This week has been a particularly busy one for me which included going to my GP on Wednesday to review my medication.
Recently I posted about my experience of antidepressants (which is a positive one) but now I have a choice to make on whether or not to continue to take medication for my mental health.
My GP told me that he is satisfied that I have made a huge amount of progress over the last year and he would be happy for me to slowly start to come off my antidepressants. However, he also let me know that he would be happy for me to continue to take them forever if I needed to.
Essentially it is my choice whether to stop and it is a difficult one!
Earlier this week I posted on twitter asking for advice (yes, I know I spelt experience wrong. It’s annoying me too!)…
Here are some of the responses I received…
Firstly, thank you to everyone who responded! I really appreciate it.
I agree with all of the advice which I received – to take my time with the decision, come off slowly if I do and give myself the option of going back onto antidepressants if necessary.
Having considered things though, this is where I am with it right now…
I am conscious that ideally I do not want to be on antidepressants forever but right now I am comfortable and I don’t have any desire to ‘rock the boat’.
This is mainly because at the moment there are potential changes that could take place in my life (I’ll reveal all soon when I can!) and I don’t want to potentially negatively effect anything until things have settled down again.
It is impossible for me to know exactly how much my antidepressants have contributed to the improvement in my mental health conditions over the last year. They could be working wonders in making me think more rationally or they could be having little impact at all.
The biggest factor in my recovery could be the change in my own mind-set and perhaps I don’t actually need antidepressants to help maintain my good mental health.
Right now though it is too big of a risk for me to find out.
I am really pleased that I do have the flexibility to decide to come off my medication when the time is right but that time isn’t now.
As always, I’m keen to hear from you with your advice on coming off antidepressants. This is a completely new one for me so hearing about other people’s experiences would be amazing.
Please let me know in the comments if you’re happy to share. If not then you can contact me on Twitter.
Until next time…