Coping with severe depression and anxiety

United States
July 24, 2017 12:30pm CST
What's different ways that help you cope with anxiety and depression? And what's some things that make them worse for you?[b][/b]
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@yukimori (8547)
• United States
24 Jul
Proper medication is the big one for me. I literally had no clue I could feel as good as I typically do now up until we stumbled upon the right antidepressant while trying to find something that helped my fibromyalgia symptoms. Beyond that, mindfulness has been a huge help. Learning what my triggers are, practicing self-care and avoiding those things if possible. What works best is different for everyone, though. The best way to make progress is to make an appointment with a psychiatrist who can help you find the proper therapies and/or medications to manage the anxiety and depression. Sometimes it's entirely situational; my mental health improved significantly when I finally decided to cut off my family of origin because they're toxic and contribute nothing of value to our lives.
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• United States
24 Jul
I have severe anxiety and depression, bipolar, fibromyalgia, and early stages of arthritis and so far none of the medications that I've been prescribed have helped. Cymbalta, Seroquel, Celexa, and there's been a few others.
• Malaysia
24 Jul
@MikkiJaid27 I hope you will feel better in your life.
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• United States
24 Jul
@wongchoiyee thank you so much! :)
@dragon54u (31293)
• United States
24 Jul
If you are depressed it is NOT your fault! People tell you to cheer up, get over it, this will pass, you're causing your own depression by looking on the dark side of things. While that might be true for ordinary everyday depression over a failed love affair or a lost job promotion, chronic depression is usually caused by a chemical imbalance, Seeing a doctor and working with him/her to get your own chemical imbalance corrected with the right medication is the way to get rid of life-sucking, chronic depression. I don't have chronic depression but I do have a lot of anxiety due to my family and financial situation. I try to do mental exercises to relax, write down things so that I can express them instead of keeping them inside, and practice active gratitude--that means looking for things to be grateful for and vocally thanking God for them and expressing why I'm grateful. That helps a lot, and shows me that my life is not so bad if I'll look outside the crushing temporary problems that occupy my mind. I know they are temporary but they can seem endless! Hope I'm making sense.
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• United States
24 Jul
Thanks for the advice! My anxiety is mainly caused by my financial situations also. But I also have sever depression, bipolar, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. The constant pain is a main factor in my depression. And I just always feel like I'm invisible to everyone. It sucks.
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@dragon54u (31293)
• United States
24 Jul
@MikkiJaid27 I have arthritis and I know what you mean. People want to schedule appointments or social activities for early in the morning but I can't even begin to un-stiffen my joints and move right until at least 10AM and that's getting up at 6:30. Sick of taking the Motrin all the time, sick of taking the meds for hypertension, it all makes me feel old and I'm only 63. So I know what you mean. We keep telling ourselves "it's only money" and that's true, there are more valuable things but damn, that money is what has me eating Ramen noodles (cheap but bad for my hypertension) and keeping the A/C at 78 while I sweat and am miserable. Money can't buy happiness but it can make us very UNhappy! Hang in there. You have diagnosed depression and I can't even imagine how horrible it must be to have fibromyalgia. Make sure your meds are going the job they are supposed to and be honest with your doctor. Don't say you're okay if you feel like shooting yourself every day. I wish you the best and hope things improve for you!
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• United States
24 Jul
@dragon54u thank you, for real.it means alot. I'm only 27, so I dread how I'm going to feel later on in life.and the doctor that I go to right now doesn't really seem to want to help me at all. The only thing he has prescribed me in the last year is Seroquel, which doesn't help me with any of the things I'm going through. When I take it I feel like a zombie, and then when it wears off I'm left feeling a hundred times worse than I did before.
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• Richfield, Utah
24 Jul
Hi! And welcome to mylot. Here you will find all sorts of people with various forms of depression , anxiety, and the like. For most, it helps to talk it out with someone here, someone can relate. I'm here if you need me, im always willing to lend a listening ear.
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• United States
24 Jul
Thank you so much!! I'm trying to find a good way to deal with the anxiety and depression WITHOUT having to be doped up on medicine all the time. I hate having to feel like a zombie, but I also hate feeling unloved and scared all the time for no reason. :(
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• Richfield, Utah
24 Jul
@MikkiJaid27 I don't blame ya, one of my friends has got bad depression and anxiety, she no longer wants to be the human guinea pig for meds. Plus,its rather expensive. There are a couple of apps out there that does offer free therapy, 7 cups is one, reach out is another. And again, anytime you need someone to talk to, I'm always here or you can pm me here
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• United States
24 Jul
@librarygeek1980 thank you! I'm going to look into those apps. My anxiety has gotten so bad that I hardly leave my house anymore
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@Nawsheen (22849)
• Mauritius
24 Jul
Doing yoga and listen and listening to meditating music might help. A walk in nature can help to clear the mind
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• United States
24 Jul
I love exercising of the morning to help calm my nerves, but the bad thing is, I have fibromyalgia and arthritis too, and it tends to make those things worse.
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@Nawsheen (22849)
• Mauritius
25 Jul
@MikkiJaid27 Maybe you must look for some exercises that are not too hard to do. Or you can just meditate
@mandala100 (24138)
• Hong Kong
24 Jul
@MikkiJaid27 Hi and welcome to myLot my friend. Good luck and I'll see you later on my friend.
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• United States
24 Jul
Thank you!! :)
@mandala100 (24138)
• Hong Kong
25 Jul
@MikkiJaid27 You're welcome my friend.
@redurnet (793)
• United Kingdom
28 Jul
My anxiety gets worse if I don't do any exercise or if my diet is really bad such as eating a lot of sugary things. It also gets worse if I spend too long online.
@wongchoiyee (6209)
• Malaysia
28 Jul
I am sorry to hear you feel this way, maybe in the future will make you feel better with medications to achieve improvement in your health. Cheering for you!
@MarsGirl (292)
• Chennai, India
25 Jul
Previously Whenever i feel depressed i will divert it by listening music. But nowdays i dont even think about that word because of my lovely kid. I forget everything when she smiles at me.