Goldie but Oldie’s post ‘Skills not Pills’ really resonated with me. I have stopped taking my anti-depressant medication for about 6 weeks now.
This was not the massive decision it might seem. I have been on the lowest dose for some time now and even the psychiatrist had suggested trying to come off but I have never quite had the courage to do so.
This time I tapered them down and told a friend who checked on me weekly to see how I was doing. I do have a back up plan: I have a repeat prescription ready in my drawer should I need them and my friend is on standby should I begin to feel ill and need to talk.
So what have I noticed so far? Well I had a couple of days of real flu-like aches, real physical withdrawal symptoms. I would say that the blunt edges of emotions, maybe a little smoothed down by medication, are now more obvious.
I had a medication review with a nurse last week. While I got roundly and rightly chastised for not consulting the doctor before I took action, I was rather surprised by the warmth with which I was congratulated on my decision!
I am by no means recommending this as a course of action for others. I have been on medication for twenty years and some of the factors that led to my depression such as an unhappy marriage are now resolved. But I do also think I have learnt skills as Goldie alluded to which have meant that I am more able to improve my wellbeing.
If you too take the decision to come off medication, please be more sensible than me and consult your GP first. And have a back up plan…
I would be interested to hear of other people’s attempts and there is no judgement either way. After all, dear Moodscopers, we are amongst friends, aren’t we?
A Moodscope member.