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.

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@parus

@merpreb @lioness I always appreciate input. There are no medications out there. I already know this so why go through trying that again when I know what they do to me??? Doctors don't believe me. Right now I don't believe me either. I do know that terrible head pain is back and so far it does not seem to be improving. This is my reward for being compliant once again.
@merpreb I know you mean well. I am in this alone and I am thankful for the support I get here. I have to be able to drive safely and currently because of head pain this is not possible.
Surely physical therapy would not do this!! I would be told I am making it up and I don't want to hear it and be told I am not trying because I cannot do what is recommended which is PT.
I am trying.

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@parus Would a gentle massage help you? Would a long soak in a hot tub with epsom salts help you feel better? Trying to think of things that might make your body feel more comfortable without subjecting it to a lot of overstimulation. A gentle massage with soft music by someone who cares and whose energy you can feel in a beneficial way might do wonders for you. Just thinking off the top of my head at this point. Sure wish simple words with help you feel better.
Ginger

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I totally understand how you feel. I wake up with severe anxiety. It lasts all day with panic attacks too! I don’t get out! It is too hard to visit or just get out of my house! I want my life back!

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@csimpson55

I totally understand how you feel. I wake up with severe anxiety. It lasts all day with panic attacks too! I don’t get out! It is too hard to visit or just get out of my house! I want my life back!

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HI, @csimpson55 – you'd mentioned you would have a new therapist in 2019. Has that therapist recommended any medication or therapy for the anxiety and panic attacks?

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@gingerw

@parus Would a gentle massage help you? Would a long soak in a hot tub with epsom salts help you feel better? Trying to think of things that might make your body feel more comfortable without subjecting it to a lot of overstimulation. A gentle massage with soft music by someone who cares and whose energy you can feel in a beneficial way might do wonders for you. Just thinking off the top of my head at this point. Sure wish simple words with help you feel better.
Ginger

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@gingerw I would imagine a gentle massage would help. My wallet wouldn’t tolerate thus. Nice to think about though. Bummed as I am missing so much of life. Many of us are. Just in a funk over return of head pain. Maybe it will be better tomorrow. I know my invisible friends have rough times too. ☹️

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Hi All!

I just received a variety of articles on 'depression and anxiety.'
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https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/myth-vs-reality-panic-attacks#7
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https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety/generalized-anxiety-disorder
https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety/generalized-anxiety-disorder
https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-calm-anxiety#1

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Same here. I hate it. I feel like I'm gonna die.

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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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Hi, @stressedmesseddepressed – just wanted to check in with you and see how things are going lately? How is your sleep going? Did you decide on whether you would hire a life coach?

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Hi @tmf0, I am sure you are going through a lot, I have personally had my own share of anxiety and depression so I can imagine what you are going through. In my case, I have been in and out of depression. I can't remember exactly how often this happens. But what helped me out was trying to find the root cause of my depression and dealing with it. Are you sound enough to go through this exercise? If you can, I will suggest you do so. And when you find the root cause, try to deal with it, in the long run you will feel better.

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I understand how you feel. I fought for many years a good fight with anxiety and depression. I may still be in the same category but I am working my way out through prayers for fast healing of my brain AVM. I did go for a treatment and with seizure meds. I was given anxiety meds but I quit cold turkey because my local doctor said it was addictive. Sad thing, this AVM is located in my emotions area so it makes it even more challenging to overcome anxiety and having no emotional support or therapy. What helped was spending time reading our Heavenly Father's words and praying, not just once a day but everyday and throughout the day. I became more focused and gained the faith that everything will be fine and so to trust in Him and the work done during the treatment. I broke hearts to how i became so blunt because I had low level of patient to think things thru. I cry all the time how i was able to get the treatment because if I lived where i am without traveling, I could have not seen the days of my children now. I fail most of the time to take good care of them and it frustrates me because it includes my lack of appetite and sleep. I have 3 toddlers of ages 6, 5, and 2; all boys. I'm still struggling but anxiety and depression is nothing compared to the beginning of it. So to let you know, you are not alone in this journey. I would like to know how you are doing since the date of your post. If you are not a Christian, it's fine with me, we don't need to talk about faith in God. We can just chat or just have a listening ear in the pacific ocean.

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@vane

I understand how you feel. I fought for many years a good fight with anxiety and depression. I may still be in the same category but I am working my way out through prayers for fast healing of my brain AVM. I did go for a treatment and with seizure meds. I was given anxiety meds but I quit cold turkey because my local doctor said it was addictive. Sad thing, this AVM is located in my emotions area so it makes it even more challenging to overcome anxiety and having no emotional support or therapy. What helped was spending time reading our Heavenly Father's words and praying, not just once a day but everyday and throughout the day. I became more focused and gained the faith that everything will be fine and so to trust in Him and the work done during the treatment. I broke hearts to how i became so blunt because I had low level of patient to think things thru. I cry all the time how i was able to get the treatment because if I lived where i am without traveling, I could have not seen the days of my children now. I fail most of the time to take good care of them and it frustrates me because it includes my lack of appetite and sleep. I have 3 toddlers of ages 6, 5, and 2; all boys. I'm still struggling but anxiety and depression is nothing compared to the beginning of it. So to let you know, you are not alone in this journey. I would like to know how you are doing since the date of your post. If you are not a Christian, it's fine with me, we don't need to talk about faith in God. We can just chat or just have a listening ear in the pacific ocean.

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@vane Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Thank you for sharing your story, and showing us what is working for you. Each person has a unique combination that helps them through the tough spots. Do you have a support system around you to help when needed with your boys?
Ginger

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@gingerw

@vane Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Thank you for sharing your story, and showing us what is working for you. Each person has a unique combination that helps them through the tough spots. Do you have a support system around you to help when needed with your boys?
Ginger

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Thank you for having me. Yes I do have a baby sitter, a husband, and mother in law. Funny, boys would always want to have mommy even when she's exhausted from work. I did not mention, my boys keeps me going even when their energy levels frustrate me.

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@vane

Thank you for having me. Yes I do have a baby sitter, a husband, and mother in law. Funny, boys would always want to have mommy even when she's exhausted from work. I did not mention, my boys keeps me going even when their energy levels frustrate me.

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@vane Good for you! Be gentle on yourself, don't be afraid to reach out to your support team and people here. We have a wide range of experiences and love to offer help as we can. None of us are medical professionals here and cannot offer medical advice, but will do all we can to get others through those dark times.
Ginger

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