Have you ever experienced that thing where your thoughts gnaw at you over and over again? My Mom calls it ruminating. I do it a lot, so I’m sure you’ll see me talk about it in other blog posts. Today I’m ruminating on social media, so that’s what I want to talk about.
To give you some background, I have been diagnosed with depression. I take medication for it, and while I need to go back to therapy because it’s very helpful for me, I haven’t yet because I tend to put others’ needs in front of my own and just haven’t had the time (but that’s a topic for another post). Also, maybe there’s someone else out there that is experiencing all these same things, and this will make you feel more comfortable to hear that it’s happening to me too!
I was on Zoloft for three years and with the encouragement from my friends and family, I recently stopped taking it. However, choosing to stop my antidepressants was quite a difficult obstacle for me. And I would like to share my personal experience for anyone else who might be considering stopping or starting medication.
Should I take antidepressants?
If you think antidepressants might help relieve some depression symptoms for you, make an appointment with a psychiatrist as soon as possible. Make sure you do not schedule it with a psychologist because they are not authorized to prescribe you medication. Psychiatrists can assess and diagnose you, and you will be able to decide together whether antidepressants are a good choice for you. Find out more about the differences between mental health professionals.
It is essential to have a group of people in your corner especially when you are going through a rough time. I use to believe that I could get through things on my own. My motto was that “I do not need anyone.” However, looking back, I now realize this was not a healthy way to handle emotional distress.
A few weeks ago, I had a terrible anxiety attack because I thought I failed an exam. I have had a few anxiety attacks before, but this one was like no other. I was shaking. I felt like I could not breathe. My heart was beating so fast that I thought it was going to fall out my chest. I could not stop myself from crying. I thought this experience would never end. For three hours, this anxiety attack continued. Throughout this time, I could not get myself to pick up the phone and call someone for support. I did not think anyone would care about what I was going through or would just dismiss my feelings and tell me to “get over it.”
Have you ever downloaded an app to help you with your health? What happened? Was it useful or did you end up deleting it when you were cleaning up your phone later?
One problem currently with apps available for download is it can be hard to figure out whether it will actually be helpful to you or not. Apps are advertised and users leave ratings. Which ones show up first is determined by an algorithm – or formula – made up by that specific app search engine (like the iOS app store). Its kind of like healthy diet books. Some of them might have really pretty book covers and claims from famous people that they work – but then you try it out only to find its not what you were looking for.
Myhealthapps.net is trying to provide a solution to that problem. It is a website collecting apps for health and providing information from patient reviewers about what worked for them.
Does your mental illness ever keep you in bed all day? Does it make you feel like you can’t do anything? In my experience, bouts of depression have come hand in with elevated levels of un-productivity. And in turn, that makes me feel worse, because at the end of the day, I see checklist after checklist of things that I have not done, and remain unchecked.
In a previous post we talked about a situation where your child could use mindfulness if they feel stressed out before a job interview. We also told you about some great websites to check out in that post. Let’s say you read about mindfulness, even listened to some audio, and now you are about to respond to your child’s text, asking for some support – what could they do?
When I was in fifth grade, my teacher gave our class a little life tip: find something to look forward to each day. It can be anything from a club or activity you enjoy to going out for ice cream with a friend. My younger self didn’t think much of this advice, but over the years I have come to embrace this into my philosophy of life.
Mindshift is an app for iOS and Android that can help you with anxiety and depression symptoms. While an app is not a replacement for therapy, it can help between sessions to ease your mind and help manage your triggers. Helping adolescents manage their symptoms between sessions is very helpful to their care overall.
Has your child ever seen or received a social media post that they (or you) found to be hurtful, offensive, or just… not cool? Here are ready-to-use images that can be posted as a reply from thatsnotcool.com. There are also other “call out cards” that can be sent if someone is messaging, calling, texting, or emailing your child too much.
Would your child use these “call out cards”? Let us know in the comments!