Our expert says:
It doesn't have to be a struggle. You are experiencing a nasty Depression, which can and will respond to proper treatment. If you haven't yet found the right combination of treatments that suit you and your Depression, keep trying. See your psychiatrist ( and if you're being unsuccessfully treated by a GP so far, then get refered to a good local psychiatrist ) Depression leads to a selectively gloomy view of life, and in various ways to performance problems at work and in one's private life. Tranquillizers and sleeping pills don't help Depression, and could worsen it. And if you are taking more and more, that will be increasingly dangerous and decreasingly useful. If you have paralyzing anxiety at times, and such gloomy depression, you need proper treatment for it, and only from a specialist psychiatrist --- you deserve the best. See the shrink for a detailed assesment and a discussion of treatment options, which should probably include CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) a very effective form of talkign therapy, and medication with antidepressants, which apart from lifting the depression will probably be more effective in lifing that anxiety than are mere tranquillizrs.
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