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Anxiety/Depression on birth control

I'm a 20 year-old uni student.

I've been on the pill since I was 14, due to painful periods. Around that time, I developed OCD. 1 year before, my parents divorced, so it may have something to do about it, but it's still around the same time as I started birth control. I changed pills due to migraines (at that age, I didn't really know much about OCD so thought it was 'normal') but the OCD stayed.

I took that new pill for about 4 years (deso 20). I got very angry a lot and was a jealous mess, but again, didn't make the link.

Exactly one year ago (after being on that pill for about 3 years), I started having panic attacks during the summer holidays, out of nowhere. My heart started racing and that was it. I couldn't eat for weeks. It was horrible. I started seeing a counselor and it got slightly better, but it still lingered.

I slowly became depressed (also thinking about suicide), and the OCD got worse. I thought that maybe the pill could be a contributing factor, so I switched to the Nuvaring. Again, didn't get better.

I am depressed and anxious throughout the whole month, but right before my period, it's the worse.
The doctor ran some tests, and they saw that I have a lot of Sex Hormone Binding Globuline, but said that couldn't contribute to it.

Anyway a week ago, I took my ring out. The day before my period, it got worse, and then it got much better.
Normally, I should've put my ring in yesterday, but I decided to quit and see what it gives. Well, since yesterday, I feel awful. I can't function. I'm severely depressed and so anxious.

I thought stopping would make it better not worse? Any experiences? Please Sad
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replied July 6th, 2017
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. Your have two problems, psychological and menstrual. Psychological ones need anxiolytics, psychotherapy and rehab and menstrual cramps needs supportive care, mefenamic acid, work up for PMS and catamenial episodes.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan
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