I'm a 23 year-old male and a little over two years ago--Dec. 1997--I went into a major depression. This depression was caused by some shocking information that was revealed to me, consequently resulting in great anxiety as well. From late December 1997 to well into January, I remember that while my body was at rest, my pulse was in the high 120's. This high heart rate persisted for at least a month without much variation (10 to 15 bpm lower at times). Though my pulse did gradually come to a lower resting rate, it has not fallen below 100 bpm in over two years now.
Before my depression/anxiety started, my resting pulse had always been in the 70's. Is continual rapid heart beat a usual sympton of an anxiety disorder. During my waking hours I always feel nervous and uneasy and I usually can't put my finger on a cause. Is it possible that some chemical or hormone imbalance occurred as a result of my heightened and persistent anxiety beginning in Dec. 1997? If so, would a beta-blocker possibly help slow my pulse and reduce some of my anxiety?
My current psychiatrist is aware that my problem with high pulse began well before I started taking antidepressants. In fact, I didn't begin taking any medication until December of 1998, one year after the onset of my depression/anxiety. My psychiatrist has suggested I get this problem checked out by a specialist and I plan to do so once I get health insurance.
I'm really just curious as to your opinion on a chronic anxiety problem being iniatiated by an intense depressive episode and if you think beta-blockers or some other type of medication may be helpful.
Thank you for your time,