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My son who is 12, has all of the ADHD symptoms that were listed on a questionaire that I was filling out for a student of mine. My sister told me that I shouldn’t get an official diagnosis on it because it could limit him as an adult. For instance an ADHD diagnosis would keep him from the military, etc. Do any of you know anything about this?

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When I was in school, I could never focus, which caused me to fail twice. It eventually got so bad, that while I was playing dodgeball with the others, I spaced out. The only thing that snapped me out of it, was being hit in the face with the ball. Everyone told me I was just standing there like a statue with a blank look on my face. I can’t even do things I enjoy because my mind wanders so much. I’m afraid to even drive, because last time I did, I almost hit a kid on a bike. I’m just glad God snapped me out of it in time. I don’t know what to do, because I can’t afford to see a doctor. This has become a serious problem for me. I don’t want to end up hurting someone.

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As long as we are not like everyone else…

I read that ADHD people often feel like they are just not quite normal. I guess also parts of my background contribute to that, but I can see ADHD playing a role in that in my life. A few years ago, I decided to just sort of embrace not being quite like everyone else and not try so much to fit in so much. Does anyone else feel like you might as well just be different instead of trying to be the same?

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I would appreciate any and all nutritional considerations that have helped anyone here. My 13 yr old has difficulty with responsibility, remembering and concentration. She is all over the page with verbage

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How do you deal with Christian Naysayers?

Okay. I’m caught up with my fear of the stigma of others.

How do you handle other Christians that don’t believe ADD exists–the ones that think we are lazy, lack discipline, etc.?

I know that I work twice as hard as non-ADDs in my struggles to perform well, get good grades (past tense), manage time, focus, etc. I work sooo hard!

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I have had ADD since i was 6. Taking perscription drugs for it pretty much corrected it and I did fine through out school.

Now I am 28 and working. Its really hard because the jobs i have gotten hired to do requier me to put stuff in numerogical and alphabetical order it, which i really dont mind doing at all, and i’m good at it. I’m just slower than most people. The lady i worked for would make me feel really really bad. She would say things like "Just because it’s getting closer to your time to leave, doesn’t mean you can slack off." I am totaly not a slacker. I’m a very hard worker. And because I have ADD I work twice as hard as most people.

Anyone else know what i’m talking about?

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When is Adderall XR at it’s strongest?

I’m not sure if my adderall xr wears off too quickly or if it makes my concentration and short term memory span worse, but it seems that some time after taking my medication my attention appears to be worse and it appears that I am more easily frustrated by things. This is greatly contrasted by night where the medication would’ve worn off by then where my attention is in fact improved and my working memory capacity is greater than during the day.

This is bothersome, because when my attention is worse than when I am on my medication, my mood tends to be pretty terrible and I am harder to be around. Does anyone know why this might be happening?

Also, another note is that I was taking Dexedrine ER and I would have a similar effect a couple of hours after having taken my medication.

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Friends tell you you to don’t have ADD?

I was diagnoses with ADHD years ago and still take Ritalin. Sometimes when I tell someone like a friend from school that I have it, they try to tell me that I don’t have it. This bothers me but I never respond the way I should, perhaps because I have not read as much as I should have on it. Does this ever happen to you where people tell you that you don’t have ADD? How do you respond? Does it bother you that this happens?

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I figured I would share my story here because it may help someone out there who deals with the same issues.

I’ve had chronic ADD since I was young. As many of you know and probably experience yourself, it can make things that seem simple for others much more difficult. Without going into details about the things we all experience on a day to day basis, this year I decided it’s time to fight back. I’ve been working on a few projects over the course of the past 10 years that keeps getting delayed because of this battle and I have become determined to take hold and stop letting this issue control my life.

I am about as anti-medication as they come. The side effects, both known and unknown are enough to keep me as far from them as possible because I feel they cause more problems than they are worth in the long run. This is my personal opinion, whether you agree with it is irrelevant to me so please keep the opposition out of my thread. I’ve heard all the arguments before and this is not the place to be fratching. That being said, I started looking a couple years back at alternative options for helping my issues.

