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Hope Despite Depression Patient Expert

San Francisco, California
My name is Christine. I have been living with several mental illnesses since childhood. Over... Full Bio
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Weaning Off Clonazepam by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health After much discussion with my therapist we both agreed that the number one drug I need to start weaning off of is Clonazepam, as it is one of the most toxic medications I am ... Read on »
Beware of Benzos! by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Benzodiazepines, or "Benzos",  are essentially what all anti-anxiety meds are categorized under.  For example, the med I take for my anxiety and panic attacks is called Clon ... Read on »
The First Step by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I have officially completed my first step.  It's a minor step, but it still has significance.  Today I am officially off Pristiq and back on Fluoxetine (Prozac).  I decided ... Read on »
It All Starts Right NOW by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health So here's the deal... as I mentioned earlier I've decided that it's time for me to try my hardest to be med-free and if that's not possible then to at least be on the least ... Read on »
Question Everything by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In my last post I truly thought that I was spiraling out of control again.  It scared me to think how easily I could slip back into that dark hole especially when I had b ... Read on »
Slip Slidin' Away by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health It's been over 10 years since I had the amazing opportunity to see Paul Simon in concert.  It was one of the best concerts I have ever been t ... Read on »
Write Your Own "Year In Review" by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health It's the end of yet another year and magazines and television shows are summing up the year's best and worst moments.  I always enjoy watching or reading about the "year ... Read on »
It Truly is A Wonderful Life by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health                                                photo courtesy of Google Images I'm finally home from my week of chaos.  I made it!  It feels soo ... Read on »
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year? by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I can't believe it's December 22nd already!  Just two more days before the insanity begins!  Today was the only day this week there wasn't a single thing going on that I ... Read on »
Anxiety and the Holidays by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Early this morning an extremely painful heaviness weighing down on my chest jolted me from my sleep.  Let me tell you, it was not a pleasant way to wake up.  Having grown ... Read on »
Follow The Signs... by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I recently read a post written by Vanessa,  author of the inspiring blog Optimal Optimist .  In her post she discussed a recent trip to the mall where she came across a ... Read on »
My Dexedrine Dilemma by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health My intention was to have this written and posted earlier today, but lately my days are flying by way too fast.  And when I say "days", I mean the time between when I wake ... Read on »
Narayanan Krishnan: Protecting the Powerless by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Narayanan Krishnan brings hot meals and dignity to  India's homeless and destitute through his nonprofit trust I happened to come across this video which was ... Read on »
Go With The Flow by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I don't know about you, but when I get sick, be it a cold, the flu, etc. my depression seems to take a slight tumble.  I then worry about slipping into full-blown panic m ... Read on »
Today's Guest Writer on "A Woman's Voice" Blog by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health A few weeks back I wrote a post entitled "Life is Filled With Meaningful Coincidences".  Shortly after I received a message from the author of the blog " A Woman's ... Read on »
Keeping the Holiday Spirit Alive by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health One thing depression has taught me is how to be more compassionate and to have empathy for others.  It's so easy to get sucked into your own little world when you're depr ... Read on »
I've Got To Admit It's Getting Better... by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health                            photos courtesy of Google Images ... A little better all the time ... For me, nothing has been more soothing, more comforting than music to ... Read on »
I Just Want You To Know.. by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health "For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night,For health and food, for love and friends,For everything Thy goodness sends."~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ ... Read on »
Grateful for Depresson? by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health There have been and will continue to be times when depression will make it difficult for me to be grateful for anything.  Some days I wonder why I even bother to get o ... Read on »
Blogger of Note (BON) ~ Monday Nov. 22, 2010! by Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Not long ago I discovered Words of Wisdom , a wonderful site in which their mission is to connect “like-minded bloggers". Through their site I have found numerous blogs I ... Read on »