Hi. I need help/ advice. I have struggled with very bad depression and anxiety since my sister's suicide 20 years ago. I have now started having panic attacks. I have absolutely no desire for life or anything else. I have had therapy and tried every antidepressant as they have come along. Nothing works. I always have extreme anxiety and feel detached and numb. When i am like this i cannot function well despite the fact i try and smile and act normal. Inevitably people see through it and i lose my jobs. Their comments affect me very negatively as i feel incompetent. I am educated and would like more but cannot seem to come out of this dark hole. I currently take paroxetine 40mg and alprazolam, both dosages which have been recently increased. I just hide and do very little. It is excrutiating to do most things. Most have given up. They say its a choice to be like this and i assure you it is not. I just want to be happy. I cannot keep losing work due to this and don't know what to do. I just dont see the world like most do but im tired and running out of options. I am easily overwhelmed. I try to avoid triggers but have delayed reactions to things. I need to be able to at least function.
Hello Miserable in the south. Welcome to the site. I understand your frustration, in as much as the drugs don't help. There is a plus side, and its that you know the reason or a part of as to why you're feeling so down. Have you tried MAOI. They're given when a person doesn't respond well to the tradtional families of drugs. Aside from ECT treatments following the MAOI's (if they do not work) I really can't offer you another option. Best regards,pledge
I also have severe depression, anxiety, and fatigue. 1 mg Klonopin helps me to sleep (even though I'm not functional during the day), but I cannot find an AD that works. Paxil gave me acne. At least you can smile which I find almost impossible to do. Wellbutrin made me more depressed. If one doesn't want an MAO or ECT what can one do? I cannot find a good Psych on my plan. It is horrible when one cannot think like they used to. Any more suggestions for people like us?
Forgive me for not having an answer but I just wrote a question in saying this exact thing. I don’t know what to do anymore. You are certainly not alone and can physically feel the pain you feel while reading your question. I’m sorry and hate that someone else is feeling this torture just as I am. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers because that’s all I know to do right now. I pray that God finally gives the quality of life you deserve. I felt a connection to you just reading your first couple of sentences. I hope that doesn’t sound weird but I’m alone in this as my family is of no support in anyway. Bless you, sweet angel, and although hope for myself is almost at a big fat zero, I do have plenty for you. Just hold on tight and don’t give up!
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