I'm 53 and have been voluntarily out for the workforce for five years and have really been enjoying the life that I've created for myself during that time. I also had my house completely renovated, and I couldn't be happier with the results. Back in June, it didn't appear that I would have to return to work, but now, after all the horrific plunges in the stock market, I know that I'll have to, at least part-time. As I've watched my net worth plummet, I've become intensely anxious about my future, and there are times when the anxiety is so severe, it is almost impossible for me to think clearly. In addition, the job search process seems absolutely overwhelming, and with the current economic climate, I don't expect to find a job, either full-time or part-time, for at least 12-18 months. The anxiety and sense of loss I feel over the 33% decline in my net worth have made it impossible for me to enjoy the present and the positive things in my life. I also feel extreme sadness at the thought of leaving behind the life that I've created for myself and enjoyed. I'm on an anti-depressant and medication for anxiety, which help sometimes but not all the time. I've also just begun to see a counselor, and have had one session with her so far. I've never been married, and I have no family left, but I'm very active in my church. Is there anything I can do when the anxiety becomes so intense that I can't think? It lessens temporarily when I'm distracted by people and activities, but when I'm alone, it attacks with a vengeance.