Are you on anti-depression or anxiety medication? Are you ready to live your life free of chemical manipulation from pills? Are you ready to put the effort into your mental health that you deserve? Here’s a quick overview on how to start the path to mental clarity, away from pharmaceutical intervention.
TAKING THE MEDICATION
- Research and ask your Doc or NP. Why did he/she give this particular medication (rx) to you? How is it working to make you feel less “depressed” or “anxious”?
- Side effects. Short term and long-term?
- Lost nutrients. Are there any supplements you can take that will help you regaining any nutrients lost by taking the rx?
WEANING OFF THE MEDICATION
- DO NOT quick cold turkey!
- Consult with your MD or NP. Be firm in stating that you want to be more natural in your approach to an anxiety, depression free lifestyle.
- Be cautious that some medical professionals do have the specific training or agree with natural regimens and approaches.
- Anti-depressants can be used as a “bridge” until you’re able to eat healthier and participate in more natural forms of anxiety and stress relief.
- Ask yourself: Where do your symptoms stem from? What causes your symptoms and what naturally makes you feel better? Are you repressing any traumas? Have you healed from your scars?
- Having a support system (family, friends, groups) is KEY! Make sure that your support system knows your plan to wean off your rx’s so that they can support you.
- Sometimes, it may be necessary to continue taking the depression rx long term or indefinitely.
- Supplements: Vitamin B Complex for energy, Immune Support, Tumeric for headaches and anti-inflammatory effects, Omega 3s, Folic Acid
- Essential Oils (used as a spray to the face or applied to back of the neck): Lavender (calming), Orange (stimulating), Frankincense, anything mixtures that smell great to you will help
- Mindful therapies: breathing techniques, yoga, meditation, qi gong, tai chi, boxing, gym classes
**Disclaimer** I have maintained a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from PennState University since 2009. The information in this article is NOT to be used as “medical advice” but as a tool, based off of years research and personal experiences, for living healthy. Please feel free to use my personal email: Candice@blackgirlhealth.com to contact me for info on your path. I’d love to share my story and path with you!