It started with looking at some of the suspected culprits and causes of ADD: Nutritional Deficiencies, a lack of needed vitamins, food additives, outside toxins; even things such as allergies and sleeping disorders can be a cause. The list goes on as to the possibilities.

The first thing I started looking at is the way we eat. We’ve made vast changes in our diet the past few years, not only because of this, but because I wanted to live healthier in general. I never understood how difficult it was to eat healthier until we started trying. Not that I had an issue giving up the junk, but it seems that is all the stores sell: junk. Even the organic shops have been found to be not so organic when the testing was done on their products. So we’ve done as best as we can to find the best foods we can buy that aren’t loaded with additives or shot up with all sorts of steroids and hormones or laced with preservatives, fake ingredients, or pesticides. This year we’ve begun the process of raising our own bees since we use a lot of honey, and next year we’ll be raising chickens and possibly lamb/sheep.

This past year I began to really take a stand against this problem. After some time of looking around and trying to figure out what would help, I decided upon starting Tai chi. For those who don’t know, Tai chi is a soft martial art. It’s very similar in many ways to Kung Fu, though Kung Fu is a hard style. Tai chi requires deep concentration and use of the mind to be done properly. My wife and I are in our 5th month of training in this and it’s already helped me immensely. My focus is already much better than it was and continues to grow as I do my training. I can’t recommend Tai chi enough to people have have issues with ADD or even people who would like to do it for the health benefits.

I will say that whatever route you take, it takes dedication and the desire to beat the problem. Too many people, including myself, make too many excuses as to why they can’t do something or change their situation. Find something that works, do it, and beat this thing. You’ll thank yourself for it.

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I had a head injury in 1987 while in the Marine Corp. I had lost my since of smell from this. My wife last year persisted that I fail a claim with VA. We did this and was awarded a small disability for it. Since then my doctor has said I have TBI (tramatic brain injury) and I have been going through tons of test. I fail my memory test and was told I have ADD.

I agree with this. I have been put on ritalin and it makes me worse. please pray for the doctors to be guided and give me a treatment that works. I own my own small business and if I dont get to focus my family of 5 does not get provided for. I am so fustratted at times over this.

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just diagnosed, can anyone help me????????

i was diagnosed not too long ago with adhd and bipolar 1, i do not understand the adhd part as the doctors have been concentrating on the bipolar for now. can anyone help me understand more about what this is and how to better cope with it. the doctors dont want to put me on any other medications as they fear i will become too depressed. please all comments would be appreciated, thank you so much!!!!!!!!!

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I think it is time to turn to medication

I was diagnosed with clinical level ADD three and half years ago. I didn’t go on medication at the time because I didn’t have insurance. I also wanted to try learning to manage it on my own without a drug.

However, that did not turn out to be very successful. Now I am a full-time student, employed part time, and a single mom. Things are not going well.

I don’t have another adult in the home to help me stay on track of things. I don’t have the organization, focus, or time management skills that I need in order to do everything that I need to do. My life is quite a mess right now.

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Girls and Boys Town: 1-800-448-3000

Hearing Impaired: 1-800-448-1833 http://www.girlsandboystown.org/home.asp

(A national hotline that girls and boys can call with any problem at any time)

Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-4663

Teen Hope Line: 1-800-394-HOPE (1-800-394-4673) www.teenhopeline.com

Covenant House Nineline: 1800-999-9999 http://www.nineline.org/

The Children and Youth Telephone(4-8pm): 078 15 14 13

(Elke dag tussen 16 en 20 uur behalve op zon-en feestdagen Kinder en Jongerentelefoon. Protection de l’enfant Kinderbescherming Kinderschultz)

Numeros de Telephone importants !(Francais) 0800-14400 (n° gratuit)

Kids Help Phone (24 hours): 1-800-668-6868

Foreningen Stttecenter mod incest i Danmark – 33110708 & 33330708 man – tor 15-21

Ung P-E5 Linie 31386666 man – fre kl.14-22, lr kl.14-17

Ireland Child Help Line by ISPCC – 1800 666 666

Garda (Police) Confidential Line – 1800 666 111 (24hrs – Toll Free)

