« on: December 31, 2014, 03:07:18 pm »
I saw a facebook post that said, "Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book, write a good one" .... wishing everyone a book of adventure rather than drama.

May you all have a safe and happy new year's eve!

- Soozan

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