Hi all. I'm new here, but thought I'd give this forum a shot. It can't hurt to talk to other people who are going through the same things as me, right?
I am a 27 year old female and was diagnosed with anxiety years ago, but was also recently diagnosed with depression. The doc started me on prozac and xanax (for the rougher times). The problem with me is I am sick a lot, which the doctor believes is due to anxiety/stress/depression. I have stomach problems which include nausea, bloating, constipation, etc, I get light-headed and have passed out, and I am fatigued almost constantly. These symptoms prevent me from hardly ever leaving the house (the occasional trip to wal-mart can be incredibly stressful) and I often have panic attacks because I am so concerned about having a health-related incident in public (throwing up, passing out, etc). Therefore I just stay home, because home is safe and home is the easy option, and if I feel bad then at least I'm in the most comfortable place for something to happen to me. Unfortunately, now I feel like a hermit. I'm dying to do ANYTHING! I miss being able to see people, hang out with friends, go places, do things! I am a college student, luckily taking online classes at the moment, and I feel like everyone around me is living a happy and fulfilling life while I lock myself up in my house because I am too afraid of having one of these health episodes or panic attacks.
Anybody out there ever experience anything like this or have any advice for me? I feel like life is so mundane lately... I wake up, just to find enough things to busy myself all day just so that I can go back to sleep again and do it all over the next day. I rarely smile, I rarely laugh, and the only social life I have is with my mom (the only person I can really be around without being too nervous) and facebook. I used to be so outgoing, and have so many friends, and really enjoy life! Now I struggle to have any motivation to keep going (don't worry guys, not a suicide threat, just sayin!) Any advice or words of encouragement would be appreciated. Thanks for reading.