For various reasons I stopped my medication a few weeks ago and I could almost feel the serotonin dropping put of my system.
Ive been on and off various medications for my moods over the years with varying degrees of success and side effects – some bearable, some completely unbearable.
So, I’ve recently re-started my anti-depressants and had what is known as a rebound effect – not as fun as it sounds. Basically my mood has dropped significantly to the point where wearing the “normal me” mask is exhausting. I find myself either wanting to sleep or stay up all night, starve or eat everything, laugh or more likely cry.
But things are beginning to feel normal again, so the medication must do something. It keeps me on a relatively even keel even when the stresses of life get to me. But its my friends and family that keep me, me.
I’m hearing so many more conversations about mental health now which also encourages me. I know I’m not alone in my struggle and I would welcome anyone who needs to talk to have a coffee (or tea) with a loved one and talk. Failing that, drop me a line and let’s talk.
You are stronger than your depression, and by sharing the burden, you make it weaker and easier to beat.
We can do this.