Anxiety and Depression

Posted by tmf0 @tmf0, Nov 24, 2018

For the last 10 weeks my anxiety and depression have been at a level that I’ve never experienced. My life has completely changed in such a short period of time. I am constantly nauseated, I hardly get out of bed, I have no desire to see or speak to anyone, my mind is continuously spinning with irrational thoughts, I even canceled Thanksgiving and I can go on & on. I just dont know how anyone can live like this. I’m not living but merely existing. It’s a battle every minute of every day. I just want to feel normal again.

Hi @tmf0. Sorry to hear you are struggling. Have you made an appointment with your provider to talk about it?

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@tmf0 , It sounds like you really are suffering a lot, I'm sorry. It is extremely difficult to disengage from negative thoughts when one is feeling this way, I know. It is at least good that you recognize some of your thoughts as irrational. And the time like this feels like forever at times. Remember that you are not alone in going through this kind of experience, there are compassionate people who know what you are going through: Are you seeing a therapist and/or psychiatrist for possible help?

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@jamienolson @guener No I am not seeing anyone. I have been on meds in the past but they always cause additional problems/side affects. I just started taking cbd oil and I’m fixing to start taking b12 & vitamin d. I have read that this could help.

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I confirmed recently I have ADD, I'm older, but still want to accomplish goals like passing the bar exam, and wonder what suggestions anyone might have for coping with ADD inattentiveness form of ADHD, and how, for example, to build more structure into my day and activities so I can better stay with my bar exam studies and not jump around to other less meaningful tasks, for example. I started : ) listening to the great audiobook, "Driven to Distraction." I do know that the standard Adderall and other ADD meds do not work well at all !!! with me. Rather, I take 20 mg., prescription Lexapro. Thank you. Exercise and getting enough sleep are crucial, too, I know, but need more structure, Thinking about hiring an accountability / life coach as I do better when I know I have to account to someone whether I hit my daily goals. TY

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@tmf0

@jamienolson @guener No I am not seeing anyone. I have been on meds in the past but they always cause additional problems/side affects. I just started taking cbd oil and I’m fixing to start taking b12 & vitamin d. I have read that this could help.

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@tmf0 I am taking more traditional antidepressant medications and am taking b12 and vitamin D as well, all under my psychiatrist's recommendation. The use of CBD oil is non-traditional, as you know, and I don't know how it might be affecting you for better or not. You mentioned that you have had worse feelings in the past 10 days, so how does that correspond to your starting CBD oil? In my own experience in using any form of medication or supplements, I find it at least reassuring to do so under the supervision of a physician. as s/he at least is aware, or should be, of the effects that introducing a treatment is potentially useful or harmful for a patient.

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@guener The cbd oil does seem to be helping some with my anxiety. I hope with combing the vitamins I will see more of an improvement.

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@stressedmesseddepressed

I confirmed recently I have ADD, I'm older, but still want to accomplish goals like passing the bar exam, and wonder what suggestions anyone might have for coping with ADD inattentiveness form of ADHD, and how, for example, to build more structure into my day and activities so I can better stay with my bar exam studies and not jump around to other less meaningful tasks, for example. I started : ) listening to the great audiobook, "Driven to Distraction." I do know that the standard Adderall and other ADD meds do not work well at all !!! with me. Rather, I take 20 mg., prescription Lexapro. Thank you. Exercise and getting enough sleep are crucial, too, I know, but need more structure, Thinking about hiring an accountability / life coach as I do better when I know I have to account to someone whether I hit my daily goals. TY

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@stressedmesseddepressed Being accountable to someone else has oft been helpful to those with ADD. A plan for sure!!

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@tmf0

@guener The cbd oil does seem to be helping some with my anxiety. I hope with combing the vitamins I will see more of an improvement.

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@tmf0 I'm glad that the CBD oil is helping out with the anxiety. I have been taking Gabapentin as a relief from it or a couple years now but find the the side-effects have become distressing and am working to taper off of it and hoping that what I have learned re: cognitive approaches to manage that now. Since I have had depression issues my entire life, regardless of circumstances, I doubt I will be medication-free on that front, at least not in the foreseeable future. We can only do the best that we can do. Your sharing about your experiences are helpful to me, so I appreciate that you reached out to this board. 🙂

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Tmf0, I’m so sorry to hear you are feeling so poorly. Are you in a climate that allows you to enjoy walking? Today I felt unsettling feelings coming on, so I went for a walk and focused on the exceptionally pretty day we were having. I felt better almost immediately. Sounds like an elementary solution I know, but it’s worth a try. I’d also consider getting a second opinion on what medication you should be on and how all meds interact with cbd oil. I hope things turn around for you soon!

