Yesterday afternoon, when I went to take my meds, I realized my pill box was empty. While refilling it, I discovered that the pills I thought were my anti-depressants were actually my Vitamin D3 pills. Which got me to wondering if I’m stressed because I’m depressed or depressed because I’m stressed?
Considering I’ve been dealing with an excessive amount of stress lately, which exacerbates my depression, I’d say it’s probably both. As symptoms of stress and depression are often similar, it’s been difficult for me to differentiate between the two. Side effects of (untreated) depression can include:
- Sleeping too much or insomnia
- Lack of interest in things you used to find enjoyable
- Low self-esteem
- Feeling hopeless
- Loss of energy
Although I’ve been experiencing all of the above, one of the most frustrating ones for me is forgetfulness. It can be anything, from putting the conditioner in my hair before the shampoo to going to the store and then not remembering what I was there to pick up to forgetting to refill my medication.
Over the years, I’ve tried many different medication combinations and finally did find one that worked. However, when my life started spiraling downwards last Spring, my doctor increased my dose twice before I noticed a balancing out of my mood. Unfortunately, I’m now back to the original dosage because the side effect of shaking was so bad that I couldn’t type very well, use an ATM machine, measure things, etc. Back to square one I go…
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