I have mild depression and anxiety. The anxiety caused severe weight loss. Luckily my gp got me on some medication which has helped a lot. I am much less anxious and I don’t feel depressed most of the time and I am back to my normal weight which is great.
The medication has a few mild side affects, one being night sweats, the other is I don’t sleep well. Both are a small thing I know. I recently reduced my medication by 1/4 of a tablet and was still going well. I then reduced by another 1/4 and fell in a heap. My Dr says that’s ok, I won’t be on them for ever. I am greatful for MOM website and the Mum members for posting stories for me to read when I can’t sleep.
I am also greatful I got help when I needed it

Posted by mum4107, 11th May 2015

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  • It truly is a great place to be able to seek help and support!! So glad you are doing well!! Hope everything is still going well for you now =) It is hard with depression and anxiety… and definitely a long road to get it fixed… Good job!!


  • There’s genetic factors which can increase the likelihood of depression and anxiety. If you have a family history of depression then you’re more at risk. However, environmental factors and random events can play role too. It’s good you’re getting treatment, have your vitamin D levels checked to ensure you’re levels are sufficient as there is a link between low vitamin D levels and depression. Also, exercises such as yoga and walking can really help with anxiety. Personally, I have had anxiety and found decreasing my sugar and caffeine intake really helped.


  • Good on you for asking for help. That’s brave.


  • I suffer of anxiety too, so I understand you. If you have problems sleeping, trying taking one tablet of magnesium one hour before going to bed. It helps me. Maybe it will help you too!


  • So glad that you got the help you needed before things got too bad for me. Depression can be so difficult to acknowledge but once you do and get the help required it is amazing how life changes


  • I can relate to your story so very much. I too suffer from anxiety and depression which included night sweats and no sleep. I was hospitalised so they got to try a few medications to find the right one. I found my night sweats to be related to my anxiety as was not sleeping (I have severe anxiety). I play relaxing music which helps me nodd off! I also found that if I was awake for long periods of time that it was best to get up and do something and then go back to bed when tired so that I didnt relate my bed to the anxiety of not sleeping. All the best on your journey..You will get there!

    • Thank you for sharing your story. The medication I’m on has the least side affects so I will just live with it for now. The night sweats have reduced since I reduced my meds


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