Mental Health Mondays: I Love My Doctor

Finding a really good doctor that you truly love who can actually help you with what you need is one of the hardest challenges of adult life. If you add in a mental illness this makes it even harder to find a healthcare provider who can really understand your needs. And if on top of… Continue reading Mental Health Mondays: I Love My Doctor

Mental Health Mondays: Being Off Meds

For some people the decision to take anti-depressants is a big one, something that takes time and thought. But for other people taking anti-depressants becomes as natural to them as drinking enough water or brushing their teeth. I'm one of the latter. For almost two years I have consistently been on an anti-depressant of some… Continue reading Mental Health Mondays: Being Off Meds

Mental Health Mondays: No One is Listening

I've been in the mental health game for a while now. On and off bouts of depression since I was twelve, combined with 18 months going on an eternity of the worst, most inescapable depression I've ever experienced makes me a self-proclaimed expert. This doesn't make me more qualified or knowledgeable than a mental health… Continue reading Mental Health Mondays: No One is Listening

Mental Health Mondays: My Specialist Appointment

This week I finally had my appointment with a depression specialist (also known as a psychiatrist). The lead up to this appointment had been particularly tense for me. I wasn't very hopeful about the outcome and was feeling like it might just be easier to give up on my mental health, and I was also… Continue reading Mental Health Mondays: My Specialist Appointment

Mental Health Mondays: Seeing A Depression Specialist

Long story short, the Prozac has not worked. 24/7 leg cramps that made it incredibly painful to sit or stand or move or lie down put an end to that one. When I went to see my GP she didn't really know what to do with me, and I was so scared that she was… Continue reading Mental Health Mondays: Seeing A Depression Specialist

Mental Health Mondays: Putting the Pro in Prozac

I've been speaking about the experience of coming off anti-depressants for a few weeks now (here and here), and now comes the time to start talking about my experience with starting a new one. This is the fourth anti-depressant that I've been on in my life, and all of those in under 18 months. Safe… Continue reading Mental Health Mondays: Putting the Pro in Prozac

Mental Health Monday: Coming Off Anti- Depressants Again

I've written about my experience with coming off anti-depressants before, but seeing as this is my second time switching meds within a year I thought I would create another post to share my experience this time round and see if anything is different. DAY 1 & 2 My biggest feeling during these two days was… Continue reading Mental Health Monday: Coming Off Anti- Depressants Again

Mental Health Mondays: Changing My Medication

Since my lovely open letter to my anti-depressants, a lot has changed with my mental health. The biggest thing was a drop in my mood and a rise in my symptoms, but I also experienced a really bad side effect. When I took all of this information to my doctor we decided to change my… Continue reading Mental Health Mondays: Changing My Medication

Mental Health Mondays: An Open Letter to My Anti-Depressants

Look, I know we don't talk much unless I can't find you and I'm hunting through my drawers searching for you, but I thought we should talk. I wanted to say thank you for all the stuff you do for me. For helping me get out of bed every day. For letting me sleep at… Continue reading Mental Health Mondays: An Open Letter to My Anti-Depressants