Jena, how are thing going for you?
Go sell crazy somewhere else.........we're all stocked up here.
I got myself off of Effexor (SNRI) back in 2004 by taking high doses of EPA (fish oil). I mean grams per day for 6 months before I weaned myself off of the drug. I never had an issue with the older classes of antidepressants and withdrawal, but Effexor was hell to stop. I feel better off of the meds than I felt on them for the 17 years I messed around with trying to find the right one. I think at one point they helped, but I never really got the feeling they were working like they were supposed to work plus I found them horribly constipating. I doubt my success is 100% attributable to the fish oil (I am also older and in a more stable part of my life and I got control of an eating disorder).
Try looking at the work of Andrew Stoll from Harvard and fish oil. He used it successfully to treat bipolar disorder.
No sugar is huge for my moods. I have not had episodes as deep as you describe, but I have lived with a low-moderate level of depression and anxiety for as long as I can recall. I am now 48, and trying to stay sugar free for the past 6 months. It is very tough. Eat healthy fats.
Exercise saved my life. Cycling in college up until I had my children. After that, more like cross fit. At times I've used it to excess, but it sure helps my mood.
You could also investigate Histamine Intolerance. I used to live on parmesan and other hard cheeses which are super high in histamines. I swear I have had few to no rapid heart rate episodes since I've stopped eating parmesan cheese. Anxiety is apparently one of the possible symptoms.
I am sorry for how you are feeling. I hope you can find some answers that work for you. Meds or no meds. A combination of meds and diet and exercise. The power of positive thought. The power of prayer. Whatever works for you!
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Thank you Phaselow. I do take fish oil in small doses, I will have to try upping it. I did successfully stop taking Zoloft about a year ago, the withdrawal was terrible, but I felt great. Then the anxiety came back about 6 months later. Being off of the Zoloft was great once I adjusted. I am stuck right now. The next few months are going to be difficult. There is a lot of uncertainty right now, so depending how I feel after all this stuff settles I may think about going off the meds. I can deal with the depression. I can force myself to do things and pull myself out of it usually, but it is definitely harder this time. The anxiety is what is getting to me. I get so anxious at work that I feel like I'm going to have a seizure or a stroke or something. I know in my head I won't I have had different tests repeatedly for 10 plus years and I am healthy physically. I am now using my breaks at work to take a 15 minute walk and I walk to lunch, take the stairs, etc... I know it's small, but it's an improvement. I used to work out after work, but I am so tired after fighting anxiety at work all day that its all I can do to keep my eyes open when I get home. I know I have to force myself and I'm trying. I get really sad and lonely, but I also don't want to be around my friends. I miss my ex and am pretty certain I will never find anyone that can stand me and my mood swings. I'm 33 and have given up on having a marriage, children, even a successful relationship. I need to find a way to be happy without any of these things. I just feel like I get knocked down at every turn. Yeah, I know boo hoo. I don't feel sorry for myself. Nearly all of my troubles I've earned, but I've been paying for mistakes for a decade, literally and emotionally. I'm tired.
I thought the scientists were coming out more and more with research showing fish oil has no benefits....kinda bums me out if its true.
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I'm going to get on my soapbox here...just a little bit. Do you believe that people are spiritual beings? That they have a life and consciousness beyond the physical body? If you do, stop and think... The chemicals in your brain can not CAUSE your mood... They are generated by your mood. If your consciousness is not reliant on your body for it's existence, then the drugs can't change your mood... They can only approximate the conditions that result from a change in your mood. To change your life, your mood, you must execute a shift in your consciousness. The change in brain chemistry will naturally follow. Your brain chemistry does NOT cause your moods, but is caused by them. They false sense of well being brought on by pharmaceuticals is a trap set by drug companies and "mental health" professionals to milk you and your insurance plan out of your money. Yes... There are people that do benefit from them, but very few are actually ill enough to NEED them... But relying on them rather than understanding the true cause of your anxiety and dealing with THAT will make you ill enough to need them! Don't fall into the trap.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring....
I have sleep apnea and I've had anxiety for a couple of weeks about falling asleep with fear that I can't breathe. It's horrible and I'm not getting any sleep. Anybody else deals with sleep apnea? I don't want to use the cpap mask. I imagine grok never had sleep apnea.
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