Thank you for your reply,
That is good to know. Your investigations were all within normal limits.
The episode you experienced is sometimes observed in normal and healthy people due to excessive stress. Please do not worry about it, as you have been thoroughly investigated and no abnormalities found. You may be undergoing a lot of stress. No other reason to worry.
You have been prescribed an antidepressant, which is also very good for anxiety in the long term.
Please know antidepressant-like venlafaxine takes 3-4 weeks to start acting.
You are on the correct treatment, but you may also add cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) along with the current medication.
Together they are very effective, slowing once you learn all the thought control principles from CBT you may slowly taper and stop medicines if you want to, maybe after 6 months or so. But long term therapy is very safe with antidepressants.
You may add some of the following lifestyle changes which may suit you.
you will need to learn to analyze the underlying cause for your worries and thoughts. this can be learned with CBT.
You may consider joining some yoga or mindfulness meditation, to get inner peace. Joining sports suitable to your age and fitness would help bringing positive thoughts to you. Eating fresh healthy food, avoiding junk food. Many studies conclude that Omega 3 Fatty acids 1-2 Gms per day help in keeping us positive. Low levels of Vitamin D cause a low mood. Kindly check your Vitamin D levels.
As far as possible sleep early around 9 PM and have uninterrupted sleep for 8 hours at least. Our body releases melatonin from the brain at night. Thus maintain your circadian rhythm.
Try to spend time outdoors in Sunlight, studies have shown that exposure to sunlight elevates mood.
Most importantly, you will need to learn to control your thoughts. Try to learn proven methods of thought control to relieve depression and anxiety by learning about Cognitive Behaviour Therapy ( from books like "Feeling Good" by David Burns. Also, you may add some techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT ( from books like "Happiness Trap"). Another excellent book is The upward Spiral. If you would like to listen to books, you may use Audible.
Lifestyle modification and proper control of ANT's ( automatic negative thoughts) is a proper way to go.
Try the methods suggested above.
I would be happy to assist you further if required. It is my pleasure to clarify anything you may require.
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