#Depression Confession: I spoke with my doctor today

I’ve had a pretty awesome day so far. The boys got off to school without an issue and back is healing up pretty well. Most of the pain is gone and I have to thank Lizze for taking such good care of me. ☺

I didn’t sleep well last night because I was really stuffy and I ended up only getting a few hours of sleep. I took a nap this morning and feel good.

There were a few errands I needed to get done before getting to the school. One of them was a biggie for me. I talked to the nurse at my doctor’s office about my plan to come off my antidepressants. I explained why I want to do this and while I want to get started right away, I’m not going to rush through the withdrawal. I figure that this will likely take North of 3 months to complete the withdrawal safely.

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My goal is to reduce the dose by at least 5% a week or every two weeks, assuming I tolerate that. Hopefully, I’ll be able to tolerate 10% a week or every two weeks.

As I mentioned before, I’ve been on Paxil and Wellbutrin for many years. I’m on a relatively lower dose of each but my body is so used to having them in my system, coming off too fast will likely be a shock to my nervous system.

The slower I withdraw, the more time my brain will have to adjust to the changes. It also lets me begin to replace the medications with exercise and meditation.

I’m not gonna lie, I feel really, really good about this. Lizze is completely on board and as long as I do this the right way, this can be a very positive change for me.

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All I need to do now is wait to hear back from my doctor, as to how she recommends tapering off. I might end being more conservative than she suggests but either way, this will be done safely and under medical supervision.

I did request that they call in a script for liquid Paxil because that will make titration so much easier and more precise.

That’s today’s Depression Confession