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Don't know what to do anymore. I'm terrified. Anxiety 24/7.

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I am new here. have had anxiety all my adult life. Didn't know other people do too. Thought I was alone. I see a psychiatrist and am on meds. Seems sometime they don't help and now having health problems as I am 80 yrs. old. Also having withdrawal from antidepressants that didn't work. All I can say is hang in there and I hope we all improve. I have a wonderful husband who helps me through the spells as I call them. Having support helps.
Hi and welcome Rosy. Like you, I've had anxiety since my early teens and I'm 67 years old now. Can I ask which anti-depressant didn't work for you? My anxiety has gotten progressively worse after my mid-fifties and was wondering what, if any changes in your anxiety have developed with aging. I too have a very understanding wife which is invaluable to our disorder.
 

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I'm sure that's it. Knowing that I was going to be released back into the "real world".

I've been keeping my chin up most of tune day so far. Doing things to stay busy. You are right though. There is absolutely no difference between being in rehab and being home. I should feel more comfortable at home but I don't. Something in our about rehab had an impact on me. It's strange.

Thanks for checking in on me brother.
Did they serve you any of that secret medication for anxiety in rehab, namely bacon? Glad you were able to stabilize for a couple days after such a long, horrific battle.
 

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Hi and welcome Rosy. Like you, I've had anxiety since my early teens and I'm 67 years old now. Can I ask which anti-depressant didn't work for you? My anxiety has gotten progressively worse after my mid-fifties and was wondering what, if any changes in your anxiety have developed with aging. I too have a very understanding wife which is invaluable to our disorder.
 

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yes, paroxetine, sertraline, citalopram, I guess it was 3. Sorry, but I could not take them I take 25 mg. nortriptyline at night. Seems the older I got the more anxiety I got. Maybe health problems brought it on. I Don't know what I would do without him. I also take lorazepam and propranolol .
 

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yes, paroxetine, sertraline, citalopram, I guess it was 3. Sorry, but I could not take them I take 25 mg. nortriptyline at night. Seems the older I got the more anxiety I got. Maybe health problems brought it on. I Don't know what I would do without him. I also take lorazepam and propranolol .
Hi Rosy. I'm on Lexapro and Klonopin but truly the best medication for me is my great wife. We are both so fortunate in that way. Many on this forum have very little emotional support and have to endure extreme loneliness on top of their battle with anxiety. I sure wish you the very best and feel that our many, many years of suffering might be able to provide some wisdom for this group.
 

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Hi Rosy. I'm on Lexapro and Klonopin but truly the best medication for me is my great wife. We are both so fortunate in that way. Many on this forum have very little emotional support and have to endure extreme loneliness on top of their battle with anxiety. I sure wish you the very best and feel that our many, many years of suffering might be able to provide some wisdom for this group.
 

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I hope so too. I've had years of experience as you have. We are lucky to have mates who understand and help us. I told my husband he has to outlive me. lol My son was on lexapro and it worked for him. He also has problems. Got it from me, I guess. I pray every night for help with my anxiety and will add you to my list. Hope it helps. Can't hurt. Have a good evening.
 
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Having a support system means everything. There is no pill that can substitute for a solid, caring, and compassionate supportsystem. I'm two days out of rehab and unfortunately I got sick while I was in there so it's not helping my anxiety. Thankfully I have therapy tonight. It will give me the opportunity to drive myself and do something on my own. I really hope it's for the better.

Thank you for sharing Rosy.
 

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Your welcome Butters. Hope rehab worked. Being sick just makes anxiety worse. At least you know that and it helps. I'm going through a rough time now but it will get better.
 

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Your welcome Butters. Hope rehab worked. Being sick just makes anxiety worse. At least you know that and it helps. I'm going through a rough time now but it will get better.
Hi Rosy. Anything we can do to help you feel better?
 

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Just reassure me this is just a bout of anxiety and nothing else. lol Sometimes I start thinking it's a medical problem because I am so old. Hope you are doing okay Triceps. I didn't realize so many people have these problems.
 

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Just reassure me this is just a bout of anxiety and nothing else. lol Sometimes I start thinking it's a medical problem because I am so old. Hope you are doing okay Triceps. I didn't realize so many people have these problems.
Hi Rosy. As you state: " this is just a bout of anxiety and nothing else ". I had a better day today. Did some walking in one of my snow covered fields with my wife. That exercise seems to help as otherwise I'm a certified couch potato. I've got a couple head of cattle that I take care of and that makes sure I at least get out of the house everyday.
 

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That is great. At least you get out and do things. I used to have dogs to take care of. They are all gone. Got old and passed on. I should get another one. That would help. I am a couch potato. lol Keep doing things. I have to get back in the habit of keeping busy too. Your wife and my husband are great people. They put up with us. lol
 
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I need to get back to work but yesterday was a total mess. I thought I was having another nervous breakdown and it hit me hard. I just want to get back to feeling normal like I did in rehab. How can I have two amazing days where I feel like the old me and then crash back to having anxiety and depressing thoughts. I don't know how much of this is caused by being sick but I'm sick of feeling tortured and that the smallest thing could send me back inside. It was an unbelievably traumatic experience. I think about how horrible it was all the time. I just want the meds to do their job. I don't want to feel like this anymore.
 
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Boy, you sound like me. I don't understand it either. You'll be okay for a few days then BOOM It hits. I've started to listen to music to see if I can get absorbed in that. I love to sing even though I have no singing voice. lol
sometimes I think the meds don't work and then sometimes I do. It's like you don't trust your thinking . If the music thing works I'll let you know.
 
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Good luck with the music. Today is turning out to be an especially hard day for me. I started smoking again after quitting for three years. I just seen to either lay in bed or go outside and chainsmoke. I just want to be better. To feel normal. Right now I feel like I'm teetering on the edge of another nervous breakdown. I'm so scared.
 
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I understand about the smoking. I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm and have to quit smoking. I have to see a surgeon to see how big it is. Having a hard time quitting. Down to 6 cigs a day. I want to feel normal again too. Don't think of this as a breakdown. It is a relapse and you will deal with it like you did before. I try to think that things could be worse. sometimes it helps. I hope this bout lets up soon for you. I'm having a hard day too. Hoping tomorrow is better for both of us.
 

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Good luck with the music. Today is turning out to be an especially hard day for me. I started smoking again after quitting for three years. I just seen to either lay in bed or go outside and chainsmoke. I just want to be better. To feel normal. Right now I feel like I'm teetering on the edge of another nervous breakdown. I'm so scared.
Hey Butters. Man, you gotta really work at returning to smoking after three years as they really taste awful at first. Like an idiot, I'm still smoking but I think It helps my anxiety, or at least that's my excuse. If you can, try to concentrate on those two good days and try to figure out why those were so much better for you other than being in a different environment. Keep hanging in there, and you too Rosy.
 
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Thank you Triceps, I'm trying to have a better day. Sometimes listening to music helps. I try to loose myself in it and pretend I am young again and dancing to it or singing. Not a good singer but hey no one but my husband hears me anyway. lol Hope you are having a good day.
 

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Thank you Triceps, I'm trying to have a better day. Sometimes listening to music helps. I try to loose myself in it and pretend I am young again and dancing to it or singing. Not a good singer but hey no one but my husband hears me anyway. lol Hope you are having a good day.
Rosy, how concerned are you about the aneurysm? Is that appointment with the surgeon already scheduled? That's nothing to be taken lightly. I'll understand if that's too personal an issue for me to be asking about. If you say it is, I'll understand but will still just keep bugging you about it.
 
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