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Help for depression

Have quietly struggled my entire life. Recent challenges, though past now, sent me into a dark place I can't seem to get out of. Medications are helping somewhat but not enough. I have a wonderful life and I'd like to get back to living it. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  Two moons on 2010-10-13
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Patient ID: Sex: Age: Nature of work: Habits:

Please answer the following questions in a descriptive manner after careful analysis and recollection of previous experiences and happenings.

1. Describe your main suffering?

2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body?

3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings?

4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst? Describe the sensation in your own words.

5. When did it all start? Can you connect it to any past event or disease?

6. Which time of the day you are worst?

7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same? Example- time, temperature, pressure, rubbing, washing, eating, tight clothing etc.

8. Do your think your sufferings have relation to any external stimuli (like, change of place) or any internal biological changes in the body, like, menses (in females)?

9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather?

10. Describe your general mental set up? Are you Moody, Arrogant, Mild, Agreeable Changeable, Nervous, Suspicious, Easily offended, Quiet, Arguing, Irritating, Lazy etc.

- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm?

- Do you like being consoled during your tough times?
- Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc?

- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless
Weeping, talking to one self etc?

- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife?

11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly?

12. What do you crave for in food items and what are your aversions?

13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive?

14. How is your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive?

15. Is there any kind of food which your body can’t stand?

16. Is your sweat normal or less or more? Where does it sweat more: Head, Trunk or Limbs?

17. How is your bowel movement and stool type?

18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping?

20. Do you have any strange, peculiar or unusual symptom or feelings? How are you different from others?

21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat the diseases and do you have any particular symptom surfacing after the medication?

22. What major diseases are running in your family?

23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance.

25. What major diseases have you had in your life and when. Please write them in a chronological manner.
Homeopathy International 1 last decade
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Mahfoozurrehman last decade
female, age 43, mother of 3, working on masters, part-time preschool teacher.

1. main suffering: sadness, hopelessness.

2. physical suffering: shoulders, collar bone, knee, back.

3. mental sufferings to go with physical sufferings: just makes me sadder and more tired.

4. at my worst: weepy, hopeless, overwhelmed, feeling worthless.

5. depressed since early teens. connect it to disease? no. i suspect a great deal is hormonal, plus a likely chemical imbalance.

6. time of day at worst: when i am alone, not busy - generally in the car.

also, 7 pm till midnight seem harder for me.

7. aggravate: feeling devalued by members of the family. claustrophobic, so elevators and small spaces make me anxious. groups of people I don't know well, situations I am unfamiliar with, zap what little energy i have.

ameliorate: listening music. reading. naps.

8. external stimuli: listed above. internal: yes, PMS is the worst time of all, but the depression comes in notable waves for the whole cycle.

9. feel better: days, when I can be outside. As long as it's between 55 and 85 degrees. I love sunny days but don't mind cloudy days.

10. I am low-key. people pleaser. quiet. worry about what people think about me or whether I've offended them. I am a hard worker and an over-volunteerer. I do not like to do anything that requires being the center of attention.

love thunderstorms. prone to headaches prior.

consolation: self-console. will lock myself in a bathroom to 'get it together.'

sensitive to external stimuli: in a good way. I love the sounds and scents of nature and of some people and places.

habits and gestures: hair twirling, hand fidgeting. weeping.

friends, family, children, spouse: i am blessed, and surrounded by lovely people. on better days, i am grateful, on rough days, i barely have enough energy to interact with my children. i have wonderful friends but have isolated myself a great deal recently.

spouse: has recently undergone anger management therapy with great results, so mostly, i like him much better. however, the change in his personality, given his previous volatile nature, makes me suspicious and paranoid at times.

11. fears: spiders/snakes, rodents, heights, enclosed spaces. repeated dreams: driving off a cliff, being chased by people who intend me harm.

12. food cravings: sweets, carbs. aversions: anything with a strong odor, as with tuna fish. I don't much care for vegetables.

13. thirst seems normal.

14. hunger seems normal for me. I generally eat small quantities that fill me up quickly. occasionally i have uncontrollable urges to eat lots of junk food.

15. no food sensitivities known.

16. sweat is normal. mostly in trunk.

17. bowel and stool type seem regular and normal.

18. i don't sleep well. it takes a long time to fall asleep, i am usually restless and fitful, and then i wake up for good after about 5 hours. This is with a nightly dose of ambien. because of back and shoulder pain, I usually sleep on my left side in the fetal position.

19. peculiar or unusual symptoms or feelings? oddly right now I have a lot of pain just below my collar bones on both sides. sometimes it is an intense pressure than makes breathing painful; sometimes it feels like i have extra bones or bars in there that shouldn't be there. that is a description of the pain, however. I cannot feel, with my fingers, any outward lumps or source of the pain.

21. medication:
celexa for many years, with some success. i was tired all the time, so added welbutrin, which led to a seizure.
currently i am taking cymbalta, with less success, and nuvigil to keep from feeling draggy all day.
i take ambien every night.
i take tylenol, ibuprophen and alleve for the pain.
i take fish oil and vitamin b supplements
and doryx for acne control.
22. depression, anxiety, adhd, endometriosis, diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, cancer
23. medium height, small boned, relatively thin at 122 lbs 5'7; pear shaped.
24. tonsillitis, tonsills removed. migraines. endometriosis, hernia. depression.
Two moons last decade
Homeopathy International 1 last decade

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