I am a 50 year old female who has had depression and probably untreated GAD for 25 or so years. I am American but have lived in Mexico for the last 10 years. Ive always had some depression and weight problems since childhood, but the anxiety started with the birth of my son, who is mildly autistic. The weight ballooned and has since gone up further to morbid obesity and I have most of the other physical symptions, numbness, problems sleeping, blanking (mild), muscle tenseness (I use a grind guard at night since about 3 years ago or so).
I take Prozac (its OTC here... I know, I know) but going to a shrink makes the symptoms so much worse that I cannot work or otherwise function.
Stressors include work (Im doing a big project that is finally taking off) and the fear that I have only a short time left to live (mom died in early 40s and there is the weight issue) Issues from childhood include not being accepted by family, especially mom (she didnt really understand me but thought she did), few friends, ridicule. I have been taking care of myself completely since age 20, again due to death of mother and non-support of family.
I had good luck some years ago using a forum similar to this when I divorced. Maybe lightning will strike twice!