do people ever get better

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i am now into 3years of anxiety and depression and have been battling horrible anxiety for the last 8 months , i posted on here way back in january and i still feel no differernt , i am coming on venlaxaxafine have been for about 4 months now to try another drug as i cant take the two together , however the withdrawel from the venlxfn is horrendous side effects are shocking my mood is so low and anxiety high general feel bad all day , emotionaly and physically , no life , does anyone actually get better so that they can lead some sort of life , i try telling my gp but they keep saying untill i get the venlxfn out of my system there is nothing they can do , they have no idea about how bad , sad emotional i feel , i can understand why people have taken their lives on medications if they have to suffer like this 

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    sorry it should say coming of venalaxafine not on
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      You will get there, your new medication might be the right one,so don't give up hope, I remember a GP once giving me some good advice after I had been to her a few times asking for yet an other medication for my anxiety, in frustration she said " there is no magic pill that will take away your symptoms you have to work with the medication, that worked for me the medication took the edge off the rest was me using self help,books etc, so you could take the new medication and maybe look into meditation or something
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    Hi terry 

    sorry to hear your still feeling down, unfortunately depression and anxiety can stay with us for life, I have suffered for 30 years but for most of that I never sought help. Aside from medication do you do any form of self help can I ask?

    stay strong, your amongst friends

    David

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    Hi Terry,

    Please hang in there and keep the faith. I certainly understand why sometimes we are reduced to putting our mental health in the hands of a bottle of pills. Anxiety robs you of your life as you've always known it and who wouldn't do whatever they have to to feel "normal" again?

    If I was able to take something for my anxiety I would do it in a heartbeat. However, I have a rx drug and alcohol problem from self medicating and have been in recovery for 4 yrs. The doctor is not at all keen on giving me meds now for anxiety so I must find alternative methods and I'm failing miserably right now.

    Let us know your outcome and I hope you can find some relief and peace of mind. It's priceless!

    Best of luck

    Teresa

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    thank you for your kind words , i went to see my local pharmacist to day and told them about the meds i was on an told him that i was reducing from venlxfn and that the doctor wanted to start me on citoprolam he looked at my meds and told me that now i was down to about 15mg for about 3 weeks the actual amount i was taking was not doing anything for my anxiety and depression , it was just keeping certain side efects at bay , if anything it may be making me worse because of its short amount of time in my body , not enough to get me through the day , and he said he would think i am ready for the citoprolam , so i went to see my gp and she made some phone calls and said as my dose of venlaxfn was so low it would be ok to start the citoprolam and take the two together , while i still reduce the venlxfn , so tomorrow i am going to start on 10 mg and see how it  goes , the thing is i saw a new doctor today , and she was the first doctor to acknowledge to me that venlxfn has horrible side effects and it is very difficult for them to treat the withdrawel , however im hoping this new med may give me some rest bite from feeling so bad all day , the physical symptons are awfull , , she did say it might make you feel worse for a few days ,! i dont think i can feel any worse ,, have any of you tried citroprolam , to be honest i dont want to read up on it as you get horror storys and good stories , and we tend to be influenced by the horror stories , thanks for listening ,
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      no not really its so hard to get anything done what do you suggest . i became depressed about 20 years ago and suffered extreme anxiety , had some level spells over the years normaly for 3 months then would crash again , but the last 3 years have been hell ,  i still go to work how i have got through some days i will never no , but struggle more than that i get out and walk my dogs as excersise , but feel tired after that , i dont drink or smoke and eat very healthy , but still feel crap 
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      Terry,

      Anxiety and depression as you may know are all about mood and dealing with emotion, so while medication is great it is only a tool. What you have to do is help yourself. I like to describe mental illness as a journey, its long, hard and some days it rains, some days its sunny. when we stop on our journey and give in we sit in the rain or get burned by the sun, either way we are in pain as long as we sit. when we move it still rains and the sun still burns but drugs are like an unbrella that can reduce some of the discomfort. 

      So in this example the best thing you can do is reach your goal, and to do that you need to motivate yourself, the unbrella will only do so much for so long. 

      Self help comes in many forms but mostly it centers around learning to control your mind and emotions, mindfullness helps you stay present and grounded, meditation (my choice) helps you learn to clear your mind, CBT helps you in many ways but is goal orientated. Self hypnosis helps you change your thought habits, so there is so much more than medication. A bit of internet research and give each a try and see what fits you. what matters most is that you are using the strength within you to help yourself. We can give you support and encouragement, doctors can give you medication and counselling but at the end of the day, you have to use these tools for you.

      Stay strong my friend, I have faith in you

      David

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