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@beebz

I am in my late 50s and have had depression since I had a hysterectomy around 32. Now my depression is worse and they can’t seem to find any medications that help that much. Anybody with helpful hints to relieve the anxiety and depression?

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I have had depression also since my mid 20's, I'm about your age . I think I've been on every antidepressant with little relief. And was also using Amblify it may have helped some but the weight I gained, 70lbs. I don't know if it was worth it. I was recently put on a new one , Latuda that I think was making a difference for me but it is so expensive I can't afford it on my monthly disability check, but the psy. Doc. kept me on samples for 4 mo. Long enough to see it helped and I could not stay on it. It is a big disappointment for me . But i you have the means it might be worth a try. Cost of $ 1250 before insurance . Best wishes to you.

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I am in my late 50s and have had depression since I had a hysterectomy around 32. Now my depression is worse and they can’t seem to find any medications that help that much. Anybody with helpful hints to relieve the anxiety and depression?

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@beebz

I am in my late 50s and have had depression since I had a hysterectomy around 32. Now my depression is worse and they can’t seem to find any medications that help that much. Anybody with helpful hints to relieve the anxiety and depression?

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Hi, @beebz, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. That would be very hard to have this depression worsening with no medicines helping much to date.

I would like to introduce you to @guener @parus @annedodrill44 @merpreb @stressedmesseddepressed, who may have some ideas on relieving the depression.

Have you tried any other therapies beyond medication thus far, @beebz?

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@tdib

I have had depression also since my mid 20's, I'm about your age . I think I've been on every antidepressant with little relief. And was also using Amblify it may have helped some but the weight I gained, 70lbs. I don't know if it was worth it. I was recently put on a new one , Latuda that I think was making a difference for me but it is so expensive I can't afford it on my monthly disability check, but the psy. Doc. kept me on samples for 4 mo. Long enough to see it helped and I could not stay on it. It is a big disappointment for me . But i you have the means it might be worth a try. Cost of $ 1250 before insurance . Best wishes to you.

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@tdib, @beebz Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm so sorry that you both have been depressed for such a long time. Many of us on this post can tell you that they have too. I think that I became depressed in my teens, when I felt totally inept because of my mother's comments to me and my strict upbringing. I have heard that doctors are beginning to take the amount of people who can't take medicines due to cost more seriously now. Things are starting to change, subtly.
Other than medicine have either of you been in therapy at all? If not and your insurance can cover it then I suggest this very strongly. I have started to use a seasonal light and it works! I would look into this. Yes, I have been angry and sad since I have started to use it but not the deep deep depression that I have had. It's worth a try and they aren't that expensive. I take Zoloft and Wellbutrin and I exercise.
@tdib,- In order for me to try and help you more I'd like to ask what your disability is from because this can be a large contributor to depression.
@beebz – I had a hysterectomy about your age too. However I was instantly put on hormones to stop premature menopause. Were you given any hormones? What has your doctor said about your medications not working?
Getting out of the house and exercising and helping others are the elixir's for pulling yourself out of depression. I'm in my early 70's so I know that life can be good again!

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@lisalucier

Hi, @beebz, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. That would be very hard to have this depression worsening with no medicines helping much to date.

I would like to introduce you to @guener @parus @annedodrill44 @merpreb @stressedmesseddepressed, who may have some ideas on relieving the depression.

Have you tried any other therapies beyond medication thus far, @beebz?

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I am currently starting therapy to try to help.

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@merpreb

@tdib, @beebz Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm so sorry that you both have been depressed for such a long time. Many of us on this post can tell you that they have too. I think that I became depressed in my teens, when I felt totally inept because of my mother's comments to me and my strict upbringing. I have heard that doctors are beginning to take the amount of people who can't take medicines due to cost more seriously now. Things are starting to change, subtly.
Other than medicine have either of you been in therapy at all? If not and your insurance can cover it then I suggest this very strongly. I have started to use a seasonal light and it works! I would look into this. Yes, I have been angry and sad since I have started to use it but not the deep deep depression that I have had. It's worth a try and they aren't that expensive. I take Zoloft and Wellbutrin and I exercise.
@tdib,- In order for me to try and help you more I'd like to ask what your disability is from because this can be a large contributor to depression.
@beebz – I had a hysterectomy about your age too. However I was instantly put on hormones to stop premature menopause. Were you given any hormones? What has your doctor said about your medications not working?
Getting out of the house and exercising and helping others are the elixir's for pulling yourself out of depression. I'm in my early 70's so I know that life can be good again!

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My doctor says I have treatment resistant depression. I was put on hormones immmediately after my hysterectomy. I tried several medications along with ect treatments. The ect treatments messed up my memory which I was upset about because I was told it would not do it. I am currently on abilify, prozac, and modafinil. I also take klonopin for anxiety as needed.

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