Just a few years ago, I was a different person.
I mean, not literally, but it certainly seemed that way!
I was exhausted but couldn’t sleep, overwhelmed and anxious with a touch of unpredictable rage, I was in constant pain from an old back injury that I never really addressed, and all the relationships in my life were suffering.
I was a mess. All the while I was chugging along, working night shifts as a Physician Assistant in the Emergency Room, and parenting my two little girls with my saint-of-a-husband.
When I finally decided it was time to DO something about this, I quit my stressful job, started going to therapy, practiced meditating, made self-care a priority, started exercising, tried “eating healthy,” but I was still carrying 25 pounds of baby weight that wasn’t budging. I was feeling a little better, but something was missing.
I went to my primary care doctor looking to see if there was something medically “wrong with me,” but ended up with “normal labs” and a prescription for antidepressants. I felt like I had exhausted all other options and this was my only choice. I was doing all the things!! But the prospect of starting a medication that would potentially change my personality and alter my mood was terrifying. I knew that depression wasn’t just a deficiency in SSRI’s, so I kept looking for other options. And eventually, I found a Functional Medicine practitioner who changed my life.