I have been diagnosed depression and severe anxiety in September, but signs were already there earlier this year. Anyway, things start going downward quickly. It's like been told I have anxiety/depression made me become really ill. Within a couple of days, I started to have insomnia, waking up at 4am no more sleep. low appetite. Plus short breath, fatigue, no interest doing things...
The only thing I still enjoy and love doing is going out and meeting people. I fill up my day with seeing friends. When I am around people I feel normal.
Morning is my worst, full on depressed and sad, racing thought on worries and fear... only gets better as day goes on...
I try to avoid antidepressant, because really don't want to go down that route and later have to fight coming off.
So what I am doing:
Private talking therapy: after 5 sessions the counsellor said my anxiety too high, I am not ready to tackle my fear/worry, so she recommends me try hypnotherapy.
Acupuncture: 3 sessions so far, enjoyed it as it's so relaxing, but still need to see solid effect,
Taking walk in the morning: calming
5 htp: only tried two days and felt headache and more depressed ?!
Exercise: even light yoga wears me off, depression has made me totally exercise intolerant
CBT group course: useful but limited
So far things haven't changed much, not much improvement. I am seeking all help I can get, so desperately want to get better and be normal again.
Anyone has successful experience on natural cure? Or my depression is so severe that AD is a must?
Thanks for any advice.