ELEM- Hotline for youth under stress or in danger Tel Aviv- (03) 641 4508 or (03) 641 8792

ELI-Society protecting the kids 177-022-3966 (Toll Free)

Meital-The Israeli help center for sexually abused

Makom Acher-a safe house for kids who need it. Tel Aviv (03) 517 6135 or (03) 517 6246

ERAN-Psychological first aid Dial 1201 anywhere in Israel

Youth Help Line (Milev center) 02 654 1111 or toll free or 1800 654 111

KAV CHERUM/Emergency Hotline- Alimut Bamishpacha vi Yiladim

Basikun/Family Violence and Kids in Danger – 1800 22 0000

Telefono Azzurro 1.96.96 numero gratuito riservato ai bambini

Hotline for Kids in Trouble – ( 31) 06-0432 (14:00-20:00 hrs everyday)

No Bully – for Kids being bullied – 0800-NO-BULLY/0800-66-28-55

Childline – 0800-1111 or http://www.childline.org.uk/

(Helpline for children and young people can call about any problem at any time)

(Provides young people with initial support, determines what help is needed, and then connects to a relevant local helpline via a three-way conference call.)

(National organisation of Nightline student helplines; local numbers available on the website.)

Skill – 0800-328-5050 (minicom – 0800-068-2422)

(National bureau for students with disabilities.)

http://www.youngminds.org.uk/youngpeople/

United Way Crisis Helpline: 1-800-233-HELP (1-800-233-4357)

American Self-Help Clearinghouse – http://www.mentalhelp.net/selfhelp/

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Christian oriented hotline – 1-877-949-HELP (1-877-949-4357)

(If their lines are busy you have to call back. 7pm to 1am EST.)

1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

(This is a secular service. They are capable of dealing with self injury and suicidal ideations or emotional crisis.)

Social Security Administration – 1-800-772-1213

(If you have cancer, or you have a disabled, or ill person in your home, and they require medical care, SSA is a very important number to have.)

(24-hour advice and counselling on any emotional issue.)

(Christian-run helpline providing a sympathetic ear, information and advice on a range of emotional, spiritual or practical matters.)

Muslim Women’s Helpline – 020-8904-8193

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(Provides information and crisis support for people with mental health problems and those who support them.)

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Marijuana Anonymous World Services (24 hours. Voice mail): 1-800-766-6779

Cocaine Hotline (24 hours): 1-800-COCAINE (1-800-262-2463)

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HHS/SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (24 hours): 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)

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NCADD Hopeline (24 hours): 1-800-622-2255

(Will refer the caller to a local affiliate office of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Callers can also leave their name and address to receive written information about alcohol and other drug abuse. Touch tone phone is required.)

Families Anonymous (10 am – 4 pm PST, M-F. After-hours voice mail): 1-800-736-9805

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Nar-Anon Family Groups (9 am – 4 pm PST, M-Th): 310-547-5800

(Provides information about Nar-Anon and worldwide referrals to local meetings.)

Narcotics Anonymous (8 am – 5pm PST, M-F): 818-773-9999

(Provides information about NA and worldwide referrals to local meetings.)

NAPARE Alcohol, Drug, and Pregnancy Hotline (9 am – 5 pm CST, M-F): 1-800-638-BABY (1-800-638-2229)

Rational Recovery Systems (24 hours): 1-800-303-CURE (1-800-303-2873)

(Provides non-Christian information about RR, worldwide referrals to local meetings, and professional services.)

Nar-Anon Family Groups (9 am – 4 pm AEST, M-Th):

(Provides information about Nar-Anon and worldwide referrals to local meetings.)

Bristol Crisis Service for Women – http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/BCSW/helpline.htm

Women’s Aid – http://www.womensaid.org.uk/help/national_helpline.htm

National Drugs Helpline – 0800-77-66-00

(Confidential advice and information for those who are concerned, or have questions, about drugs; 24 hours.)

(Independent drugs charity offering information, advice and support on drugs and legal issues.)

You can find a full list of hotlines here.

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Why not much activity in the forum?

I really would like to get to know you fellow ADHD sufferers better. But there hasn’t been much activity on this forum lately, and no one has replied to my posts.

