#mentalhealthmonday – my mental health (updated edition!)

It’s another Mental Health Monday post! Today I’m going to briefly update you about how my mental health is going, and generally what I’ve been up to!

Around two months ago I was going through a really shit time. My depression got to the point, yet again, where I felt like I could barely get out of bed every day, let alone do the things I needed to do, like write my dissertation. This was pretty unusual for this time of year, because when it becomes spring/summer time I tend to feel better, because of the sunshine. I was also worried, because I knew I had my 6 week internship in London coming up, and I honestly didn’t know if I would be able to do it, because of the state I was in.

So, I decided to try and do something about it. I went to my GP, and they recommended changing my SSRI (antidepressant) from Fluoxetine to Sertraline. I’d been on Fluoxetine for about 3 years at this point. My GP figured that the good effects of Fluoxetine had just stopped working for me.  I was really nervous about this, because the first time I went on Fluoxetine, the side effects were horrendous. I became even more depressed, along with a whole array of physical side effects. I really didn’t want to go through that with Sertaline again.

But I did it, because I needed to do something. I immediately switched from the highest dose of the Fluoxetine to the lowest dose of Sertraline, rather than tapering down my dose of Fluoxetine. After a week, I went up to 100g of Sertraline. And that seemed to work! I didn’t really get any side effects, which was a huge relief. And since then, I’ve been gradually improving. Last week, I began my internship, and for the whole week I didn’t feel depressed or anxious once!! Compared to how I was feeling two months ago, this feels like a miracle.

As I mentioned in my recent post about being scared of therapy, I’m also thinking about trying another round of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) once I finish my internship and am back living with my boyfriend. If I do, I’ll definitely update you on how that is going.

How are you all doing? I hope you have an amazing week ahead 🙂


6 thoughts on “#mentalhealthmonday – my mental health (updated edition!)

  1. Karla J. Strand, DPhil, MLIS says:

    Good for you for being proactive. Sertraline has been great for me; I hope you find it helps you as well. It’s hard sometimes how the most exciting things (like an internship in London) can also be the most scary or anxiety-provoking. I hope it goes well for you; sounds like a great opportunity!


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