Depression, Anxiety, and Me {Part Three}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 7, 2013

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According to the American Psychological Association, nearly 40% of women reported having emotional and physical symptoms of stress. These symptoms are very similar to those of anxiety, depression, and even fibromyalgia.At last I had an official diagnosis. Three, in fact. I knew I wasn’t crazy.

I was no longer only trying to manage anxiety and depression, but now I also had to figure out how to manage the pain associated with my fibromyalgia.

Drugs helped, but only a bit. And, only for a time.

While I was feeling better mentally and emotionally, I started experiencing severe side effects from the nerve pain medication, muscle relaxers, anti-anxiety meds, and anti-depressants that were perscribed.

Insomnia plagued my nights, leaving me feeling tired and run down.

The muscle relaxers made me feel groggy.

The anti-depressants slowed down my metabolism and I gained over 30 pounds.

The nerve pain medication effected my kidneys, landing me in the emergency room too many times to count.

I stopped taking my anti-depressants, with my doctor’s blessing. I tossed the muscle relaxers, since they didn’t really work.

But, the nerve pain meds landed me in the hospital on Christmas morning.


I needed something other than synthetic drugs… I needed to feel better for good. My body needed to heal.


If you are suffering from depression or anxiety, please find someone to talk to. Email me, leave a comment, or check out - the world’s most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth.


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