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Depression board

Hi Katee,

I went through a similar situation in my early 20's. Panic attacks can put you on a different plane in this world. It is a very difficult thing to have happen to you. I made it through and came out OK in the end with eating properly, exercise, talk therapy, and taking steps to eliminate the major stressors in my life. All of these things were key, but I think the major stressors in my life were the biggest factor. I felt like I had no control over my life, so I changed that. Journaling also helped because not only did it allow me to get everything out of my head, it was put it on paper, so I could sort it out. I had two different journals; a daily one and one for when I was having panic attacks. I didn't read the panic attacks journal again until just a few years ago (I'm 34 now) when my mom started going through the same thing and I offered her my journal to help her understand and also lend some coping techniques. Going through that experience holistically was empowering and gave me strength, but it took awhile. I am sorry to say that I have not been as strong this time around because the stressors in my life are kids and my husband and my job and just everything rolled up into one mess. I haven't been able to pick through as well as I did when I was young and single. I did rely on meds this time a bit. If you feel you need something, what your doctor gave you is not bad. Lexapro is a good antidepressant with pretty minimal side effects. I took Celexa for awhile and it was very helpful. In my opinion, SSRI's aren't bad. I would stay away from the SSNRI's, though, like Cymbalta. Xanax was/is helpful, too. I takes the edge off and can really help with the panic attacks on a situational basis. This is my advice based on my own experience. Keep in mind that everyone is different and each person handles things differently. I am not a professional, this is just my opinion.

I am sorry you are going through this. It is a very hard situation to get through, but it can be done any you will be stronger in the end.

Hang in there!!
Hi Katee-like you I guess I suffer from depression/anxiety and the rest. I have felt absolutly horrible for the past 7-8 months. This all started for me back in 1991, however, after the birth of my second child. They ran the range of tests which came back normal and prescribed Nortriptyline and Xanax for me which seemed to help. I took that on and off through the years then early last year decided that I didn't want to be on anything any more and gradually my symptoms started coming back. I have no appetite at all - it's miserable to feel not hungry, I'm tired, I get anxious, feel dizzy, feel lightheaded, any symptom you can think of it seems I have. (read my thread on the anxiety section for a full read of what has transpired) anyway, like you, I am very fearful to try any new med. The doctor prescribed Lexapro 5 ml/day which I started just yesterday morning. This morning I took the second pill. I am praying for a miracle and that this works. I am no good to my family - my poor husband and 3 teenagers wonder what's wrong with me and why I just lay around all the time teary-eyed. I used to be a happy-go-lucky person, would work out at the gym and the social-butterfly of my friends, but since I started this second round of feeling yucky, I have done nothing. My advice is to try the Lexapro - start it today and then we can compare notes and see how each other feels - since I only started mine yesterday. They say it takes a couple weeks to kick in. I have my xanax in the meantime if I need it - which I do! Take care ok?? Pray for each other ok?