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Old 03-15-2019, 08:28 AM   #11
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My depression has made me numb at times and made me avoid social situations. It sounds like you are depressed but should see a doctor for diagnosis and medication, and possibly a therapist. Sometimes I feel like my medication numbs my feelings too but it's somehow different than the numbing from depression. Hope you feel better soon!
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:42 AM   #12
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Thanks Amy3boys. It's not a steady depression. I feel better sometimes. I have a therapist and psychiatrist. I see my psychiatrist today. Thanks for your feedback.
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I suspect you got it right when you suggested it was social anxiety and depression all intertwined. If you have both (like I do), they feed back and forth in that respect.

It's like they make excuses for each other.
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I suspect you got it right when you suggested it was social anxiety and depression all intertwined. If you have both (like I do), they feed back and forth in that respect.

It's like they make excuses for each other.
I also have both of these

They do feed each other..

And I canít take meds.

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I also have both of these

They do feed each other..

And I canít take meds.

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I perceive anxiety and depression as two sides of the same coin. If a person had experienced one, they have experienced the other. Though we each seem to be more tuned in to one more that the other at different times. A therapist told me that my response to stress (anxiety) is to get depressed. I was surprised at first but found that to be true. Makes sense, right? Almost like Body and Mind get so tired of high-gear anxiety or panic that they eventually sink into depression. I don't know if that resonates with anyone else?
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I perceive anxiety and depression as two sides of the same coin. If a person had experienced one, they have experienced the other. Though we each seem to be more tuned in to one more that the other at different times. A therapist told me that my response to stress (anxiety) is to get depressed. I was surprised at first but found that to be true. Makes sense, right? Almost like Body and Mind get so tired of high-gear anxiety or panic that they eventually sink into depression. I don't know if that resonates with anyone else?

This does make sense. I think I read somewhere that depression has a function of making the body rest after so much anxiety. (I read this a long time ago so I donít know how relevant it is). Body and mind do get very tired of high anxiety (Iíve had high anxiety since cub hood )
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A therapist told me that my response to stress (anxiety) is to get depressed. I was surprised at first but found that to be true. Makes sense, right? Almost like Body and Mind get so tired of high-gear anxiety or panic that they eventually sink into depression. I don't know if that resonates with anyone else?
Sounds plausible. A person can get worn down.

As for myself, I first became clinically depressed all those years ago when it became obvious my other issues were overwhelming and intractable. I don't get panic attacks or have the usual physical symptoms as such. I'm avoidant. When my avoidance wins and I am perpetually denied the life that others experience, I become severely depressed. When I make inroads against it and have some measure of success, my depression lifts. It isn't complicated or abstract. It's just horrifically painful and hard -- especially when the depression feeds back into it. That's why I have to take tiny steps and build myself up.
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I'm so sorry you're hurting so much, Ptak From what you wrote, it seems like you're trying to do your best to cope with all of this. Good for you! Be proud of yourself for that. I'm glad you have a therapist you can talk to. It can help a lot. Take all the time you need to get better. Just take it one step at the time. Take baby steps. No need to hurry. I'm sure you'll be able to get through all of this. Just try to do your best. That's all you can do after all. You have every right to be happy just like everyone else. Please don't give up. I hope things will get better soon for you. We all believe in you! I'm rooting for you, Ptak. You're a strong, wonderful person, Ptak. Try to get as much help as you can. You deserve it. You deserve to get better and to feel good. Remember that we're here for you if you need it. Feel free to PM me anytime. Let me know if I can do something to help you. Wish you good luck! Let us know how it goes. I'm so sorry you have to deal with all fo this, ptak. Please don't give up. You can do this! I believe in you. We're all rooting for you. You're a strong, wonderful person
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Sounds plausible. A person can get worn down.

As for myself, I first became clinically depressed all those years ago when it became obvious my other issues were overwhelming and intractable. I don't get panic attacks or have the usual physical symptoms as such. I'm avoidant. When my avoidance wins and I am perpetually denied the life that others experience, I become severely depressed. When I make inroads against it and have some measure of success, my depression lifts. It isn't complicated or abstract. It's just horrifically painful and hard -- especially when the depression feeds back into it. That's why I have to take tiny steps and build myself up.
Thank you for this. You hit the nail on the head for me!
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Sounds plausible. A person can get worn down.

As for myself, I first became clinically depressed all those years ago when it became obvious my other issues were overwhelming and intractable. I don't get panic attacks or have the usual physical symptoms as such. I'm avoidant. When my avoidance wins and I am perpetually denied the life that others experience, I become severely depressed. When I make inroads against it and have some measure of success, my depression lifts. It isn't complicated or abstract. It's just horrifically painful and hard -- especially when the depression feeds back into it. That's why I have to take tiny steps and build myself up.
I do have panic attacks and the usual physical symptoms. Other than that this is close to where I am. Clinically depressed and perpetually denied the life that
others experience... and with the label of avoidant which may well be accurate. I only relate to one person irl, everyone else is completely indifferent to me.. at best I have no idea how to change this. People just donít like me and I donít ďwhineĒ irl or even talk... So it isnít because Iím ďa negative personĒ .. they judge me as soon as they see me usually

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