My Experience With AntiDepressants.

Many people who have been diagnosed with autism or ADHD experience high levels of anxiety. Anybody who has experienced anxiety knows it’s a very difficult thing to cope with. It can sometimes become so unmanageable that it stops a person from completing day to day activities. When I feel my anxiety building it presents in a very physical way – my fingers cramp and tense up, I feel very hot and sweat, I find it hard to get my breath and breathe normally and I just shut down. I don’t want to leave my room, never mind my house. 

Anxiety isn’t something you can switch off but it is something that can be controlled with the right structure. 

I tried many things before I finally went on anti depressants. These included different types of therapy and different coping mechanisms. I couldn’t fully engage as I was so anxious. Now I have the benefit of CBT( cognitive behavioural therapy) which I can access fully as I am on the medication. I’ve started to feel positive changes that I hope will continue. 

The medication I am on is an anti-depressant that is used to treat anxiety as well as depression. Within a 6 week period, you can usually feel the maximum effect; I am sure I felt the effects sooner. 

The medication has dialled down the level of anxiety I feel and make it manageable; it has not made it disappear. 

I am aware that there is still a lot of stigma around taking medication for mental health. There are different reasons for this; some of it is based around fear of the actual medication and how it makes you feel and behave and worries of loss of control.  There is also fear around being judged for taking medication. 

Hypothetically, if I were to break my leg and I was in agonising pain and the doctor prescribed me with pain relief medication I wouldn’t think twice about taking it. I would just want the pain to stop. I believe it’s the same with mental health. It’s just a different part of the body that needs treatment. This should be spoken about more openly so we can get things out in the open and overcome the stigma around taking medication for mental health.

I appreciate that medication is not for everyone and there are many ways to treat anxiety. I had thought about going on medication on and off for the past few years. It wasn’t a decision that was taken lightly and it was made with my parents at a time that felt right. I am pleased with my decision. 

2 Comments

  1. Marilyn Harris says:

    Do whatever helps you and whatever feels right for you now at this time. It can change and then you can decide as you go along what is best for you. No one has the right to judge you. We all have our own personal problems to overcome and manage. I love you xxxxx

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  2. Auntie Hayley says:

    Exactly my darling, if you have a pain or a problem with any part of your body you seek medical advice and look for a cure. You are one amazing girl and I love you 💜

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