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  Hi again from a former member!
Posted by: artemis - 07-30-2018, 05:51 PM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (13)

I’m actually surprised how excited I am to re-join this community after a long absence! I used to post here semi-regularly years ago, but have long since lost the old account / email address. I recognize some familiar faces, but most are new to me. Hopefully I’ll keep up with the the site a little better this time around.

Cheers, everyone!

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Posted by: I-carus8045 - 07-30-2018, 11:21 AM - Forum: Suggest IOP's - Replies (27)

Does anybody know anything at all about this website??

I had it bookmarked in my phone from ages ago, but weirdly enough I couldnt find a written up reference sheet for it in my files.

Usually I do a reference sheet for every site I bookmark. I must have been pressed for time or something.

Now I cant find any info on it!

good variety and plenty of different payment options.

But im overly cautious with new sources and there is a few items listed that I automatically consider a semi-red flag,

As usual though in these matters I would LOVE to be proven wrong and for my doubts to be unfounded ;D

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Posted by: Wne1989 - 07-27-2018, 02:03 PM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (15)

Hello. I've been browsing this website for some time and did actually have an account, but I can't remember the details for the life of me (its been a while) so I created a new one. I've been using one particular vendor trusted here for quite some time now (someone I found here actually so thanks) and wanted to get involved in some of the discussion. I've briefed myself on the site rules and look forward to talking with some of you. Thanks

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  Exercise and Anxiety/Depression
Posted by: FormerLurker - 07-27-2018, 05:23 AM - Forum: Anxiety Depression & Stress - Replies (11)

I looked though all the threads on these pages and didn't see anything mentioned about the use of exercise as a tactic to reduce anxiety/depression.

As I have been diagnosed with both, I was always frustrated with how my depression meds caused weight gain. I've been bounced around nearly everything out there, felt like a guinea pig. None seemed to work, and some even made me more depressed. Many had very negative side effects. I've probably been bounced around 15 different ones.  

6 months ago, after 7 years of being on depression/anxiety meds - I called my psych and informed her that I had just dumped my Cymbalta after two years of daily use at 60mg's, and cancelled all my appointments with her - said I am just gonna run it out of me. Obliviously, she was alarmed I could face withdrawals and highly advised against it, and maybe I did withdraw a bit, but nothing major. 

That day I went to a very nice gym and used the money I usually spent on filling scipts and paying co-pays and devoted myself to 5-6 days a week of aggressively running the nervous energy out of me. My standard workout is 30-40 minutes of lifting followed by 50-70 minutes running as hard as I can on an elliptical always burning 750+ calories or more, my record was 948 in 70 minutes, the most the machine I use allows you for time, I could of kept going that day. I wake up in the morning and do 100 push-ups and 100 sit ups before work to get the blood flowing. 

I recently switched to a 24 hour gym just a few blocks away, with the same elliptical I have grown to rely on. Now if I am getting worked up about something I just throw on my gym clothes, jog to the gym and get after it. Trust me, I don't always want to go - but getting there is truly half the battle, I don't debate it, I don't think I have other things to do, I just know for my anxiety/depression/stress it's just what I have to do. 

I am down now 34 pounds in almost 6 months, I want to lose about another 10lbs.  I usually take a Klonopin or Valium (I have been prescribed them) upon my return from the gym and I have not had one night of insomnia in the past 6 months. I used to have 1-2 nights a week I wouldn't even sleep a wink over the past several years. I have also modified my diet and cut out a lot of carbs, no more candy, no more soda.  

I realize not everyone can do this, due to health reasons, past or current injuries, or other factors such as geography. 

All I know is I have never been as happy as I am now with this approach, it boosts my endorphins, I feel like I have accomplished something upon leaving, and I look like a whole new person. I'll confess, the first two months were hell - but once I made it a routine, it has now become my lifestyle and a means of keeping my depression and anxiety in check.

I'm happier now in my life than I can recall for at least 10 years, if not ever.

Exercise - it might just do you wonders as it has for me. I wanted a change from the revolving door of depression and anxiety I was in, and I think I may have just found my way out of it and into a whole new world.

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  Just a thank you!
Posted by: josegonzalez - 07-25-2018, 09:41 PM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (10)

great forum; helping me through a divorce and several major surgeries.  very, very helpfulhere y'all, thank you.

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  Whos ready for burning man?
Posted by: Scoobie - 07-25-2018, 06:20 PM - Forum: The Lounge - Replies (13)

So, whos going? Went last year and it was amazing. Its less than a month away and so much prepping still to do. Got to decorate and light up my bike too. The robot theme is awesome but struggling on bike decorating ideas is anyone has suggestions.


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Posted by: fundiefighter - 07-25-2018, 02:27 PM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (5)

Hi everybody ...

I've been reading this forum for a while, which has been a huge help to me.

I finally registered so that I could post on a particular thread where a lot of people are anxiously awaiting orders from a vendor that were delayed to let others who are still anxiously waiting know that my birdie had finally landed. Seeing the posts from other people who were starting to see arrivals after waiting as long as I had was what kept me from getting too anxious about mine, so I wanted to post that mine had also successfully landed so that people who are still waiting would see another "good news" post that might make them a little less worried, like the posts from others about their successful landings had done for me while I was still waiting.

Anyway, because I came on specifically to post my good news on that other thread, I forgot about the rule of first posting a Welcome thread here before posting on other threads and didn't do that, so I'm doing it now. So, Howdy!

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  Children being prescribed anti-depressants
Posted by: G.Elias - 07-24-2018, 01:53 PM - Forum: World News - Replies (8)

Tens of thousands of children prescribed 'potentially harmful' antidepressants,what damage may this lead to?They can be bad enough for adults,time to think again about giving this medication out so easily to everybody,not just children.


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  Help keep me on track
Posted by: Chemsoul - 07-23-2018, 09:51 PM - Forum: Suggest IOP's - Replies (13)


I am trying to keep up with my posts to reach 50. I've read the rules and plan to adhere to them faithfully. I'm wondering if I could get some suggestions as to what and where on the site would be most appropriate for a newbie to post? I'm thinking of reading thru threads and offering advice or opinions where I might be helpful. Can anyone suggest other forums or topics that might be appropriate for me to be making posts in? Thanks all.

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  Hello from Belgium
Posted by: Chicci - 07-23-2018, 04:38 PM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (18)


My name is chicci. I am 37 and I live in Belgium.

I have been using iops for almost 5 years. 
Hope to find share some experiences here with some genuine good people.

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