I have just started back on a half dose of antidepressant medication. I had stopped them without tapering nearly 3 weeks ago as I felt much better on Low dose naltrexone, but the fatigue was too much for me. Apparently fatigue can be a side effect of abruptly stopping antidepressants.
I'm 43 yrs old with a 2yr old, an 11 yr old and a sometimes unhappy 20 yr. old. My little one dose not have childcare. She may go to a crèche or my parents or husband while I teach yoga classes , but I don't have much time without her.
If I had the time for daily medication, yoga nidra or asana practice rather than when I can fit it in, I might be in a different place.
We make 90% of serotonin in our gut and a lot of us suffer with intestinal problems. There is, I believe, a connection. It could be that some of us require both antidepressants and good thyroid medication. The difficulty is we don't get our serotonin/ dopamine levels checked.
The side effects of needing antidepressants but not having them are worse than the side effects of taking them. At least start slow if you do take them, half a dose or quarter dose for the first day .
There is an interesting book called 'The Mood Cure' by Julia Ross and she gives questionnaires and lots of alternatives to antidepressants, some of which I had never heard of. E.g. Gaba
For me, I can use alcohol as a pick me up when I'm tired, if I'm not on antidepressants. It might be a drink whilst making the dinner as it needs to be done and I don't have time to rest. The drink will then stop me from practicing yoga.
My youngest daughter will turn three in December and will then have some free childcare. Life, I imagine will get easier. In September I have an appointment with an endocrinologist. My gp couldn't check my T4, T3 or reverse T3, only TSH and thyroid antibodies.
I had great hopes for NDT, but that hasn't been easy. My best efforts to find equilibrium have been to take either 50 or 75mcg levo and 1 grain spilt in two doses.
I have some T3 ordered 🤞