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Alison asked you some important questions, and I hope you get back to us with answers to them. Especially as to how your depression and anxiety have been controlled in the past, and what your doctors say about this episode.

But in the meantime, I just want to tell you that as a person who also has suffered from depression and anxiety, I totally understand this. You underwent pain, worry, uncertainty, surgery and recovery, and that's a LOT to handle in a short time. Anxiety can spin out of control over much less than that.

When you say anxiety attacks, do you mean full-blown panic attacks, or do you mean just episodes of anxiety where you can't shut it down or talk yourself down? Can you tell what sets them off?

During this time of medical tests, surgery and recovery, did you feel you were out of control of it all? That can very much contribute to your anxiety. It's important to realize that you WERE in control, that you made decisions one by one with the help of your doctors, and that you did the best you could at each step.

What sets off the anxiety attacks now? Can you tell? Or do they seem completely random to you?

As Alison said, with one functioning ovary, you probably wouldn't need any HRT. And many, many, many people get along quite fine without their appendix, which doesn't affect your hormones anyway.

How long ago was your surgery? And as Alison asked, what medications are you on?

February 25, 2010 - 8:57am


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