I just recently went through the process of going off my antidepressant. I was taking cymbalta for the past several years ... but, have been on antidepressents for around 18 years.
My need for antidepressants was to combat anxiety/depression that centered around my job and the deaths of several close family members. I had a total stress breakdown prior to being diognosed.
While on the antidepressants my appetite went out of control ... I ate ... couldn't get enough ... loved the taste of food ... had to have food. Needless to say I gained 100 pounds.
Since going off the antidepressants I have lost 30 pounds. However, I have mood swings, am bored, frustrated, no real appetite, and have no ambition. I also have dark, gloomy, doom-like feelings at least once a day. Can't say these feelings are suicidal ... they are more like dispair.
I do not want to go back on the antidepressants. But, want to get back my old spark and feeling of "well-being" ... sigh.
Are there natural ways to combat depression?