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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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100LBLIGHTER 6/11/2013 9:42AM

    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

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AKATHLEEN54 6/10/2013 11:37AM

    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

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GARDENCHRIS 6/9/2013 9:09AM

    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

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PROVERBS31JULIA 6/9/2013 1:20AM

    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!!

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NANCYPAT1 6/9/2013 12:29AM

    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.

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