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Within the last 2 months I have begun the process of weening off some of my psych medications. I have been stable for a while now, and haven’t had feelings of self harm or anything for a long time. I’m not saying that a person should come off of their medications once they start feeling better, however for my own personal life and future goals, there are certain medications I cannot be on so I have started my journey of weening off with the help of my doctor.
Throughout the last couple of months, I have been doing pretty well. At first I would get a couple of physical side effects like dizziness and nausea, but those have subsided which is good. As of lately though, I feel like I’m constantly in a bad mood or everything makes me angry. Things that didn’t bother me before are an issue now, and I feel like I’ve been on the verge of just exploding for the littlest things.
I guess I’m just venting, because I have been on psych medications since I was 14 and am now 26, and because just putting my feelings somewhere helps. I know that I can do this, despite the feelings of irritability and bursts of anger. I feel confident that soon my body will adjust, and I won’t be on edge so much anymore. I am also proud of myself because despite feeling “off” and “different” I haven’t felt like self-harming or gone back to that way of thinking. I can see my growth and progress which makes me want to keep going.
I apologize to those around me for being a grouch some days because this is definitely a process, and I appreciate your patience.
Have any of you experienced anything similar when coming off of their meds? Does anyone have any tips?
Luz i feel you on being a grouch somedays. i have gone off meds multiple times in my life and some have been fine and some i have been the devil. i think these things balance out over time honestly. everyone is so different that i couldn’t say how long it might take but usually when i was weening off meds or just stopping them because i just felt like it, it would take me a couple weeks to stabilize and normalize myself. i think combining doing techniques and things that make you relax help way more now, but i think if after a few weeks that shit still is making it hard work around that medication? that’s something else I’ve done is keep one med the same but work down other meds and in due time it all evens out. i don’t know if that will help at all but I’m here for support!
Thanks so much or your response. I think it helps just to know I’m not alone and what your experiences have been. As of today my main withdrawal symptoms seem to just be physical like dizziness, etc., and have mostly adjusted to the mood side effects. Like you said, I think in due time things will balance out. 🙂
I am still on the journey of weening off my medications, but so far nothing too major has happened as a result of getting off. One of the meds I was on I had to go a little slower than I initially wanted, but besides that everything is looking good. 🙂
As of today I am a little over a week completely med free. The majority of the time I’ve been completely fine, and often I feel like I’m waiting to see when pigs are going to fly or things are going to get weird. But they haven’t. I feel good, and I’m kind of refreshed. It kind of feels like a breath of fresh air after having been on meds for 12 years. The other times I’m just kind of still weirded out by not having to do my routine of taking meds, but feeling and emotionally I’m good. I hope things keep going well and I’m excited to start “feeling” again instead of always being numb even to the hardest of situations.
Luz, I am so happy that you were able to make the right choice for yourself regarding medications. I appreciate your updates. It seems like things are going well despite the uncertainty of weening off and some withdrawal symptoms. When I went off my medication, I also had similar withdrawal symptoms of dizziness, stomach issues, and moodiness. I think most of the withdrawal symptoms went away for me after a month. However, I decided to go off cold turkey which I don’t necessarily recommend, but it felt right for me at the time. The side effects of being on medication were worse for me than the withdrawal symptoms.
I definitely relate when you mention you are excited to start “feeling” again rather than numb. I have felt more like myself being off medications while being able to experience the full spectrum of emotions. I think a major part of recovery is being able to advocate for yourself in terms of whether or not medications or certain treatments are working for you. You are doing a great job and I wish you all the best!
First off, thank you for sharing your experience and being able to relate to some of the experiences while withdrawing from medications Perry.
Additionally, it’s been almost 4 weeks since I’ve been off and overall I feel great! I am starting to get used to feeling emotions more intensely, but am grateful that I am in a place in my recovery journey where I know how to process and deal with the intense emotions that may come. As a teenager and in my early 20s I thought that the only solution was to self harm or other negative behaviors, and being able to see my growth with how I process emotions and situations makes me suuuuuper proud and helps me look forward to everything else that is still to come.
Hey guys! I thought I’d give you guys an update before the year is up.
I’ve been officially off of all my medications for a little over two months. Overall, I feel great. I have been able to get through the past 2 months positively and I am super proud of the progress I have made. I have had instances where I have felt really strong emotions- but have been able to ride the wave and get through those tough emotions. I have allowed myself to cry when it’s needed, be angry when it’s needed, as well as just allow myself to be. The biggest lesson I’ve learned through all of this is that emotions are natural and are what make us human, as long as we are able to react to these emotions in a healthy way.
Here’s to the year 2021!
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