Anxious or Depressed? Or both?

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totesmcgrotes
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   Posted 8/6/2010 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
So, I have been having serious trouble figuring out what has been wrong with me over the past six weeks and I'm hoping for some help.

The abridged story: about 6 months ago, I started to notice a lack of joy and a slight increase in anxiety. I wasn't concerned and quickly forgot about the little incidents until it became more and more obvious that something was off. I felt emotionally distant from my (now ex) girlfriend, despite her being pretty awesome. I, for whatever reason, had horrible horrible anxiety attacks (bed ridden) for a week when I realized that I needed to break up with my gf (this is not like me, I've dumped and been dumped enough to be a pro). After I broke up with her, I felt relieved but immediately became panicked when I wasn't upset or crying about the situation. I started to have a wierd fog with trouble remembering things and a lot of trouble having fun and talking to people. I still went about my life and nobody really noticed anything wrong despite me constantly obsessing over whether or not I was going crazy. I haven't had any attacks but I can not stop obsessing over my emotions and my weird detachment from everything. I had felt sad and couldn't cry which made me think I was nuts and burying emotion that would someday explode. At best, I had felt nothing. There's a lot going on (my dad might have leukemia, my sister might have MS, and my grandfather is dying of liver cancer) but its nothing I wouldn't normally be able to handle. I don't know what is going on. I don't have any negative thoughts or pessimism but I feel a chronic sadness in my heart that doesn't go anywhere.

Anybody got any ideas?

stkitt
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   Posted 8/7/2010 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning,
 
Depression affects each person in different ways, so depression symptoms vary from person to person. Inherited traits, age, gender and cultural background all play a role in how depression may affect you.
 
It's normal to feel anxious from time to time, especially if your life is stressful. However, if you have ongoing anxiety that interferes with day-to-day activities and relationships and makes it hard to enjoy life, you may have generalized anxiety disorder.
 
I suspect you may have a combination of both but I am not a Dr. so may I kindly suggest you see a physician for a professional opinion.
 
You do have a lot going on in your life right now.  Perhaps the break-up with your girlfriend was not what you really wanted even thow you feel like you are well equipped to handle this type of break-up. 
 
Check out our resources above and you will find a link to Anxiety Symptoms.
 
~~Kitt~~
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momof4andahalf
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   Posted 8/9/2010 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I am no doctor but honestly this sounds more like a physical medical condition than a mental medical condition. You may want to seek out maybe having a cat scan or MRI to rule out the possibility of a brain tumor or something along those lines. Praying for you either way

stkitt
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   Posted 8/9/2010 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I am not sure I agree that your sx point to a brain tumor but feel  they are sx of Depression and Anxiety.  However, having said that I believe that it is a good idea to see your physician for a medical screening exam. JMHO.
 

General signs and symptoms caused by brain tumors may include:

  • New onset or change in pattern of headaches
  • Headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe
  • Unexplained nausea or vomiting
  • Vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision
  • Gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Speech difficulties
  • Confusion in everyday matters
  • Personality or behavior changes
  • Seizures, especially in someone who doesn't have a history of seizures
  • Hearing problems

Symptoms of Depression include but are not limited to the following:


~~Kitt~~
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totesmcgrotes
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   Posted 8/9/2010 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
The more time I take to analyze how I am feeling and research my symptoms, I am finding that I may be afflicted with a mild for of both anxiety and depression. I do worry constantly, everything seems dulled down, I periodically feel guilty/afraid/sad for no reason, I don't feel confident, I get annoyed easily, etc etc. Despite trying to think my way out of my emotions with logic and optimism, the feelings I have do not go away.. nor does the fog.

I sought medical help and was prescribed budeprion which just made me feel more afraid and sad, however, I'm going to continue looking for a good med as well as finding a counselor/therapist appropriate for me.

Thank you so much for your help!

stkitt
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   Posted 8/10/2010 3:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning,
 
I am so glad to read you are going to continue to seek help and that your are looking into therapy.  I must say that it helps me even though at first I had no idea what to say.
 
I sat through more then one session crying and using up the therapist's tissues  smhair
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