is this a symptom of depression of anxiety???

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   Posted 3/19/2009 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm posting this on both the anxiety and depression board because I'm not really sure where it belongs. I have a doctor's appt. Friday morning and I need some advice before then. I've always thought the majority of my problems are/were anxiety related (anger, weepiness, mood swings) but my old doctor would never discuss this with me. All she ever wanted to do was up or change my depression meds. That is until I took a panic attack and ended up in the ER. Only then did she decide to give me ativan .50 2X a day to take the edge off, It may have helped some but apparently it's a pretty big edge! I've since switched doctors and this is my first visit with him, discussing this.

One of my main problems is weepiness, I guess you want to say, especially with authority figures like my boss and my mom. The other bosses I'm around are fine but this one is an evil evil man and made it clear from the beginning that he did not like me, without ever getting to know me or anything. Anyhow last night at work he made a comment to me and the one other operator. Not 5 minutes later I'm bawling like a baby and I cry whenever I think of it or other things he's said. He, of course, knows he gets to me so he keeps digging. My husband says I should "grow a pair (sorry if that offends)". I'd love to but as soon as the next night comes he starts again. Talking to HR is not an option as he's the plant manager's neighbor and that's the only reason he was hired. I'm with the company almost 17 yrs and am trying desperately to hold on until he retires. Other people let it roll off of them and not let it affect them and I just want that to be me so desperately!!! My mom is another story entirely but it's better since I've limited my time around her.

Is weepiness a symptom of anxiety? I've seen answers of yes and I've seen answers of no. Do you think more Ativan or a different medicine would help? I'm just looking for advice to take to the doctor tomorrow. No, I do not do counseling as I live in a rural area and am limited with counselors. Thanks for listening and thanks for any advice. I work the overnight shift so I'm off to bed.


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   Posted 3/19/2009 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   


It can be a sx of both. I have A & P and depression so I will cry if I am overwhelmed or feelings as you, anxious because I feel like I have not been tough enough to let things roll off my back.

I also cry when I am sad and feeing down...........

CBT might be a great way to learn to overcome some of your anxiety issues.

Here is a great reference for you:

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition

Pass Through Panic: Freeing Yourself from Anxiety and Fear
by: Claire Weekes

Take care



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   Posted 3/20/2009 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeannie,

I always thought that the depression came from the anxiety and panic attacks. But as I look back now, I know that I was suffering from depression when the panic attacks began. It was several months after the birth of my second child and I remember tearing up while watching a commerical on television when one lady said, " Look, her clothes are whiter than mine. " When I realized what I was doing, I wondered what was going on with me. I also had strange fears before the panic attacks began. I'm not saying that everyone who has anxiety and panic attacks is suffering from depression, but I have come to realize that I was. I didn't really know what anxiety was and once when I was at the laundrymat washing my families clothes, I remember pacing the floor because I could hardly wait until they were finished. Then, I put
them into the dryer and ended up leaving with them still damp. I was very anxious and just wanted to just get back home. However, at that time I didn't know what was wrong with me. I didn't know I was feeling anxious I wouldn't have known to call it that. But I wondered why I was having a problem doing the laundry that evening.


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   Posted 3/21/2009 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmm, good question. I feel weepy sometimes when I am feeling helpless or overwhelmed and I feel weepy when I feel blue. I've never been diagnosed with depression and I don't think about it too much because I don't have most of the symptoms on the depression list: I generally don't have problems sleeping, I don't feel worthless or hopeless. I haven't lost interest in doing things I previously enjoyed and I certainly haven't thought about ending it all. I had a boss that made me cry too. He wasn't a bad guy, but he was very intense and frankly I wasn't very good at the selling part of my job. When I would be in his office for an evaluation I would always cry. It was so embarassing. This was shortly before all my anxiety symptoms started happening. I couldn't control it and it was aweful. I did eventually go on meds for anxiety and this helped. The SSRI drugs are used for both anyways. I haven't been on them for 8 years though and I haven't felt quite like that since. I really feel that I didn't have enough serotonin in my brain or something.

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   Posted 3/21/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jean!

I also get like this as well. It is so hard to deal with our physical and mental reactions to everything, and I feel it is natural to feel some distress. I hope you get to feeling better and I agree with Kitt on trying out some CBT and possibly reading some self-help books, because that is what I have done to help me a lot.

Good luck to you :)
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   Posted 3/22/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Jean, my heart goes out to you. I have been bullied by bosses and I'm telling you, they've got to stop. Threaten the HR department with a law suit against the boss. I would document everything he says to you and any witnesses. Don't forget to include the time and date. You don't need to "grow a pair"....the boss needs to take some classes on how to be a supervisor. You can sue him for harrassment and maybe even defamation of character since other people are around when he does this to you.

Another option is to put him in his place. Right before you leave for the day, I would speak with him in his office. Tell him professionally, that you do not appreciate being harrassed on a daily basis and that if he chooses to do so, he may put in a formal complaint with your HR department. After your little speech, walk out and you can cry on the way home where no one will see you. He will either stop the harrassment or make a formal complaint. Either way, this will end. You will be able to deal with it and move on.

Crying is a big issue for me. When I get angry with a boss I cry. You can't yell at them or be disrespectful, so it comes out in tears. I know how you feel. It's embarrassing and demeaning. If you allow him to continue doing this to you it will never stop. Let us know what happens.
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