Medication is such a tricky area and is very personal to each individual. What works perfectly for one doesn’t necessarily help another person at all.
A common treatment for agoraphobia and generalised anxiety disorder are antidepressants, such as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). These take around 4-6 weeks for you to be able to start seeing any benefits so they’re not a short-term, quick fix option. Another medication sometimes prescribed is benzodiazepines. These work by slowing down the nervous system, therefore, helping you relax both physically and mentally. Benzodiazepines are physically addictive so not recommended for long-term use.
Almost three years ago, I was taken off a medication that I’d been on off and on for many years. It had been effective during that time, but I felt like I’d been on it so long, my body had just become immune to it and it was no longer effective. I don’t know if that’s even a thing, but the power of thought is a force to be reckoned with so it needed to be changed.
I don’t think I’ve found the medication that works for me yet, or even if I want to be on medication. At the moment, I’m around 60mg of a SSRI of being free from medication. I’ll be totally rid of them by the end of the month. I want to see what my normal is. I’m so careful with what I put on my skin, it seems so incongruent to quaff down pills. I wonder if natural remedies are the way to go. It’s definitely something I want to try if even only short-term.
I’ve been having a pretty rubbish time over the last three weeks whilst I’m coming off of sertraline (also known as lustral and Zoloft). It makes my whole body ache, I feel irritable and cross. I’m tearful for no reason. The dreams are very vivid, at least, they are when I can actually get to sleep. I just cannot wait for them to be out of my system.
Let’s see what the next chapter holds. Either way, as I haven’t seen my psychiatrist since last December so I’m flying solo on this one. Good old mental health support in this country. Wait, what? No… If it’s mental health related, you’re on your own! That’s a whole other post for another day!