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Depression & Anxiety

Hi everyone,

I've suffered from anxiety for a couple of years now, but this particular time I also seem to be experiencing a mild depressive episode, for which my GP has prescribed me 5mg of Cipralex (escitalopram). I know a common symptom of depression is to lose interest in things you used to enjoy, but sometimes even thinking about doing things I used to love actually makes me feel sick and scared, and it's really troubling me. I feel really off-balance - I don't have negative thoughts about myself, I feel like I can go out and do certain things, but not others!  I don't know if this is a side-effect of starting the Cipralex - I've taken 4 doses, and I seem to feel more anxious than I did before, and I couldn't sleep at all last night.

I've got through some pretty severe periods of anxiety before, but the things I used to do just don't work any more. I just can't think of anything that would make me feel better - except maybe knowing, absolutely for definite, that I'm not going to die, I'm going to feel better, and everything was going to go back to the way it used to be.

Sorry if this is more of an anxiety question, but I'm really worried about how scared I feel when I think about things I really used to love, because if I don't have them, I have a lot less to turn to when I need cheering up! I just don't understand, and was wondering if anyone else had experienced similar things, or had any advice?

Thank you so much!
Sarah
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i feel very similar to you right now, i tried some anti depressants from a phyciatrist (cymbalta and effexor) but hated the way they made me feel.

i went to a local health food store and got some 'anti stress' mixture from them and it was more effective at calming me than the pharmacutical medication.

so many things effect the way we feel, do things that you know are good for you and stop anything you think might be bad.
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meditation can help. http://www.americanmeditation.org/

when my anxiety started 7 yrs ago they told me to meditate i did not heed their advice and went down the hill in my own destrutive thoughts and behaviour. it just keeps feeding on itself so we shud not think negative. ask God to block the past and say to yourself forget the past , live in NOW , NOW is peaceful...

what started ur depression? any negative life experiences?
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Hi,
     My case is kind of same like you all. But my depression started like 2-3 months ago. I also don't feel good and don't want to talk. My case is about one disease that I think may be I would be having which has never been found in this country but in some other country. I got the thinking may be the first case would have come here. Even the specialist doctors said to me that it is not possible. But I am not getting convinced. Even I know that is wrong. I am being so paranoid that I started believing WRONG information also rather than right information. I don't know what to do? I took one visit to psychologists but didn't help. I can be convinced if I go specialist doctor and find all the answers but once I got one wrong information that also I believed. That is also bothering me. Plz comment.

Thanks
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