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What you're describing is very common for anxiety disorders. I've been unable to even hold a job for over 3 years because of anxiety, depression, and panic attacks (which all seem to feed off of each other).
The klonopin dose does seems low, but when you are first starting out with it, it doesn't take much. Besides that, keeping your dosages as low as possible will pay off in the long run. Sooner or later, you'll get to a point where you won't need it, and klonopin does have some not-so-fun withdrawls. But, as long as you use them responsibly, you'll be fine.
I'm 29, live off of my parents (not with, thank God), can't hold a job, don't have many friends (although the ones I have are true friends), rarely get out to socialize, go on dates, etc.
It is tough, and can be lonely, but you're far from being alone in going through this.
One thing that I have found to work is to set small goals for each day, and just work slow. I started with going to the gas station, then stores (although they still give me problems), etc. Just keep it simple, like smiling at a stranger, talking to someone new, complimenting someone (tough one for me), things like that.
I can't say yet if it ever goes away completely, but it gets better. You'll have good days and bad ones, and you'll have set backs, but, it does get better. Relaxation techniques like meditation work very well, as does getting 45 min-1 hour of excersize in a day. Even if it's just taking the dog for a walk or whatever. I've found it helps at least as much as the drugs do.
Most important, remember you're not alone, you're not going crazy, and millions of people cope with this sucessfully every day. If they can do it, you can, too.
[QUOTE=airpainter80;4251339]What you're describing is very common for anxiety disorders. I've been unable to even hold a job for over 3 years because of anxiety, depression, and panic attacks (which all seem to feed off of each other).
The klonopin dose does seems low, but when you are first starting out with it, it doesn't take much. Besides that, keeping your dosages as low as possible will pay off in the long run. Sooner or later, you'll get to a point where you won't need it, and klonopin does have some not-so-fun withdrawls. But, as long as you use them responsibly, you'll be fine.
I'm 29, live off of my parents (not with, thank God), can't hold a job, don't have many friends (although the ones I have are true friends), rarely get out to socialize, go on dates, etc.
It is tough, and can be lonely, but you're far from being alone in going through this.
One thing that I have found to work is to set small goals for each day, and just work slow. I started with going to the gas station, then stores (although they still give me problems), etc. Just keep it simple, like smiling at a stranger, talking to someone new, complimenting someone (tough one for me), things like that.
I can't say yet if it ever goes away completely, but it gets better. You'll have good days and bad ones, and you'll have set backs, but, it does get better. Relaxation techniques like meditation work very well, as does getting 45 min-1 hour of excersize in a day. Even if it's just taking the dog for a walk or whatever. I've found it helps at least as much as the drugs do.
Most important, remember you're not alone, you're not going crazy, and millions of people cope with this sucessfully every day. If they can do it, you can, too.[/QUOTE]

Thank you so much for your response. Lately I just feel overwhelmed and like things are never going to get back to good. While I've struggled with anxiety for many years it's just the last few months where it's so bad that I can't get a grip on it. I've been re-evaluating every decision I've made for the last 10 years thinking about how I got to the point that I am right now. I'm frustrated that I've let things go on this long and I feel like I've wasted so many years of my life. The other day my Mom asked me what it is that is bothering so much, what I can't get her to understand is that I can't explain it. It's not like a short talk with her is going to help me at all. This is something bigger than the people around me can comprehend. Everything is worrying me right now...my health, job, friendships or lack thereof, past, present, future. I swear I'm having anxiety over having anxiety. My counselor did recommend that I start exercising again at least 4 times a week. She also said avoid caffeine which I already don't consume any anyway. The thing you said about going to gas stations and stores also frightens me. I'll only go to gas stations I'm totally familiar with even if it means driving miles out of my way. Sometimes I get really anxious when going in to stores by myself. I also have a ton of anxiety when I try to make phone calls and stuff like that. Thanks for your advice and I will certainly try to do some of the things you suggested. Have a good day!





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