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anxiety, depression

By Anonymous May 18, 2010 - 6:04am
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I have suffered from depression and anxiety-panic attacts for along time. It seems to be worse now. My 27 year old son died on christmas morning, from sucide. I can't get over it. I do have two adult children, they never call or come and see me, oh yes I am divorced from their father. He was very abusive to me. I think because that he has alot of money they want to be around him. Also my mother suffers from pulmonary fibrosis, she is stable at this time, but we never know when she is going to be very sick again. In the past 9 months she has been in the hospital about 25 times. I am taking antidepressents and antianxiety meds. it helps some. What can I do. I feel so alone. Carrie

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I really feel for you. I have suffered serious depression and anxiety and can understand some of your feelings. And the fact that you lost your son on Christmas Day is so very sad. No one expects you to "get over it," Carrie. You lost your son. You won't ever get over that. But there will, slowly, come a day when it's not quite so very painful.

I would like to echo Pat's recommendation for counseling. It will help you know that (a) there is NOTHING wrong with you, and (b) you are not alone.

Can you tell us a little more about your life, Carrie? Do you work? Do you have a close friend or two? How is your diet? Are you able to get any exercise on a regular basis?

May 20, 2010 - 8:10am
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Carrie - With what you've experienced in your life it's not surprising that you'd be dealing with both depression and anxiety. Thanks for taking a step forward by writing to us and seeking assistance.

While you're on medications to provide support, it would likely help you to have someone to talk to who can help you sort out your feelings and deal with the issues that are causing concern. I'm going to suggest you contact a national hotline that provides free and confidential assistance for people who are feeling alone and helpless. The trained people who answer the calls can both help you and help you locate support in your local community. Please don't read anything into the name of the organization - It's the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), While they help anyone dealing with a suicidal crisis they also help people in emotional crisis, and your comments indicate that you're in such a crisis right now. They are available at all hours, every day of the week. Can you get in touch with them right away? Good luck to you. Pat

May 18, 2010 - 6:19pm
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