When I was 18 I was handed an anti depressant by my gynecologist , yea the gyno! I actually took the antidepressant for one year gained 40 pounds and was miserable. I was simply having a bad day when I walked in his office and I was handed a prescription drug. Not much has changed since then with doctors. In fact today with big Pharma Working hand-in-hand with doctors antidepressants are handed out like candy.
Winging myself off an antidepressant was the hardest thing I ever did in my life.
A) If you are severely depressed or, if you fluctuate between extreme highs and lows you need to speak to someone. It’s not something to take lightly. Never and I mean never try to wing off any type of SSRI alone. This needs to be done over a long period of time. That being said there are several studies proving that SSRIs actually lead to further depression. Here’s another fact for you every mass shooting in the past 10 years has had a person that has been on or immediately winged off their medication. So again…talk to your doctor and be legit about your goals to slowly wing yourself off.
We all have good days and bad days as well as highs and lows. If you are a highly creative person, this is especially the case. Sometimes you need a time out from the chatter and the noise around you. It’s a time to center yourself and get back to your roots. Just make sure your solitude does not become a refuge to hide behind a deeper problem.
C) Reach out to talk to someone if you find yourself slipping into a dark room with no door handle. This is vitally important. You can compartmentalize a lot of things but when you begin to compartmentalize your feelings without communicating to others you steal both you and the other persons (people) ability to move past situations with growth and resilience.
D) Be keenly aware of the box of stagnancy that you or, someone else has placed you in. You are in control of breaking free. No one else holds the box cutter but you.
E) Become one with nature I can’t talk enough about this. When we see things from an above perspective…how the bark of a tree peels itself off like the peeling of an onion of all that we are…it’s moving, truly moving. It reminds us of how small we really are in this big world we live in.
F) Find one good person you can always go to. Someone who is trustworthy, someone who will not share your secrets with others. That one person who is honest and who walks in integrity. They may not be perfect however if they truly understand you, they do have an important role in your life.
G) Protect your energy always! Energy vampires DO exist! Once you are aware of this …even the mere seeing of them pop up on your Facebook stories can send you into a tailspin of hibernation and depression.
Be mindful, they know this…it is up to you to measure the level of detachment necessary for you to be at peace.
I hope this helped in even a small way.
Love you, please love yourself