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Re: Depression or Anxiety? I wish it were a choice.

Posted by Bob on September 21, 1999, at 8:37:45

In reply to Depression or Anxiety? I wish it were a choice., posted by janice on September 20, 1999, at 22:34:02

It doesn't seem to be a choice for me. Yesterday was a good example, very much along the lines of how Sean feels.

I've been going through a phase for the last five days or so when I've just been mentally scattered. Yesterday being Monday and Yom Kippur (with my boss out of the office), I set out to reorganize my projects -- define tasks, set priorities, that sort of stuff. I couldn't do it. This is the sort of thing that would trigger a panic attack for me prior to clonazepam. This time, I didn't feel that buzz that sets every one of my nerves vibrating like someone was strumming them with a violin bow. I did, however, get a very clear picture, at first void of an emotional response, to how my mind simply could not cope cognitively with the task. THAT little bit of insight sent my mood through the floor, and I had to head to the bathroom every hour or so in the PM just to hide in a stall and try to stem the tears.

This could all be some learned helplessness response to some addressed learning disability, but my gut tells me that the anxiety would still be there even if I had appropriate cognitive strategies for dealing with this sort of task.





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