Thank you for your reply
I know what a struggle it is to live with depression and anxiety for many years, it becomes your life, it's part of your identity, and it's hard to have a "normal" life. In fact, it's hard to imagine being without it as life is focused around your emotional state. I am amazed at the effect drinking water has had on my life, I am pretty much in shock (in a good way).
My mood has literally shifted in the last month. Instead of being anxious and crying all the time, I am calm, focused, and much happier. Hard for me to say this as I haven't been happy in many years. There has been a very profound change. It's interesting because I eat very healthily, I exercise, and take many vitamins, but never thought to drink water.
Here's an interesting quote from an article on the Web, "Psychiatric illnesses ... are a sign of lifetime dehydration. Every sip of water is first dedicated to hydrating the brain and cranial fluids then to the rest of the body. When we fail to drink enough water over a lifetime, toxins begin to interfere with the brain's delicate neuro chemical balance. Once a single chemical reaction in the brain is significantly altered, the resulting ripple effect will be felt throughout the brain. The accumulation of these events can lead to brain diseases and imbalances of all kinds, including clinical depression."
I want to spread hope that a lifetime of depression may be due to lack of water. The experts recommend that one drinks water, not soda or Gatorade, or other things. Only water can provide the body with what it needs since our brain is 85% water. It's worth a try--it's free!!