This isn’t a complaint, just an observation.

I want to help bear your burdens, as I would like you to help bear mine. I think we can understand each other much better than folks without ADHD.

Anyway, any ideas what we can do to get this forum more active?

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What can be better than a blog?

What can be better than a blog (forums exempted) to share your opinions when the web is already full of it?

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I SO F%$# ANGERY I CANT STAND IT. I’M READY TO BEAT THE S*&^ OUT OF ANYONE. I CANT STAND IT SO FREAKING ANGERY WANT TO DESTORY EVERYTHJING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I found out tonight that two people whom I’ve worked so hard to forgive have betrayed me even more than I realized. One is a close family member and one is such a close friend that everyone considers her family. I don’t think I could stand to even look at them right now. I am so hurt I’m … I don’t even know how to describe it.

I also know "This too, shall pass.", but the knowledge of what they did to me and my reputation won’t.

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I need to say this whether i post it i dunno. My daddy was beaten up lastnight by a neighbour on my door step and i mean literally on it in my porch.

He’s ok just cut and bruised and mentally scarred. This neighbour has had sumthing against my dad for ages i dunno why. he asked them (3 guys) to move so he could park his car. He then gave up and parked across the front of the house. He got all the shopping out the car with it in his hands one beat him. He kicked him punched him in the head back and front many times in our porch. Another came up in face and told him he was gonna burn our house down.

yes the police where involved but he did a runner so they couldnt get him.

I haven’t slept tonight cos of the threats.

So if you dont hear from me i may be dead they may have burnt the house down with us in.

sorry but i needed to warn.

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I just now found out that our insurance has been canceled YET AGAIN! DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This time I’m not as upset as I was last time because the premiums had doubled!! Just like that, they DOUBLED … AND … Medicare started billing Jerry and he’s not even on it!!! SONOFA*****!!!!

I guess it’s just an inconvenience now. Got taken out of our hands. I went to NetQuote.com to get a quote on some different insurance. We’ll see what they say. In the meantime, I have to get a letter from Edison saying that our insurance has been canceled so Medicaid will pick up the tab. There goes my Celexa again!!!! SONFOAB****!!!!

I best find a Medicaid dr (UGH!!) and a shrink so I can get on SOMETHING! (Can you tell I’m upset?? LOL) GAWD! Tell me it’s Jerry’s fault… even if I know it’s not completely. I didn’t stay after him to call the insurance and find out how each of us could make our own payments. I would’ve had to pay my own after it doubled. S***!!! And these are supposed to be our GOLDEN YEARS??? HA!

So much for HIS T! Maybe it’s a good thing. I didn’t like him anyway. LOL Why are some people so bent on breaking up other people’s relationships?????? His T offered to help us "PART AS FRIENDS"???? WTF is that????

Called the old insurance to have them write a letter to Medicaid telling them that I’m not covered by them anymore. THEY GO HOME AT FOUR!!!! Now I’ve gotta wait until tomorrow. In the meantime, Jerry had to pay $130 for TWO lousy meds!!! It’s stinkin’ highway robbery!!! (Oh, GAWD! My head hurts!! )

Oh… and my sweet, thoughtful, dear husband LEFT TO GO PLAY POOL, drink beer and oogle boobies leaving me with all this crap on my hands!!

Don’t get near me… I might BITE!!

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What on earth am I doing??

My son asked for chips (french fries), so I washed the potato, peeled, sliced it and put the oil in a pot on the stove. And only remembered when the pot was almost on fire! No chips.

Apologized profusely to son – gave him some chocolate instead.

Decided to do some (more) laundry. I opened the draw (I thought for the first time) of my washing machine, where I put the soap powder in and found that I had put a spoon of instant coffee in … apparantly moments before.

I just found a roll of toilet paper – packed in amongst my pasta and rice.

It is too early to be drunk(ish) so I can’t even use that as an excuse.

Pass the dunce cap over here please.

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Hard time right now…………trigger possibly

I am having a rough time right now. I have some health problems that are adding to my mental health problems. It seems like a vicious cycle that just as soon as one thing gets under control and I get better then bam something else goes wrong and I get sick and then the cycle begins again.

