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Unread 06-19-2017, 06:09 PM   #1
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I lost my dog almost 2 months ago. I had him for 9 years- from 5 weeks to 9 years old. He was my world. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here alive today. My dog saved my life and now he is gone. It has been horrible. I've had quite a lot of downs. When I was younger, around age 14, I struggled with depression and anxiety. When I quit drinking in 2012, I got a lot better, met my husband, and my Life was fantastic! But now I lost My best friend and I can't get happy. I'm full of anxiety and have panic attacks. I get sick to my stomach, dizzy, and chest pains. I get excited at the thought I get to meet him at rainbow bridge and sometimes pray that's it's soon. I understand grief is complex, but at what point does grief beecome a depression/anxiety relapse? At what point should I be talking to someone? I've told my husband my feelings and he just throws it off as a rough patch. Which is true but I don't feel whole. I'm empty and I see no light that this is going to be easier.

I just want my best friend and I want to be ok again.
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Unread 06-19-2017, 06:48 PM   #2
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I see this is your first post so welcome to PC. You'll find lots of support and encouragement here. I'm sorry for your loss. I couldn't fathom how I would feel if I lost my cat or dog. It sounds like you are going through the stages of grief and are really struggling. How do you feel about seeing your family doctor or a psychiatrist and run this by them if this continues? Your grief might have kicked off your depression and anxiety again.
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Hello Harris2017, I see this is your first post so welcome to PC! I hope you find your time here to be of benefit.

I am very sorry for your loss. It sounds like you are grieving and what you are feeling is completely understandable - you lost your best friend and it hurts. Have you considered seeing a therapist to go through the grieving process?
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I don't know at what point to go see someone. I know grief is very complex, but since I've struggled with drepeession in the past I can't actually tell a difference. Is it really normal to still feel depressed and have panic attacks after 2 months? I don't want to go in asking for help and be written off as it being just grief.
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Unread 06-19-2017, 06:54 PM   #5
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Hello Harris: My condolences on the loss of your best friend. I've lost a few over the years. And I know how difficult it can be. I don't know if there is a particular point at which grief becomes depression / anxiety. I think this probably varies with the individual. However, from what you wrote, my personal opinion is you're more than ready to be talking to someone about your grief. And, of course, the other really good therapy for this kind of grief is... a new puppy!

I see this is your first post here on PC. So... to PsychCentral… from the Skeezyks! May the time you spend here be of benefit.

PsychCentral is a great place to get information as well as support for mental health issues. The more you post, & reply to other members’ posts, the more a part of the community you will become. Plus there are social groups you can join & chat rooms where you’ll be able to connect with other PC members in real time (once your first 5 posts have been reviewed & approved.) Lots of great stuff! So please keep posting!
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Ok thank you! It's horrible! I had to put a dog down before and it was rough for the first few weeks but then it got easier. But this has been like none other. I got a puppy after I had to put my other dog down but it didn't work for me. I ended up resenting the puppy so I rehomed him. So getting another puppy is not an option at this point.
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