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restlessness irritability - sour mood

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 10, 2010
  • 05:34 AM

>the history
After several years of therapy, then medication, I am still struggling with mild depression and anxiety on a daily basis. My freshman year of college I began having horrible anxiety attacks, so I sought out counseling. The anxiety and counseling continued on and off for the better part of two years. Finally I decided trying medication. Over another two years I was switched from paxil to prozac to lexapro and finally pristiq.

The medication helped remove the physical aspects of anxiety, but all the while I began to have periods of depression. The only medication that ever helped was adderall. For the first time I found myself able to focus on a task without starting and stopping and began enjoying the present moment without getting lost in my head. Best of all, simple everyday tasks no longer were a struggle.

>the problem
Adderall no longer helps, and I am again constantly overwhelmed and stressed by everyday tasks. In addition, I am persistently restless and irritable, with anything unable to hold my attention very long.

>the question
After trying several medications, meditations, endless counseling, and even hypnosis, I am still struggling with depression and anxiety.

Could there be an underlying medical condition causing this constant irritable restlessness? Has anyone else been in my shoes and found help?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you for your time.

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  • Sorry, are you male or female? I ask because sometimes depression can be caused by an imbalance of women's hormones. Seeing a gynocologist may help your situation if you're a woman. The gyn may prescribe a certain kind of contraceptive pill (regardless of whether you need the contraception or not) that will help balance the hormones in your body. I've gone through this myself, and taking the new pill has helped immensely. Complementing it with a specific anti-depressant (geared towards hormone related issues) has also helped me through particularly bad patches (also prescribed by the gyn). Apologies if you're a guy, as I guess I'm not being particularly helpful. Try researching other things that may lead to depression. Deficiencies in certain nutrients may lead to depression, so that may be worth looking into. On top of everything else, you have to *want* to get better. Take a long, hard look at yourself and see if there is anything that is holding you back. Best of luck ^_^
    Wantaclue 4 Replies
    • October 11, 2010
    • 06:09 AM
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  • Good Morning, A few sentences from your post jumped out at me:I am again constantly overwhelmed and stressed by everyday tasks. In addition, I am persistently restless and irritable, with anything unable to hold my attention very long.I found myself able to focus on a task without starting and stopping and began enjoying the present moment without getting lost in my headHaving anxiety myself (and seasonal depression for which I use a lightbox to treat) -- it struck me that you may be suffering from: ADHD or ADD. This certainly makes sense to me and what the heck -- it's worth asking about and having a professional use his/her tools to evaluate as it's often not as simple as what ADHD/ADD is stereotypicalized at. Best of luck to you. I'm glad you're seeking help to make yourself feel and be better. Keep being proactive!! HumptyDumptyette
    HumptyDumptyette 4 Replies
    • October 11, 2010
    • 02:17 PM
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