I talked with my counselor at Arkansas Rehab Services today about my schooling. I am going to drop out for the semester and go again in the fall. It kills me to do this but I think for now with all that is going on with the old patterns rearing their ugly head its best for me. I am struggling though trying to decide if this truly is the best thing and I’m just running. I called my T and am waiting to hear back from him but if I don’t at least I’ll have something to talk to him about tomorrow. I AM MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!

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I am in pain. Confused by it, discouraged, angry. I am NOT A CHILD! Can’t I learn to live in the moment?

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This past weekend was a hard one for me. I got very scared about something and to prevent myself from being able to vent my feelings I demanded that KD ban me. Because of the situation .. this is the only way I could think of at the time to prevent from making the situation worse. I am sorry for no explaining this sooner. I am just working my way back here doing things that I know I have control over and not doing what I dont have control over. I should have tried to explain some of this before I said goodbye Friday night. But Iwasnt sure if I was going to ask KD to make it permanent or not. I love you guys I didnt want to leave … but I was scared for myself and other reasons. I hope everyone will accept my apology here. Sometimes we need to stand up for what we need to take care of ourselves. I just wish I could have done it another way instead of like this.

KD ~ I am sorry I hope that you can understand why I needed to do this. Thank you for helping me.

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is it ever too late to do that, or attempt it when you know of two kids that were abused by their step dad, and the mother stays with the man?

And not to mention living in different country’s.

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I want to be a psychologist and plan on getting my doctorate degree (Psy.D)…but I read somewhere that you have to be approved or something? As in your mental health? What can prevent me from being able to be a psychologist? I love helping people and I don’t think my problems should prevent me from doing that. Is there anything or any specific DX that can prevent someone from pursuing their career? I’m really worried about this!!! Please be honest!

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I got a few emails because my website was down for a few days, and my emails bounced back for a few days, and some of you probably have signature graphics that don’t work anymore

Rest assured I am OK… the website was just a technical issue.

It does involve PsychCentral though… it seems that the problem was too many connections at once which may have in part been due to linking to the graphics on my website. So unfortunately I’ve had to take those down.

BUT for anyone who wants, I still have the graphics, just email me and I’ll send you a copy. Just to be clear, there is no problem with the graphics themselves, you just have to find a place to host them and link to them. I really think that there is a way to do that directly through PsychCentral, maybe even through the photo upload center.

I’m happy to give the graphics, please don’t think this caused any sort of problem… it was just a temporary thing quickly resolved, and I’m hoping that you can all find an easy way to link to them from PC or another web host any of you have access too… just give a holler and I’ll get them to you.

As for me, I’ve been doing very well with regard to the depression. My biggest problem is still exhaustion and I’m still not sure if my tiredness is due to depression or from another physical factor. My last blood test did provide some clues and I have to do a follow up blood test to see if they can find something. It is a little scary but without the depression clouding my judgement I can deal with it. I think you all know what I mean… with depression even a tiny physical ailment means the "end of the world" but with clearer thinking one is better equipped to deal with problems as they come.

I still don’t have a car but have been getting to work on my scooter with no problem. The weather has been extremely mild here so the heat problem at my house is not an issue. I did actually manage to get the overdue bill paid off and I have service restored, but I haven’t been using my heat to ward off future bills. I’ve been warm and comfortable (and safe) with just the space heater and a little bit of house-heat on cold days and mostly the general weather has been warm anyway.

I’m taking a job teaching a course in prepress and graphic design starting next month… it is an evening course once a week for 6 weeks. I’m looking forward to it… it is a little bit of extra money but mostly will mean getting out and doing something and being around people.

Work itself is going well… my coworkers and boss have been VERY understanding of my problem with depression as well as my other physical problems, so going to work everyday has been helpful and not stressful. This week my arthritis has been really bad… I was an hour late for work today because I just couldn’t get my socks on in the morning or my shoes tied… and generally just stiff all day. But I’ve been sleeping OK at night which really really helps and some days are better than others.

