First let me thank you for taking the time to post such a thoughtful reply. I appreciate it very much. It is very possible I suffer from both anxiety and depression. Although I have not been officially diagnosed, my physician assumed I was depressed after asking all the standard questions at my last physical. (Of course, he diagnosed my ulcerative colitis as a hemorroid, so I tend not to put much faith in him). I am a stay-at-home mom who has really struggled with the isolation that comes with the job. I am usually very social, and I get very bored and very lonely very quickly. I think the loneliness and boredom bring on a lot of anxiety, but it also leaves me with way too much time to overthink everything (hence the depression).
I feel like I'm catching this very early on and don't want to jump into heavy meds; however, several people in my family suffer from depression, so I don't want to wait too long to act.
If don't see any improvement in the coming days, I'll probably be looking into finding a therapist of some sort. Thanks again for your thoughts and advice.
DX: Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08) and IBS
What Worked: Spinach/Sunflower Seed Diet and IBS Diet (www.helpforibs.com). For a small flare, Lialda also helped.
What Didn't Work: Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.