• 6 months ago

    depression and anxiety

    I have severe major depression and agoraphobia. I am unable to leave the house. My doctor prescribed Venlafaxine, abilify , and xanax. I take one miligram of xanax three times a day and feel like i still can't leave the house. Anyone else have this problem or have any ideas on how to help the anxiety?

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  • 6 months ago

    RE: depression and anxiety

    Do u have panic attacks
  • 6 months ago

    RE: depression and anxiety

    How do you get your groceries/do errands? I live in a small town that doesn't deliver anything but pizza. I am severely depressed toofor ears. I have brief periods of respite when I feel I can function, but probably 75 percent f the time I am so depressed I can barely move. It's getting worse. I have very little to no contact with other people, except cashiers,etc. and I use self-checkout when possible.
  • RE: depression and anxiety

    Hey, Anonymous –
    When panic disorder mixes with agoraphobia, it can be a really tough fight to get out the door and start moving again. I'm so sorry to hear of your struggle. Self-help materials are not any kind of magic pill, and they're not always easy to implement without support. But there are a great many self-help workbooks and some good websites to help you learn what's going on and get focused on the actions that will make a difference. You can go to my website here for a lot of free information on how to face panic: http://www.anxieties.com/6/panic
  • 5 months ago

    RE: depression and anxiety

    I suffered with this for 18 months to some degree with the exception that I did go to my therapist and once a month to the store. My neighbor would check on me.

    I have to commend you for reaching out. That is very brave. I am in severe chronic pain. They put me on the venlafine too. I was on it for three years. I doctor recently weaned me off of it and all meds. Some I had to go back on but the venlafaxine had actually made my depression much worse. My neighbor came to me and said sit on my back porch for a few minute every day the sun will heal me, then as I feel better, take a little walk around my back yard. You know gradually it led to a further and further radius until now I can go places again.
  • 5 months ago

    RE: depression and anxiety

    Absolutely, I'm diagnosed bipolar, o.c.d, and panic/agoraphobia. I couldn't leave my room/home. I take venlafaxine, bupropion, lamictal, Ativan (lorazepam) 2mg 3xday, and Gabapentin. I'm doing great I got married and I'm a completely functional citizen of the United States.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: depression and anxiety

    I also have the unlucky combination of anxiety and severe depression. My heart goes out to you. I hope you feel better soon. Unfortunately there seems to be no magic cure. All I really want to do is stay in bed all day..I have to force myself to do anything. Please stay in touch...I have a great deal of empathy for you
      • 3 months ago
        The hardest part is find something to get out of bed for. Climb out of that dark tunnel in your mind. Look outward. When my neighbor said to me to take a walk in my yard something clicked inside of me. It keeps clicking everyday. It is really hrd because I have been struck with pneumonia and pleurodynia and hurt my back with a bad fall but I a determined to move forward and be happy. Going outside in my yard, I have discovered tiny flowers that fill my heart with joy. I have reached out to a groundsman working at a neighbors. Now I have 3 gardens with irrigation. They are so lovely. You see how things can grow. Pardon the pun. I have found so much more happiness though.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: depression and anxiety

    Can you not leave the house because of panic or physical symptoms or because of fear. Take baby steps Go out to get the mail or newspaper a few times. When you got that one then walk to the end of the driveway. When you got that one add on walking to the neighbors driveway and keep adding on. Do it daily and just add a little at a time. Baby steps. Take a safe person with u if needed