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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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Misunderstanding Depression by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I was looking through some past posts when I found this post of mine, " The misunderstanding of depression continues ". I wrote this post a few years ago after r ... Read on »
Is just okay good enough? by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Sometimes those of us with depression are willing to accept a life that is just okay, instead of aiming for living a life that is something more. Just recently I was doin ... Read on »
How to Help Someone with Depression by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I was searching for sites with information about how you can help a loved one with information. Some had good information, some had information I thought was terrible. He ... Read on »
Fighting over Nothing by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health My husband and I had a huge fight last night over nothing. It's been brewing for a while. He's been driving me nuts for no reason at all. Every time he opened his mouth thi ... Read on »
Celebrity Sunday - Hugh Laurie by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I'm a big fan of the TV Show House . I really connect to the main character's emotional pain and his struggle with drug addiction (not that I've ever struggled with dru ... Read on »
Remembering my attempted suicide by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I meant to post this yesterday, but with all the blogger issues, I just saved it for today. As I was looking at suicide help lines and information to tie into my twe ... Read on »
What a week! by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Today I was a little shocked when I logged onto my blog to see that several of my recent posts were gone. When the posts were restored, I was still unpleased to see that ma ... Read on »
Wellbutrin by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Yesterday morning my daughter said something on the way to school that made my heart stop. She said, "I wish I were dead!" For a moment I couldn't breath. Did my ... Read on »
Deciding to have Kids by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Mother's Day on Sunday has caused me to do some reminiscing about my decision to have children. Most couples probably don't struggle too much with the decision t ... Read on »
Mother's Day Review by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health One thing I find interesting about being an individual that suffers from depression is that holidays and special occasions are never easy. For the rest of the mentally he ... Read on »
Demi Lovato - Celebrity Sunday by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In April, 18 year old Disney star, Demi Lovato, reveled that she is bipolar. I had recorded her 20/20 interview about her time in rehab, cutting, being bullied as a child a ... Read on »
Is Suicide Preventable? by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention , suicide is preventable. Their site says, "While some suicides occur without any outward warning, most people ... Read on »
Paxil Withdrawal Day 10 by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Today is day 10 of weening myself from Paxil. I honestly thought by now it would be getting a little better and that I would be able to lower my dosage once more, but it lo ... Read on »
Natural Remedies and Mental Health by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Google "herbs mental health" and you will get zillions of results trying to sell you something. I tried wading through the information, but must admit that I didn't get v ... Read on »
Changing my mind Again by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Okay, after much talk with close friends and with a cousin that is also a nurse, I've decided to schedule another doctor's appointment to discuss the following: 1. M ... Read on »
Changing my mind by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Last night I had my mom over for a short visit and I went through the list of possible side effects with Cipralex and Wellbutrin. She noticed something I didn't, that Cipra ... Read on »
Paxil Withdrawal Symptoms by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Before I can start my new medication, my doctor has instructed me to come off Paxil first. Right now I'm taking 1 pill every second day. On Tuesday I was scheduled to swi ... Read on »
Mental Health Week by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The first week of May is Mental Health Week. The month of May is Mental Health Month. But what does all this mean? The APA has suggested two challenges - one is blo ... Read on »
Not Ashamed - or am I? by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Catherine Zeta-Jones recently stepped forward in an attempt to end the stigma surrounding mental illness when she came forward in People Magazine to reveal her recent dia ... Read on »
Starting Cipralex by Jamie L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I visited the doctor today to discuss my depression and the extra weight that just won't come off my body. I'm going to go have my thyroid, blood glucose levels and ... Read on »