Friday, 15 May 2015

Lowering the Dose Part 3

So it's been about 4 weeks since I first visited my GP and started my journey to come off my medication for low mood and anxiety. I started by completely lowering the dose and this has been my first week where I have not taken a single tablet. It was decided by both myself and my doctor on Monday that now was as good a time as any to leave the medication behind (based on already missing days on my lowered dose and managing well).

How do I feel? Well it's been challenging that's for sure. I'm not sure how long it takes to start feeling a bit more 'normal' after being on medication for such a long period of time (4 years may not sound long to some people but it really is) I have experienced mood swings and have been quite angry too which isn't nice at all but I'm assured its quite common to feel this way and it won't last for too long. I'll get back to you guys at a later date to let you know how I'm getting on!

I do feel good though. I feel positive that I'm doing the right thing at the right time. Anything that is making me anxious or feel low right now cannot be helped with medication, only positive steps and moving forward. I can't lie, it feels difficult but I know it'll get better. I'm having a tough time with Little A at the moment and its led me to doubt my decision which is nuts because regardless of whether I am on medication or not he can have periods of time that are pretty tough to deal with like most pre schoolers!

I'm hoping in a few weeks I will be used to not relying on the tablets being there when I feel like I need them which is how it has been for months, I really don't need to be on them anymore. I hope I have even more belief in myself and mainly that all these emotions I'm feeling and the bad temper I'm experiencing will have disappeared. I think that's the worse part for me!

* I've been reducing my tablets for anxiety and low mood with advice and support from my GP. If you feel it's time to stop or to lower your medication then I wish you all the best but please seek advice and remember, if you really don't feel right then go back to your GP and talk it through. There are no prizes for struggling through and suffering alone, so do keep talking, be kind to yourself and of course, let me know how you're getting on if you wish to share your thoughts!

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13 comments:

  1. Good luck lovely, I can't imagine it's easy, but I wish you al the best with it x Stevie x

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  2. Good luck to you! It is not easy but if you can come off them it does make you feel so much better (I had antidepressants for years and so glad not to be on them anymore).

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement it does help! So pleased to hear you've been here and feel much better now well done too :)

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  3. Well done Hannah, I pray it starts to feel easier and more natural for you very soon. Mich x

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  4. Hannah you are wonderful and I'm so happy you and your GP have decided now is the time. I hope you reach a feeling of normality soon x

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    1. Thank you so much Tinuke means a lot x

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  5. Well done Hannah. It's certainly not an easy thing to do. I'm glad you have the support of your Doctor to reduce and come off them properly. Much love. xXx

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    1. I'm really glad too I'm sure it makes the process a lot lot easier and I'm lucky I get on well with my GP it shouldn't be kick though. Thank you your support means a lot xx

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  6. Well done you, I hope it starts getting easier once your body becomes more used to no meds, must be so hard almost weaning yourself off of something like that xx

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    1. There are days where it's proving to feel difficult but I must keep on! Thank you for your kind words x

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  7. It's great that you sound like you're in charge now x

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