Daily Prompt:Tell us about something you’ve tried to quit. Did you go cold turkey, or for gradual change? Did it stick?
Well, a few years ago, one morning, something made me stop and stare at the little handful of antidepressants I was having to take. It was one of those moments when everything just stands still and realisation strikes one right between the eyes. My realisation was that all this medication was numbing my mind and my emotions and that, I thought, was not fair to my family and to myself. I also have to add that I really needed to take the medication when I did, and I am grateful to the psychiatrist who took care of me at that time.
I remember the time well, it was December, and I thought that would be a good time of year to get myself off the medication. So, without the help of my psychiatrist (because I know she would have been very much against it) I started to wean my self off the AD’s. It was really tough, and I did not feel too well either, but I persevered.
I was and am fortunate enough to have an extremely insightful and understanding physician who I saw for check ups during this time. I would not recommend that people go off their meds at all, as I said, the time that I took them I needed them. I would say that one should always consult with their appropriate doctor as each one of us is different, and we all react and respond differently to different situations and medications.