Bye Debt · Healthy Living

MDD + Dave Ramsey

I have had MDD (Major Depressive Disorder) and GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) since I was a teen. During the last few years I was on and off medication, meditation, journaling, self-help books, therapy, etc. You name something to help with mental illness; I’ve tried it…excluding electroshock therapy.

Last year was full of panic attacks and suicidal ideation. Needless to say, something had to change. January 1st of this year, I started tackling  debt that James and I accrued – We used Dave Ramsey’s plan of starting with the lowest debt first and working our way up. Pretty soon, we saw rapid success and I had an epiphany – if this is working so well with my finances, why can’t it work with my mental health?

I started with something simple – my medication. I spoke with my doctor and we tried Paxil. This not only alleviated my MDD, but it cured my anxiety overnight.

Next was food. I am addicted to sugar and caffeine. I grew up in a southern household, which meant fried everything with a side of grease and sugar. I told my husband that I wanted to change and we went to Trader Joes and the local produce stand immediately. I don’t snack as much, I drink TONS of water, and I actively eat fruits and veggies. This makes a world of difference in my moods.

The biggest, and most difficult step, was getting to the gym. I read this article from the Washington Post and it finally pushed me to give working out a try. With the help of my amazing frugal fox gym buddy, I started going regularly. I had no idea what I was doing (and still mostly don’t), but I decided to go for it anyway. It helps my confidence and my body appreciates the extra self-care.

When you see things like the picture below – don’t believe it. If you can find peace with just doing one thing, without medication, then I am really happy for you. There are 14.8 MILLION Americans with MDD and 6.8 MILLION Americans with GAD — There are endless ways to live with it and It took me changing my ENTIRE lifestyle to finally find a rhythm that worked. My advice? Don’t feel ashamed that you have MDD or GAD, Definitely don’t be embarrassed by taking medication for it, and find a way to live with it that fits your needs.

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If you ever feel like you need to talk about your mental illness, do not hesitate to contact me, or reach out to any of these organizations.

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