Stopped taking meds

@Mare73 (1335)
United States
June 13, 2007 8:08am CST
I recently stopped taking my depression and anxiety meds. I know that at the beginning I was extremely moody, emotional, eating all the time. With the weather being nice and signing up for the gym, my mood is getting a little better. I do not want to be on meds for the rest of my life. It's a daily struggle, but I believe I can and will overcome this.
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@mummymo (23707)
14 Jun 07
Well I manage it ok but I am used to it now and I know when I have to go back on them and believe me I do! I used to avoid the medication at all costs but last time I got REALLY bad and couldn't walk or talk properly as my brain slowed down too much cos of a lack of serotonin! It is kind of like trying to run a car on petrol fumes! There are however different types of depression and some like mine are there for life and will always need monitoring and some are circumstantial, whatever type of depression you have it is really important that you work with your doctor and let him know that you are off the medication and that you are doing ok! I wish you luck Mare and I am sure you can do it but please do it safely! xxx
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
13 Jun 07
When did you stop taking them? I'd love to go off mine but they are so needed I just cant ya know....Though I do feel TONS better when I workout and meditate, do yoga etc and when I eat cleaner too..its still not enough to keep me on an even keel ya know.... You can do it..I have faith in you :-D
@Mare73 (1335)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I haven't taken them in almost a month now. Girl, I'd blow up at BF and start crying for the littlest thing and off course he'd say "have you taken your crazy meds"? URG, I hate that!!! I figure ignorance will be ignorance. If that's how he chooses to handle things, so be it. It's a daily struggle, but I'm trying.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
13 Jun 07
"he'd say "have you taken your crazy meds"?" :-0 GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE! and you didnt slap the sass out of his mouth?! damn! patience of a saint Mare....if Jeff were to ever say tht to me I'd beat him with my shoe LOL Mind you....I went through this phase last summer where I jsut kept forgetting to take them so the kids each wrote me a sign....the girlies just says "take your pills mom at 8am OR 7pm Love M" My niece on the otherhand LOL she wrote something like "Dont forget to take your crazy pills Auntie! Love you! Love D" LOL of course she's my niece so naturally I didnt go off about that ;-) The hubby took himself off of his a few months ago actually...
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• United States
13 Jun 07
Mare73, I completely agree that exercise is uplifting for the mind, body and soul. It's great that you have decided to join the gym. Was your decision to stop taking your meds driven with the medical advice from the doctor who prescribed them to you? I am only curious because not all anti-depressants are meant to be taken as a life long regiment and most anxiety meds are taken as needed. It is a good idea to find an outlet such as exercise to help overcome your bouts, especially if it was medically advised. Best of luck to you!
@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Well, you might want to check in with your Doctor and make him aware of your plans so that if your mood gets worse, etc. he is not wondering why. And Yes, all medications are not the same, and made for every single person, and can sometimes make a person more irritable, and hungry all of the time. Some even make you more tired if you do not watch it as well. I used to be on Depression meds, but have not had to take any now for over 9 yrs. It is not always easy, but I just try to keep busy and stay focused, and everything seems to be alright.
@Mare73 (1335)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I think that's the key for me now - keeping busy and I've refocused. I have a lot going on right now, but it's not as bad as it has been in the past. One thing that I've started doing is cutting ppl off who are no use to me. This may sound harsh, but I don't have time or patience for bulls$&t anymore. Time for me.
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I couldn't get off my meds right now. Just be sure to check with your doctor and therapist regularly to make sure you are doing okay. Otherwise I say, yay for you if you don't need the meds anymore. But I would seriously think about getting a new boyfriend if he is not supportive of your condition. It is a medical condition and if he can't be supportive of your well-being then he doesn't care for you and its time to move on.
@Mare73 (1335)
• United States
13 Jun 07
That's another topic...for another day. Ha!
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
20 Oct 10
Well for depression, medicines are not solution. Do Meditation, try breathing exercise, it will help you balance and handle depression.
@Thethe (57)
• Philippines
17 Jun 07
Good for u... U've been helping urself to overcome ur depression... In my nephews' case, she was tolerating her mood... She mostly spending time sleeping. She's not helping herself. We always asked her if what she want in life, if she want to continue schooling or getting married someday... but no clear response. I'm happy for what u've done to ur life to overcome those anxiety... Be healthy in mind. Good luck..
• United States
13 Jun 07
I think it's good you started with gym membership and keep engage yourself in all other activities which suits you but you should gradually cutt off on your medicines and have you asked your doctor before doing so, coz it can also cause serious side effects so don't take risk just go for regular routine and regular checkup too. best of luck to you for your life.