Anxiety without depression?

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hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 10/25/2006 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a friend who suffers daily anxiety but does *not* suffer depression.  It's true too.  It's hard to even tell that she suffers from anxiety because she is always so calm.  So, the question is...am I on the right forum here?  Do most of you suffer only anxiety without depression?  I guess I always thought the two went hand in hand.
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Twiggygal
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   Posted 10/25/2006 12:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I suffer with both anxiety/panic disorder and depression.

The depression is awful at times. I walked into my office today and almost started bawling for no reason and I didn't know why.

I really do think they go hand in hand, maybe it doesn't for some people, but I don't know how it couldn't.

I sometimes wake up in the mornings or when I'm going to bed and I get depressed too about life, and how small my world has become because of this disorder.

I don't travel far and feel panicky outside of my "comfort zone" and after I stop panicking (or rather when it burns out) I either cry or just feel depressed, like I'm back at square one.

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hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 10/25/2006 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Twiggygal. It looks like we both suffer from both depression and anxiety and chronic migraine to boot. I have noticed that when I'm depressed I want to cry and hide and eat to comfort myself but when the deadline is looming (like now I have to find a job by 11/30) I get so anxious and it kicks up an even deeper depression - more desperate. A question for you. Do you like the Lexapro? Do you take it AM or PM? I take Wellbutrin so I am only on 5mg. Lexapro but I read that Lexapro is good for GAD.
Take care.
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libbyf
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   Posted 10/25/2006 1:32 AM (GMT -6)   
For me its hard to tell.  I take Zoloft so it helps the depression I might otherwise have.  Normally I don't feel depressed but after a panic attack I do have a little.  Mainly I get depressed because I start with the negative thoughts, "Why me" "I hate feeling this way" "Life sucks living like this" ect...  I have to force my thoughts from going that way for too long.  Its funny you say that your friend seems so calm because thats the way people describe me.  I think some people with anxiety become really good at hiding their feelings, so while I appear calm I'm sick and shaky on the inside just waiting to I go find a place to suffer by myself.

Twiggygal
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   Posted 10/25/2006 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I like the Lexapro a lot. It's been the most effective drug thus far. I'm on 15 mgs a day. I also take .5 mgs of Ativan everyday.

I take it in the morning because I prefer to be calm. They say if it makes you too drowsy then take it in the PM before bedtime. I'm so anxious during the day tho that I feel it's best to take it in the AM.

But now I'm not anxious at all. I've been on it for over 2 months now with good results thus far.

The side effects aren't too bad either but kinda suck when you wake up in the morning feeling panicky and your heart's racing.


LOL yup, and we have the chronic migraines too.

I get the desparation feeling too, and get more depressed as a deadline looms. I just want to avoid it and hide under the covers.

Anticipatory anxiety is what that causes. hehe

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DX: Panic Disorder, Depression, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Chronic Migraines
 
RX: Ativan/Lorazapam (1 MG a day), Lexapro (15 MG a day), Tylonel for the TMJ and Migraines
 



spenty
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   Posted 10/25/2006 4:48 AM (GMT -6)   
im not depressed.. i have anxiety and panic attacks.. once there over i feel great. but they have really knocked my confidence for 6. i used too be real confident. but now im just not
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smiler
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   Posted 10/25/2006 5:26 AM (GMT -6)   

I have both - the A/P is there all the time , though in different 'strenghths' depending on situations etc..

The depression comes in waves - I will be floating along happily til the wave comes and tries to drown and just when I think I'm gonna die coz I can't breath anymore , I float back to the surface and start the journey all over again. Alhtough it's not like I'll know when it's gonna happen next , it's not predictable.

So post on both forums if you want to - do whatever you can to help yourself , and don't worry.

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/25/2006 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from A/P have for many many yrs
BUT I will go into Depression every once in a while I am not always depressed
i dont take meds for depression but I do take short acting meds for A/P
I dont think it always goes hand in hand
I do believe you are in right forum hun and we just kinda like ya ya know
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hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 10/25/2006 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, everyone, for taking the time to reply. I have a better understanding of this now. I have never had a panic attack. However, I wake up with intense anxiety - I try to pray and can't hold a single thought - my heart races, my mind races. I'm full of fear. My PCP doctor won't prescribe benzo's anymore and my psyche never has. I used to have depression now and then and when I felt anxious and overwhelmed with crying I would take a zanax and it would help. Someone (I think Harry) posted that being worried that every person is going to get addicted is like assuming that every person who takes a drink of alcohol is going to get addicted. It makes me so mad. Thanks for listening.
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bluemeanies
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   Posted 10/25/2006 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had depression most of my life (I'm 43) and anxiety/panic problems for at least 20 years. I take Xanax for the anxiety and Celexa and Remeron for the depression.

shell67
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   Posted 10/25/2006 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I hvae both, but i will admit, the p/a is worse than the depression most the time. I believe if you can have p/a without depression, kudos to you ;) wouldnt that be just a lil easier??? I wish we were all so happy we just couldnt stand ourselves lol take care, best wishes
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