New to Anxiety, Old Friend of Depression

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CheerDad
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   Posted 8/24/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a chronic illness and have had since I was a child. Over the past several years have come to the realization that I have been depressed for years and left it untreated. I am now in both talk and drug therapy and it has made a world of difference in my life. But over the past several months I have been introduced to a constant feeling of anxiety. The doc put me on Xanax for it and it helps take the edge off, but I still feel like I am always walking on egg shells. Not a paranoia that something bad is going to happen, more of what will I mess up next. There have been some changes at work and I report to someone that is controlling and treats all mid-managers at my level like we are children. I know this contributes to the anxiety at work, but wonder why it continues when I am home.
 
Thanks for letting me vent. I hope you all find the peace in your life that I am searching for. tongue
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.

 
Randy

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Marie-Claire
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   Posted 8/24/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
CheerDad... I know you from the CD forum... I am sorry that you are experiencing so much anxiety and depression. It is so hard to live with a chronic illness especially from such a young age. It wears you down. Having someone at work condescend or treat you badly just adds to your stress level ...
I'm glad you are seeking help for your anxiety ...and that the therapy and meds are working. I've found a lot of help here for my anxiety .... HW has so many wonderful people in all forums willing to listen and support you. So glad you decided to post here as well.
vent all you want my friend....
love and prayers
Mary
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis, PTSD ,general anxiety disorder.
 
 


Aussieangel
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   Posted 8/25/2008 3:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome, I know that feeling of walking on egg shells as well maybe trying a different med may help.

Nanners
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   Posted 8/25/2008 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Randy I too know you from the Crohns board. I have had Crohns for almost 33 years and just developed anxiety this past year. My doc has given me .25 mg Xanax (the lowest dose) and I am now able to catch my anxiety early with the Xanax and have been able to stop it in its tracks. I like the Xanax becuz it is fast acting and helps to chill things out quick. Just wanted to let you know you aren't alone.

God Bless,
Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


nervymeg
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   Posted 8/26/2008 1:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi CheerDad,

I think anxiety is a component of depression. One, unfortunately,  can lead to the other. Xanax is a good medication for anxiety but it has a shorter half-life than some other anti-anxiety meds like valium or ativan. It may well be that it is wearing off to soon..just a thought.

I find that once I am really anxious it takes a while to wind back down again..if you get really stressed out at work then it sometimes follows you home for the evening. I try (on the way home) to mentally take off my work hat and put on  my home hat. It's just a mind trick, but it helps me relax. I know nothing bad is going to happen at home!

I hope the therapy helps you out, and you can get some control over those 'eggshell" feelings. No one should have to live with that feeling. I wish you all the very best. I hope we all find that magical peace :-)

Meg


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stkitt
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   Posted 8/26/2008 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Randy,

Welcome my friend.  I agree with Meg as I have both anxiety and depression.  Sometimes I am not sure what comes first the anxiety or the depression.

Try not to over analyze the situation at work, stay in the moment and deal with things one step at a time. Remember to be assertive and not aggressive.   a

Assertiveness includes rational thinking and the self-affirmation of personal worth, respect, and rights. wink
I am so happy to hear you are going to therapy...............kudos to you.

Hugs
Kitt 



 

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percycat
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   Posted 8/26/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
CheerDad,

Sometimes anxiety is caused by our own negative self-talk. It may be that your situation at work is taking your mood and self-confidence down, and combined with your day-to-day depression, the self-talk "what am I going to mess up next?" seeps its way into your subconscious and follows you home. Just a thought, but I sure hope you find some relief. This forum is a fantastic support, as I'm sure you know from the others you're in.

Welcome!

percycat

CheerDad
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   Posted 8/28/2008 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh I am the king of the "what am I going to screw up next thought", or "now what could go wrong" mayor!
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.
 
Randy
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Dx'd with Crohn's at age 12. Symptoms since age 5, RLS, Depression, Anxiety, and down right feel yucky some days.
Learning to live with this Disease rather than be its victim after 36 years.


nervymeg
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   Posted 8/28/2008 11:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey,

I like to call that kind of thinking "catastrophising"...everytime my brain starts throwing up those questions I try and mentally roll my eyes and say "here she goes again!" and try and laugh at myself. IMHO it's one of the best way to deal with negative thoughts. You really just have to laugh sometimes!

Meg


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