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Posted by Jude ( on November 30, 2000 at 19:08:18:

In Reply to: depression, how many of you suffer from this? posted by cher on November 30, 2000 at 17:04:28:

I have an anxiety disorder, and have had bouts of depression. No serious episodes of depression for 15 years, so it is not my main psychic thing. (I've had clusters for almost thirty years.)Anxiety is getting much better (although I am on Clonazipam for it). I feel better than I have ever in my life and I feel a sense of peace and wisdom that I have never experienced before. I am in a bout of clusters and a bit down today because it's interfering with my work, exercise, and life. One thing that really keeps me going is that I always think about the rest of you and the fact that I am not alone. I think of you all every day, and often. You help me through an attack! I was so alone with this for so long! I am very fortunate that Maxalt MLT works with oxygen. My doctor will also give me a limited amount of Vicodin for my horrid shadows. Although I am having a cruddy day with the CA's and shadows, you all uplift me. I wonder about the links to brain chemicals and the headaches. Many of you say that Depakote works. Many report a mood lift while on it. It alters brain chemicals (serotinin action). It is now believed that depression/anxiety is related to too much serotonin; therefore, the describing of serotonin uptake inhibitors like all of the prozac-like drugs. If these anti-seizure drugs like Depakote and Neurontin really help with CA's, does that mean there is a relationship between brain chemicals and the headaches (& depression/anxiety too)? Exercise helps me more than anything. It really changes my brain chemistry! Thanks for listening on my depressing day.

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