Well gotta go, I have some work to do at home. I’m sorry I haven’t been able to be around at all but I’ve just been too swamped with taking care of things here and dealing with the sleepiness the rest of the time. But overall I am doing OK and I hope some of you here can say the same as well.

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I am one of the few people in the world who do not own a cell phone. It has always seemed like a waste of precious money. Well, my car broke down today. It wasn’t in the worst of neighborhoods, but it certainly wasn’t the best. There were no pay phones available. Two wonderful Good Samaritans allowed me to use their cell phones to call for assistance.

When I get my car back, I’m going to buy a track (sp?) phone with enough minutes to use in case of emergencies. If you can, please do the same. You don’t want to be caught without a way to get help.

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MAM wanted me to tell everyone that she’s not going to be able to get online for a little while, but she’s thinking of everyone here and always appreciates the support.

Can we send her lots of wishes and care right now?

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I can’t find them anywhere…..I have access to databases, and everything, and I cannot find them anywhere!!……I really want them for my speech, if anybody comes across anything please let me know, I’d appreciate it.

oh by the way, I need them as soon as 2000, and in America.

Posted in health Tags: I need drug mortality stats 2 Comments »

Hoping YOU all still WANT ME around -

I am hoping that YOU all are NOT getting bored (or upset) with ME and my broken record….. but I process and heal after I have been able to talk it all through (to VENT, over and over and over again) – until the issue is no longer an issue for or with in me.

I am not for sure how long this will take – but I do want you all to know that I am listening and learning from all the advice and help that is being given to me on my anxiety / marriage problems…. and I appreciate it.

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My pc / windows crashed yesterday!!!! Windows was just re-installed. My work and documents were retrieved but there were a number of other things that I lost.

Needless to say – I have so much to catch up on but my time here will have to very disciplined in order for me to catch up on my backlog let alone reset all my settings etc.

I felt quite lost not being able to be here for one day and night.

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Well to summarize a long and agonizing story……my husband, children, and I moved to a apartment, for financial purposes.

We gave our beep beep beep landlord, who has been a crook since the beginning, our 30 day notice……verbally.

We were great tenants…..we payed rent on time, every single month we lived there. The original agreement was pay then live…..that’s what the first months rent and deposit was for before we even moved in.

Well the jerk is claiming that we owe last months rent…..but we have the receipt!!!……lol….what a idiot.

Anyway, a couple days before we moved out I called the jerk, asking what needed to be done for us to receive our deposit……that’s when he mentioned that we owed rent, and we could sign some paper to let him keep the deposit instead of pay rent……he thinks I’m a idiot, that’s why he talks to me, instead of my husband.

Well we finally got out of there. We had to leave some things behind, and yes we did end up taking more then 30 days to get out of there…..but I figured since he refused to give us our deposit that we could take our time getting out.

He began calling saying if we didn’t come get our stuff that night he would throw it away. My husband tried to call him after work but of course he would not answer.

Well I finally went there to pick up the last load…..and all our stuff was in the trash on the curb.

My kids toys, clothes, dishes, small stuff like laundry baskets, and bathroom stuff. Our vacuums.

I began digging through the trash and started loading up the car with what I could salvage. Then the jerk came out and was rude to me saying "give me my keys, I want my keys".

I gave them to him, and didn’t say a word, because I figured I’d take the %#@&#! to court, and I didn’t want anything against me.

I then looked into my husbands van….which is parked on the property, and our air conditioner, his carpet tools, and many other things are missing…..the sonava ***** stole our stuff.

Does anybody have any suggestions on what can be done, and what I should do. I assume the van is gone now, which means everything inside of it is gone too.

I really want to make this %#@&#! pay…….what should I do?

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This thread has been moved to its appropriate fourm. **KD**

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I’m curious how many other people don’t drink alcohol just because they have really no desire to, not because they have to for health or other reasons.

Not since my 20s have I drank much. It’s a bunch of empty calories, I’m not a good drunk, and I don’t like the way I feel the next day.

It bothers me that I feel I should have to drink because not drinking makes other people uncomfortable, like they don’t know how to interact with someone who doesn’t have at least a beer in their hand.

