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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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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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Feeling Calmer

I’m feeling much calmer today than I was 1 week ago. I don’t feel as angry. And my head feels much clearer. I think this is in part to do with the fact that I have been meditating most days (I managed 5 out of 7 days). I’ve been trying to get myself out of my head – through exercise and socialising. I’ve also been trying to focus on the future a bit more than usual, as well as trying to remain more in the present when I’m doing things. I know this sounds contradictory, but bear with me. Continue reading

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Self-Belief: Coping

In light of my previous post, I want to start this post by emphatically stating that I do not want to die. I have become addicted to watching the BBC TV series Call the Midwife, which has some brilliant quotes, … Continue reading

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Sleep Deprivation – Tips to attain the ever elusive “good night’s sleep”

I’ve struggled with sleeping for as long as I can remember. When I get into bed my mind starts racing and I can’t switch off. When I was a child I had my sister tormented – we shared a room … Continue reading

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There’s no quick fix: My Toolbox for Mental Wellbeing

My family knows about my depression, although only my parents know how bad it really gets. This weekend I was hanging out with my family and we got into a discussion about mental health. My mum is a GP and … Continue reading

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