It’s my one year anniversary of going off my anxiety and depression medication. There were a few months of adjustment while the medication was working its way out of my system. Side effects like vivid nightmares and moments of self doubt and panic made the transition hard.
But it did get easier and was totally worth it !
I feel more joy, feel more connected to people and life has become way more fun.
COVID and quarantine have presented a unique challenge of keeping my anxiety and depression at bay. My normal coping mechanisms, like training and meeting with friends, were not possible anymore. I did keep up with working out and Zoom became a great resource of staying in contact and “seeing” friends.
There were moments though were I debated to go back on medication, because towards the end of quarantine it was hard to fight those demons. It’s hard to admit that you need help and getting close to that point felt like a defeat. I’m proud that I made it this far, but I do realize it would have not been the end of the world if I ended up back on medication.
It would haven shown that I can push my ego aside and make the responsible decision for myself, my family and friends.
In any case, never be afraid to ask for help. It is never a sign of weakness !