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Feeling extremely overwhelmed because of worrying too much

I'm an 18 yr old girl and I've been suffered from depression and anxiety since 16, even though I wasn't diagnosed with anxiety until this year. I just graduated from high school and start college in the fall, but they only way I can go is if I get my license. I took it once already and failed and I have another one coming up soon. So I am very worried and scared that I'll fail and have limited times to try again until the fall. Just to make things worse I got in an accident 2 days ago, not a bad one, but now I'm afraid to drive. So I constantly have anxiety which is making me completely miserable. I get horrible headaches and all I want to do is sleep which isn't helping my situation. I have no motivation to do anything and added onto that my family wants me to lose weight. I feel like I'm ready to breakdown. I tried to explain this to my family, but they don't understand. Also I am on buspar for anxiety, but it's obviously not helping all that much.
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Hi there,

Anxiety is usually caused when a person feels like there are too many
issues to handle at one and this causes you ( the universal you) to
feel overwhelmed. As I see it, you have a number of issues you're dealing
with. (1) your desire to get your driver's license  (2) your family wanting
you to lose weight (3) starting college in the fall
Tell your family that you're doing the best you can. Not to hassle you about
losing weight. That losing weight is your concern, not theirs. Do it of course
in your own words. You don't necessarily need to use the same words I've
used. Don't worry about college. You'll be fine. Just do the best you can.
You can't do better than your best. You say that you're taking the drug
called BuSpar also known as Buspirone. Buspirone is an anti-anxiety
drug that is used for the treatment of anxiety disorders marked by persistent, unrealistic, and excessive worry and anxiety. It is used in
conjunction with counselling. It is thought to act by increasing 5-HT
(serotonin) and dopamine levels in the brain. Buspirone is as effective
as benzodiazepine drugs, but has a far lesser sedating effect. It may take one to two weeks for the maximum benefit of the drug to be achieved.

Possible adverse effects

The most common adverse reactions encountered with buspirone are
dizziness, headache, drowsiness, and nausea. They normally diminish
after the first few days and if troublesome, they can usually be reduced by
adjustment of dosage ( by your doctor).

You stated you are dealing with depression too. Perhaps your doctor
could give you an antidepressant as well. It might be an idea to make
an appointment with your family doctor to discuss the med you're taking
for anxiety and ask your doctor if she or he can prescribe an antidepressant for you. This may help. I suffered from depression many
years ago but now have it under control and you can too. Good luck
to you. You need to tell yourself it's going to be okay. Take some nice
deep breaths. Try a lot of positive self talk.  Eve
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