Yes Ben, I do and have for 27 years now. I have had years go by where my meds worked like a charm and one day about 3 years ago they just petered out.
Now I am weaning off the latest SSNI I have been on for about a year as I want to see if the real me is still there under the meds. Besides the Cymbalta has not helped near as well as my old med did.
You are never alone.
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Hi Ben- you know me! i primarily suffer from AP, OCD, PTSD, SAD etc, but this is mixed with bouts of depression that strike when i least expect it, or when one of my many physical illnesses flare up. i guess its a juggling act- my meds keep me pretty on top of things.
Hi Ben, I lived 58 years without any diagnosis but in this last year have copped Anxiety, Cervical AS and Carpel Tunnel syndrome all within months of each other. I am also pre-diabetic. The AS now severely limits my neck rotation. The panic attacks crept up on me. When they really hit, it was devastating, I felt trapped and frightened. I didnt bother with the self help stuff, I jumped onto Lexapro (10mg) and have not had a recurrence since (6 months). The other thing that has helped is exercise as I am trying to lose weight. I either walk, use an exercise bike and do light weights fast reps. At 58 I can look in the mirror and not be horified and I think that this helps my overall situation. It certainly helps my self esteem. I always feel toned and relaxed after say a 30-40 min walk. I dont have the paper delivered any more, I walk to get it. If I have problems sleeping I use some of the Pilates equipment whilst lying on my bed. A 5min workout helps me to nod off. I also regularily drink (beer) in moderation and this also helps although I dont know how this interacts/interferes with the Lexapro.
I have only recently joined this forum and cant help but be struck by the young age of sufferers and the severity of their afflictions. My best years are behind me. I am stunned that there are people in their 30's experiencing ailments that should rightfully occur at my age.
As one of the other respondees noted Ben, you are not alone.
Exuberan, thankyou for noticing the age thing. so many times i am frustrated by people saying "you're young- you should be fine." yes, i SHOULD be, but im not- ive been chronically physically ill since i was 14 (see my signature) and i got Panic disorder at the age of 10- im now 28. it is so hard to be sick in any situation, but without being melodramatic, i feel a little robbed of my best years- as there havent really been any. i had to grow up quickly and accomodate illness into a part of my everyday life from a very young age. somewhere in there, there was a loss of innocence, a lack of childlike joy or wonder- replaced by feeling jaded, beaten and cynical.
your compassion towards the younger among us really made me stop and think, and i wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart.