Coming Off My Anti Depressants
Posted 05 October 2012 - 03:15 PM
I am not going back on the anti depressants. I am not depressed and dont even think that I was before I went on them. Everything I was experiencing was related to my untreated celiac. Its just that after being on them for so long I am having a hard time coming off It's just the mood swings that I hate!!
Has anyone else been on anti depressants and experience anything like this? Andd do you have any advice? or can anyone give me a time frame as to when you started to feel like yourself again?
I feel like no one around me knows what im going through or why I am feeling the way im feeling
Gluten free since May 2012 (for 5 months.. relapsed for about a month and have been gluten free again since Nov 2012)
Corn & corn syrup free since May 2012
Dairy limited since Aug 2012
Nightshades limited since Aug 2012
Fructose limited since Nov 2012
Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:27 PM
Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:17 PM
Also, for moods, taking a multivitamin, calcium/D/magnesium mineral, eating good fats, and exercising regularly really help.
Posted 05 October 2012 - 08:46 PM
Depression can be caused by many things, and when it is caused by gluten, it doesn't necessarily go away when you stop eating it. I know for myself, my depression is much better now that I am gluten free, and like you, I thought I could handle it without meds and tried to stop. But I couldn't. I take a lower dose now, but I still need them. Its been 18 months gluten-free now, and maybe I need more time for my body to repair what gluten did to my brain. Or maybe it can't be repaired. Time will tell.
There is no shame in having depression, or taking medicine for it. It is an illness as a result of our body malfunctioning, not a personal weakness.
I would advise you to resume your meds at a lower dosage for another 6 months, then try weaning off them again and see how you do.
Just my two cents.
Posted 05 October 2012 - 08:48 PM
Posted 05 October 2012 - 10:25 PM
Sometimes taking pancreatic enzymes and probiotics to improve digestion, and things like dandelion root or nettles or barberry (we are all so very individual--what agrees with one may not with another) to help out the liver, and perhaps St. John's Wort (as a tea--not as a tincture due to gluten likely in the alcohol) as a mild herbal non addictive anti-depressant can be a winning combination.
One other thought--are you certain there was no gluten in the anti-depressant pills?? Sometimes its there and then you go through withdrawal symptoms when you finally go off them.
Other possible sensitivities can also create depression and mood swings too--like lactose or casein or various food chemicals (salicylates, amines and even oxalates or tannins). Often the damage the gluten does sets us up for other sensitivities that really can affect our moods amongst other things. Sugar by the way is in general really damaging and can set up addictive mood swings all by itself.
So my best suggestion is to keep sleuthing and narrow down the possibilities.
Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:11 AM
If you do decide to go back to a low dose of your meds, or any med, be sure and let your doctor know if you are using any herbals or supplements that contain them as some combinations can have bad side effects on their own and especially when combined with prescription meds.
"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)
celiac 49 years - Misdiagnosed for 45
Blood tested and repeatedly negative
Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002
Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis
All bold resoved or went into remission with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002
Some residual nerve damage remains as of 2006- this has continued to resolve after eliminating soy in 2007
Mother died of celiac related cancer at 56
Twin brother died as a result of autoimmune liver destruction at age 15
Children 2 with Ulcers, GERD, Depression, , 1 with DH, 1 with severe growth stunting (male adult 5 feet)both finally diagnosed Celiac through blood testing and 1 with endo 6 months after Mom
Positive to Soy and Casien also Aug 2007
Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test Aug 2007
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303
Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)
Posted 06 October 2012 - 10:58 AM
You may want to research some mood stabizers. They can be effective, especially since you feel you are not depressed. Fish Oil is a natural mood stabilizer. Lentra is another mood stabilizer. There are also other supplements to help with depression and anxiety. SAMe or L tyrosine and Deplin. And of course Be Complex.
There are more, I just can't think of them but, you can find them with research.
There are also devices such as light boxes and neural stimulators, one is Alpha Stim.
Good luck and I hope you find some relief.
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