Welcome to the party! I've suffered chronic depression/anxiety/panic since surviving a brain aneurysm clipping procedure 21 years ago. I've had benefit of one of the country's top shrinks who specializes in brain injury, and who knows his meds inside-out. Here's the way it is for me now (and will likely worsen with aging, says my doc):
1)depression: incurable. I'm unresponsive to every single anti-depressant on the market.
2)anxiety/panic: _fairly well controlled_ with 3 X1 Mg. daily dose of clonazepam. I get about 95% relief from this benzodiazepine. But that miserable 5% represents days/incidents that for unclear reasons just seem to stab me with panic and anxiety. I used to be able to predict almost exactly when I'd get an attack: around 6:00 p.m. when the better half is due home from work and I'm supposed to have a delightful dinner going (I can't cook worth a damn!); when expecting any important phone call; when watching violent TV shows or movies. But in the last 5 years or so it's become totally unpredictable. Lately I've been waking up around 3:a.m in panic! I don't understand why. My doc says this kind of unpredictable occurrence of panic/anxiety is just part of aging. The brain starts to go nutty, you know? What fun! Good luck to you.View Thread