I just don’t get the whole push for "social" alcohol consumption. I guess I could just say "I have a mental disorder that alcohol interacts with extremely negatively. Still want me to have that drink?" LOL

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Well, I’m still alive…I’ve been crashing at my X’s house, so at least I got to see my daughters–cool. That came to an end today, however, by previous arrangement. I’m sleeping on the floor at my old place (moved all the furniture last week) for a few days. I still have to pack up dishes, clothes, etc. so they can be put in storage.

I can find no one to rent to me…imagine, no one wants someone with a recent bankruptcy and no job (temp work doesn’t coun’t, apparently) as a tenant…imagine, the nerve of some folks…

I applied for SSI/SSDI this week, but that of course will take forever…I have emergency housing funds approved from one agency, if I can find someone who wants them…

Other than that, I’m holding up fairly well, except for anxiety and lonliness, but I’m pretty stable, I think. The Tennessee Vols’ men’s basketball team is tenth in the polls, 3rd in the RPI’s and will probably be a 2 seed in whatever bracket of the NCAA Tournament they wind up in… this makes me happy!!!!

So, there’s the update for now, I’ll be around for a few days…I hope to hear from you guys.

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the army referred my daughter to a doctor here in town. she has gone to him for a long time. she has a tumor and suffers greatly before, during and after her period. he has been giving her 45 pain pills for a three months supply. she went to him last week, in horrid pain, and he refused to give her any more meds. he said he was "afraid" that she was addicted. it’d be pretty had to get addicted to 45 pills in 90 days. at least that’s my take on that!!

i suggested that she go to my female doc. she requested her records from dr. G. this a.m. she came to my house in hysterics! she handed me the records and i could not believe what i was reading. they were full of inaccurcies, lies and supposition. i was absolutely floored. he even wrote about mine and r.j.’s marriage! about her having had a stepfather, etc. etc. and about "why we divorced"………..????? he said she dressed "hippyish" and was discheveled. (sp) she was in extreme pain and had perfectly ordinary jeans and a tee on. with a coat.

if she can’t get pregnant again, they are going to adopt. they would never, ever be able to adopt if an agency saw what he has in her records. that’s how bad it was. no one would let her have a baby!

i walked over and picked up the phone and she asked me what i was doing. i said i’m calling him. i called and asked for his nurse. i used calm and firm words. i said "inappropriate, appalled, aghast, inaccuracies, suppostitions and untruths". i said that i had been married to a doctor (which of course he knows) and that i knew that he had never, ever considered charting like Dr. G did. i didn’t threaten, i didn’t raise my voice, totally calm. the nurse, very angrily, asked me what i was doing reading her records. i said i am her mother and she handed them to me! she said where is your daughter? i told her that she is standing right in front of me in my livingroom! she started telling me that medical records are private. i reminded her that a transcriptionist and nurses had already seen these "private" records!!

within two hours, he called colleen and totally begged her to not do anything and that he would expunge all of the errors from her records and give her a new set. he kissed up like crazy. he begged and she yelled. he begged her to not let this get out!!!!!!!!! guess he remembered that i’ve lived here longer than he has and have longer relationships with the docs here than he does.

i had already called my friend, the ER doc and told him what happened. he said that Dr. G could lose his med license over it. colleen was planning to go to a lawyer this afternoon.

folks, ask for your records immediately. i beg you to do this. read them over. the law states that the doc has to give you a copy of what’s in your folder. no questions asked. there could be anything in our charts!!

so…………….i called a friend at the courthouse and asked her if she knew anything about him. she said she would ask around. she called me back immediately and started talking and then i remembered what i knew from about 3 years ago. he and his wife had a "sex" party with teenagers and one of the parents reported them to the police and it turned into a lawsuit. she is now checking to see if he has malpractice suits filed against him. i had totally forgotten about the party thing as i didn’t know him at that time and i still don’t know him. i know that at some time colleen had mentioned his name but it didn’t click with me….depression and all really affects my memory.

incidentally, my doc was totally kind to her and checked her out thoroughly and gave her a prescription and told her to call at any time if she is uncomfortable next month. she isn’t willing to have a hysterectomy until it might become apparent that she can’t get pregnant again. stella was born at 24 weeks.

my sister really teased me about kicking his "butt". i feel like he needs more than his butt kicked.

