So for the past 10 years or so I have been dealing with pretty bad anxiety. I guess it's more generalized anxiety as I often feel nervous for no reason and I feel like my body will not relax or feel calm. I also have some degree of social anxiety as well. A few years back I started a new job that was pretty high stress and I feel like my emotions have become numbed. I can still get somewhat happy or upset I guess if something happens, but for the most part my emotions are pretty flat. I don't feel like I can connect with people anymore really and feel like my interest in things I used to enjoy has gone down alot. I think alot of this may be coming from my anxiety as I just feel really burned out. Just within the past 6 months or so I have started to look into treatment options. I have tried SSRI's, Buspar, Wellbutrin, and Clonazepam. The only thing that has really worked for me has been the clonazepam I feel like. All serotonin meds I have tried have made the flat feeling even worse. Wellbutrin made me feel better because it was energizing, but took my anxiety to a new level it was so bad. I have heard the horror stories of benzos and how bad withdrawals can be. I get a pretty good effect from low doses. I take doses of .25 mg and was doing that maybe 2-3 times per week, but it was written for me to take .5 mg twice per day everyday. I recently took clonazepam for a month straight at .25 mg everyday which helped alot and I stopped just to see and had no withdrawal or anything major other than a return of my anxiety.
My question is about the burned out, numb feeling, low energy, and loss of interest in things. Does this sound like a symptom of depression or anxiety? My anxiety definitely came first so I am wondering if the long term anxiety could be causing a low grade depression and maybe if it would improve if I just treated my anxiety? Also, what do people in my situation do when other meds and therapy don't work? I have really tried to avoid taking benzos long term from all the stories I have read, but I feel like this is my last option at this point.