Under a lot of stress
Dear Wray, first I would like to thank you for all of this helpful information and great advice that you provide. Recently, I have been under a lot of stress which has turned into anxiety and even severe depresion at times. I am not sure if this is related to my horomones or if I just have an anxiety disorder (which I have been diagnosed with).
Five years ago I was also dealing with a lot of stress and I had my first full blown panic attack and was sure I was going to die. I went to the hospital and they assured me that it was indeed a panic attack and told me to talk to my doctor about antidepressants/anti-anxiety meds. After trying Zoloft I was thrown into the worst depression that I have ever experienced in my life. I immediatly stopped and refused to take anything like that again. Months (seemed like years) had passed and while I was going to therapy, I still couldn't shake the debilitating anxiety and depression. I went from 105lbs to 89lbs and decided to give the medication another try because I felt like I couldn't possibly get any worse than I was at that moment.
I took Lexapro sucessfully for about 2 years. It made a world of difference to me and I felt like myself again. I wasn't depressed or anxious and I did manage to get back up to my original weight but unfortunately, gained an additional 40lbs which looks aweful on a 5'1" 22 year old at the time (everyone kept asking me when I was due). Anyway, after so long I was able to get off of the Lexapro and had been doing fine for the past few years up until a few months ago. I am reluctant to get back on the medication because of the weight gain and also it has become rather expensive since there is no generic version of it.
However, as my symptoms are getting worse, I'm getting desperate for help. I can't afford to experience what I went through before. I was wondering if you think my recurring anxiety could be helped with the Natpro. I keep reading about the havoc that stress does to your horomones and body and was wondering if this could all be related or should I just stick with the Lexapro?
Lastly, I am only 26 years old and have about 30 - 35% grey hair. My mom and her brother both began to grey prematurely. Do you think this is just genetic or is it a horomone thing?
Sorry to ramble but I wanted to give you the entire picture. Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely.