Dealing with Depression/lack of motivation

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Hi and thanks for answering my question. I'm a 20 y/o female and have had depression and chronic pain since age 10-11. I've been under the care of a psychiatrist a lot of my life, and have been verified to have tried nearly every med available. None have been helpful enough and all have had bad side effects. Medical doctor after seeing me several years dx'd me with fibromyalgia. Pain is widespread and is in muscles and joints. Shooting pains in arms and legs, as well as theese twitching spasms that feel like I'm vibrating in my legs. I've smoked cigarettes since 12 years old, every day. My diet was good growing up but is poor now that I've moved out.

I stopped taking anything at 18 and at 19 started using medical marijuana. For the last 3 years I have done nothing. I have never had a job, left high school at 17, and my parents are going broke supporting me at the ($150,000) house threy bought for me to live in since my behavior was going to kill my 60 y/o parents. I lay on the couch all day, never leaving my house except to go to parents for dinner each night.

I have zero desire to any specific thing. No goal or dream. I need advice on how to get my mindset where I can go and do one simple thing everyday. What foods can I eat for energy and a good mood? How can I get out of this rut? Thanks

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Hi Em,

The fact that you are smoking cigarettes and marijuana is not a good sign. I suppose you do this as a form of self-medication against you depression.  Generally drugs - legal and illegal - can only mask some of the symptoms of depression and do nothing to address the underlying biochemical abnormalities that are responsible for your mood disorder.  Most mood disorders are accompanied with hypoglycemia (http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/what-is-hypoglycemia/)

This can be treated by going on a hypoglycemic diet (http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/the-hypoglycemic-diet/). So the first step in any treatment protocol is going on that hypo diet. The next step is investigating whether you have any allergies or food sensitivities that might interfere with the absorption of essential nutrients.

Fibromyalgia - the causes of which remains unclear - is often associated with other diseases, such depression and chronic fatigue. Thus I suggest you read:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/chronic-fatigue/

Fibromyalgia at:
http://www.herbs2000.com/disorders/fibromyalgia.htm

Depression is a Nutritional Disorder
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/depression-a-nutritional-disorder/

Depression is a Disease of Energy Production
http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2013/depression-is-a-disease-of-energy-production

Please discuss these with your doctor and perhaps ask for a referral to a nutritional doctor.

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Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.
Emeritus Editor of
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia.
http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/
Author of "Getting off the Hook"
Freely available at Google Book Search
Skype: jurplesman
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Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist

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I have a degree in Psychology from the Sydney University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. I am also the author of “GETTING OFF THE HOOK” which deals with the nutritional and psychological treatment of personality disorders. It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. I am interested in the relationship between nutrition and behaviour, and as a Probation ans Parole Officer facilitated groups for offenders, many of whom were alcoholics and drug addicts, sex offenders or compulsive gamblers, as well as the whole gamut of “personality disorders”. I am also the ex-editor of the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia Newsletter, a quarterly publication dealing with hypoglycemia and related health problems. Its web site, together with a shortened course of PSYCHOTHERAPY can be visited at: http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au

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Nutritional Psychotherapist

Organizations
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia

Publications
Book: GETTING OFF THE HOOK
My articles can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1M3x0ciu21Q8-KJO3tcIuxE-Mn97OIxCKzuhHDY8umrU#id.m9k24s-yjf9sc

Education/Credentials
BA (Psych) Sydney University, Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr (International Academy of Nutrition)

Past/Present Clients
See My Career as a Nutritional Psychotherapist at: http://psychonutrionaltherapy.blogspot.com/2009/07/my-career-as-nutritional-psychologist.html

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