5 Years of uncontrollable Anxiety and Depression
(Mount Orab, Ohio)
Well it started 5 years ago when I had a major bankruptcy, then the anxiety attack hit, I wake up every morning with internal trembling that wont go away. I've been on numerous anti-depressants with no help. I fear that there is no end in sight to the morning trembling and feeling of depression. I pray to God to help me with this. I seek his wisdom and I just keep on going down the same path. Please help me. Thanks, Joe
Reply from Sound-Mind.org
As you have learned, anti-depressants never fix depression or anxiety but instead can be used as a helpful tool in recovery. While it is true that they can help diminish some of the symptoms, they will not work to their full potential if not used in conjunction with professional therapy. It is always advised to work with a professional when using psychotropic medications. Have you worked with a profession in regards to your anxiety and depression? Self-help is a wonderful thing but sometimes we need the help of a qualified professional when our own efforts are not working.
If you haven't worked with a professional therapist then I highly encourage you to seek out one that specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety and depression. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been shown to be the most effective form of treatment for anxiety and depression. It can be used with or without medications - and it's interesting to point out that if it is used without medication, there is a lower chance of relapse into anxiety and depression in the future. These are all important things to consider when trying to help ourselves get better. Overcoming anxiety and depression can be a tricky matter especially if there is little understanding about the cause. If you have not read "Peace from Nervous Suffering" by Dr. Claire Weekes, I highly recommend that you do. This book is an older book and is no longer in print but this book brings understanding like no other book in my opinion. Try to get this from your local library or try to find a used copy. You can often find copies of this book through Amazon.com
Be encouraged Joe! No matter how long someone has been suffering they can overcome their anxiety and depression. Don't put yourself in a position where you feel hopeless or helpless because neither of these are true. Instead, be proactive in your recovery and take baby steps to learn all there is to learn. When you understand the cause, you will know what to do - Recovery is realistic, achievable goal. Hang in there Joe! Remember one day at a time!