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Hi guys this is my first post on this website. i'm 17 and ive had mental health problems for three years, which was made worse by using antidepressants, and made worse by going cold turkey from the unhelpful antidepressants. Also I recently found out that I have some stomach issues, but the stomach issues and breathing difficulties got worse a few months ago, and its not any better. Its hard for me to even laugh or talk without running out of breath, having chest tightness, and pain below the ribs and in my back. I noticed these abdomenal/breathing problems started last November. I used to take Abilify (antidepressant) for a year, but because of the dizziness, fatigue, shakiness, weight gain, weakness, chest pain, and shortness of breath, I wanted to go Cold turkey and my psychiatrist said its fine. But then after the cold turkey I was sick with all kinds of illnesses (Sinusitis, Strep throat, UTI, bladder infection, kidney infection, Headaches) and I also had some panic attacks, but that was triggered by physical pain. I had to take a lot of antibiotics. I heard that overuse of antibiotics can hurt the good bacteria in your gut. The depression and low energy got worse, I have confusion, severe apathy, and the anxiety sort of went away, the apathy replaced anxiety. I also have brain fog, no creativity, no motivation, no pleasure, no focus, no energy. And that sucks because I used to love art and animation and I cant draw anymore because I have no desire to draw, and no thoughts or ideas of what to draw! my mind is always blank. I dont feel any love towards anyone or anything. I feel so disconnected from myself and others. I feel like my personality is gone...(Back to stomach issues) My (fraeternal) twin sister had an endoscopy one year ago, she has acid reflux, a hernia and heartburn. She is getting better. And a few days ago I had an endoscopy, and I found out that I have a Hiatal Hernia, Esophogeal ulcers, Mild Pylorus Gastrits, and Gastroparesis. But I dont have heartburn. Two days ago I started taking Protonix (antacid) in the morning, and Pepcid (meds for ulcers) in the evening. So far, theres no difference in how I feel. I heard of the brain-gut relationship, and maybe i've had stomach problems for a while, and maybe it caused the mental health problems? or Vice Versa? ive taken other Antidepressants besides Abilify in the past three years (Lexapro, Buspar, etc) But nothing worked, it Just caused low energy and bad side effects. in January I took some Omega 3 fish oil supplements, but that caused brain fog, apathy, derealization... I really need help. I want to get my stomach problems fixed first, and then hopefully when my stomach improves, my mental problems will improve. These problems interfere with my daily life. I had to switch out of public school to independent study (homeschool). and I literally can't do anything because of my weak body and my foggy apathetic mind. Has anyone had any brain-gut problems? or any mental illness or stomach success stories? or any tips? Thank you. (btw I've been to a lot of specialists and doctors. I had a brain mri and eeg and everything was normal. the only specialist appointments I have left is endocrinologist for hormones, and a pulmonologist)
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