Tag Archives: Depression

Daily challenges of living with depression 

A friend of mine recently reminded me of an aspect of depression that is often overlooked: that the lack of motivation to do things can affect not only your ability to participate in social activities, but every element of your life, including eating. Continue reading

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One thing at a time

There are days, sometimes weeks, when I feel fantastic. Then there are days, sometimes weeks and months when I feel pretty crappy. On the crappy days, my mantra becomes “one thing at a time”. When my depression was really bad, it was the only thing that got me out of bed. Continue reading

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Feeling a little bit happy 

   It’s been 6 weeks since I started Venlafaxine, and I can’t remember the last time I felt better! I’ve been on anti-depressants since October 2013, and I had resigned myself to the fact that anti-d’s only do so much, … Continue reading

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Circus shenanigans

One of the factors that transformed my life in Belfast was discovering the Belfast Community Circus School. Before I knew of its existence, I was isolated, lonely and extremely unhappy in Belfast. I had no friends, no social group, nothing … Continue reading

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Learn to ride the waves

I’ve noticed, over the many years of my depression, that the good times and the bad come in waves. Like the tide, there’s no stopping the fluctuations, I just have to learn to ride them as they come. I think, … Continue reading

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Venlafaxine: Day 6 of…

Today is the 6th day on Venlafaxine. So far, the side effects have been far less severe than those I experienced on Citalopram. I’ve been following the leaflet advice, and taking the tablet with food, and I’m on a half-dose … Continue reading

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Switching anti-depressants: An Update

Today is meant to be the last day that I take Citalopram, and tomorrow is meant to be the first day that I start Venlafaxine. However, I’ve decided to delay starting on the new anti-depressant for another day as tomorrow is the last day of my holidays (I’m skiing with my family) and I don’t want to feel sick tomorrow. I know that there will be side effects – there was with Citalopram – and I’d rather save the nausea for a non-holiday day!

I’ve been tapering down my Citalopram dose, doing 1 week of 20mg and 1 week of 10mg. I struggled with the 20mg but the 10mg has posed the biggest challenge to me. I’ve had several days where I’ve been close to tears for absolutely no reason whatsoever. One evening I had to go to bed early because I was too close to tears and couldn’t control it – again, for no reason. My worst day was when I woke up feeling extremely low and ended the day feeling very suicidal. The following morning I struggled to get any energy to do anything at all but my mum encouraged me to get out of the house and hit the slopes (skiing holiday, remember?) and I felt loads better afterwards. Continue reading

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