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Another piece of the puzzle falls into place

Saturday, June 08, 2013

For over 20 years I was being treated with anti-depressants. The thinking was that my depression and anxiety were connected to hormonal issues. The hope was that once I went through menopause, this would level off. And it did, for the most part. I struggle less with moods. I weaned myself off of my meds, as one of their side effects is weight gain. I was told I would know when the time was right.

For the past several weeks, however, I have been binging like there's no tomorrow. It started a few months ago with late night eating. Some nights I just can't stop. Last night was positively gross and the last straw in trying to fight this alone. I had been doing so well and never had a history of true binge eating (per the medical definition).

Armed with my conviction that knowledge is power, I decided to do some research. The long and short of it is that I should go back on my anti-depressants, as the residual depression that I felt more than capable of handling myself could be a major factor in this recent battle. As much as I hate "needing" any kind of medication, I think this is worth a shot.

Please, reserve any need to dispense medical advice -- this is definitely an abridged version of my experience, thought processes and findings. And keep your fingers crossed too please!! emoticon

P.S. - This was a TRULY difficult thing to put out there in the world!
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    There is more of your Spark Friends that understand than you would think. I know that I use sweets or carbs in general to give a boost to those hormones that help you sleep. That can lead to binging at night. I do understand....you know whats best for your body...you and your Doctor. Wishing you well...and wellness. emoticon
    1739 days ago
    No judgement or medical advice passed along here. I only want to express my support and encouragement for you to do whatever you feel you need to do and what will work best for you. I wish you the best of luck and hope that going back on your meds will turn this around for you. I will keep you in my thoughts emoticon emoticon
    1740 days ago
    good for you in deciding to take care of yourself. It is NOT a reflection of you at all, we ALL have things in our lives. Keep moving on. emoticon
    1741 days ago
    I wonder if I should have been on anti-depressants years ago? Seem to be a good ways towards my menopause and I'm maybe not as much up and down mood swing but definately depressed... I see a therapist soon and will check with doctor. Good luck and let us know how it works out for you!!
    1742 days ago
    Would you judge someone who needed crutches for their broken leg as weak or needy? Of course not, needing antidepressants is no more needy than needing crutches or a cast for a broken bone. I applaud your recognition of the NEED so you can continue on your journey to healthier.
    1742 days ago
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