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?
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