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Summer SAD

Wed, 21 May 2014 10:31:13 +00002014-05-21T10:31:13Z

While we usually think of SAD as occurring during the winter months, this forum member has a different perspective:

Does anyone here have spring/summer SAD? I was dx'd with this about 3-4 years ago and it really sucks. I know it's kinda rare and people usually have it in the winter, but I get it in the summer. It's not fair that most people get to go out and enjoy the sunshine and nice weather and do all kinds of outdoor activities, while I feel more depressed on nice sunny days. What's worse is that we don't have a very long season here in WI of nice, warm days that are enjoyable. I do go out with people on nice days and do things if they ask, but it's mostly fake acting happy and having fun. I do try to force myself to go out and walk for exercise instead of sitting home and getting more and more depressed. The anti-depressants I'm on don't help and my psych knows I have this disorder, so he doesn't really try to help. There's not much more he can do. I tend to like the rainy days, where I can just sit and watch the rain, or stormy days where I just listen to the thunder and watch for lightning. Those are the days I feel better and will sometimes even go out for walks in the rain. Life just isn't fair. --Janey38


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Mental Health Hospitalization

Thu, 15 May 2014 01:32:10 +00002014-05-15T01:32:10Z

The idea of hospitalization can be quite frightening for those suffering from depression and other symptoms of mental illness. Can you be locked up against your will? What happens when you are there? What are you rights if you check in voluntarily? Knowing the answers to questions like these, however, can help allay your fears. You can learn more about hospitalization and your rights as a patient here:


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Jaw Clenching With Zoloft

Mon, 05 May 2014 13:04:35 +00002014-05-05T13:04:35Z

ChrisJones1 writes:  "I stumbled onto this website and wow.  At least i know now why I'm having these symptoms.  The one thing I didn't see, however, was jaw clenching.  I'm on 50mg of Zoloft per day and I seem to be having trouble with my jaw, either clenching or just having to move it because it's sore.  Is there anyone else having this issue?"


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Weight Loss and Zoloft

Mon, 05 May 2014 12:50:36 +00002014-05-05T12:50:36Z

From our forum:

Just found your forums and it seems like a good place for info. I was just wondering if anyone has had a great deal of weight loss on Zoloft?

I've lost at least 15 lbs since May, but I'm only 5'2 so it's very apparent. I also have no sex drive, and I have regular memory lapses, like when you're forgetting why you went upstairs or walked into a room.

Are these side effects temporary or will I have them the whole time I'm on Zoloft. My doc knows about all this, but she upped the meds to 100mg a day as well as ordered a round of blood tests to rule out anything else.

Any info/experiences would be appreciated.

-- Ellaina


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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Fri, 02 May 2014 00:00:50 +00002014-05-02T00:00:50Z


Childhood depression is a topic very close to my heart, and, given that National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is coming up on May 8th this year, I thought I would speak a bit about my experiences.


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Does Chocolate Cause Depression?

Thu, 01 May 2014 11:09:14 +00002014-05-01T11:09:14Z

This is an older forum thread, but I thought some good points where brought out: "Any time I eat chocolate. I am depressed for a few days. It could be an allergy to food. But any kind of chocolate and I am blue and down and out for days. Any one else notice this? It is like I think Why am I so depressed? And then I think back to I ate chocolate."


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Free Depression Screening

Thu, 01 May 2014 05:40:51 +00002014-05-01T05:40:51Z

Do you believe that the symptoms you are experiencing could be caused by depression?  Our online depression screening tool is quick, easy and completely confidential.

Poll: Do You Experience Sexual Side Effects Due to Your Antidepressant?

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:00:54 +00002014-04-22T12:00:54Z

Published reports about how common sexual side-effects are vary quite a bit, probably because many patients are shy about such a personal topic. How common are they really? Voting in our poll does not reveal your identity to anyone. Please join us in creating an honest assessment of just how common sexual side-effects are. Any type of sexual difficulty that you developed as a direct result of taking an antidepressant that can't be accounted for otherwise by other drugs, illness or the depression itself would count. Symptoms that you might have experienced would include low libido, difficulty with orgasm, erectile dysfunction, decreased vaginal lubrication or ejaculatory difficulties.


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You Are What You Think?

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:36:32 +00002014-04-22T10:36:32Z

In an article entitled "You Are What You Think" I wrote about a form of psychotherapy called cognitive therapy. The premise of cognitive therapy is that our thoughts are quite powerful and if we habitually think in a negative way our mood will follow our thoughts causing feelings of depression. Defeating depression thus becomes a matter of recognizing these faulty thoughts and replacing them with more truthful, positive thoughts.


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Zoloft and Nightsweats

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:09:04 +00002014-04-22T05:09:04Z

Jessica1307 posted the following question to our forum:

I have been on Zoloft 50 mg for 3 years and it has been a miracle drug -really cut down on obsessive thoughts and chronic unhappiness.

My major side effect is frequent, severe night sweats. I get them several nights a week. I know this is a common side effect for some people. I'm wondering if anyone has a good solution besides going off the Zoloft.

BTW, I am healthy, not overweight, don't drink caffeine, don't drink alcohol before bed and my bedding is not excessive.

Thank you for any help - even commiseration - you offer.


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