Going from high functioning anxiety to severe depression


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Hello, my name's Ashley and I have high functioning anxiety and depression.

I have always had bad anxiety and depression but I've always channeled it successfully. I use the anxious energy. I own a few businesses, manage a gas station, renovate my own home and other businesses. I do my best to stay busy, eat and sleep right, etc. And my best friend always helped me through my rough patches. 

Then 2020 happened. My best friend passed in her sleep in February and completely and utterly devastated me. Then covid-19 shut down shut down my businesses, bankrupting one of them. 

I now feel like I'm in a hole. I'm so sad, I literally feel like my heart is broken. And I'm 'the strongest person people know' so I don't know who to even tell but Im going from functioning to severe depression and anxiety at this point. Like I can't even drive at this point. 

Beginning of the discussion - 5/25/20

Going from high functioning anxiety to severe depression

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@Ashleygoodhew Hello Ashleygoodhew, thank you for starting this discussion and sharing what you're going through. I'm so sorry for your loss. In normal times it is beyond painful to lose a friend, but in these times when we can't really mourn in the traditional way and give our goodbyes is devastating. Please know that the Carenity community is here to listen and support you. Let me tag some members who can maybe share some advice or words of comfort.

Hi everyone, how are you doing in these difficult times? Have you ever experienced profound grief or a trauma that made your depression feel like you could never get out of it? How did you handle it? What did you do to feel better? Can you share you experience or words of comfort or advice with Ashley?


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Going from high functioning anxiety to severe depression

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Hi @ashleygoodhew I am Chsbride on here. I want to help you and I see where Courtney asked us here in the forum what to say. The problem with me is, I'm in SO much of the same boat as you. I have fallen into a sorrow that seems just impossible to get out of. So I don't want to answer something fakely or as if I know how to crawl through it. Oh how I am so sorry for what you're enduring. I cried and cried when I read it. On my part of land of depression over here, friends and family just don't want to deal with me about it and some are quite harsh about it all. They have this advice that all seems so....either scolding or cliche or both mixed. I have no joy. I could offer an ear and a shoulder so to speak. And I do see you and know about sadness and despair. I wish I could help. I don't know what to say. I do care though. Make no mistake of that. -C
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Does any type of medication help with your depression?

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