Hi everyone, hoping for a bit of experience and info on what can cause a sudden spout of anxiety and depression? I’ve been managing to stay quite upbeat over the past year during another upheaval – I now permanently work from home (and am trying to deal with the isolation that brings), and have also had to lower my hours yet again. On top of this the fatigue is still not good so that nowadays if I manage 1 activity a day that is a good day. The idea of travelling to see friends, which was still do-able last year, is now out of the question. I’ve had my sad days, but in general have managed to stay happy with the support I have and living with my wonderful partner, which I am thankful for every day.
Over the past 3 weeks though I have been plunging into very depressive thoughts, and feel constantly on edge and anxious, even though nothing has really changed externally. I’m scaring my boyfriend and he feels helpless, I’m worried about how this affects him, but when I’m feeling this low I can’t hide it and just end up crying all the time. I feel better after a chat, but I can’t keep doing this to him – every few days I do this so we need to find out how to deal with it. I came off antidepressants about 3 months ago now, and don’t want to have to go back on them, but I’m wondering now whether I will have to as the cycle of stress and anxiety about everything that I have at the moment just makes it very hard to stay positive. I have had a potential diagnosis of polycystic ovaries in the past few weeks and also had to make a decision about staying on or coming off Tysabri recently, so maybe it’s just the fall out from that.
The other thing that popped into my mind is PML – I’m on Tysabri and in the high risk group. I know the symptoms include a sudden change in mood, and I was freaking out a bit yesterday evening because I just felt like I was having an out-of-body experience (as I do now actually), like I wasn’t really in the room. Not sure whether this could be PML, or a relapse, or a symptom of fatigue….
Any advice or experience would be much appreciated, thank you!
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