What to do when therapy and meds do nothing for severe anxiety?

@dya80dya (2942)
Romania
April 15, 2018 6:34pm CST
I have severe anxiety. I barely eat. I had done therapy and I tried a lot of meds. I am so disappointed because nothing works. I can"t do anything without anxiety. I can't even read a book. Are there any hopes for somebody like me? I tried many therapists and a lot of meds. I can't go out alone. Have you experienced something similar? A therapist laughed when I told him the symptoms. He said the symptoms aren't real. But for me they are very real. They don't understand.
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@mlgen1037 (29658)
• Manila, Philippines
16 Apr
People will always think that it is that easy when in actuality it is not simply because they didnt experience it. When I experience anxiety, I dont do anything at all because it seems to be burden to me and my body is wandering off somewhere. I overthink about things and I get restless. My husband would really go to great lengths just to make me go out and spend time outside with him and friends.
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@dya80dya (2942)
• Romania
16 Apr
It's hard to live with anxiety.
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@mlgen1037 (29658)
• Manila, Philippines
16 Apr
@dya80dya I agree, Dya. It is. But how are you feeling right now?
@dya80dya (2942)
• Romania
16 Apr
@mlgen1037 Depressed and very anxious. Thanks for asking.
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@aureliah (16091)
16 Apr
Yes there are hopes for someone like you. I hope it will be sorted soon . Don't lose hope
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@dya80dya (2942)
• Romania
16 Apr
Thank you. I hope there is a solution. But I feel I am in the dark, with no escape. In a vicious cycle I can't break.
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@aureliah (16091)
25 Apr
@dya80dya With time all will be well
@db20747 (8062)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
15 Apr
What kind of therapist is he??!!!! Take small steps and keep a good friend and coach with u to cheer u on and give u support to say U can do it!!!! Also pray to God, U R OK with him!!!!
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@dya80dya (2942)
• Romania
16 Apr
Do you think I can break this vicious cycle?
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@db20747 (8062)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
16 Apr
@dya80dya I know U can!!!!!!! Just take a deep breath and go out there and do it one step at a time!!!!!?
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@xiaolisu (1309)
• China
16 Apr
i think it's different from different people about the anxiety. even for the same person. the anxiety is different at different period. i think i had already conquer it but i always overthinking about everything
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@dya80dya (2942)
• Romania
16 Apr
It's good that you could conquer it. Mine is so severe. My breath stops. My body hurts.
@Starmaiden (5888)
• Canada
16 Apr
I did go through something very similar a few years ago. It came upon me so fast and unexpectedly. Normally, if I had a panic attack I would breathe deeply and slowly and the anxiety would subside, but this time it didn't. I was afraid to go for a walk, I couldn't take the bus anywhere, I couldn't visit with friends without feeling this severe anxiety. I lived that way for two weeks before going to the doctor. He put me on meds and told me that I wouldn't notice any improvement for about a month. It takes that long for the medication to have any affect. So I had to live that way for another month before the medication started to work properly. Now I am very much back to normal but still on the meds.
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@dya80dya (2942)
• Romania
16 Apr
You were so lucky. You lived like this for 2 weeks. I lived in this way for 7 years, even if I took medication.
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@NJChicaa (40157)
• United States
15 Apr
Are you seeing a psychiatrist or just a regular doctor? It wasn’t until I saw a psychiatrist who was an expert on anxiety, panic, and depression medicines that these things were finally brought under control. That doctor saved my life.
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@dya80dya (2942)
• Romania
15 Apr
I am seeing a psychiatrist.
• Bridgton, Maine
15 Apr
Dya80, have you tried meditating and breathing exercises?
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@dya80dya (2942)
• Romania
15 Apr
Yes. But now I feel too bad to meditate.
• Bridgton, Maine
15 Apr
Dya, I worked with a therapist back in the day who didn't understand either, as I used to have bad anxieties myself years ago. However, I've found that many therapists do understand.
@dya80dya (2942)
• Romania
16 Apr
And now you don't have bad anxiety?
• Bridgton, Maine
16 Apr
@dya80dya No, I don't have bad anxieties anymore. Right now my anxieties are right where they should be, I think.
@dya80dya (2942)
• Romania
16 Apr
@MainerMikeBrown And how did you recover? With therapy? Or meds?