I have personally dealt with difficulty problems of what are more "butterflies" in the stomach as my primary response to stress situations. My question for you all to ponder,or maybe have better ideas about is just HOW do we differentiate between which is the more significant problem? Anxiety OR Depression? To be sure, often one leads to the other. I think my main problems lie more within the category of chronic moderate to severe anxiety frequently and a miserable feeling. Depression seems more a result of chronic miserable anxiety to me that results due to the Anxiety level that never ends, producing abnormal or excessive brain chemical response leading to eventual chronic depression. Thus we don't tend to go see a psychiatrist for various reasons. The biggest reason many never seek a psychiatrist is the age-old stigma attached to it. Yet, just talking about a problem that has some brain chemical abnormal responses will NOT cure the chemical abnormality aspect of our depression. The main thing always, after many years of trying to deal with this, for me personally, has been just WHAT meds have worked best for me? I haven't tried everything out there, but my psychiatrist of many years now, has used a number of medications over the past decade or more, and my best medications have always been the benzodiapines,,Valium, and Xanax. Prozac for what he felt was moderate depression due to bad events, has never really had any dramatic if any great effect on me. Doxepin, or the old trade name, Sinequan, helped me sleep better than anything. But these days, the drug companies keep flooding us with NEW and 'better" meds. Sales are booming, and these new meds, or what few I tried made no difference in my depression,,unless this is NOT the major part of my problem. I get angry a lot, and on occasion break down alone and get away to do it, and briefly have some tears over the never-ending health problems of my wife and younger daughter. Both have significant chronic disabling health problems, lupus and now my wife has Autonomic Dysfunction, more simply put, she is very weak and faints all the time, plus she now has constant fatigue. This is NOT like the women I married. So these two huge factors have caused me hundreds of hours of sleep problems, and I now live on Xanax 4 times per day. It is the ONLY drug that seems to work. Is depression then my problem? Or is is a combination. Thus far, I have not personally found an antidepressant that really made me feel any better, and I quit Prozac. What do you all feel about this? Do you suffer more from anxiety, or depression. Depression tends to cause lots of lost time from work, constant fatigue, and a tendency to stay in bed a lot. I can't afford to lie in bed. So I force myself to work every day in misery. It's like a nightmare without and end. I'd appreciate your thoughts on this.
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