Thursday, 03 May 2007
Posted by: pworden on Thursday, May 03, 2007
I am a depression and anxiety/panic survivor. After going through thousands of dollars of tests from cardiac to intestinal I FINALLY found a doctor who diagnosed me with depression with anxiety and panic disorder. She told me that depression is not a mental disease, but is rather a medical, chemical disorder of the brain that is treatable.
She prescribed Zoloft 125 mg. once a day and told me it would take about 10 days for it to begin making a difference. I began to feel the depression lift and it is better everyday. However, she did tell me that the anxiety is something that needs to be treated with psychotherapy. She recommended a specialist in this area and I attend therapy every two weeks to try and understand why I am so suceptible to these attacks.
I am getting stronger everyday as I work on controlling my emotional self not to overpower my intellectual self. I know that this is a life time struggle, but 4 weeks ago, I couldn't eat or even get out of bed. I felt that even God had forgotton me. All of the joy of my soul was gone. I NEVER want to be in that place again. My survival included getting a through medical exam and getting counseling.
May God bless each of us as we struggle. There is HOPE for all.