Severe anxiety and depression

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I'm 28 and I've been suffering from sever anxiety and bouts of depression since I was 16. I take medicine now, 60mg of Prozac and 3 mg of xanax a day. But for some reason my depression has been terrible lately. I don't have thoughts of hurting myself or others, I just always feel like I want to be alone. I sleep way too much, I don't want to be around people. The only people I want to be around are my kids and my fiance, but he doesn't understand. To him it's "it'll get better", for someone like me that doesn't cut it. I just don't know what to do. Advice? Tha n you

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    Im no expert but from what ive read on this site you might need a higher dose of prozac. So sorry you are going through so much! Xx
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    Have you been to an anxiety specialist or therapist. You will get encouragement and advise here and we are glad you are posting. I think if I were you, I would search for someone who can empathize and help with their physical presence. Of course, stay with this forum. Right now what you need most is someone who "gets' what you are going through. Now look for the physical person. It will be okay, Missy.

    I don't usually bring this up, but I was a counselor for 43 years. Even with that background, I never understood what anxiety was until I was smacked in the face with it myself. All of us in this forum know exactly what you are talking about. Read all the advise and pay attention to what feels right for you. When you get that, act on it.

    Also, some foods you want to avoid as they add to the problem are: any type sugar, soft drinks of any kind, coffee, fast foods, processed foods and fried foods. Eat lots of fresh meat, chicken, turkey, fish, shellfish, veggies, walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds and fruit. What we eat makes more of a difference than you know. You can google for foods that help anxiety and depression and foods that make anxiety and depression worse. This may seem overwhelming, so take it a little change at a time if that's what you need to do. Let us know how you are doing and feeling, and I personally would like to hear when you find your therapist. Remember, anxiety needs to be their field. Hang in there, Missy

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      Thank you so much for responding! I do see a therapist right now, she helps but I only see her once a month, at my next visit I'm planning on asking if I can see her more frequently.

      I know a lot of people that say they have anxiety, and I try talking them but I feel like mine is more severe and they don't really get it. I had agoraphobia for almost 6 months, I couldn't even walk out my front door. Trying to find someone who has gone through that is near to impossible. Maybe on here it will help ??

      I have done so much research on possible things that trigger the anxiety. I don't drink caffeine at all, I avoid places or things that I know have some sort of connection with it.

      I've had numerous tests done, like having my thyroid tested because an overactive one can cause anxiety I guess.

      I am going to take your advise on the foods tho, I try to avoid fast foods and such as it is but my main goal is to eat healthy anyways.

      I really appreciate you giving me feedback. That alone has been encouraging.

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      Yes, Missy, some people don't get it. There is anxiety ( like when you have to interview for a new job), then there is THIS, acute anxiety. I had to go to the clinic today to talk to an administrator about changing primary doctors, because the one I have now is the one who made the mistake that started all this for me. Fortunately, this person got it with anxiety, she had been there, so she understood exactly where I was coming from.

      Another idea is a support group. My sister went to two before she found the group that felt right for her. She tells me it helps tremendously.

      Since your therapist helps, I think asking to be seen more often is a great idea. Sounds like you are making progress. Keep in touch.

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