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 🙂