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    Old 05-03-2015, 10:56 AM   #1
    nannoo
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    Not depressed but clinically anxious - help!

    I have suffered from anxiety for many years, possibly going back to childhood, and for a long time suffered panic attacks, but luckily have not had one for years. However, nothing seems to help my anxiety. After three years of extreme work stress I was diagnosed with depression and prescribed fluoxetine, but I do not believe I am depressed, just clinically anxious. My doctor upped the fluoxetine dosage, but this made me feel nauseous and very disassociated. I am also being treated for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I never know how I will wake up - whether I will be able to attack the day and be on top of everything, or whether I will find it difficult to get on with anything and just procrastinate and put things off. Some days I have lots of energy, some days I am exhausted. Occasionally, I get extremely angry for no reason and will take it out on my poor husband.

    I have read so many self-help books, have done courses on meditation and mindfulness. Nothing seems to work, and I increasingly rely on Xanax to cope.

    Can anyone recommend a long-term medication for anxiety that I could discuss with my doctor? I am worn out, and just want some relief from this disabling affliction.

     
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