Hi everyone,I'm new. I'm 20 years old and was diagnosed with GAD a couple years ago. I've had only a couple bad cycles of it,usually it's manageable. At the worst I'm excited,pacing around finding stuff to do and feel fine within the hour. I go through weeks of none at all. A couple weeks ago my anxiety was so bad I couldn't even function. My boyfriend had to take care of me. Eating and showering were both almost impossible. I was having panic attacks and not wanting to leave the house. I did a few times,forcefully,and it was scary for me because I was fearing having more panic attacks. What was just as alarming as the attacks was the detachment I felt from the world. I was going to bed early because that was the only way to get away from it. This went on for about 5 days. The anxiety has reduced,but now I'm feeling something new. Depressed
I still don't want to leave my house,and usually I can't stay here for more than a day straight without going and doing something! I've completely quit exercising. I'm crying so much it's embarrassing because I have no reason to cry. I still feel like everything is not real. I have made improvements. I'm able to do housework,shower,eat. My memory is better. But still I feel so sad and unmotivated...and the fear of leaving my house is really affecting me. I usually visit my parents a few times a week,go for walks,shop,etc. And I haven't done any of those things. When I did,it was unpleasant.
Does anybody have any experience with this? I'm wondering when I should go see a doctor? It's probably normal to feel sad for a little while after anxiety but it's been a week. I don't want to become depressed for a long time or scared to leave my house. But I also don't want to start a medication that is unnecessary and possibly have side effects. I just want to feel like myself again. I'm hoping I will snap out of it. Thanks for reading,and please give advice if you have any for me.