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I am a 40 year old male. I know I have had panic attacks occasionally since in my late teens but they weren't affecting my life. I just thought it was normal stuff. I'm not 100% positive if I have had any anxiety or depression issues in general, earlier on. When a troubled marriage and children ensued I started to have more issues with anxiety. At the time I thought it was circumstantial. Forward about a decade, with the death of my mother, panic attacks mostly combined with anxiety, spun out of control and I had a nervous breakdown. I was on Cit. as prescribed by my Dr. for 10 months. So I weaned off over 2 months. I was doing well I thought for about 4 months. Not to mention, I have had no panic attacks since my breakdown.
Then my wife's mom died 3 months ago and that caused other problems on top of other marital problems. And my wife and I are separated for over a month now.
So I pretty much feel anxiety rearing it's ugly head, and with limited sleep that anxiety causes, I think depression comes. I thought I had I handle on this. I thought I could overcome it. With what you know about me, am I deceiving myself? Is this issue of mine, likely lifelong? Or just circumstantial? Do I have a PERMANENT lack of chemicals in my brain like GABA or serotonin or something? Of course I don't want to go back on it. But I will! I do believe it helped when I was on it.
Your wisdom and experience is greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!
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