How to Come Off Antidepressants Safely and Without Fear
Antidepressants can help people going through a variety of mental health challenges and illnesses and you can come off antidepressants safely and without fear. Some people can remain on them for months and sometimes years. In some cases, the antidepressant medication can be temporary. Once feeling well and strong again, it's up to the individual to decide when, and if, they want to stop taking the medication. However, although the individual can be well enough, it can become too daunting to stop the medication just in case he or she slips back into the headspace they were in when starting it (My Depression Feels Unreal). This is certainly the case with me. In this video I express my thoughts and fears about antidepressants and how I want to come off antidepressants safely and without fear, eventually.
The Fear of Coming Off Antidepressants
It's been almost a year now since I've been taking antidepressants after experiencing severe depression and anxiety in early 2015. For me, personally, I started to notice a significant improvement in my mood when taking them. I was, however, engaging in exercising, eating well, meditating and a variety of other things to help my mental state -- so I'm not entirely sure if it was the medication that helped me get through it; I'm just grateful to be well again (Depression Treatment Options). However, now that I'm feeling much better with the help of the antidepressants, I'm terrified to get off them. I can't foresee a day in the near future where I will feel confident that I can live happily and successfully without taking medication to be depression and anxiety free.
Coming Off Antidepressants and Feeling Fearful
In this video I explain coming off antidepressants further and offer support for those who can relate.
Virag, K. (2016, January 22). How to Come Off Antidepressants Safely and Without Fear, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, October 19 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/mentalhealthforthedigitalgeneration/2016/01/how-to-come-off-antidepressants-safely-and-without-fear
Author: Kristen Virag
Today, I do feel better. Started jogging again, eating better, reading, talking, etc. I too want to get off the meds, but when? My plan began about 3 months ago when I took the meds and broke them in half. So I am taking half doses, still sleeping fine and haven't noticed any negative effect on depression, anxiety, and well-being as of yet. I will keep doing this through May of 2016. My summer plan is to take half doses but to skip a few as my jogging and attitude continues to increase.
Hopefully, by October 2016 I will be off them completely. But my approach is a slow but methodical reduction before I go to complete zero. That is my plan anyway. Good luck on yours.