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    I have anxiety and suffer with OCD and depression symptoms, as well as IBS and other physical symptoms. Initially my anxiety surrounded my IBS symptoms, I would feel physically ill so much that it made me anxious about going out, this then generalised to everything. Over the last year or so I have developed OCD mainly around germs. I've had symptoms of depression for years but it's just seemed to get worse more recently. I had a particularly bad bout of depression recently, thankfully it ended. I changed my diet, got some vitamins (that the doctor told me to have) and I was feeling better and happier and then something went wrong, my IBS symptoms came back and with it I feel more tired and my mental health is suffering. I used to be able to feel the difference when I became anxious but for so long I have been anxious all of the time that it is difficult to know. I'm on edge and I get stresssed easily about little things. I also find it difficult to get to sleep, sometimes wake up in the night, almost half asleep sometimes, I can sleep for ages or average hours but I still feel tired. It's frustrating, especially because I've had times of feeling better lately. I have had CBT before, sometimes things just click and I feel better for a while. I tried to go back to CBT again but I have been on the waiting list for so long. Part of me is considering medication because I'm just so fed up of keep dipping into mental illness. I know that exercise and yoga can help but I think due to the depression behaviours I just can't be bothered... Sorry this is so long, thank you for reading and any replies.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I have anxiety and suffer with OCD and depression symptoms, as well as IBS and other physical symptoms. Initially my anxiety surrounded my IBS symptoms, I would feel physically ill so much that it made me anxious about going out, this then generalised to everything. Over the last year or so I have developed OCD mainly around germs. I've had symptoms of depression for years but it's just seemed to get worse more recently. I had a particularly bad bout of depression recently, thankfully it ended. I changed my diet, got some vitamins (that the doctor told me to have) and I was feeling better and happier and then something went wrong, my IBS symptoms came back and with it I feel more tired and my mental health is suffering. I used to be able to feel the difference when I became anxious but for so long I have been anxious all of the time that it is difficult to know. I'm on edge and I get stresssed easily about little things. I also find it difficult to get to sleep, sometimes wake up in the night, almost half asleep sometimes, I can sleep for ages or average hours but I still feel tired. It's frustrating, especially because I've had times of feeling better lately. I have had CBT before, sometimes things just click and I feel better for a while. I tried to go back to CBT again but I have been on the waiting list for so long. Part of me is considering medication because I'm just so fed up of keep dipping into mental illness. I know that exercise and yoga can help but I think due to the depression behaviours I just can't be bothered... Sorry this is so long, thank you for reading and any replies.
    Struggling to read it a bit but sorry things are so bad for you at the minute. I can definitely relate to IBS causing anxiety and I can imagine it affecting OCD a lot too if it's around germs and things. Have you spoken to your GP about what's been going on? They might have some suggestions, especially around motivation and things. Medication can help a huge amount but that's something you need to discuss with them too really. I'm assuming you're doing sleep hygeine stuff too, like no screens before bed etc? If not that's worth looking into too
 
 
 
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