Does It Ever Get Any Better After Meds?

I have been on Prozac or a generic form of Prozac for around 16 years, and recently tapered off.

At first I felt great and thought I was going to be fine, but then I started having flu-like symptoms. That lasted for a few weeks, then I started having nervousness/chest pains like a panic attack (which I never had before). That lasted a few weeks as well Got over that pretty much, but now I'm just depressed again and just feel like I have a raw hollow pit where my heart should be.

Does it ever get any better? How long should I wait until I get back on meds? I really don't want to unless I absolutely have to. I have a good doctor, but I want people's opinions who have actually been there, done that.
FaithInFate FaithInFate
46-50, F
4 Responses Jul 19, 2010

Also since we tend to turn inwards we need to learn to express ourselves through texts here on Ep, painting, sewing, anything really as long as we communicate. We are not less alive than other people, just because of our tendency to withdraw at times. If nobody hears you then write it, draw it or play it.

Well these are little things that I do to help myself<br />
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I have learnt how important it is to always surround myself with life every day. If not people then pets or just nature, anything that lives and breathes. Daily, if only for a little while.<br />
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I have also learnt to be aware of whatever messages I feed my mind with through music books etc. Avoid anger sadness and negative influences, look to the positive and hopefull. When you're strong enough be aware of influences that may trigger your depression!<br />
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I rely on experience an know by now that nothing stays the same forever and that I will come out of it<br />
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When I am well enough I walk a lot. This does an amazing difference for my wellbeing. If you arent up for it then just open the window or sit ten minutes on the porch, anything will do just see to that you get your fresh air daily.<br />
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When the house is a mess and it would take somebody else thirty minutes to clean it up and it takes me three days or a week I still force myself to do it. When that week is done I feel better, sometimes a little sometimes a lot.<br />
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These are just a few things that i keep in mind especially when I am in good enough shape. I have found it has helped me not to loose ground completely like I used to when my world turned dark.<br />
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I think we need to accept who we are and when we are well, that is when we need to start fighting, because when we are down we only have so much energy. <br />
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If you like this advice I could give you more. Hope this helps.

bemysong, you wrote: "I could give you some advice if you want on how to help yourself and learn to live with your condition." I would appreciate any advice you could give me; I am really at the end of my rope and I don't know how much longer I can hold on.

Unless you are suicidal I would advise you stay off the meds for good, they are really strong drugs It is very important that you get off the meds very slowly. I know because I didn't and the side effects were awful, i spent three days in mental hospital.<br />
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It gets better if thats what you really want.<br />
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I was on meds for two years and it did cover up the symtoms, yes but they did not change how I felt. I did function a bit better out there but I felt like a machine.<br />
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It does take a long time for the drugs to leave your system and your brain, maybe years, so if you recently got off it you are litteratly still under the influence. Be patiente. I could give you some advice if you want on how to help yourself and learn to live with your condition.<br />
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Again if you are suicidal, then these dedecines are a good thing.