I’ve Fell In Love….With Blogging.

So I have been blogging just over 2 months now and I love it ! I like to blog on the move and often save drafts on my phone of ideas I am working on. At the moment I have 6 drafts like this!

I like the interaction on blogs. Even when it’s someone telling me that my spelling and grammar sucks!

It’s also good for me because it keeps my mind busy.

So here’s an idea. Let me no in the comments what you enjoy blogging about ? How often do you interact with other people’s blogs ? What do you think makes a good blog ?

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Clitalopram Medication Diary

Clitalopram Medication Diary

I think that the best way to monitor if this medication helps me is to have a point of reference something I can look back on.

So when the doctor suggested it instead of what I was on. She said that one of the side effects can be anxiety. This puzzled me as that’s what it’s supposed to be treating it. She did say that it settles down.

While waiting in the pharmacy I did a quick Google of clitaopram side effects and looked at a few websites. This is what I found.

Very common: More than 1 in 10 people who take Citalopram hydrobromide

  • difficulty sleeping
  • dry mouth
  • headaches
  • increased sweating
  • nausea
  • sleepiness
  • sleeping problems
  • weakness

Common: More than 1 in 100 people who take Citalopram hydrobromide

  • abnormal orgasm in women
  • apathy
  • confusion
  • constipation
  • decreased libido
  • diarrhoea
  • ejaculation failure
  • feeling agitated
  • feeling anxious
  • feeling dizzy
  • feeling nervous
  • flatulence
  • impotence
  • increased salivation
  • indigestion
  • itching
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • memory problems
  • migraine
  • muscle pain or tenderness
  • palpitations
  • paraesthesiae
  • rhinitis
  • stomach pain
  • strange dreams
  • tinnitus
  • tiredness
  • tremors
  • vomiting
  • weight loss
  • yawning

Uncommon: More than 1 in 1000 people who take Citalopram hydrobromide

  • aggressive behaviour
  • appetite gain
  • depersonalisation
  • enlargement of the pupil – this may lead to glaucoma
  • fainting or brief loss of consciousness
  • faster heart rate
  • hair loss
  • hallucinations
  • heavy or long menstrual periods
  • libido increased
  • mania or mania-like behaviour – you or your carer must seek medical advice if you get symptoms of mania
  • oedema
  • photosensitivity
  • skin rash or rashes
  • slower heart rate
  • unexplained or easy bruising of the skin or mucous membranes
  • urinary retention
  • urticaria
  • weight gain

Rare: More than 1 in 10,000 people who take Citalopram hydrobromide

  • abnormal muscle movements or problems controlling muscle movement
  • bleeding problems
  • convulsions
  • cough
  • fever
  • general feeling of being unwell
  • liver problems
  • metabolic problems
  • taste changes

The frequency of these side-effects is unknown

  • a drop in blood pressure on standing or sitting up
  • abnormal laboratory test results
  • anaphylactic reactions
  • anger
  • angioedema
  • bleeding in between menstrual periods
  • blood problems
  • blood sugar control changes in diabetics
  • bruising
  • ECG changes
  • endocrine problems
  • extrapyramidal side effects
  • eye or eyesight problems
  • feeling restless and inability to sit still
  • feelings of hostility
  • galactorrhoea
  • gastrointestinal bleeding
  • heart problems
  • hypersensitivity reactions
  • impaired judgement
  • movement problems
  • nose bleed
  • panic attacks
  • priapism
  • psychiatric problems such as uncovering symptoms of depression or suicidal tendencies – seek immediate medical advice if you get thoughts of committing suicide; attempt suicide; or engage in self-harming behaviour
  • seizures – you or your carer must seek medical advice if you have seizures
  • serotonin syndrome – seek immediate medical advice if you develop: agitation, tremors, muscle twitching or increased body temperature
  • teeth grinding
  • withdrawal symptoms can occur when this medicine is stopped abruptly. These include paraesthesiae, sleeping problems such as difficulty sleeping and intense dreams, feeling dizzy, agitated or anxious, nausea, vomiting, tremors, confusion, sweating, headache, diarrhoea, palpitations, changes in emotions, irritability and eye or eyesight problems
  • worsening of epilepsy – you or your carer must seek medical advice if your epilepsy worsens

That a scary list to find on several websites including of course the NHS website.

Here is a website with more information on Clitalopram.

http://www.nhs.uk/medicine-guides/pages/MedicineSideEffects.aspx?condition=Anxiety&medicine=citalopram%20hydrobromide

Now I have a follow up appointment on Thursday 16th April to see how the medication is working for me.

26/03/2015

I took my first tablet today before I headed to the gym. When I was running I definitely felt nauseous however this could just be the exercise itself.

Threw out the day I have continued to feel nauseous and had a lack of apatite.

27/03/2015

So the definite side affect I am feeling is dry mouth. This is something the doctor advised me off. People who know me with know I’m always drinking water but my mouth is drying out so quickly. It’s okay though bearable.

I also struggled to sleep. Well actually this is a tricky one. I was watching stuff in bed and just didn’t feel tired then I reminded myself that it was 2am and then switched everything off. When I did get to sleep it was a deep sleep. I’ve been dreaming a lot recently and last night no dreams. Was one of those nights were it felt like id clicked my fingers and it was morning.

