Anxiety and low spirits are just waiting under the surface

A few years ago I had a bout of depression. Although things are much better I feel like I haven’t completely gotten over it and my anxiety and low spirits are just waiting under the surface.
I’ve found recently (over the past year) that I am really easily upset by things for example by conflict with friends or family or even after watching a sad movie or reading a sad book. I cry easily and am sad for days. I have always been sensitive, but not to this extent and I have noticed that I have a physical reaction, my hands shake, I feel dizzy and find it difficult to breathe.”

You sound as though you are still experiencing significant problems with your mood and anxiety. It seems that these are affecting your functioning and enjoyment of life. I think it is important to pay attention to these difficulties as they have now persisted for a year.

You have not mentioned how your depression was treated in the past. It is not possible to diagnose you from what you have said, but it does seem that some degree of assessment and treatment are appropriate. The kinds of symptoms you describe can be greatly improved by psychological treatment. Life can be a lot more comfortable for you than it is at present, and help is available.

I would encourage you to make an appointment here at Counselling Service (phone 8344 6927). Alternatively you could see your doctor if that would feel more comfortable (or one of the doctors at the University Health Service).

If you would like to find out a bit more about assessment and treatment options check out these useful websites:
Mood Gym for skills for preventing and coping with anxiety and depression.
Youth Beyond Blue
Reach Out

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One Response to Anxiety and low spirits are just waiting under the surface

  1. L says:

    A very important statement is:
    I haven’t completely gotten over it and my anxiety and low spirits are just waiting under the surface.

    I feel that way too and it requires a constant vigilance. I use Moodgym and http://www.clarifylife.com to maintain my spirit in a sense.

    I don’t think that they are as good as regular therapy but the fact that they are free makes a huge difference.

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