Not getting better after over a year of therapy

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   Posted 7/4/2010 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
   I began seeing my psychologist after suffering from a traumatic first year in college a year ago.  I've been suffering from a severe anxiety disorder, but in the past year (I have been on medical leave for a year from college), I have been getting worse and worse, not better. 
    To help me cope with the anxiety/depression after I left college a year ago, I began reading, but now I can't even read any more because it makes me depressed to read about other people's lives.  A year ago, I found comfort in going to the gym and spending time with friends, but now both cause my anxiety as well. 
    I am like up and down all day.  Sometimes I feel like everything in my life will work out sometimes and five minutes later, I feel like everything in my life is wrong.  I can barely do any activity without anxiety now and then becoming extremely depressed. I also have lost the ability to focus on tasks and am all over the place.
   I feel like I might be bipolar, but the psychologist I'm seeing never said anything about it and neither did the psychiatrist I see for medication.  I've been on a few in the past year, but have been taken off due to side effects. 
   Why do I keep getting worse even though I am getting all this help?  Do I need to see someone else for help?  Has anyone had this experience where they are getting worse over the course of over a year?

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   Posted 7/4/2010 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lola222,
Often it takes many meds before we find what is right for us.  I kind of get the feeling that you could use a mood stabilizer with your antidepressant.  But that isn't my call, I would talk to your psychiatrist about it and see what they say.  Have you found an antidepressant yet that you can take.  I had the same problem too.  I would always get the side effects.  I take pristiq now with abilify(as mood stabilizer) and xanax for anxiety. 
Don't give up, it takes time.  It took me a few years before I found what worked for me.  Keep seeing your psychiatrist and your therapist too.  I see both and it works well.  I hope that you feel better soon.
Keep posting and let us know how you are doing.
Hugs, Karen
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 7/4/2010 10:52 PM (GMT -7)   
took over 7 yrs. still a wip. (work in progress) i call myself the human yo-yo!! you will get there. with compassion, jamie.


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