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I just want to be well again!

Hi, I've been living with depression and anxiety since I was 14 (now 27). Over there years there have been ups and downs. I was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder and panic attacks about 2 years back, mostly bought on from the stress of moving overseas and dealing with homesickness.

About 6 months ago I decided that I had been feeling great for a few months so made the decision to start weaning off my medication. My body did NOT react will to this and I ended up with chronic fatigue like symptoms and an impaired immune system. On top of this I've also had IBS for about 5 years now. I had very little support from my doctor (they were a get them in and out in 5 minutes type of practice) so I changed doctors, my new GP said despite weaning off my medication it didn't seem I was ready. So for the last few months I've been taking a new medication which has helped alleviate my withdrawal symptoms. Perhaps I'll try wean off these in another year or so.

Seeing a psychologist and regular sessions of yoga have vastly helped with dealing with my anxiety. I'm glad to say I haven't had a full blown panic attack for over a year! But (there's always a but!) despite the improvements in my mental health, my physical health is still a major cause of stress for me. Over the last year I've been plagued by near daily headaches, aching muscles, migraines, fatigue, weight gain (due to the fatigue and resulting inactivity) and countless colds. I managed to get most of this under control with acupuncture, improving my diet and herbal medicine. My headaches have come back in the last month, and I'm finding my energy levels dwindling despite trying to get more exercise, my digestion is playing up again and I just generally feel rubbish. I don't know why this is happening... I eat really well, exercise, have greatly reduced my stress levels, no longer drink alcohol and do everything that the doctor and therapists tell me to, yet I'm starting to feel worse every day! All my blood tests come back showing normal levels of everything and a recent MRI came back clear. I asked my doctor about seeing a sleep specialist as I don't sleep brilliantly, he basically rolled his eyes at me Sad The acupuncture/herbal medicine seems to help me feel better for a while, but then I crash back down again (I've been getting this treatment for a year now and this is my third 'crash').

I'm at my wits end. I just want to be well again but I don't know what I can do to get well! What am I doing wrong here? Everyone says stress is a big cause of my health issues, but I've reduced my stress levels and my health issues are my main cause of stress!

I don't know what to do anymore Sad Resign myself to a lifetime of feeling like cr*p?
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replied November 26th, 2015
Welcome to e health forum.

The reason for your issues could be that you still need the anti-depressants and you are not ready to be without them. Hence for your own well being and good functionality, it would be best if you start your medications again which will help you live better.

In addition continue working with your psychiatrist and keep doing yoga which will help you have mental peace.

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