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.

Rudey Foodie

If I said the last few weeks have been easy I would be lying! Finally seeing the GP and having antidepressant withdrawal confirmed as the cause of my physical and emotional upset has given me the strength I need to change things. I have now been on 30 mg for just over a week and am feeling the physical benefits at last. One of the things I noticed during the worst of it was that if I was stressed or surprised it made things worse. Basically if I experienced an adrenaline rush whether through something good or bad I would then ache for hours after. Something else that reared it's ugly head was my problem with food. I felt far more anxious around food. Since my earliest memory I have been a '

It's withdrawal.....I'm not depressed.....bloody agitated but not depressed!

'Get up and get moving.' 'If you do something you'll feel better.' 'Distract yourself with something and you'll forget to feel bad.' 'Exercise will make you feel better.' 'Get things done and then you will have a sense of achievement.' 'Maybe it's the short days and the time of year?' 'Maybe you're not meant to come off your medication.' These are just a few opinions I have heard over the last few weeks and all they do is get my blood boiling. In fact I sense rage firing up even now. I have lived with whatever mental health conditions for over 20 years, 24 to be precise and I think I've got to know them quite well. So forgive me when I feel the need to shout 'it's drug reduction/withdrawal

Are you easily offended?

Where did we learn to be so easily offended? When did we begin to teach that to be offended meant someone had to change? When did our 'labels' become more important than people? I do not profess to understand all the different ways people are choosing to live their lives etc but does that make me a bad or wrong in someway? If I don't know every PC way to refer to race or disability, for example, does that make me offensive? I ask because like so many others I do not choose to cause offence. More and more we hear stories of people becoming aggressive and causing physical harm because they have a different opinion. Soon they are hurling abuse at each other, belittling each others existence be

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