#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.

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

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One thing at a time.. likely you could focus on the other things first and put off the neuropsych testing for a little while.. Its alot of information at once, but you are in expert hands with this doctor and he is getting to the bottom of it. You will find answers for Gavin. Just be patient.

Rebecca Magliozzi
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One thing at a time.. likely you could focus on the other things first and put off the neuropsych testing for a little while.. Its alot of information at once, but you are in expert hands with this doctor and he is getting to the bottom of it. You will find answers for Gavin. Just be patient.

Rebecca Magliozzi
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One thing at a time.. likely you could focus on the other things first and put off the neuropsych testing for a little while.. Its alot of information at once, but you are in expert hands with this doctor and he is getting to the bottom of it. You will find answers for Gavin. Just be patient.