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Depression & Anxiety | Last Active: Apr 3, 2022 | Replies (10)

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Dear Karen
You’ve been through a lot! I am 72 years old and have posted once about my experience with depression which is what you seem to be experiencing. I’m just learning this application so couldn’t figure out how to get to my previous post or would have just referred you to it. I’m not a counselor or expert but I know first hand how much anxiety and depression is involved when all of a sudden nothing interests you. I went from a mild case of that to the point of lying in my recliner every day, not reading or watching movies, not even listening to music. I didn’t want to go outside. I forced myself to walk short distances but would be filled with anxiety and couldn’t wait to get back in my chair. If you haven’t already, I would suggest group therapy and either a counselor or psychiatrist. Please don’t let it go like I did. My family finally had to Baker Act me (several times) because I started mentioning and attempting suicide. Mine was a lengthy recovery (almost 3 years) of trying different medications and therapy. I hope you can find a good group therapy situation that you can perhaps participate in and don’t be afraid to take medicine to help you. All of my interests are back and I wake up each morning feeling so grateful.


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@crohr Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Thank you for sharing your experience and how you coped!

Each person has their own story when it comes to stress and anxiety. It is always helpful [for me, anyways!] to read what others go through, how they handle their triggers and how they work so hard to recover. It is inspiring, and has given me ideas for how to work with my own issues. As you pointed out, it is not always a simple solution, and can take several tries and many months, for that "just right" combination.

We're grateful you're here, too!