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Jamie L. Patient Expert

Surrey, Canada
I have battled with depression since the age of 12 and hid my struggles for many years. Now I use my experience to help others!
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Change is in the air by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Last week, on June 30 my husband came home with some news - they are terminating his position at work. It's not a reflection on his work during the 12 years with the compan ... Read on »
Mountain Biking and Depression by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I'm really getting into mountain biking this season. I only really started last season, so I'm still a beginner. Learning anything new is challenging, but it seems to be go ... Read on »
Summer is here by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Summer feels like it's officially here with the end of school and the long weekend. We even had sun this weekend, which was so nice! I've been trying to take more ti ... Read on »
I'm Drowning by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health This last week I feel like I'm going under and don't know what to do. Visiting my doctor hasn't been very productive. I've also asked for a referral to a psychiatrist (from ... Read on »
Exhaustion by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health An almost constant theme in my life is exhaustion. I think it's because the effort of functioning normally while highly depressed can be exhausting. And that's exac ... Read on »
Today should have been a good day! by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I hate depression. I hate it because it takes beautiful days that should be awesome and turns them into a nightmare. Today we got up early and headed out to a mounta ... Read on »
Depression in Children by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Squealing with delight over Christmas and birthday presents, running around the backyard like crazed animals chasing bubbles, or hanging from tree branches like hyper littl ... Read on »
When the Flu Comes to Visit by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health It's been an ugly two days at our house! Yesterday morning my five-year-old started the day at 6 a.m. vomiting and kept at it all morning. By the afternoon she had managed ... Read on »
Leveling Out by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health It's now been 35 days since I started weening off Paxil and 21 days since I started taking Wellbutrin and I actually feel like I'm leveling out! I'm not fully off Pa ... Read on »
Top Blog Lists by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Masters in Psychology.net has complied a list of the Top 50 Blogs about Depression . It includes a number of different blogs, including blogs by patients and therapists, ... Read on »
I Want to Make a Difference by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The month of May is almost over and I"m feeling good about the blog challenge. I participated in the blog party on May 18 and took up the challenge to blog every day dur ... Read on »
Help for Anxiety by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health After recognizing that anxiety is a problem and deciding that I don't want to go back on 10mg of Paxil a day (I'm at 5mg every second day right now - almost off of it!), I ... Read on »
Serious Anxiety by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I sat down last night and counted the days that I have been on this journey of switching antidepressants. It's been 31 days since the very start and 17 days since I start ... Read on »
So Honoured by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health This is so cool. I got an e-mail today that I've been included in the search for the top 25 mental wellness blogs by moms! What an honor to be considered ... Read on »
Explaining Depression by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The other night I went for a mountain bike ride with a friend. As we got started I told her that I'd be taking it a little easy as I was feeling dizzy and a little shaky. ( ... Read on »
Is exercise really an option? by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health As I was searching the net for ways to help depression, I came across a frequently used recommendation - exercise. I chuckled a little when I read this and thought to mysel ... Read on »
Stressing Out by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Right now I'm feeling overwhelmed and anxious about this week. It feels like that anxiety is taking over right and it's making me mad. Today is a holiday (Victoria D ... Read on »
Remembering Relapses by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I was thinking about relapses today and found an old post outlining past relapses with depression. I'm hoping that while I go through this medication change right now that ... Read on »
Life Isn't Fair by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I remember when I was a kid and cried that something wasn't fair, my mom would say, "Life isn't fair." It's kind-of become a mantra of mine as an adult. My mom has M ... Read on »
Panic Attacks by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Wikipedia describes panic attacks as, "periods of intense fear or apprehension that are of sudden onset and of relatively brief duration." If you've ever experienced a pa ... Read on »