Hi Graham, I'd like to help you with your question.
It is a very normal symptom to feel numb when you have anxiety and depression, particularly to the level you describe yourself having. Feelings of numbness in parts of your body or your whole body is normal as well.
Cymbalta can cause anxiety and panic attacks as side effects so if you feel your symptoms worsening, you may want to check in with your doctor. However, it does take Cymbalta several weeks to reach full effect so although you may notice you feel better soon, you need some time before you can know it's ability to help you with your symptoms.
You mention taking medications for your anxiety and depression, but you did not mention being in therapy. Talk therapy has been proven to be highly effective in helping to greatly reduce or eliminate anxiety. If you are not already in therapy, you may want to consider talking to your doctor for a referral to a therapist. You can also search on line at
Cognative Behavioral therapy and a newer therapy called Integrated therapy both have been highly effective in helping those suffering with anxiety and depression to recover. You can search for a therapist that is trained to use these therapies to help you.Anxiety is greatly reduced when you begin to understand how it works and what you can do to counteract it. Anxiety is due to an increase in adrenaline in your body. This increase is triggered by negative thoughts that you have. For example, if you start to feel anxious, you automatically start to get upset. You might think something is terribly wrong or that you "feel funny" and therefore are in danger. This creates more adrenaline in your body and you begin to get more anxious. What you need to do is learn to stop the thoughts of being in danger and calm yourself to the point you can break the cycle.Another great way to help yourself is to learn all you can about anxiety and depression. The more you know, the less power anxiety or depression has over you. Here are some resources to help you get started:The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne- this is an excellent book that I use frequently.
Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You by Richard O'ConnorThe Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-By-Step Program by William Knaus and Jon, Psy.D. CarlsonNatural Relief for Anxiety: Complementary Strategies for Easing Fear, Panic & Worry by Edmund J. Bourne, Arlen Brownstein and Lorna Garano
The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression: A Step-by-step Program (Workbook) by William J. Knaus and Albert EllisFrom Panic to Power: Proven Techniques to Calm Your Anxieties, Conquer Your Fears, and Put You in Control of Your Life by Lucinda Bassett You can find these books on Amazon.com or your local library may have them for you.You can also try natural supplements. Omega 3 fatty acid 1000 mg, Zinc 10 mg, Magnesium glycinate 100 mg, and Calcium 100 mg are all good together to help you feel better. Extract of Hops is also good. Check with your doctor about dosage and taking these supplements. Be careful about taking anything such as St. John's Wort which can cause serotonin syndrome when mixed with other prescription medications.
I hope this helps you,Kate