I've had depression/anxiety all my life...a nice inheritance from my mom's side of the family.
Therapy was my lifesaver, but there was a point in my life where I was dizzy 24/7 for almost 3 years and a professional turning point happened that sent me plummeting into a downward spiral. Yes, my flares were up and down during that time which were emotionally worse just because of the added distress.
Eventually, I asked my GP for antidepressant help and she put me on Effexor XR....low dosage...but it was amazing as to how it lightened my mind and spirit.
I did go off the med for a few months....not good at all...tried Paxil and Celexa which left me feeling stoned. I went back to Effexor but at the next incriment where I'm still at.
The draw to be depressed is very strong for me...but the tools I learned in therapy has changed my perspective. At least I've learned to recognise the symptoms.
Now....for a natural approach.....a huge bag of M&M peanuts does the trick!
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!