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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Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting December 8, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Hugs, sweetie. As you know, I have been there myself.
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Lynette December 8, 2013 at 10:08 pm

I’m so glad you are testing what works for you and following how you feel. Your body your choice Christine. Sending love…
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Amy Clark December 8, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Oh, I have so been there. I have battled depression my entire life and still battle it on occasion! I can’t wait to hear your solution! I take 5-HTP and it has helped me more than any traditional drug! xo


Catherine December 9, 2013 at 12:29 am

You’ve traveled a bumpy road. I’m so glad your finding a path that feels better for you and your family. Hugs!
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Lisa December 9, 2013 at 12:57 am

If we only discussed therapeutic methods in this country for things like depression, anxiety, etc. instead of just saying “here, pop a pill.” Can you imagine?

I was deeply depressed. Drugs didn’t “fix” me. I quit taking them with my doctor’s blessing and started a course that worked for me.

I’m so happy you’re working on you and sharing here.
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Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife} December 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

I can’t wait to hear more, Christine. What a journey you’ve been on!
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mamikaze December 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm

It’s good to know you are closer to a solution. I know you’ve been through a lot. For many people, such as myself, “synthetic drugs” were a calculated decision. My body doesn’t produce what it needs to stay healthy. No amount of clean eating, exercise, or therapy is going to change that. I still do all of those things because they are good for me overall.
I understand your sentiment but prescriptions aren’t the problem. Lack of awareness by medical professionals and the public is the issue.
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Christine - From Dates to Diapers December 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Yes, you are so right. I wasn’t trying to insinuate that prescrition drugs were bad for everyone; I understand some people need them. But, for me? I wanted so bad for them to work, but they wreaked havoc on my body and did more damage than good.


Candice @ Fashionably Organized December 9, 2013 at 8:14 pm

As time goes on I feel that not only do I suffer from depression and anxiety, but chronic fatigue. If only I had insurance to investigate further medically. I will tel you that I like you find myself at a cross roads with medication. I do wonder at what point to get off this crazy ride called drugs. My heart and soul is with you in your struggle. Please know you’re not alone, as it helps me to know you are struggling too!
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Amanda December 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I’ve been studying the benefits of natural healing, specifically oils, for sometime and I’m thrilled that you’ve also found them to be beneficial. I think we all struggle and unfortunately the ‘easiest’ solution is often to medicate when we’re really just covering up the feelings and issues rather than healing the root. Love to you!


Jessica January 9, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Glad to see you’ve found a path that works for you! I suffered from anxiety and panic attacks for the better part of two years and luckily ended up finding a program that worked. Each person is different and prescription drugs may be necessary for some, but for me side effects from almost every prescription drug I’ve ever tried has produced side effects worse than the symptoms. And that is pretty bad, considering how bad my anxiety symptoms were. I guess in hindsight that is a blessing, but at the time I would have popped anything that might have helped me if I could.

Glad to see the essential oils work for you. That isn’t something I was even aware of at the time when I suffered from anxiety, but I’m sure I would have tried it out had I known about them. Best wishes for continued success and happiness!
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