I (female, 26 years old and new to this app) am sharing my story to hopefully find people who may have a similar journey/experiences.
I started my depression/anxiety journey when I suffered from many GI symptoms throughout my senior year of high school (2012-2013) in which I was so nauseous and in so much stomach pain I missed days and weeks of school. I was diagnosed with #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS , but after diagnosis all symptoms went away. I continued seeing a counselor (on and off) which we found many of my symptoms could be from stress, #Depression and #Anxiety (plus a mentally abusive romantic relationship).
Fast forward to early 2021, I lost all my appetite, nausea returned and I lost over 20 pounds (in about 3 months which my friends became worried for my health). All tests came back normal and all symptoms were related back to stress and anxiety (with no other diagnosis). Symptoms are still present (with the addition of #Migraines /#Headaches ), but way more manageable.
I also found in this time that I was in a mentally abusive relationship with my job in which it trained me to set high standards that could never be reached and worked over 60 hours a week to try to reach those standards. I have since left that job which also caused stress and anxiety (and a slight identity crisis since I was so involved in my career and never made time for my personal life- which is another thing I am putting a focus on).
In August, I finally started seeing a counseler again which we found my depression was overpowering where it was impacting my personal relationships and activities. I am now on a medication to help with my depression symptoms (which I feel so much better, have way more energy and overall has made me back to my self), but now I am feeling my anxiety symptoms so much more (which may be causing more GI issues as of recent). I try deep breathing and meditation, but my brain continues to race and think of everything else going on. I try telling myself that all of the possible scenarios my brain creates will never come true, but the thoughts come in like a freight train.
I know there has to be others with similar experiences and just want to tell those people that you are not alone. I am willing to chat with anyone that has a similar journey (to also remind myself that I am not alone in this either). If you made it this far in this post, thank you for reading and I hope you found some sort of comfort in my story and journey. 😊