At the end of my very first session with my Psychiatrist she asked me the one question I was dreading the most, “Would like to be prescribed medication or would you like a more holistic route?” Ugh, my mind went nuts. What should I do? Do I take the quick fix? Do I take the holistic route? But what if takes too long? All I wanted was to feel like myself again, but I knew what the right choice was for me, and that was not going to be a quick fix.
I understand that for some people this might not be a choice but you should at least try. I never thought I would get out of the hole I created and I did, but it took a while, a lot of dark days. For those that are thinking about the quick fixes these strong medications provide please weigh your options and make sure it’s going to be worth it because the side affects and the withdrawals are insane. The stories I’ve heard of people trying to ween off are were terrifying and seemed like for a few it drove them deeper into their dark place. These are drugs that your body doesn’t need and mess with you internally causing all sorts of side effects so my question is… Do you think it’s really worth it?
As I mentioned in my previous post I was suggested vitamins, diet changes, exercise, and some mental exercises. It took my all, every day challenging myself to beat this thing, trying and trying and trying all over again. When something failed, I’d research some more ways to cope with it, I listening to anxiety podcasts, books, blogs, and my two favorite people on Instagram @idillionaire & @anxietysupport who offer so much great content about their personal struggles and insights to not just anxiety but about the chaotic world we have to live in. The podcasts I listened to were also super insightful and a great way to keep calm if you struggle being by yourself. I’ll list them all below, including the books I read.
So I guess my point of today’s blog is, do your research, talk to your doctor, friends, family, because it’s an important decision to make and you don’t want to just hop on the antidepressants like it’s nothing because it’s a big deal and it will forever affect you. If you can choose the holistic route, I know it takes longer but it’s a chance to prove to yourself that you are strong enough to get out of this on you own and you will feel so damn proud in the end. Believe in yourself, begin to really listen to yourself, that little voice inside is always right, trust your gut. We got this!
The Anxiety Coaches Podcast
The John Cordray Show: Mental Health Dude
The Overwhelmed Brain with Paul Colaianni
Dancing With Fear by Paul Foxman
Find Your Happy by Shannon Kaiser