I have made previous posts here wondering what I was suffering with in the past and had been taking a B-100 b-complex pill twice every day which did wonders for my energy and mood. I had been taking these for approx four months now, and today I did not take one as I read that it's good to have a break from them. Well, it feels like I have undone four months of good work in just one day! I feel apathetic about everything with no motivation. I am extremely irritable, my movements are tired looking and slow, I have been browsing Google for reassurance/ruminating and have a very physical feeling of being tired. In fact, I had to put my head down for 45 minutes just a short while ago and I have not even done anything all day! I don't even have the interest to play on my playstation 3 or Xbox like I did when I was supplementing with b-100. I mean, I think about it but I feel that I can't physically move myself to do it!
I previously suffered with anxiety but I don't feel any which is possibly due to a magnesium deficiency that I am now making an effort to correct with eating lots of spinach and taking Mg supps. I just feel very lousy and "empty." A far cry from the person that I was just yesterday and the previous four months. I think being away from this state was a good thing as it has now made me realise just how bad I was and AM feeling while not taking a b-complex. I have read that b-complex can raise dopamine levels, giving us energy and lifting our mood and I think that is possibly what has been happening. Does anybody agree? Somebody else said it was just a placebo effect but I took a B12 supplement on it's own and felt no improvement at all. And even when taking the b-100, some days I was better than others but still generally feeling good. I am still not consuming gluten as I believe it just aggravates this issue and causes anxiety and OCD symptoms in me. I had my B12 level checked and it was 509 or 512, I can't remember which number, but here in Europe it is considered to be at the very bottom of the normal range so the doc recommended I keep taking the b-complex. He wants my number to be in the 1000 range. What doesn't help is that I binge eat at weekends because I am quite restrictive on my diet during the week and eat very healthy, so I am going to deal with that by trying a method called 'intuitive eating.' It's been said on the net that excess sugar and caffeine depletes b-vitamins and magnesium so my weekend binges cannot be doing me any good!
Can anybody give me their opinion on whether this is depression that I am dealing with? In a way, I am kind of glad this has happened as I think it has given me a clearer picture of what I am dealing with.