I am having a hard time determining the difference between anxiety and agitation. I have been on SSRI's for many years for mild chronic depression and generalized anxiety disorder. I also take ativan for the more intense anxiety, when it hits. (I have a little bit of social phobia.)
Lately, though, I have been trying to re-****s my symptoms because I think that perhaps I should be taking a different class of drug...perhaps a mood stabilizer type drug?
I think, more than mild depression, my main symptoms are tiredness (sometimes I just want to sleep to escape), irritability, quick to become irritable and "snappy" (as my loving husband refers to it!), and for no reason at all...for instance, I'll find my self getting defensive and yelling...set off at the slightest thing. Then at other times, when you think I would get "snappy", I seem to handle things well.
Is this reactive, "snappy" thing agitation rather than anxiety???
So I am moody and this moodiness and irritability makes me feel sad, guilty and irritated with myself.
Would I be "better" on a mood stabilizer than the SSRI?
Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.