I'm actually looking for info on depression and sugar, and I found you. I'll try to make this short. I'm 24, two kids and one on the way, great husband etc. Dealt with severe stress, anxiety and depression, suicidal fantasies since 4th grade. Lots of difficult family situations, as well as health problems (weak heart, palpitations, low blood pressure, something similar to fibromialgia in 6th grade- doctors never could figure it out). Fast foreward to now... healthy eating, I use the cookbook/ health textbook Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, grind my own grains to make bread in electric grinder (soaking them first in an acidic medium like unindustrialized people), eat healthy, stable fats (butter, olive oil, coconut oil), use herbs for healing sickness (hey, 5 kids? garlic oil in the ears is great for ear infections!) I feel, or felt, tons better. When I made the changes my husband exclaimed "It's like having a new wife!" Fast foreward some more...
I'm on my fourth pregnancy, BAD low blood pressure problems, brain fog, can't think, super irritable... get it under control with cod liver oil, dandilion/ginkgo/ginsing tea with an activator such as mint or chammomile (I order these through **a website**). Sunday at church, I eat amish friendship bread- lots of sugar (hey, hubby made it, I had to try it). Then I make pumkin bread with sugar in it (home sprouted dried and milled bulgur flour, good fat, etc.). Experienced steady decline all week. Last night I thought I would test my sugar theory because I was starting to feel better and I had some more pumkin bread.
Today: bad low blood pressure, brain fog, ears "going out" and tinnitus, frustration. Can't get things done. Cant take proper care of my kids. confusion. I just want to escape. Maybe I'll ask my husband for a break so I can take a walk by myself. No, I'll take a nap. Getting really mad- kids are noisy...I send them outside to work on puppy pen with daddy (rather unkindly). I look at the kitchen and the dinner I was going to prepare...I can't handle it! I'm a terrible mom! My life is worthless!
All through dinner I was like this. My oldest didn't get her nap and was falling apart about everything and all I could do was cut chicken and cry and cry. Life is to hard. I put the kids to bed (hubby helped a ton during all this but my post would be to long...). Laid on the couch unable to move. Started thinking about things. I realized this is exactly what I was like as a kid, except I couldn't blame it on a situation. It just jumped on me all of the sudden this afternoon. Wow, depressoin can really be mostly physiological!
It is important to note the natural remedies I have been using, at least for me, all need to be used or I don't feel great. I've never used a medication so I don't know anything about those. I do know that a supportive husband is a huge blessing and I'm sorry your wife doesn't see that - or maybe she does. There have been days where I sat on the edge of the bathtub for twenty minutes because I couldn't bring myself to give the kids a bath. It's aweful having such a brain fog. My problems, if you would like to researach, have been related to: soy (bad!), sugar, white flour, bad fats, poor circulation (check out natural remedies for migrains) and nutrient deficiencies. And, hey, a bad attitude. But life is so much harder to deal with when you can't think and you just want to excape!
And just a side note, when I was telling my husband that my life wasn't worth living because I couldn't take care of my family, my husband was very greived. He told me he'd rather have me sick on his couch than not have me at all. Now, he hasn't always been this kind or I so honest and candid. Those kids will be blessed and have a much better chance at succeeding in life if you stay with your wife and do the best you can for them. She's in a place where she is selfish and doesn't at all understand what is going on with her. But you can be her advocate. Keep researching. My husband sure fought for me. Meds may work for some, but for some there may need to be a more natural approach, and you and your family will be better for it too.
Reason for edit:
2 things... One is that I have had to take the name of the website out of your post (See rule #4 https://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=46&m=106997) as it counts as spam. We welcome websites that provide information but not online shops, and the other is where I chave taken out several sections of your post as it goes against Rule #1. We have to be careful as we have minors who use this site. Please email me if you would like further details. Darren
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