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[#] Sun Apr 14 2019 14:54:27 EDT from triLcat

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so when I was 9, I started tying hair bands around my neck to kill myself. Then I took chemicals from my chemistry set, perfume, etc.

I was more playing with the idea than actually trying to kill myself. 

When I was 18, I had pneumonia, and I got an asthma inhaler. Almost on a whim, I tried to see if I could take enough ventolin to kill myself. 

When I was 20, I got knocked up out of wedlock, freaked out, and took 30+ benadryl. That time I actually wanted to die. 

There were various attempts over the next 3 years, and then I got on Celexa, and guess what? I stopped being horribly miserable all the time. It's been a good 15 years since I actually tried to kill myself. 

I had a few sort of "break downs" over the years, but with medication and therapy (off and on), I've managed to build a decent life for myself. I've married, I have three great kids. I have a real circle of friends. 

Yes, I've been taking medicine for depression for close to twenty years now, and will probably still be taking it twenty years from now, but I'm alive. I'm functioning.


Any of you parents who wants to talk to me about how it feels from the kid's perspective, a lot of it is still fresh enough in my mind to discuss. drop me a mail, and I'll try to answer.


[#] Tue Apr 16 2019 13:26:36 EDT from fleeb

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Grats, Ragnar, on aging. Children do that well. Both in terms of doing a good job making you feel old, and in terms of doing so with an excellent quality to it.

triLcat, I am glad you aren't toying with such things now... yikes on that kind of past.

[#] Mon Apr 22 2019 13:39:17 EDT from pandora

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Tril, I'm happy you're here with us.

[#] Wed May 01 2019 00:21:23 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Sometimes that "life sentence" for people are because of a chemical
imbalance in the brain.  The start of taking the meds is either take
them, or end up with more issues.   

Well my 14yo has started on chill pills, and I just hate the idea. But she seems to need it.

I'm really really really hoping that it's a temporary thing.

[#] Wed May 01 2019 11:01:45 EDT from LoanShark

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could be. teenagers are different.

[#] Wed May 01 2019 12:01:11 EDT from wizard of aahz

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IG - My understanding is that teenagers chemistry is sorta changing all the time, so they need to be watched, but at the same time it means it might very well be temporary.

[#] Thu May 02 2019 17:03:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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She's taking a med called "desvenlafaxine". All we can think of is that it's named after a 1950's movie actress named Desven LaFaxine. Oof.

[#] Fri May 03 2019 11:26:31 EDT from pandora

[Reply] [ReplyQuoted] [Headers] [Print] there was also an article in time about a decade ago about how a teenage brain rewires itself, I'll see if I can find it.

[#] Wed Jun 05 2019 11:31:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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The little IGlette's mood and affect is much better now. I don't know if it's the drugz or a placebo effect or she's just plain out of the funk, but she's stopped harping on the futility of living, at least. She still has a ridiculously low opinion of her own self-worth. This needs to be fixed.

[#] Wed Jun 05 2019 13:53:42 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Friday nights are a good time to fix that. She's adored then.

[#] Fri Jun 07 2019 09:06:52 EDT from pandora

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What does Iglette like to do for fun?

[#] Sun Jun 09 2019 16:04:23 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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She likes to paint and draw, she curates memes and shares them with her online peeps, she plays video games ... aside from that she just likes to hang out with her friends like all 14 year old girls.

[#] Mon Jun 10 2019 15:44:54 EDT from pandora

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Does she take any art classes, maybe outside of school?

[#] Tue Jun 11 2019 12:38:26 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Actually yes, she just finished one at a community art center. She has more talent than she'll admit to.

[#] Wed Jun 12 2019 16:15:53 EDT from pandora

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Hopefully things like that will help.

[#] Fri Jun 21 2019 10:45:47 EDT from pandora

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a little song that I play for my kids a lot:, Baz Luhrmann - Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen. I'd link it, but my pasting isn't working in my terminal.

[#] Thu Jul 25 2019 13:55:44 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Heh. That's cute.

[#] Tue Aug 06 2019 21:28:30 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Today my lovely daughter talked me out of going on a three state killing spree.

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