Anxiety, Depression, Antidepressants and Hope.

For over 20 years anxiety and depression have been a part of my life but now armed with a well being toolkit I am reducing my medication. Let's get talking about mental wellbeing.

Got time for a catch up? Maybe some Giggles?

It' s been a couple of weeks since I stopped reducing my medication and I definitely feel better. There are still some moments where I feel tension from the top of my head to the tip of my toes which is followed by utter exhaustion. My daughter visited from down south and we had a lovely few days together. I felt my heart was going to break when I had to say goodbye but it felt good to really feel again and know it was a legit feeling. My daughter has been through so much with me and at times has had to be far stronger than most of her age. Seeing her mother at breaking point brought out such strength in her but I'm also aware that it made her hugely vulnerable. During these times she cope

Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome(ADS)/Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS)

Lets start here :- Types of antidepressants Antidepressants can be grouped according to how they work. The different types are: SSRIs: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors: citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine, sertraline SNRIs: serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors: duloxetine, venlafaxine, desvenlafaxine Serotonin modulator: vortioxetineNoradrenaline reuptake inhibitors: reboxetine TCAs (tricyclic antidepressants):  amitriptyline, nortriptyline, clomipramine, dothiepin, doxepin, imiprimine, trimipramine*RIMAs (reversible inhibitors of monoamine oxidase A): moclobemide Tetracyclic antidepressants: mianserin Tetracyclic analogues of mianserin (sometimes

I've hit the wall!

Yep......reducing Mirtazapine/Remeron has been plain sailing up until now. I've sussed out that feeling unwell is almost definitely due to reducing the medication. Up until now I have deliberately avoided websites and horror stories about coming off medication for anxiety and depression. I told myself I wouldn't let myself be put off by my mission to be drug free. And to be honest I know I deserve a pat on the back for getting this far. Also, for keeping up with well being practices including diet and exercise. However today I feel crap! My shoulders and arms ache. My mood is one of agitation or insecurity and my stomach thinks I'm pregnant again.....bloody nausea. So I feel shite........


So today hasn't been easy. Today I had to make a decision about my antidepressants that I didn't want to make. Since the end of last week I have had soreness on the left side of my throat. Nothing major. I sometimes get it instead of a full blown cold. * WARNING -LADY STUFF COMING UP* I have also struggled with my time of the month since it started many, many years ago,with volatile moods, period pains , painful boobs etc. I am now at that time in my life where the 'Change' could be just around the corner. Much as I try not to, I am dreading it! Because of period pains I hadn't slept well on Saturday night. *Lady stuff ended* Sunday was a fabulously busy day at a singing workshop.#lovesing

Do you want to feel good?

I have discovered something when it comes to feeling good, it takes practice! I'll try to explain what I mean…… If I'm feeling upset in any way my go to feel good habit is shopping. I buy new things to make myself happy. Does this work? Momentarily yes. I feel good that I have what I believe I needed and enjoy looking at the new item, wearing it or using it but that's as far as it goes. Basically, I am still looking externally for things to make me feel good internally. Other people, things, jobs can make you feel better but ultimately feeling good is something you have to practice. By looking at what is already in your life and learning to feel good about it you are creating the right envir

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