Does anyone else in this forum have anxiety/depression?

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FMS@23?
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   Posted 3/13/2009 1:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I guess, actually I KNOW, that this is an ignorant question because if you have the symptoms of Lymes disease for many years OF COURSE YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE ANXIETY/DEPRESSION because you dont know what the hell is going on with you and feel as if you are slowly deteriorating as a human being! But I was curious how many others in this forum have problems w anxiety/depression? I know that anxiety has it's own forum within this website, but I feel as though lymes and other misunderstood illnesses are the true precursor to many individual's depression and anxiety. Any comments or feedback? Thanks everyone and sorry to be so bold...
 

scorpio1960
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   Posted 3/13/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I have secondary depression due to being ill but when I started treatment I experienced severe bouts of depression and anxiety which I never experienced before. I'm assuming this was all part of the herx. This lasted a few weeks and I seem to be much better emotionally the past two weeks. Depression and anxiety are two of the many symptoms for Lyme disease and many people suffer from these greatly before and during treatment.

Looking back, I realize that even before I became very sick and was still working and functioning, I did suffer from irritability and now realize that I also had personality changes due to the irritability. I also become very overwhelmed easily where as in the past I could easily multitask and handle 10 different things at once. My brain just cannot handle much of anything anymore.

You're not being bold. You're just trying to figure this darn thing out like the rest of us.

Agmaar
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   Posted 3/13/2009 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   

My experience has been very similar to Scorp's.  I've been treated for several months now and the depression and mood swings are much better.  I'm still having trouble with anxiety.  Right now I still can't multi-task and I really can't handle distractions.

I had an appt. with my llmd yesterday.  We are going to do a couple more rounds of Flagyl and then I'm going to find a psychologist to evaluate cognitive function.  It'd be good to have some objective information on where that's at.


Rich
 
Lyme, anxitey, depression, chronic C. Pnuemoniae
 
"... expect the unexpected ..."  (O. Wilde)
 
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phsinvent
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   Posted 3/13/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
about 80% of the people on this lyme site have or had anxiety and depression. Lyme can sometimes be the culprit but bartonella and babesia appear to cause it also and make matters so much worse.
 
When you find the right antibiotics or antimalarials, things will get better for you.

scorpio1960
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   Posted 3/13/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Agmaar, If you are in the New York area, Dr. Shea does extensive cognitive testing. He tested me several years ago and was actually the first person to suggest I go to a llmd. Unfortunately, I listened to my many other doctors and did not follow his advice until recently. He has a lot of experience with conditions like Lyme and CFIDS.

Vin
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   Posted 3/13/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
i was hospitalized twice last summer for panic disorder and suicidal depression. never had it before and for many many years was a very energetic and happy guy.

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   Posted 3/13/2009 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Anxiety and Depression are two of the most common symtoms (or effects if you will) of any illness.

Chemical changes, life changes and all over change throws most people off which in turn causes anxiety and depression.

Anxiety was one of the worst effect for me. Slowly I crawled out of it and got back to somewhat normal. It took a lot of work (no meds for me) and I was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The best way to relieve it is with a CLEAN great diet, as much detoxing as you can and I cannot stress this enough, EXERCISE! Even when you feel you can't do it, you can do anything small just to move.

Stay positive, it does get better
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ttlittlestar
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   Posted 3/13/2009 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes I am kind of fine and other times I am totally overwhelmed by my moods. I want to paint my bedroom and trying to pick out a color is too hard to do and it has made me cry.

dorit
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   Posted 3/13/2009 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
ttlittlestar - you did not cry alone. In my worst days this was something which made me so sad: i wanted to do something and there were different options - i could not "make" a decision. the fact that there was more than only one straight trail to follow just clicked of my head. I cried a lot too. I had never been like this before.

ttlittlestar
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   Posted 3/13/2009 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Decisions drive me to tears again and again. No matter how simple or how the outcome doesn't matter. I hate to decide. And this is so not who I was. I really feel like I am not me anymore.

scorpio1960
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   Posted 3/13/2009 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! The meds I'm on including Mepron did cause the severe depression and anxiety but thankfully it passed in a few weeks. Over the past 4, I slowly started to realize that I can no longer easily make decisions. In the past I was always sure of what to do and what I wanted and could make split-second decisions with great confidence. Now I also am reduced to tears over the littlest decision. Also had to pick out paint recently and for the life of me couldn't make a decision. This is so not me!

ttlittlestar sums up exactly how I feel. "Decisions drive me to tears again and again. No matter how simple or how the outcome doesn't matter. I hate to decide. And this is so not who I was. I really feel like I am not me anymore."

I was pretty happy with who I was and not so happy with who I am now. lol

I hope we all get back to being ourselves soon.

gracietiger
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   Posted 3/13/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
panic attacks were my first sign that something was seriously wrong. i had never had anxiety, ever, before and suddenly was having crippling panic attacks. i don't know that i have lyme's, but it seems very likely. everything else under the sun has been ruled out, yet all my docs agree that i have some kind of virus or infection.

inderal, a beta blocker, has helped me a great deal. i haven't had a panic attack in like six months thanks to it. but i was also having a lot of heart and flushing problems. so it has helped with all these.
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