A funny thing happened as my daily routine changed dramatically during the past month.
Sometimes, because of the strange hours I was keeping, I forgot to take my medication.
Every second day or so I’d realise that I hadn’t taken my Prozac or Cymbalta or both, and if the time was right or near enough (Prozac in the morning, Cymbalta with dinner) I’d take them.
But as the days passed and my new anything-goes routine continued, I found myself forgetting more and more…
…but at the same time, I began worrying less and less about it because overall I was feeling the best that I ever had for…Crom knows how long.
And then a few weeks ago, I found that I was almost out of Cymbalta and my dwindling Prozac supply wasn’t far behind either.
My initial reaction was concern…
…but then I considered that, although I hadn’t been taking my daily doses most of the time during the past few weeks, I felt great.
So, I decided to experiment on myself.
First, I stopped taking my Prozac.
Second, a few nights later I took the last of my Cymbalta.
Third, I didn’t renew my Cymbalta prescription.
Fourth, for the past two-three weeks I have not taken any antidepressants at all.
Finally, for the past two-three weeks I have continued to feel great.
I was going to tell my psychiatrist about my experiment last week, but I was unable to make that appointment.
So this week I told him what I had been doing.
He had no problems with it, encouraged me to continue and said that if in the future the black dog returned we could try medication again.
My experiment had been a success.
Out of curiosity, I asked my psychiatrist if there was a ‘settling-out’ period opposite to the ‘settling-in’ period where if you begin taking antidepressants you should allow about four weeks to them to settle into your system.
He said yes – when you stop taking antidepressants, give yourself about two weeks for your system to readjust.
On one hand, it’s great not having to take medication and spend money to buy more.
On the other hand, and despite my initial concern back in mid-2007, I’m glad that for the past few years I did take antidepressants because, along with my therapy and self-development, they helped improve my life considerably and get me to where I am today.
I may need them again in the future, but I’ll worry about that when – or if – that situation arises.
Until next time, stay well and take care 🙂