28/03/2015

So day three. I had a horrid night last night and I couldn’t sleep. I still have the symptoms of a horrid dry mouth. It’s like the bridge of my mouth is constantly dry . It feels this way secounds after drinking a pint of water.
As for the anxiety I’ve had that kicked in the stomach feeling since last night and it still has not gone. It doesn’t feel Like this medication is taking the edge of at all.

29/03/2015

The dry mouth has gone but I do get sleepy a lot. Also noticed that I often wake threw the night and can’t sleep again .thinking this is because it runs out as I take it around 9am so going to change to taking on a night. See if that makes a difference.

2/04/2015

Okay so after changing the time I take my medicine I have definitely been sleeping better threw the night but finding myself also tired threw the day.

Therapy & Writing – Part 1


26/03/2015

Therapy & Writing Group

In this blog I just want to expand on some of the exercises that I have taken part in. This is all my own work.

It can be painful to share as some who reads it can be very negative however in life you have to be able to be honest and accept criticism.

Okay so today there were several objects placed in front of us. We were asked to pick an object, handle it and write about what the object meant to us.

I picked a car made from Lego. This is what I wrote.

My two boys love Lego! Every parent knows the nightmare it can be. Lego is better known by parents as a test of our patience.

Now my two boys have very different ideas of how to complete their lego.Evan (my youngest) believes he is just there to watch his dad put the Lego together. Aiden on the other hand wants to do it himself but believes the instructions are optional.

Now it can be very hard to build two separate pieces at the same time. Here is my method. Firstly look at the box and except that it may turn out completely different. Secondly organize your Lego in to matching piles. I kid myself that this will make it quicker. Now begin to build.

Once you have begun your build the madness begins too! If you’re a cluts like me then you’re going to drop the smallest piece you get your hands on.

Now we have wrote down some goals we would like to achieve within a year. We were asked to look at what we had written and explain a connection.

The goal that I think is linked is “look at things with logic”

The reason I’ve picked that is like when my mind is arguing with itself is a lot like the boys having two ways of doing things. I tend to be able to manage other people and find a medium and I suppose I would like to be able to learn how to mediate myself.

This session has left me with a lot to think about.

Feel free to comment with your experiences, advice and you perspective.

I mention once again that this is hard to share but just like the group therapy I attend I would like to get an open dialogue going. Find out how others cope.

Things Online Gamers Understand.

1.The fact that you can’t just pause your on-line game.

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  1. People think that you spend too much time indoors.

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  1. Girl gamers have it tough.

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  1. Your sleeping pattern goes out the window.

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  1. Getting killed because of a terrible internet connection.

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  1. Raging at campers.

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  1. Having to speak and work together with strangers.

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  1. Having a noob team kill you.

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  1. Glitches and hackers making your life a misery.

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  1. When someone rage quits or you snap and put your controller threw the TV screen.

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Hope you enjoyed the list. Feel free to let us know if there is something we missed in the comment section.

Pop Punk Bands You Need To Hear

Blink 182

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An American rock band formed in Poway, a suburb of San Diego, Californiain 1992. The band currently consists of bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus , guitarist and vocalist Matt Skiba and drummer Travis Barker, while guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge‘s position is disputed as of 2015.

Blink-182 is considered a key group in the development of pop punk; their combination of pop melodies with fast-paced punk rock featured a more radio-friendly accessibility than prior bands. Founded by Hoppus, DeLonge and drummer Scott Raynor, the band emerged from the Southern California punk scene of the early 1990s and first gained notoriety for high-energy live shows and irreverent lyrical toilet humor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtWOkkhhKcE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6g0wqOKX3o

Green Day

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An American punk rock band formed in 1986 by vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt. For much of their career, the band has been a trio with drummer Tré Cool, who replaced former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1990 prior to the recording of the band’s second studio album, Kerplunk (1992). In 2012, guitarist Jason White became a full-time member after having performed with the band as a session and touring member since 1999.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUTGr5t3MoY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee_uujKuJMI

Bowling For Soup

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(often typeset as ¡Bowling for Soup! or abbreviated as BFS) is an American pop-punk band originally formed in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1994. Now based in Denton, Texas, the band is best known for its singlesGirl All the Bad Guys Want” (a 2003 Grammy Award nominee),[1][2]Almost“, “Punk Rock 101“, “High School Never Ends“, and SR-71 cover “1985“. On April 8, 2013 Bowling for Soup announced that their last tour of the UK will take place in October of the same year

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGRxmYXi4Io

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The Offspring

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An American punk rock band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1984.[2] Formed under the name Manic Subsidal, the band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Dexter Holland, lead guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman, bassist Greg K. and drummer Pete Parada. The Offspring is often credited—alongside fellow California punk bands Green Day and Rancid—for reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the 1990s.[3][4] They have sold over 40 million records worldwide,[5][6] being considered one of the best-selling punk rock bands of all time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrZ4sMRYimw

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Sum 41

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An Canadian rock band from Ajax, Ontario, Canada.[1] The band was formed in 1996 and as of 2014 consists of members Deryck Whibley (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Tom Thacker (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Jason McCaslin (bass guitar, backing vocals).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emGri7i8Y2Y

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