I’m really outdoing myself recently on coming up with quite depressing blog post titles, aren’t I? But this is something people have asked me about doing a blog post on, so here I am! It’s been approximately 6 months since I came off antidepressants. For those interested/curious, I was on a 100mg daily dosage of Sertraline.
At points, I’ve really struggled.
This is not intended as an advice post on whether you should come off your medication. Only you can know that and your doctor can help you come to that conclusion. Please go to your doctor before coming off medication, it can have super serious consequences otherwise.
Okay so you might be thinking, ‘Hey I’m reading this post on how to get off them, not how to stay on them’, but honestly it happens. I tried to get off mine once previously. Long story short – It didn’t end well. I felt like such a failure and ended up going back on them. There’s no shame in it happening. Coming off antidepressants is a process and part of that process might be you going back on them.
For me, antidepressants didn’t actually make me happier. I made myself happier. Antidepressants just made it easier to deal with a rubbish situation, which in turn helped me feel happier over time as I moved out of a crappy situation. It’s a sad affair that is usually just helped for me by talking to somebody.
I came off my antidepressants when I was feeling genuinely good about myself and my situation. I’d just moved into a stable job, had a regular income and I lived with my parents so there was no financial burden. Whilst I was lonely at times, I was around people for most of the day and it really helped me to focus on something.
I was very hesitant to do this blog post in all honesty. This is just personal experience. And I’m more just saying that yes, there is a life after antidepressants and it isn’t completely horrendous. Depression and PTSD still do play a part in my life – But the times they do are getting rarer and rarer.
I’m Eleanor, a UK Manchester based Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger. I write about beauty products, feminism, mental health and my adventures in the big city of MCR.