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    Old 03-26-2018, 09:22 PM   #1
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    Is this anxiety or depression, or just a mix of the two?

    Hi all,
    Thanks ahead of time for any input that can be given.
    First off, i have been seeing my GP and a Physch as well as a therapist, but i wanted to get some input form someone who has had severe anxiety as well as maybe depression who may able to tell me if they have ever had what i am experiencing.
    I have been struggling with something for about 8 weeks now and am exhausting myself trying to pinpoit what is is. My Drs have told me i have General anxiety( long time) and now Major Depressive Disorder.
    I'm 42 and have had moderate anxiety since mid 20's. Always was able to deal with it by therapy,excerise, and the occasional Ativan when absolutly needed.
    12 weeks ago I changed jobs, a life stressor for sure but i felt fine going into it, and felt fine the first 4 weeks into it.
    Then after those 4 weeks i got the worst flu of my life. I mean bad, so sick i almost went to the ER twice cause i actually thought my organs were failing( didnt urinate for 32 hrs at one point, no matter how much fluids i drank).
    Anyhow i was in bed for a week, and when mostly recovered returned to work. First day woke up to work i had a anxiousness i had never felt before. It was not like any anxiety i had ever had before.
    Now its 8 weeks later im still struggling with severe symptoms still.
    The best i can describe it is as a mixture of both, but in a purely cyclicle manor. In other words, i can wake up one day and feel fine, then for 6-8hrs i feel incredible dark hopelessness, but also anxiety symtpoms, then it may clear up completely for the remainder of the day.
    It is totally random what time of day/night these bouts last.
    Im familiar with anxiety, but depression is new to me so i dont understand what im feeling.
    Best way to describe feelings during these bouts is absolute darkness, hopelessness,worthlessness, but no "sadness", and with a high amount of anxious energy( lots of pacing/movement/restlessness). When i'm not in these bouts i feel fine for the most part( only nervous that i dont know when the next bout will show itself). Longest bout has been near 24hrs, shortest has been less than 2 hours.
    I was under the impression( based on lots of research) that people with these two conditions do not have both condtions symptoms at the exact same time, only back and forth from one to the other.
    Any thoughts?
    thanks again

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    Depression and anxiety often go together. Anxiety is often called Depression's twin sister. I have both. I alternate between feeling anxious an depressed. Sometimes I feel both at the same time. They're caused by the same chemical imbalance in the brain. This is why they often prescribe antidepressants to treat anxiety.

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