Worsening anxiety and depression (hormonal changes)

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Registered: 12-18-1999
Worsening anxiety and depression (hormonal changes)
Sun, 05-04-2014 - 4:30pm

How do I start....  I've struggled with anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember to varying degrees.  I was pretty even and doing ok on Effexor for 4-5 years.  I still had some breakthrough but nothing I couldn't manage with a few counselling sessions or talking with someone.  About a year ago I decided to have tubal ligation and had my Mirena IUD removed.  Ever since I started having menstrual cycles again (had none with the Mirena) I feel like I'm just a mess.  I'm seeing a therapist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner.  I've tried different medication, exercise, & yoga and still can't seem to break out of it.  I've had really awful times when I just wanted to sleep and when I wasn't sleeping I was fretting.   I left a high stress job and went back to my old job (less stress but less $)..  Its an easy guess that hormones are playing a role but I don't know if replacement is aa good option.  Anyone else having/had similar issues?  Any ideas, suggestions, resources, and/or connections are welcome and appreciated!   Thanks!!

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Registered: 09-23-2010

Hi! I'm sorry you're going through all this. It definitely sounds like it's hormonal. I was at my best when I was on birth control pills. I wonder if you would want to try that? Just a low dose? I know HRT can wreak havoc for some people. A lose dose bcp would be the way I'd go first. 

The sleeping and fretting, that's me to a T. I'm glad you stopped by. Please let us know how you're doing!