Since my focus for the year is balance, I’m working really hard on getting everything in my life balanced. This includes my mind and the way it works.
My Experience With Anxiety Medication
For the last few months I’ve been taking Lexapro for anxiety.
I’ve dealt with anxiety my whole life. I’ve written about it on the blog before because it goes in an out as a problem. Sometimes it is worse than other times.
After my separation last year I found my lifestyle habits exacerbated my anxiety. It flew out of control. I made the decision to start taking anxiety medicine after talking to both my therapist and doctor.
I have to say, I’m not sure it did much for me during the period that I took it. I still had periods of anxiety and overall I didn’t see much improvement until I improved other areas of my life recently. I also had some of the more annoying side affects. I know Lexapro works wonders for some people, but it alone didn’t do much for me.
I recently made the decision that it wasn’t worth paying for any longer and decided to stop taking it. My life is headed in a great direction and the medicine felt unnecessary.
Ouchy, ouchy, ouch, the process of coming off Lexapro has been a BEAST. A terrifying, horrible beast of a process.
Even now as I write this post I’m struggling because I’m so scatterbrained and fuzzy. I’ve got physical symptoms too that are fun – dizziness, nausea, shocks, etc. It’s a very strange experience.
It’s frustrating because this is the second time I’ve tried coming off Lexapro and this time I reduced my dose over time gradually so that it wouldn’t be bad (under doctor supervision). Still having withdrawal symptoms makes me frustrated. I just can’t wait to be done with this medication.
My final resolution after taking it is that I’ll never go on similar medication again. I know a lot of people have to try multiple medicines and such, but since my anxiety is not super severe I think I’d simply rather learn to handle it without medication.
A Plan For A Balanced Mind
At this point, the I’d much prefer to treat my anxiety with therapy, exercise, and eating well.
I’m aiming for a balanced mind by doing specific things like
- keeping a gratitude journal
- reading self-help books
- smiling and laughing
- focusing on making other people happy rather than myself
It’s not exactly full proof but it feels like a really good path and there won’t ever be withdrawal symptoms. Win!
I’ll be sharing more about all of these things in time. I’ve been doing some of them for months and they’ve already made a huge difference in my life. Now if I can just get past the silly medicine withdrawal, things would be fabulous. Fabulous!
How do you achieve a balanced mind? Have you ever come off a medicine that caused withdrawal? How did you handle it?