Originally Posted by PhotoChick
My first question is why do you not want to go back on meds? Is it the Prozac specifically? Would you be willing to try a different med?
- You know to avoid alcohol, I hope.
Alcohol is a depressive.
Thanks so much for responding. The last straw, the reason I stopped taking Prozac after eight years (this time), was because I read studies that found exercise worked as well or better. I don't know if that is really true, but I'd sure like find out.
I didn't feel human on Prozac. I felt frozen and detached. For example, my dad died and I didn't shed a tear. Two years later my mom died and my eyes reddened. I'm carrying horrible, unprocessed grief for them. In fact, I've wept for my dad twice this week, two and one-half years after his passing.
Desire for sex evaporated and I put on over 30 pounds. My blood sugar has been stable since I quit and I don't crave anything in particular, like tortilla chips and salsa, anymore.
As far as other drugs, I've tried many of them: Tri-cyclics in the old days, Lithium, Wellbutrin, Paxil, etc. Paxil in particular made me very ill. Of all of them, I felt the best on Prozac.
I'm sure not against anti-depressants in theory, in fact, I consider them a gift from God. I was hospitalized for major depression about 20 years ago and we fondly called it Club Meds. If I think suicidal thoughts again, I'll go back to Prozac in a heart beat. I've got two full bottles in reserve just in case.
But I really, really want to try living
without it. I'm willing to pray, research, ask questions, and make healthy changes.
One of the ways I self-medicated was with alcohol and I achieved disastrous results. By the grace of God, I've been sober 20 years.
I wish all the best for you and your husband!