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Can anxiety become depression?

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Figamol Sun 29-Nov-15 22:41:36

My life recently just got too much with a special needs child and all that involves and I sought help for the overwhelming anxiety it created. The CBT therapy has been quite helpful in managing practically and strategies I can employ to help lessen those anxious heart skipping feelings.

However in the process Ive found myself completely sinking as I realize I just never had the tools or strength to deal with what led me to the point of needing therapy. And most of that is wrapped up in hurtful experiences and relationships along with an overwhelming flatness, joyless black cloud thats started to follow me in the last few weeks. I can't stay asleep, get zero pleasure from things that I should, can't focus on work, small decisions like dinner are too much. I'm not in the slightest bit suicidal but after two recent deaths of acquaintances, my overriding feeling on them is envy of their peace.

I've messaged the therapist to arrange an appt to discuss what to do next, if we try medication. But I'm terrified. I've never taken any, and am stressed about side effects and throughly down on myself that its got to this point. Like I've failed at being positive and grateful, something I'm known for and have been skilled at in the past.

Can anyone relate, share their similar experiences please?

CloakAndJagger Mon 30-Nov-15 17:42:29

It does and like you have the classic signs of depression. It sucks the joy from your life and your belief in yourself away.

Maybe antidepressants would help. They do when I'm depressed and they help a lot of other people as well. It's no more shameful than taking a paracetamol for a headache.

DebussyHead Tue 01-Dec-15 21:08:52

It has in my case. Relentless work pressure, small children, husband out if work led to anxiety which has turned into depression. I can relate to all your feelings and also feel shame and a failure at not being able to cope. It's dreadful and made worse as I had a breakdown at work and now signed off and terrified if the consequences if this. I hope things get better for you.

JustMeAnon Wed 02-Dec-15 11:28:31

It can for me. It's almost as if the anxiety gets so awful that my 'system' crashes and I go into depression. I take ADs and wouldn't be without them. It does sound like you could do with a boost. Dont be scared of meds. If they don't work out you can change them or of course stop.

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