My battle with depression began two years ago when my oldest son suffered a series of panic attacks prior to a football game and was placed on psychotropic medications that carried various side effects but did little to squelch his anxiety. Seeing my son have to give up football, drop out of school, lose his girlfriend, lose friends and not be able to go to his prom or even his own graduation made me extremely agitated and depressed. I had never known what depression was. Oh sure, as a high school guidance counselor I had dealt with kids who were depressed but I know now I honestly had no idea what they were going through.
I've been very active physically throughout my life, riding my bike over the continental divide a few years ago and working hard to stay in shape. I share this with you to let you know I am very health conscious and have always stayed active. But when I had to sit idly by and watch my son's life unravel before my eyes I became very agitated and depressed. So agitated that I literally could not stand in my shower for more than just a few seconds. I couldn't go out of my own house and literally could not go downstairs to watch TV in my own family room. The depression that accompanied the agitation was so bad I found myself lying on my bed virtually all day long. I lost 40 pounds in a little over 5 months and had a number of people thinking I was going to die - including myself.
I went to a number of doctors who prescribed one SSRI medication after another, but none of them worked. I nearly lost my job and I lost the most precious thing you can lose, time with my family. I can remember my youngest son coming home from high school and just slipping quietly upstairs so as not to disturb me.
The medications I was taking were suppose to calm me down during the day and help me sleep at night. They did very little to help calm me down and I typically would sleep from midnight to about 2:00 or 3:00 AM and would wake up only to find out I could not go back to sleep.
Exhausted, frustrated and at the end of my rope I listened to my wife describe how a juice was helping one of her staff members who was on antidepressant medications. This staff member was feeling so much better she was cutting back on her medications with the help of her doctor. You would think I would jump at the opportunity to try this juice but I did what a number of people would do ... I sat and watched. I watched my wife's friend get her life back. But I was still very skeptical.
Five months ago my wife and I were invited to a meeting that was hosted by my wife's friend. I learned about how mangosteen juice was made from the mangosteen fruit and I learned there were people who were seeing all sorts of positive results from using this amazing product. You would think I would finally be excited about trying the mangosteen juice, but I was still skeptical. It was at that meeting that I was given about two ounces of mangosteen juice to taste. It tasted great! But I still had my doubts about this juice.
I went home that night, went to bed and was startled to wake up to the alarm about 8 hours later. I had not had a full night's sleep in over two years. It was at that point that I finally believed there was something special about this product.
I've been taking mangosteen juice for about 5 months now and the depression is gone. I am also tapering off my medications with the help of my doctor. When I'm off my medications I plan on taking a bottle of mangosteen juice to my doctor and explaining how got my life back.