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Depression and Anxiety at an older age

Posted by @pjss48, Fri, Sep 14 11:54am

I am a 70 year old woman who has had depression and anxiety for a long time. It got worse 3 years ago when my husband lost one of his jobs. I panicked and my anxiety increased. I was afraid to do things. like driving. I have arthritis pretty bad and foot problems. I’m a Christian and my faith has helped me. My husband was a pastor and our church closed 3 months ago. We’ve had continual stress. Sometimes I don’t know what to do with myself during the day. I’ve gotten help from several doctors, including a psychiatrist. I also have IBS. I am better. I’m taking trazadone duloxetine, remeron and xanax. Also on osteo biflex, probiotic , bentyl and celebrex. I want to get on Sam e but it may interact with one of my meds. Thanks for listening.

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I can’t answer your question but I to am older, at 76 and have a lifetime of depression and anxiety. I’ve tried many drugs but what finally broke the code for me was 4 mg of klonopin and a tremendous therapist. The klonopin got my anxiety down to where I could work with my therapist and get to the root cause of the problem. I was able to get off the klonopin very easily using a step down approach with my psychiatrist. Good luck.

@llnd2sey

I can’t answer your question but I to am older, at 76 and have a lifetime of depression and anxiety. I’ve tried many drugs but what finally broke the code for me was 4 mg of klonopin and a tremendous therapist. The klonopin got my anxiety down to where I could work with my therapist and get to the root cause of the problem. I was able to get off the klonopin very easily using a step down approach with my psychiatrist. Good luck.

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Thank you for sharing that good report, @llnd2sey. I'm glad to hear that you are doing better!

I'm so glad that you posted your concerns on Mayo Clinic Connect, @pjss48 and I'm glad that you have joined our online patient support community.

It does sound like you and your husband have had a lot of challenges that certainly make stress and physical ailments much worse.

You say that you don't know what to do with yourself during the day, do you mean you have a hard time handling your anxiety during the day?

Do you have a strong support system in place so that you can call or visit with others when you are feeling anxious? Please feel free to post here on Connect when you need to. It sounds like you have medical support in place and that is a good thing.

Please continue to share, I look forward to getting to know you better and once again, welcome to Connect!

@llnd2sey

I can’t answer your question but I to am older, at 76 and have a lifetime of depression and anxiety. I’ve tried many drugs but what finally broke the code for me was 4 mg of klonopin and a tremendous therapist. The klonopin got my anxiety down to where I could work with my therapist and get to the root cause of the problem. I was able to get off the klonopin very easily using a step down approach with my psychiatrist. Good luck.

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Interesting I am 76 and finally found a dr and am on 50 mg Zoloft and take 1 or 2 Klonopin as needed . Anxiety still there but better than before. Guess it will be there until I die.

@mattie

Interesting I am 76 and finally found a dr and am on 50 mg Zoloft and take 1 or 2 Klonopin as needed . Anxiety still there but better than before. Guess it will be there until I die.

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I'm glad to hear that you have found meds that work for you, @mattie.

Thanks for your replies. I meant I didn't know what to do physically during the day, which causes more depression. I don't have a lot of support. None of my siblings live near. I have a couple friends but I don't want to bother them too much.

@pjss48 Ok, now I understand your question a bit better. Do you have any hobbies or activities that you really enjoy? Needlework, reading, music, walking etc.? These are all activities that do not require a lot of money.

Also, is there a charitable organization you can work with? There is something very satisfying about reaching out to others and helping them. These are just some thoughts, but you might have others as well.

Hi @pjss48. I’m Karen and you can talk to me. I, too, have a hard time during the day, What I do is read Connect. Then I realize I’m not alone. I’m 61 and have dealt with depression and anxiety for a very long time. I had a breakdown 6 months ago. I live with my brother who supports me and he lost his job. We had to move. Anxiety is still there, but bettered handled. I am back with my old psychiatrist. I feel bad for you. Please write and know YOU ARE NOT ALONE !

Karen thanks for your interest in my post. You have a lot to deal with. I hope knowing we have similar challenges and can talk to each other helps. Have a good night. God bless. Peggy

Seems anxiety and depression have become more of a challenge in these sage years. I try not to flog myself for who I am. It is these qualities that form the person I am and for me there are no "magic medications" to treat my illnesses. I am my strongest advocate. Trying with the skills I have to live out the rest of my life accepting the person I am and this person is still struggling and it is okay enough.

@parus,
"To live out the rest of my life accepting the person I am and this person is still struggling and it is okay enough."
Great comment, I wish I could double-like it!

Thanks

I’m new here and I am 58 and being treated for severe anxiety and depression. I’m so scared to take my Clonozapam but I will take very little. I am a Christian and know that God is right here beside us. But knowing there are people my age going through this makes me feel less alone. I take Lexapro in the a.m. and Remeron at night. Clonozapam as needed.

Hi Mimi
I have taken Clonazepam for a long time- a small amount nightly. I have had zero side effects and usually get a good night's sleep. It has also
apparently been helpful in bringing panic attacks to an end. Based on my experience I would not be afraid of Clonazepam at all. Severe anxiety and
depression is not fun and needs to be brought under control asap. Good luck and perhaps you might read through all the suggestions
in the Panic Attacks and Depression discussions. Lot of people have good ideas.
Best wishes
Ainsleigh

@mimi3blessings

I’m new here and I am 58 and being treated for severe anxiety and depression. I’m so scared to take my Clonozapam but I will take very little. I am a Christian and know that God is right here beside us. But knowing there are people my age going through this makes me feel less alone. I take Lexapro in the a.m. and Remeron at night. Clonozapam as needed.

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I'm new too. I have depression and anxiety problems, as wrl as serious arthritis in my knees back and bone spur in my shoulder. It's frustrating to know what medicine is the best. Today I'm feeling like I don't have much reason for living, not knowing what to do. I haven't done much. I'm trying to work up to taking a shower.

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