I'm seeing my GP (the lovely fit one, natch) this afternoon because I don't think I can go on any longer. Life has been very stressful for a long time and I was treated for depression four years ago. I'm wondering now if it was ever depression or if it was anxiety then. I know more myself now from working with others with MH issues and it's definitely anxiety rather than depression for me.
I can't live with the constant stomach churning fear and dread anymore. I get regular acid reflux episodes which seem to be linked with when I'm more anxious. I'm already on hypertension meds but I have stress headaches and pounding in my ears several times a day (even though my BP remains within normal). My sleeping is shit - I'm very restless. Not sleepless as such, just coming to and drifting off again, but that still has an impact on my sleep. The only time I sleep well is when DP stays over. I'm constantly on the edge and alert for danger.
I've tried everything I can think of to help myself. I've been exercising more. I'm moderating my drinking. I've been taking control of my house, which had got a little out of hand. I get out and about every single day. I practice breathing techniques and mindfulness. I do CBT. I think meds is the next step.
Everyone says to focus on your response to stress, try not to worry about the things that you can't change. I can't change any of the stress I'm under and I can't seem to change my responses anymore either.
I don't know if I'm looking for responses, maybe I'm just wanting to say it out loud and this is the closest thing so far. If you have read, thank you.
Thank you. Everyone says that and sometimes I even believe them
He gave me sertraline. He agreed that I'm doing everything I can myself yet it's still spiralling out of control. I'm a bit nervous. When I tried citalopram it made me feel quite sick, although it did help in the long run so I need to persevere.
It felt good to tell someone I wasn't ok actually. I've told a couple of friends but no one else really. Everyone else says how well I'm coping with the stress but I know I haven't been for a long time really. So it's a bit of a relief to get it out.
If you're the type that likes a practical approach, I very much recommend Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies (actually, i recommend it regardless ) very helpful without being patronising, and genuinely interesting to understand how CBT as an approach actually works!
I'm going through the same thing at the moment , it is horrible going through this and I hope your GP can provide you with some support. I have depressive anxiety. I'm taking propronalol for the adrenaline and omeprazole for the sick feeling. This is helping me get through work without having panic attacks. CBT is also meant to be good. I have been offered Talk Therapy as well to get to the root of the problem.
Hopefully things will start getting better and you can get your life on track again xx