Post # 1
I have been struggling with anxiety for several years now. About two years ago I was diagnosed with depression and was on lexapro and a few other medications but eventually got off of them. Recently I have been feeling really down and I know I need to seek help again. I keep talking myself out of it though. Anyways, I was wondering if anyone can give me tips to just cope or get through an episode.
Post # 3
Sorry you are going through this. I suffer from General Anxiety Disorder and I’m currently on a daily low-dose of Effexor (which helps me a lot, no side effects!) I’ve suffered from Depression nearly my whole life as well. I am doing a lot better these days thanks to Effexor and great family and friends.
Anxiety is hard to manage on it’s own. Obviously medication is one option but you would rather not choose that one I believe? The other option is therapy. Talking to someone can really help you feel better. Even if you have a close friend you can talk to just to get your feelings out, it may help.
My advice is to not sit back and let it take over your life. Speaking from experience, that is not something anyone should ever have to go through. Often people think Anxiety is no big deal and I’m sure you’ve been told “Relax” many times, but it’s serious.
Post # 4
Yea I want to avoid medication if possible. I feel so restricted sometimes. Like I dread everything and I know this is no way to live lol
Post # 5
Get help again! If you didn’t like what you were talking last time, talk to your doctor about other options.
Post # 6
That’s what I did. I was previously on Paxil and it made me feel numb. It took a long time to ween myself off but I did. I realized I could not live without medication (my choice) and went back to my doctor to talk about options. Now my low-dose of Effexor does wonders and I feel like myself!
Post # 7
I’m a mental health counselor and I would suggest that you see someone. Even if it’s just for a few sessions. They will be able to help you figure out what works for you and what techniques you can use to get through those episodes. Anxiety and depression are different for each person that experiences them. Medication doesn’t work for everyone and sometimes people have better results from going to weekly counseling sessions. I think many doctors are too quick to just put people on medicine when what they really need is some one on one therapy.
If you need anything, feel free to PM me. I will try to help as much as I can over the internet <3
Post # 8
Counselling can teach you (I’ve heard) to use forced day dreams to get through anxiety… I have really bad anxiety right now too =( It’s no fun and for me very embarrassing… I feel you girl, keep your head up..
Post # 9
I’ve suffered from anxiety and taking any medication for it made me really anxious too– funny enough– so I haven’t ever. I’ve still got it but try to cope. I started taking a really good fish oil supplement and I think that it’s helped.
Post # 10
@LoveGypsy: You know, there is something to that. I learned in my biochemistry class that there are some studies showing that people with certain mental illnesses have lower amounts of a certain omega-3’s; obviously not saying we are crazy people or anything, but that study is suggesting these fats may improve mental conditions! Now I’m definitely not saying this is true, but I just found it interesting someone else has a similar opinion. I take omega 3’s including a prenatal that has DHA, and I definitely feel different when I take them regularly.
Post # 11
@carly20: I have been in a somewhat similar situation due to sevearl things going on in my life, and like you, am reluctant to take medication for several reasons — the biggest one being the feeling of numbness and detachment that often comes as a result. However, for depression, I have been reading up on St. John’s Wort, an over the counter supplement, that has been helpful to a lot of people in treating depression.
This link is very helpful and contains a lot of real life examples.
I spoke to a nutritionist about St. John’s Wort and I am seriosuly considering it. At the same time the nutritionist recommended an herb for anxiety called L-Theanine. It is the compond that makes up the main ingredient in green tea which is widely puported to have a calming/relaxing impact on people.
Obviously these things need to be researched further before masking a decision, but for me at least I am hopeful that there seems to be something worth considering aside from prescription medication.
Post # 12
@carly20: One of the best anecdotes I heard about depression went something like this: If you’re depressed and sitting in a room and across the room was a table with a pill on it that would fix your depression, you wouldn’t have the energy to get up and get it. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety issues for years, too. Many years ago my infertility doctor suggested antidepressants since he felt my issues might be hormone-related (I have PCOS). I started seeing the counselor associated with that office and continued with her for many years. I had extreme post-partum depression with both my children (ironic considering how much I went through to have them) but it’s all about chemicals in the system. My therapist concluded that I might very well need to be on medication for depression for the rest of my life and compared it to an isulin-dependent diabetic. Paxil was a nightmare – numbing and horrible withdrawal when I got off it (I was nearly suicidal), Prozac worked then suddenly stopped working and I had my first anxiety attack, Wellbutrin revved me up and made the anxiety worse so they combined it with Paxil…big mistake. Bottom line: you may need to take something on a long-term basis to manage depression. Definitely consider talk therapy at least for awhile. Diet & exercise (fresh air, too) can help. You can feel better, but you’re going to have to get up and cross the room 😉