Tag Archives: Mental Health

Addiction Truths

I’ve been coming to the realisation, over the past several years, that I am an addict. I’m probably what one might call a ‘functioning addict,’ in that my addictions do not destroy my entire life and everyone in it, at least not in such a direct way. Continue reading

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Mental Health: request for advice!

I haven’t written for quite a while, particularly about my mental health, and I think it’s about time I change that. 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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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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Changing My Anti-Depressant Medication

Today I had an appointment with my GP to discuss changing my anti-depressant medication. I have been on Citalopram for 2 years and 3 months, and it has stopped being as effective as it once was. I would, of course, prefer to be coming off anti-depressants completely, but at the moment this isn’t an option. In order to switch medication, I’m going to be tapering off the Citalopram – taking 20mg for 1 week, then 10mg for 1 week, then starting on 39.5mg of Venlafaxine and building this up over a few weeks or months. It’s going to take time. Continue reading

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Learning to live with depression: 2 year update

Today I realised that it has been almost exactly 2 years since I started taking anti-depressants (Citalopram). It seems crazy that it’s been so long! I remember when I was first prescribed them that I thought that I’d be on them for a maximum of 6 months. How wrong I was!

A lot has changed since then. Continue reading

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