Anxiety/Depression Support Thread

Hexmage-PAHexmage-PA Registered User regular
edited February 5 in Singularity Engine++
I'm a person who has to live with frequent bouts of anxiety. I often find myself wishing I had a place to vent about my feelings whenever I need to and thought others might feel the same way. This could also be a thread for sharing experiences with therapy and medication.

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  • Hexmage-PAHexmage-PA Registered User regular
    edited February 5
    I've personally been on a number of medications over the past fifteen years or so. I started with Paxil. Later I was switched to Zoloft with a low dose of Metoprolol. A visit with another professional lead me to add Gabapentin, but after a while I stopped taking it. Now I've been switched from Zoloft to Cymbalta, though I still take the Metoprolol.

    I honestly don't feel like any of these have alleviated my anxiety to a significant degree. Has anyone had good reactions to the medications I mentioned, or were other medications more beneficial? What about other substances such as CBD oil?

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    I have had the worst damn anxiety my entire life but finally at age 50 I got a prescription for Lexapro and oh my stars the difference is like night and day.

    Sleeping in is something I've never been able to do but now I can look forward to it.

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  • Hexmage-PAHexmage-PA Registered User regular
    Magic Pink wrote: »
    I have had the worst damn anxiety my entire life but finally at age 50 I got a prescription for Lexapro and oh my stars the difference is like night and day.

    Sleeping in is something I've never been able to do but now I can look forward to it.

    Glad to hear it! I've heard it takes a lot of trial and error to find a medication that works, and I'm glad you found yours.

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  • SirEtchwartsSirEtchwarts KABOOM Splooooosh...Registered User regular
    I've had depression and anxiety for...a while, I guess

    It was only formally diagnosed after I dropped out/was kicked out of college for being just totally unable to function

    I managed to find the right combination of medicine in one go, though, which is extremely lucky, and it's mostly been under control

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    I was formally diagnosed around 30. I've been on medication since and it's helped quite a bit but I still go through difficult brain times.

    I really think I could live a mostly depression free life if I could pay my bills working a job I didn't hate. Working this monotonous Healthcare job for 40+ hours a week takes so much out of me.

    And then I'm still financially struggling on top of that.

    It's hard to not be depressed in this world.

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    i have been super depressed for a while now and the medication i started on recently to try and help has made me feel absolutely horrible

    like, stomach pain, dizziness, hot/cold flashes, the works

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  • ZonugalZonugal The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    I struggle pretty consistently with anxiety.

    These past few years has been an exercise in trying to talk myself down from daily panic attacks.

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    I dealt with depression and anxiety through medication for most of my childhood and my early 20s, at which point the utter failure of the US healthcare system caught up with me. Since then I haven't been able to afford paying hundreds of dollars a month to see a psychiatrist to get the priviledge of paying hundreds of dollars a month more for pills to help me be almost a functional human, on account of being depressed/anxious, which is a major reason I'm poor, which makes it impossible to get help for my mental health, which leads to me being depressed/anxious...

    I feel like maybe I developed drug resistance to the actually helpful medications I started out on as a kid anyway though, and was constantly on a tour through the most expensive, side-effect-ridden new meds that the doc's office had been sent samples of that were only marginally helpful at best, so maybe I'm better off unmedicated? I don't know. Maybe I never will, at this rate.

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Losing my dog suddenly has made it a lot harder to deal with things, that's for certain. I used to be able to look at my dog, squeeze him, and feel better, knowing that at least I had this.

    Now uh....I don't even have that. And it's soul crushing.

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    We’re really not equipped to be a support system I’m afraid. Sorry.

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