• 1 month 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?

Responses

  • 1 month ago

    RE: depression and anxiety

    Do u have panic attacks
  • 1 month 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
  • 26 days 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.
  • 26 days 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.