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For at least a couple years now, I've experienced an overwhelming decline in energy levels, mood, motivation, etc. It's affected my ability to perform my job well, and I have a hard time participating in my favorite activities because I'm so tired all the time. I made an appointment with my primary care physician to see what was going on, and was diagnosed with moderate depression. I was put on 20 mg of Citalopram, and found that the medication did very little to improve my symptoms. Tried 40 mg, and I still felt the same if not worse. I'm off medication, and I've made as many changes as possible. I force myself to work out at least 5 days a week, and have lost 34 pounds. I try to go hiking and enjoy nature at least a couple times a week. I practice drums every day and my band's new album is coming out. I eat a vegan diet, with very little processed foods and junk food, whereas before I was overeating a lot of junk food. I live in a pretty nice house with great roommates, and have a decent job.
I got my blood results from the doctor, and everything was in the target range except for Vitamin D, which was easily fixed with sunlight exposure and supplements. Got blood results a second time, and everything checks out, including Vitamin D. In other words, I'm making all the right moves and still feel drained and not like myself. What's also strange is I'll have extremely rare days were I feel decent or even good, and then the cycle starts again. Also, sleep is ALWAYS unrefreshing and I wake up feeling no different from the day before. I usually get at least 7-8 hours and it doesn't help. I feel held back and I know I'm capable of many things, if I didn't feel so crappy all the time. There are many goals I wish to accomplish, but it's much harder than it should be. I'm definitely depressed here and there, but it seems like my energy levels are the most defeating thing most of the time. Am I misdiagnosed? Is medication a proper long term solution? I need some advice, bad.
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