I know your world well. I suffered with anxiety for years. We lack certain chemicals in our brain and once you start an anti-depressant it will balance them out and take the anxiety away.
I did counseling in my 20's too and that did help because I was too afraid to take pills. Not anymore! I do not want to ever go through horrible anxiety and depression ever again! This last bout of depression made me realize that I am going to stay on anti-depressants the rest of my life-
I take Zoloft and it agrees with me. I feel normal. (Well as normal as you can with fibro). It took about 2 weeks to notice it was working.
Let us know how you are doing. GamJill