depression after the stomach flu???

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I hope someone can relate and give me some insight. I battle depression and anxiety I am currently taking meds. I had a crisis in December and finally got straight in January. I have been doing great no bsf thoughts no crying happy enjoying life. Monday I woke up with the stomach flu. By Wednesday I felt better as far as the virus went but my depression is back with a vengeance. My anxiety isn't as bad as it has been I just feel very down woe is me I'm stuck this way. I just straight on my meds and I've been tripped up again. I'm so tired in more ways then one anyone ever been here and willing to help me?

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    Hi. It's case of "just when you think you are winning" Boom! along comes a problem of a different kind.The stomach flu hangs around for some time and it can make you feel exhausted.  Be kind to yourself. Give yourself some kind of treat. Know that you are getting better mentally, The flu caught you unawares. Don't let it beat you or bring you down.
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    Have you tried Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, it really helps us to stop thinking the worst!  flu can make you feel tired for a couple of weeks and unfortunately that can make the depression TEMPORARILY worse.  But it is temporary.  I have always found metatone tonic great to take after having flu.  Also anti biotics, mostly amoxycillin, always makes me feel low and depressed. I have to work hard and telling myself it's just the anti biotics when this happens.  Make sure you are eating and try and get outside and talk to a few people, even if it's only people in the shops.  This should helpf you get back to where you were in January.  I do hope so anyway.biggrin
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    I know this is a year old, but I'm just wondering how this turned out for you? I'm going through the EXACT same thing right now. Had been doing really really well on my meds, then got the stomach flu and it has totally thrown me off. 

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    Yes this is a very real thing that does not get talked about much. Im guessing most doctors dont even know about it. The reason is the brain gut connection which you can google to find out about. 

    Anyway I have biological depression and are on anti-depressants for life.I recently had the nonovirus. Even after the virus had gone, I was knocked for 6. Stomach all over the place but mainly very very flat, and uninterested in the usual things . It lasted for about two weeks, but I had to be very proactive to pull myself out of it. I took b vitamins and taurine, maca powder and ate lots of yoghurt.

    Also a couple of years ago I had to take anti-biotics for a bacterial infection and this also caused a serious drop in my mood, which took me a good few weeks to conque, as the antibiotics killed all the good bacteria.

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