I've had anxiety and depression (mostly anxiety) for most of my life, starting at around age 10. I function pretty well; I have a paid job, take care of my daughter, go to church, have lots of friends, all that stuff, BUT I have a huge job managing my disorder. I finally got a clinical diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder. I have started Celexa and am almost up to 20 mg a day. Side-effects have been rough but I am happy to be receiving treatment at last. Funnily enough, the drugs have lifted the anxiety enough that I am able to start pursuing what I always wanted, which is things like accupuncture, massage, dietary modifications and exercise. All that good stuff. So I'm hopeful these things will eventually replace medication. It's no fun. Drugs certainly haven't been the miracle I had hoped for, but I think I see a difference. Welcome to MDC!