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Date Joined Dec 2011
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   Posted 12/2/2011 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm very new to this, I have never posted on one of these forums before so I don't exactly know what to say.

I'm 24 and I guess I've been suffering from depression for a while now.

I recently started seeing a therapist and was prescribed Paxil, which I've been taking for a couple weeks.

I get really bad anxiety as well as depression, I frequently have panic attacks, I get really bad anxiety when I'm around people, in crowds, or just trying to leave the house in the morning. Sometimes it's a real struggle to even get out of bed because I feel overwhelmed and hopeless about the day. My mind is always racing and I guess I don't really get enjoyment out of everything, it's a struggle for me to get through the day.

I'm not sure what to say but does anyone know what I'm talking about or can anyone help at all?

Thanks, I appreciate it.

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   Posted 12/2/2011 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Charles, I'm a new member too, and not much of help.

Folks here are very welcoming. I know you will get the support you need.

Thanks for joining us. ~ Joyce

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Date Joined Nov 2011
Total Posts : 310
   Posted 12/2/2011 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Charles,

I think you will find that many people can relate with your situation at some point or another. I am OCD and have anxiety, so I do understand what you mean when you say your mind races. Have you talked to your therapist about that? What did he/she suggest? Sometimes, I would force myself to take a break from thinking for about 10 minutes, somewhat of a meditation. That would sometimes calm me down.

It sounds like you are really having a hard time right now and have started taking the correct steps in learning better ways to deal with your struggles. That's a great step. I have recently started EMDR therapy and it has helped me to learn "relaxation methods" with my anxiety. I am sure that your therapist or people on the forum will have suggestions for you.

I'm glad you joined and posted. Stick around! - Courtney

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Date Joined Nov 2011
Total Posts : 218
   Posted 12/2/2011 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Charles,
I'm new to this forum as well and not sure that I'd be very much help to you just yet, just wanted to say hi and welcome :)
I'm glad you joined. So far I've found it to be very helpful, even if it's just a chance for you to connect with people who understand what you're going through. Having support can be very theraputic.
Wishing you the best. -Amber

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   Posted 12/2/2011 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Charles

I'm so glad to see some of our new folks being here to greet you.

I have major depressive disorder and ptsd so I can relate to anxiety on leaving the house and not being able to get out of bed. Alot of other folks will too.

I see a therapist and recently started a new med for me, Cymbalta. Also I take seoquel at night. But, we all have to do other things to help ourselves. Walking or exercise is really good for depression, eating and sleeping right help, try not ot nap. I listen to music, do deep breathing and keeping a journal is always a good way to work things out, easier on paper.

We DO understand what you are going thru and I am glad you posted...keep it up and again, welcome

"We never realize how strong we are, until being strong is the only thing left"
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New Member

Date Joined Dec 2011
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 12/2/2011 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone who responded to me, it helps me a lot just to read what you wrote, I really appreciate it.

getting by
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Total Posts : 42501
   Posted 12/2/2011 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Charles,

I am glad that you have joined us. As you can already see, people here do understand. I have a hard time getting out of the house and out of bed sometimes. I take a cocktail of meds, pristiq, abilify and xanax. The xanax really works good for anxiety. It took me a lot of years, but I finally found what works for me.

I see a psychiatrist and a psychologist. Together they really help me. Oh and I also take adderall for the fatigue, but I have fibromyalgia too so that plays a huge roll in how I feel.

I am sure that you will find that there are many here who can relate to you. And before I forget, it can take your new med a good six to eight weeks before it reaches the full potential. So be patient with that. Though you can start feeling better far before that eight week period.

Keep posting. Know that we all care about eachother here. I hope that you are starting to feel better. Coming here is like good therapy, though not to be a substitute for therapy. Just something to help you along.

Take care,

Hugs, Karen
Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia

fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression, allergies

Elite Member

Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 12/3/2011 3:33 AM (GMT -6)   
hi charles. you have joined a wonderful caring and healing community. i am a mixed bag, bi-polar and a personality disorder. am male, 39. we all care about each other and help each other too. i look forward to sharing with you. jamie.



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Date Joined Nov 2011
Total Posts : 615
   Posted 12/3/2011 3:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Charles....I am also relatively new to this forum. I think you will be happy you joined. These members are so supportive and can really pick you up when you are down. All of us have suffered with one thing or another. What one member doesn't know another may. Good luck on your journey and I hope things start to get better for you.

Bless you. Amy

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