My depression and anxiety started over a decade ago,then I had overweight and thyroid issues. I've had an on/off earting disorder most my school years and was always skinny until the present. Years and years of therapists proved useless and three doctors said I'm bipolar and possibly OCD but the last therapist didn't see it. Not on any depression meds now and my current doctor wants me back in therapy. Like I haven't had enough, right? Doctors are a joke.
I would say you more than likely have a thyroid problem and should get your levels checked ASAP. Don't know about the gluten intolerance issue,but it sounds like thyroid problems to me....I've been on thyroid meds for 3 years now and zoomed from a size 10 to a 20-22. I had problems in school,too,and at 37,still struggling to finish college. I think you will start to feel better once you're on thyroid meds and while I can't say for sure you have thyoid problems,you have a lot of hypo symptoms going on.
Try the gluten-free diet and see if you feel better;I started the diet a month ago,although my GI is useless and can't diagnose me. I have not seen a huge difference,except some of the bloating is gone.
I'm an 18 year old female who just finished her first year of college. Needlesss to say, things didn't go so well academically because of many reasons. Part of my issues in academics/life are caused by a lack of motivation, and ADD/mild depression that may be behind it. I'm going to take classes at my local community college for a semester of two to bring my GPA up, and am now really interested in dietetics and how food can affect behavior.
Here are my possible symptoms of gluten intolerance:
1. overweight as a kid...craved sugar and carbs 2. slow and sluggish, teachers wanted me tested for ADD 3. moody as a child 4. worn out by lower levels of stress than most people 5. need 9-12 hours of sleep 6. have no motivation to do anything 7. foggy brain...take forever to do things when I get started 8. slight cold and heat intolerance 9. irritable moods since 13-14 10. no sex drive/lack of sensitivity down there (since early teens)
I've been pretty burned out these last few years. I recently gave up coffee and now I feel even more exhausted, but I think coffee has been making me worse so it's probably good I gave it up.
I'm also getting testing done for my thyroid, because some of my symptoms overlap with thyroid issues and I want to know if there is anything autoimmune going on there.
So...should I try a gluten free diet? I saw some mentions of Enterolabs on this forum and wondered if that was a reputable place for testing. I'd almost prefer that method than having to "gluten up" for the blood test done by a doctor. Also, does enterolabs test for other food allergies? I suspect I could have other food intolerances going on and it may not be gluten.
I am craving things,too. I'm between jobs and on food stamps,so I'm not eating very healthy-----can't really afford a lot of groceries, so I'm pretty much living off Fruity Pebbles or Chex for breakfast; baked beans and a slice or two of ham for lunch and dinner is similiar to lunch. Lots of snacks in between such as ice cream or chips.