Well here I am again, Winter is coming and my anxiety and depression have taken hold once more. The last year briefly has been Nov 16 depressed, Xmas great, new year good, springtime brilliant loving life, August on holiday had a panic attack out of the blue, anxiety until mid Sept, last week on the sick with heart problem then bam anxiety hit me and now I am in a depressive episode with horrible anxiety. I am thinking I have Seasonal Affected Disorder as when I look back over the 30plus years I have suffered, over 75% have been during autumn/winter months.
I am currently taking 300mg venlafaxine for my condition.
Things I have done to try and improve things - dropped my meds from 225 to 150 bad move as gp now put me up to 300, gave up caffeine - just makes me feel flat, exercised more but now I have to rest because of my heart condition. So my next move? Go back on the caffeine but limit to 4 cups of tea a day and stick to caffeine free diet coke. Drop back to 225 mg meds as this seemed to keep me stable. Start taking vitamin D3, omega 3, magnesium and zinc supplements. Buy a 10,000 lux SAD lamp.
Maybe I should come off the meds as I've been on them for over 10 years but reading the horror stories of venlafaxine withdrawal this alone makes me anxious.
Sorry for the verbose post but I just felt I had to write it down and get it out there if you know what I mean?