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   Posted 7/3/2008 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everybody,

I am very happy I found this forum yeah

I have been dealing with depression, and anxiety for several years now. My diagnosis is depression with panic disorder. But I don't know why they diagnosed me with panic disorder, since I know when my anxiety attacks will be coming. Isn't Panic disorder when all of a sudden you get a feeling of panic(out of the blue)? I get the usual symptoms: sweaty palms, racing heartbeat, dizzy, blurry vision, usually when I am out of my home.
I have been able to work with the help of medications but it looks like I am now having a nervous breakdown. What is a nervous breakdown? All I know is that I can't stop crying,I don't know what it is, but my anxiety and depression are intense, especially at work. I have trouble concentrating at work and feel so stressed out to the point of crying. I get stressed out over the tiniest issue. I don't know what to do, since I need to work. If i don't work I will be homeless. I don't have any money saved up, so I don't have the luxury of quitting my job. What to do? Any advise will be appreciated.

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   Posted 7/4/2008 12:19 AM (GMT -7)   

Jamie, hello and a warm welcome to HW. I am very happy you found this forum too :-)

We are a warm and supporting bunch of people here so I'm glad you have shared your story. Panic disorder doesn't mean you have to panic "out of the blue". It just means that you have panic attacks. Even if you know they are coming, those symptoms you described are a panic attack. You can have cued panic attacks which means you know when they will happen (flying for example) and uncued panic attacks which are the ones that come out of nowhere. Both of them are blech in my opinion!

Do you mind telling us what meds you are taking? Maybe you need to change the dose or the med, it might be a good idea to see your doctor for advice on that one.  I'm sorry that you are feeling like you are having a nervous breakdown and crying so much. It must be really stressful, especially if you are fearful about losing your job. What makes you think you are having a breakdown exactly? Is there someone you can talk to about this (including us of course!), that may be able to explain what is happening? I hope this is of some help Jamie, remember you are not alone in feeling this way, please let us know how you are going.

Again, welcome to HW, you are in a good place



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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 7/4/2008 5:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome, although I'm sorry you're finding us at such a low time.

Trying to hold it together for work is a toughie for a lot of us. I used to be able to use work to fend off my depression, but at some point, it took a turn: I could barely get done the minimum to keep from being in trouble workwise and certainly wasn't getting any satixfaction or positive effects from work.

Are you seeing/able to take time to see a counselor? Cognitive behavioral therapy is helping me with some of my work issues in particular.

Do you work in an office setting, or around a lot of people (like in retail or school)? I found that letting one or two folks at work know what I was facing gave me someone to lean on when I really couldn't take much more on any given day. But I work in a setting where there are lots of people coming in and out, some strangers, so that distraction has sometimes been useful: if I'm starting to sink into a low place but haven't gotten stuck yet, I walk out to where the conversations are happening. Even if I just listen, it gives me something totally unexpected to focus on for distraction.

Know that we care what's happening with you here. Keep posting!


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   Posted 7/4/2008 6:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Work and anxiety is a tough one, but like Percy, I always found working lowered my anxiety and depression.
Keeping the mind busy on work and not on oneself is a great way to get over the anxiety
It sounds to me like you're having a breakdown. The best advice I could give would be to see a therapist

Can you take some time off of work for stress related disability?
The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong in the broken places

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   Posted 7/4/2008 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   


You've found a safe, caring , and reliable support community for people battling Anxiety and Panic.. We have many members here who will be glad to lend an ear, offer information, and provide support for people who need it.

I am so sorry you having a difficult time but I do agree you need to see a physician asap or go to the ER as it is a holiday and clinics are not open, but do seek help.
I have been where you are and it is not a good place to be.  You need help and we are here to support you but please seek help in person or call a family or friend to come and be with you.
Hugs to you

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