Hi, I know some of you have been urging me to go back to the doctor and I have. This is quite a long post sorry. I'm looking for general thoughts on antidepressants and my situation, thanks
Ok so I've been struggling with depression and anxiety for at least 7 years on and off and despite my aversion to antidepressants I think I'm gonna go with the nhs on this one
Some interesting things the doctor said, Fluoxetine (prozac) was tested over a long period and was found to be safer than st.john's wort, basically she was saying they are really not dangerous. She said that I should stay on the pills for 6 months then wean myself off and practice CBT to stop myself slipping back into a depressive state. Anxiety is a biological disorder as much as a mental one because it wakes you up early in the morning and affects you physiologically (fatigue, gut problems etc) and I believe it's a chicken and egg situation, am i depressed because of gut problems or do I have gut problems because I'm depressed? I think both, just not sure which one came first
I feel like I need a helping hand to pull me out of the muck and dust me off. I know some people have purported to being cured of depression by the 'panacea' that is paleo but I believe that the gut/skin/fatigue/anxiety problems I'm experiencing plus the psychological need to self medicate with food can only be broken by some kind of drug assistance. I know that people say drugs are bad (like mr mackey) but I'm just going to run the course and ignore the naysayers (only people who are frustrated by medication are the ones likely to disparage it online and look for solutions, there must be thousands for whom it has worked who didn't come online to say how effective it was (though some do)) Also my dad came to see me at university and told me that he was on antidepressants a few years ago after a double dose of bad news and they got him back on track, plus my mum suffers from depression so I've definitely got some predisposed genes!
I think all my problems can be traced back to some kind of anxiety disorder so I'm going to give this a real go along with attempting to implement as much of a paleo diet as I can before eventually going fully. I think I'm self-medicating with food, I know it's cyclical and damaging but I can't seem to break it
I guess what I'm really asking is is there any reason why I can't try paleo + antidepressants + exercise + CBT to try and kick my depression/anxiety's ass? Is there any reason the two couldn't go together?