How I gave up Antidepressants!

I feel like I am free again. Or, maybe a better way to explain it would be, I feel my life is finally under-control.

I first admitted having problems last year.

There were many things happening in my life at that stage, mainly a legal issue that has now been resolved.

I really felt like I was drowning and my life was kinda out of control so that’s when I decided to take antidepressants.

It was the best thing I could have done at that particular time in my life.

However, I knew it was never going to be a permanent thing and I also knew it was a band-aid fix. I knew there were lots of things I needed to sort out.

Besides the main problem (the legal one) that was kind of out of my hands the other issues I think were mainly the pressure that I allowed The Imperfect Mum have on my life.

I really needed to put some boundaries up and I really needed to sort some things out. Besides those two issues, I believe one of my biggest problems was disorganization.

I was so overwhelmed with everything around me I didn’t really know where to start.

The clutter and the noise really took over. Since making some really small changes in regards to how I live my life and how I disciplined the kids i.e making sure they stuck to their routine. And making them responsible for certain things. Have really helped me and them.

It’s incredible how these little changes have had such a huge impact. So I have decided that over the next couple of months I will share some of those with you.

It’s nothing out of the box they are just simple little things you can implement straight away.

Besides the practical changes in my life I allowed myself plenty of time to slowly cut out the antidepressants and made sure there were no external stresses in my life.

I didn’t want to put myself or my family under undue stress and most importantly wanted to succeed in cutting them out of my life.

I ended up being on ‘them’ for 15 months so it was important to do it properly.

It took about a month of cutting the dosage down then spacing out the days so firstly I went from 100grams to 50 grams then once my body responded to that I then spaced out the days from every second to third to forth.

I am proud of myself for giving them away, however, I am extra proud of the fact that I made the right decision for myself and family and took the step in seeing a GP and decided that I needed them during that stressful period in my life.

It is very important that if you feel like you are suffering from some sort of mental illness that you act, don’t let the stigma that is attached to mental health rule your decisions or your actions.

It’s important that you act and do the right thing for not just you but your family also.

Have you ever experienced depression or anxiety?

Here are some links if you like:

http://www.headspace.org.au

http://www.beyondblue.org.au

All the best!

Kristy – The Imperfect mum xx

About the Author

Kristy Vallely is the founder and Creator of the Imperfect Mum.

Kristy believed there needed to be a place that women could go to. Where they could talk and relate. A place they could feel safe. A place they trusted. So The Imperfect Mum was born in June 2011. There was obviously such a need that when the gates 'opened' a huge flurry of women followed. Kristy has always been very passionate about women and the issues they face.

Her passion and determination has helped her carve out a career helping others and creating 'a go to place' for women from all around the world.

Posted in:  Life Lessons, Mental Health, Anxiety & Depression

8 Replies

Kylie Weber

so excellent life is looking up for you lovely xx

The Imperfect Mum

Thanks Darl xx

shopaholic

As some one that has suffered from depression i am inspired by your story Kristy . Well done xx

The Imperfect Mum

Thank you darling - I am so happy to hear that! xx

[email protected] of gratitude

Well done Kristy! Great achievement, I look forward to having a similar one of my own in a few months. I agreed with dr to wait till July to wean off my meds, I sympathise with your journey xx

The Imperfect Mum

Thanks Alicia. It's actually been a lot easier than I thought. Just make sure you give yourself PLENTY of time. Don't rush and wean off slowly - Good luck :) XX

mellissa hill

well done darling girl I have been on mine for nearly 12 months and I am not quite ready to get off them but every one is different hugs to you and I will welcome your tips :)

Anonymous

is that how your doctor instructed you to ween off them? 50mg is quite a large dose to drop from and every other day is not a method I have ever seen advised before and would be entirely counter to advice due to the half life of the drug. it would have caused incredible withdrawals staggering it from such a high dose like that.