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A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably coifed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready. As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window. "I love it," he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. "Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just wait.""That doesn’t have anything to do with it," he replied. "Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged … it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. "It’s a

decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away. Just for this time in my life.Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories! Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing." Remember the five simple rules to be happy:1. Free your heart from hatred.2. Free your mind from worries.3. Live simply.4. Give more.5. Expect less.

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I went to a women’s ministry thingy at my church Thursday night and the singer was Paula Dunn. If you ever get a chance to hear her I highly recommend it. This was my favorite song she sang. I hope you like it.

Words by Paula Dunn/Scott Williamson

Music by Paula Dunn/Linwood Campbell/Scott Williamson

There’s a dream that’s in you

And a dream that’s in me

A dream to make a difference

And be all that we can be

There’s a road that shines before us

That the power of our dreams

Don’t let life pass you by

There’s a world that’s waiting for you

There’s a choice that you have

Of who you want to be

A choice to touch a soul

But it takes courage to step out

And strength to lead the way

So put your fears aside and realize

That’s why you’re here today

And He will see you through

You’ll see your life in a new light

The choice is up to you

All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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Where are users when their Location says “Private”?

Just curious to know what areas of this site you could be in if your location is Private??

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I’m feeling so little and vulnerable and just plain sad today.

Can’t really tell anyone IRL and wanted someone to know.

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every thing is so bad here we are so sad we are so lost

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I have nothing to live for.

No-one to love and no-one to live for.

How can i love myself if i have no-one to love back?

I just want someone to tell me they accept me the way i am.

I want to stop this pain.

All the people around me do is hurt me.

I dream that one day it will get better cos that is all i can do.

i like cstrong, and sleeps and sky and wizzard and others that i spoke to today.

I need more love in my life

The hate just kills the life out of me.

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I am going to take this down in less than 5 minutes

But I just wanted to get this message out ..it’s a major look into meThis is obviously written to someone I love he will get it after I am gone>> I had to edit cannot find delete

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Are we allowed to post our blogs?

Theirs a blog that I want to add on my signature… is it allowed?

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My son’s constant back-chatting is driving me up the wall! He has a clever or sarcastic answer for everything. I don’t condone the behaviour but that doesn’t stop him.

He also asks me a question and as I begin to answer he says "no …." and then rambles onto what he think is the answer to what he asked. I told him that I will not answer any more questions until he can give me enough respect to finish a sentence.

I love him but I’m in a semi-constant bad mood because of him. It is exhausting me.

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I’m a poohbah now. Is there some secret handshake I need to learn? Oh geez I hope its not to complicated I can’t remember much these days. I have always wanted to be a poohbah..next step Grand Poohbah and comes another handshake Sheesh.

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why does the state sometimes remove children from parents who are alcoholics?

Why does the state remove kids from a home where the parents are alcoholics even when there is no abuse to the child? Is it because they fear the child might become an alcoholic because they see their parents doing it to cope with life’s problems? Or is it they fear emotional abuse/neglect of the child? And why aren’t the kids allowed back sometimes even though the parents are sober and in recovery? That happened to me…

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I feel the need to take a break

I love being able to come in here and have a connection with other people who are struggling, but I keep getting asked about one aspect of my life that I’ve worked very hard to get to. It’s taken hard work and dedication and sacrifice, a LOT of sacrifice.

What I’ve accomplished in the last 16 years is not something that can be undertaken overnight, and, to me, my hard work almost feels invalidated when others seem to think they might be able to accomplish the same things in a few weeks or months.

My life is a daily struggle to accomplish just a fraction of the things that need to be done. My depressive issues reached their peak long after I had firmly established my chosen path. It is not something I undertook while at my lowest point.

Sorry. I’m rambling, but I’m frustrated.

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I have to feel bad ALL the time?

I have to spend entire days without speaking to anyone?

I have to be ALONE all the time?

I not get to enjoy ANYTHING I used to?

Where is it written that I should spend my time writing silly posts like this????

Whew…that’s better…sort of.

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