I came off of my medication towards the end of last year (with doctor supervision & recommendation of course!), Iíve been on it for so many years that I donít know when I started. I felt okay coming off, no terrible side effects (there were some, but the effects were small), but thatís because I did slowly and with supervision. When I was on it sometimes Iíd miss a dose or run out, and Iíd get terrible shooting pains that felt like electric shocks. My emotions would be all over the place, and Iíd feel so hopeless. I think itís important to remember not to stop taking medication without consulting oneís doctor, I can tell you this first hand.
Iím starting to feel a bit crappy once more, I think itís because Iím not taking care of myself as much as I was last year. Eating better and going for runs had an enormous effect on my mood, I think if Iím going to stay off my medication Iím going to have to continue to do these things.
Not entirely sure why Iím writing this, but Iím sure there are other people on here who have had to deal with medication for depression + anxiety as well.
All I can say from my experience is:
- Iíve always been better off following the doctorís advice, taking or discontinuing medication by myself has always led to trouble
- If my current doctor doesnít understand me, or Iím having trouble talking to them honestly, itís okay to ask to see someone else that I can connect with more
- If the medication doesnít seem to be having an effect, discuss it with the doctor! Doing nothing, or trying take matters into your own hand is a recipe for disaster
- Medication is just one way to help you, make sure you keep an eye out for other things that might help! It doesnít have to be an either/or situation. If you want to explore finding ways to make you less anxious or depressed, then you can do that in combination with medication. I made a number of changes in my life, but for a while the doctor recommended that I stay on the medication
Stay safe everyone, and know that it gets better