Controlling the Depression
I'm a frequent start and stopper here at 3FC.
About a month and a half ago I realized that the depression medication that I was taking (Zoloft) was no longer working. I had fallen into a well of deep depression and I wasn't happy with how my life was going. I was tired all of the time. I had no motivation such that even getting out of bed some days was a struggle. I was self-medicating with alcohol. And I felt guilty for everything I couldn't do which fed into the downward spiral. As I became more depressed, I cared less about what I ate. I suspect that some/most of my weight gain in the last three years is due to an ever-worsening depression that was not properly handled by my prescription.
My doctor and I decided to switch me over to a new anti-depressant and I decided to start therapy. As I was beginning my new medicine and counseling, I decided that everything else in my life (including watching what I eat) would take a back seat. It was more important that I get myself into a place where making a change would not only be possible, but would be sustained.
I am now on my sixth or seventh week of Effexor and I'm feeling better. I feel that I have the energy and motivation that I so sorely lacked before. I'm ready to lose some weight now and I don't think my mental health is going to continue to hold me back.
That's my story and I hope that I can stick to it.