|The last remnants of a day that was busier than usual.|
The other day over lunch, I asked Larry if he had noticed any difference in me over the past two weeks or so.
“You vacuumed,” he said. “And you put away the dishes that were in the dishwasher.”
It’s embarrassing to admit that my doing those things would make seem different. But he was right.
I’ve been doing more just within the last several days. I feel more energetic and motivated.
I’m not sure. But I’m hoping it’s a new supplement routine I’m on.
Almost three weeks ago I saw my psychiatrist for a regular visit. I’m on an antidepressant that has worked really well in lifting me out of the depths of depression.
But as I told my doctor, I’ve had a lot of trouble with energy and motivation. It’s hard for me to summon the energy and desire to do much activity beyond what I have to do: go to work, take care of the surface things at home, do some writing, sleep.
I haven’t been doing my share of the housework. I haven’t wanted to do anything extra. I’ve felt blah.
The doctor told me we could try adding another medication, something we’ve tried with two medications already. Or we could change the medication I’m currently on.
Neither of those choices appealed to me. This antidepressant I’m on has worked well. It’s just the stubborn lack of energy that bothers me.
Then the doctor suggested that I try taking a B complex supplement. He said he didn’t know if it would help, but lack of B vitamins could be affecting me.
For over two years, I didn’t eat any meat. Lately I’ve added back some seafood and chicken. But I could still be lacking in vitamins such as B12.
He was almost apologetic in suggesting the supplement. But I was willing to try it.
He ordered some blood work to check my thyroid and my vitamin levels, among other things. But he said wanted me to go ahead and take the B complex.
I still haven’t gotten the results from the blood work yet. (That’s another story. I’m not happy about that.)
I started taking a B complex supplement about two-and-a-half weeks ago.
It contains a large dose of B12, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, folic acid, biotin and pantothenic acid.
I also take a multivitamin, per my doctor’s advice, and flax seed oil pills for the omega-3.
I’ve been religious about taking the supplements every day. And by golly, I’m feeling more energy. I take on tasks instead of just looking at things and walking away. I feel better.
If it’s the vitamins that are helping, that’s great. If it’s not—well, what does it matter if I’m feeling better?
Please note that I am not advising anyone else to take supplements of any kind. I am not a medical doctor. I am not an expert. Each person should consult his or her physician and make the decision about what to take, if anything.
All I can report is what I’m doing. I’m happy with the results so far.
Depression can be a stubborn illness. But I’m pleased that a variety of treatments, including in my case an antidepressant, monitored by my doctor, can help.
Do you take any supplements? Do they make a noticeable difference in how you feel?