My last bottle of Prozac
This was the last bottle I filled of my Prozac prescription.
I had decided to try life without an antidepressant (after 10 years off and on since the age of 12). I focused on holistic and alternative ideas from supplements to nutrition to yoga to nature and more...
I had forgotten about this bottle and when we moved into our new home 4 years ago, I had found it again.
It actually brought up so many emotions for me that I didn’t expect.
I used to rely on these pills to get me through my days filled with anxiety and fear.
I never thought I’d be able to live without them.
Yet, I have for 10 years.
Of course there have been ups and downs during that time. And even moments where I wondered if I should go back to taking something due to heartache and difficult times in life.
However, life for me has felt more clear and powerful without it.
I’m not saying everyone should get off of their medications, but I want to offer hope to women who eventually feel they may want to try life without the numbness and other side effects. (I’m here for you when you’re ready)
More and more women, even very young, are easily being prescribed these types of medications and it really upsets me. I’ve had clients say they brought up anxiety to their primary care doctor and immediately were written a prescription for an antidepressant.
This should not be the way.
Additionally, I wholeheartedly believe primary care doctors should be referring to specialists.
They do for heart issues.
They do for digestive issues.
They do for cancer.
They do not have the time to follow-up with patients whom they have prescribed these strong medications to. They are not experts in this area. It’s a very complicated area and patients need support and encouragement for more than 15-minutes in the doctor’s office.
Please do not make any negative comments on this post. This is my passion and although I am not a doctor, I feel it’s part of my purpose to share my own experiences and that of others who are still left struggling, even while on a medication.
Thank you for reading. xoxo.