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JubilexThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Nov. 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Hey everyone. I'm Jubilex, but people on here used to refer to me as J or Jubie.
 
I tend to spend a lot of time on the Health secion of this forum talking to and giving advice to people who are depressed or self harm. I first became depressed in late 2007. I had a year of remission (as in I was happy and content), which ended in June of this year. Since then I've still been having episodes of a depressed state (as in a few weeks on/off). I'm pretty good at coping these days, so it hasn't been too major. It sucks that things went back to being hard, but I know how to deal with it and move on with my life now.
 
I used to cut as well. For two years (with some breaks in between). I haven't cut since September of 2009. I overdosed on paracetamol a few times as well (the last time I did this would have been in 2009 as well). Nothing that was a serious risk to my life, but enough to make me hazy and tired.
 
All of my progress has essentailly been a self-taught experience. I never saw any therapist/doctor and never took any meds. II'm not saying that's what everyone should do, but it does mean that I came up with my own strategies and ways of coping and steadily adapted them to my situation. It took a lot of effort, but it's possible.  had support from friends and things like that, but in the end working through these things was something I had to do for myself, no one could do it for me.
 
If anyone wants to talk about anything, or ask advice, I'm here. I'll do what I can. I check the Health forum a lot, so feel free to come over there. Or post here and I'll check back.

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JubilexThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Nov. 12, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Also, my actual name is Jacynta, so feel free to refer to me as that if you would like :)

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Smile,RayynThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Nov. 12, 2012 at 10:27 pm

A note: there is a self-harm support thread in the health forum that I posted that people dont use very much, but maybe if you want to ask Jubes anything, you could use that one? Just a suggestion, I don't know, do you want to do that, Jubey?

*hugs Kiersten* I'm sorry to hear that.

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FieryAngel replied...
Nov. 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

it is not to bad but it bled for a little while it is just an ugly scar for now........... god i am tired of the scars............... for my depression my mom had a doctor prescirbe some meds, havent got them filled yet so fingers crossed. {hugs Rayyn back}

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Smile,RayynThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Nov. 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Yay for hopefully helpful meds! *crosses fingers also* I heard that cocoa butter helps with scars, or something like that, but I don't know because I've never tried it. Actually I'm not even sure it's cocoa butter, but it was cocoa something. :/

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JubilexThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Nov. 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I'm much more likely to notice a thread on the Health section than anywhere else. I check it the most. So if anyone wants to get a hold of me, that's the best place. I'm happy to do what I can. Always feel free to ask me anything, or talk to me about whatever you want.
 
FieryAngel: I hope the meds work. Did the doctor tell you that they take a while to start working (providing these are antidepressants) and that you might feel worse at first? It'll fade, but many people spontaneously stop taking antidepressants because of side effects and that it a bad, bad idea. Rosehip oil also works for scars. As does sunlight (be careful though because scar tissue offers less protection from UV radiation).

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Smile,RayynThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Nov. 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm

A note: I realized my other thread isn't in the health section. My bad.

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FieryAngel replied...
Nov. 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

Jubilex i cant take my meds yet bcuz Prozac (my depression pill) and my Risperdone (my Bipolar/sleep pill) have a bad affect with each other tht could be fatal so i cant take either

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FieryAngel replied...
Nov. 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

Jubilex i cant take my meds yet bcuz Prozac (my depression pill) and my Risperdone (my Bipolar/sleep pill) have a bad affect with each other tht could be fatal so i cant take either

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Still_worth_LovingThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Nov. 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm

How come you can't just take one or the other? (Sorry, just curious)

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Still_worth_LovingThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Nov. 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Oh, by the way, I'm still Rayyn.

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JubilexThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Nov. 16, 2012 at 1:17 am

I have the same question as Rayyn, why don't they decide which one is best and use that? Or maybe use different types of drugs with similar actions. There are other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors that don't interact with Risperidone, so that's an option. Sertraline (Zoloft) is one of the first line treatment drugs for depression over here (I'm Australian). It generally doesn't have as severe side effects as some of the other drugs and has less drug interactions as well.
 
Is Prozac the first antidepressant they put you on, or have you tried others?
 
Also, are you seeing a therapist or psychologist of some sort? Sorry if you've already explained this.

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Still_worth_LovingThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Nov. 16, 2012 at 7:52 am

Prozac was the first one I used when I was put on drugs; I think it's the first one in America. (Sorry, this is kind of irrelevant)

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JubilexThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Nov. 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm

No, it's perfectly relevant. Please, always feel free to add things. Medicine works differently here, so there will be things that I don't know. And even with stuff here, I'm still capable of making errors.
 
I didn't know that it was first line over there, but it is a good thing to know. Here it used to be first line, but when a few new drugs with less side effects came in, they changed over. Also Prozac has a longer effect than a lot of the drugs we use here, so it can have much stronger effects (this probably also contributes to the side effects). I prefer the system we have here, but it's still not perfect. It sucks how little effort goes into mental health in this country.

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FieryAngel replied...
Nov. 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

well i got put on a new depression med tht works ok with sleep med but i have to wait for it to kick in

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Still_worth_LovingThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Nov. 20, 2012 at 8:03 am

I hope it works, Keirsten!

I agree, Jubilex, it does suck that people don't seem to care as much about mental illnesses. It's annoying when people don't take them seriously.

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JubilexThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Nov. 20, 2012 at 8:54 am

Hopefully the meds make a difference. yeah, they can take a while to kick in and there's a chance you'll feel worse to start off with. Your doctor probably already mentioned that to you, so I'll try not to be all overboard with the info that you likely already know.
 
Mental illness is really misunderstood in our society and it sucks. I think if more people were aware and educated about it then not only would there be better support, but there'd probably be better treatment and management as well.

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Still_worth_LovingThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Nov. 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Yeah, I think so too. I always wonder if there's anything I can do to help, but I have such a hard time coming up with ideas. :/

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JubilexThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Nov. 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Well, I'm a med student and I can assure you that I'll be a doctor who actually gets it. Well, the depression area at least. Lots of doctors do experience depression though, so I'm kind of surprised that it isn't dealt with better by the medical profession. I think because we're so taught to know the sicence behind everything and follow certain regulations that we get drilled into that kind of mentality.
 
There are plenty of doctors (specialty is psychiatry) out there who do get it though. I've just heard a number of stories from people who have had terrible doctors when going for mental illness reasons, so I guess I've been lead to believe that theyre all like that, but they're not. I mean, the types of people that go into psychiatry probably include a lot of people who suffer(ed) from mental illness themselves, or who knew/knows someone who did/does.

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Still_worth_LovingThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Nov. 21, 2012 at 10:33 am

I hope that your training doesn't get rid of your sympathy, then! The world needs more sympathetic doctors. I never really got professional help with my cutting because that wasn't the focus for me...my doctor was more focused on my eating disorder. :p but then again, cutting wasn't really a huge problem then. I got the mess from a psychaiatrist.

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