(Closed) Antidepressants

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I know what you mean! I gave up anti-deppressants when I had an allergic reaction to one (forget which brand, was on a few over the years). I had GIANT HIVES all over my body for a month (in the summer, ugh), and wound up in the hospital twice! The prescribing doctor didn’t catch it the few times I saw her with the hives, but casually mentioned it could be a side effect after I stopped on my own. She was awful.

I’ve been treating my (very mild) anxiety with vitamin B supplements. I take a B-100 supplement every day, and I really do feel a difference. It took a few months for me to feel better though.

The other thing I do daily is take fish oil and a food-based multi. But I really credit the Vit B’s for helping the stress/anxiety.

I also have noticed that when I belonged to a gym I really enjoyed (it’s closed down, waah!), I felt much happier and less stressed overall. This gym’s style was only small classes, and mostly women. It wasn’t a chain, just a single business owned and operated by one woman. I loved it!
I am still on the hunt for a similar gym. I am noticibly more tired and slightly more “down” now that I haven’t been to a gym in a few months. I needed the motivation of a gym – I don’t like going out and running on my own. Plus, the owner that particular gym would call/text/email/facebook you if she hadn’t seen you in a while there. It was wonderful, siggghhh

[ETA] By the way, I don’t reccomend St. John’s Wort, only because it is known to interact with other medications. It WILL lower the efficacy of birth control, so please keep that in mind.

Post # 5
1188 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@ecrowe1218:  I quit all psychiatric medications and therapy in probably 2007 or 2008.  I got a lot better afterwards.  I had been medicated most of my life at that point.  

I do take some anxiety meds now in the short-term because pregnancy has really brought the depression and anxiety back in a huge way, but normally, I don’t use anything.

I’m not really convinced anti-depressants are good for us long-term.  I do what I can now for myself and have taken strides to be as healthy as possible.

Post # 6
1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ecrowe1218:  I was on anti-depressants back in 2002-2005.  I felt that therapy did a better job than the meds helping me cope with stress and anxiety.  As for natural/holistic treatments, I haven’t tried it. 

Post # 7
1468 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@ecrowe1218:  I started getting off mine recently. I recommend having a psychiatrist do the monitoring and to gradually decrease the dosage.  For example, my regular dosage used to be 15 mg.  I think I spent like 3-6 mos. each going from 15 to 10 and now 10 to 5.  Since 10 is the recommended therapeutic dosage and I’m below, I’ll probably stay for at least 6 mos. on the 5 mg before going off completely.  I see my psych every 3 mos. to make sure that I’m not suffering any adverse effects from decreasing.  I plan on being off completely by the end of the year. 🙂

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