Category: Depression

World Mental Health Day

On World Mental Health Day, I am grateful to be home (day off from the day job). I’m spending much of the day on art (above are my most recent works-in-progress) as well as making sure I head outdoors later this afternoon to dig up what’s left of the garden. **Update** Dug up part of […]

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A quick update

It’s been a few weeks. Things have been a bit crazy, so been focusing on getting through the muck, which means I haven’t been writing, nor even doing much art. My attempt to taper off the anti-depressants flopped, but I’m now okay with this (I wasn’t at first – I felt like a huge failure). […]

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First Two Weeks Tapering Off Antidepressants

I officially began my lower dose of Effexor XR July 23, from 150 mg to 112.5 mg (37.5 mg is the smallest capsule size). Overall withdrawal has been non-severe, which is good. First few days I did have severe tension headaches, but ibuprofen took care of that. However, I did have a couple of weird […]

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Using art to escape life

Last post I talked about my desire to taper off Effexor after being on it for eleven years. Another health concern on my radar is recent the report of an increased risk of breast cancer in correlation to alcohol consumption. I already have an increased risk of breast cancer from family history (my mother and […]

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A life without antidepressants – is it possible?

I’m about to begin a scary journey, one I’ve been thinking about for a while but was too scared to start. As I’ve mentioned before, I have had clinical depression (also known as major depression) for many years now. For the past eleven years I have been taking Effexor XR (150 mg) daily, which improved […]

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Rain & my mind

Give me any rainy day and I will give you nothing in return. I do manage to get out of bed, and if I happen to be off from the day job, I will get a workout in first thing in the morning. But anything else – zippy. My chronic depression is kept in check, […]

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