Its week #23 of Working On Us, hosted by the kind and talented Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess. The topic this week is Medications. Oh boy, I am familiar with medications!
Most of my medications have been for my Fibromyalgia but I did take antidepressants in the past, and since this is about mental health, I’ll stick to those meds.
Q & A Time
When you first were diagnosed with your mental illness/disorder, did it take a while to get used to your medications that were prescribed to you? If you answer the question, (YES), How did you feel initially?
I was first diagnosed with depression in my early 20s. The psychiatrist put me on trazadone. I don’t remember the dosage but I remember feeling like I was wrapped it cotton and stuffed with it too. That was just fine with me! I needed all the jagged edges of life to go away. I needed to stop bursting into tears the minute I woke up every morning. I needed to be able to sleep better too.
It took a few weeks for the zombie zoned out feeling to go away. I continued the medication for about a year and then tapered off of it.
Then I had a complete deconstruction event happen in my mid 20s. I held on for the crisis year and fell apart as the event was sorting out. I knew I needed medication. I was in therapy at the time but with a LCSW so I went to my primary doctor and asked him to prescribe trazodone again. I was on it about two years that time, then tapered off.
I haven’t had to take medication for depression since. Knock on wood.
Depending on how long you have been on medication, how many times do you think it has been adjusted to make you feel stable?
The only adjustments were when I was tapering off.
Have you ever had a bad reaction to medication?
Not to trazodone. Other, non-psych meds… yeah!
Have you ever suffered withdrawals from a certain type of medication, and if so… What type was it?
Not with trazodone. Big time on the opiates and benzos.
Do you work closely with your doctor in regards to your medication intake? (In other words, do you have a good relationship with your doctor?)
I’m not in therapy currently. My depression has been managed with awareness and attitude. I know that if it ever gets severe again that I can ask for medication to help. I have no problem doing that. No shame.
Since your diagnosis, have you ever tried to not take medication and see if you can handle your symptoms of mental illness/disorders on your own? If so, how did that work out for you?
I’m doing really well. When the Depression Monster starts creeping around, recognizing that its depression helps me a lot. When I realize why I’m so unmotivated or sad or just blah, I can go to the beach or watch a funny movie or chat with my WordPress buddies… I can do things to change my outlook, change my attitude. It works for me.
Tell us briefly how medication has affected your life?
The two times I was on trazodone helped stabilize me. The medication helped me be able to function and do the daily things and do my job. I dont think I would have been able to work so hard in therapy without the medication keeping me on an even keel.
(featured image snagged from Beckie)