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Re: Your own opinion with depression Anxiety

Posted by bill-bob on February 27, 2004, at 15:33:26

In reply to Your own opinion with depression Anxiety, posted by Sad and Blue on February 27, 2004, at 10:05:24

In my case, I believe it is both genetic and environmental. Throughout my life I have mostly been a "glass half-empty" kind of person who can see a dark cloud in every silver lining. This attitude is definitely not voluntary, but just seems to be a part of who I am (the genetic part of the depression I would guess). Nevertheless, I have not had serious depression for most of my life (Im in my early fifties).

Then a few years ago my job and family situation started changing for the worse at the same time and I slowly started slipping into a black depression (although at the time I didn't know that's what it was I thought I just needed some testosterone for energy, valium for anxiety and sleeping aids for insomnia!).

I've been on Lexapro for almost 3 months now and life is most definitely far better for me now. I've just started some counseling which I hope will help allow me to come off the Lex at some point, although I am worried that Ill slip back into the depression at that point - Ill just have to try it and see.

Another thing happening in my case is that Ive developed slightly high blood pressure, and so Ive also made some major changes in my diet trying to avoid using hypertensive drugs if I can (less salt, more whole grain foods, fewer white carbohydrates, eating more fish, taking flax oil), and sometimes I wonder if this is also contributing to my healthier mental state over the last month or so. ???

Best of luck to you.





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