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Suggest methods to handle depression with panic attacks

I am stuggling unbelievably with various anxiety disorders which have put into a deep depression I am stuggling to get out of. I am on medication, have had councelling and neither seem to have helped. I have also tried the Linden method to rid me of my anxiety with little luck I used to be an outgoing person with lots of friends but since i had a panic attack 6 months ago all has gone downhill from there. I cannot even see my best friends without feeling sudden flushes of unbelievable anxiety. If i drink alcohol it is much worse which has stopped me going out in the evenings because id have to explain to my friends why i am not drinking. My anxiety has got better over time but the longer it goes on the more depressed i am getting and thoughts of suicide are increasing day by day. I cant tell anyone whats going on because i am so ashamed of what iv become, my family kind of know whats happening but not how serious it is and they dont understand how i feel, and my friends ask me no questions. I dont know what to do anymore im not sure I can live like this for much longer. The only thing thats keeping me from ending it all is the effect it would have on my family who i love very much. I just want to live my life like i used to be able to but i dont know what more i can do?
Thu, 30 Apr 2015
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Addiction Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi,

If in spite of being on medication, you are suffering so much, then in my opinion, your medication needs to be augmented or changed. I would suggest that you find a good psychiatrist. Anxiety and depressive disorders are quite amenable to treatment and there is no reason why you should not get well. In addition to medication, try relaxation exercises to control your anxiety. Discuss your fears and insecurities with your doctor, especially your thoughts about ending it all. There is no reason to feel ashamed, anyone can fall ill. Its no fault of yours.

All the best.
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