Depression: a small guide to help you get off anti-depressants easily!
Every year, millions of people take medication to treat their depression. For some, antidepressants provide a temporary respite from what appears to be an unbearable burden. For others, antidepressant use creates more negative and undesirable side effects than benefits.
And then, when the depression remains – or becomes worse – the pharmacological arena of trying pill after pill settles… that is until we decide we don’t want to be a part of that, but it’s not so simple.
When we want to find ourselves
People who come to me in order to help them come off a certain medication, always tell me: “I realize that it isn’t doing me any good, but I do not know how to stop.”
You may have reached a point where you feel less of a need for an anti-depressant. Even come to a point where you wonder why you’re still intoxicating yourself with it.
Maybe the pharmaceutical methods have never really clicked for you. You may be wondering, “What’s next for me?”
Doctors who prescribe anti-depressants often fail to develop a long-term plan with the patient. Because reducing antidepressants calls for a delicate balance between timing, dosage and good support structures. More importantly, your success will depend on your attitude and your firm commitment to carry it out: and sadly, this is not taken into consideration by a psychiatrist before prescription.
Here are the 9 key steps you need to know before you start reducing psychiatric medication. This is not intended to be a comprehensive guide but rather to illustrate the general idea of this process which must nevertheless be largely individualized.
Essential Steps to Reducing an Antidepressant
The weaning of drugs imposes great demands on the mind and body. Supporting the state of your body must be a priority before, during and after the weaning process.
Depression is strongly related to inflammation in the body, so reducing it is the # 1 priority.
Inflammatory foods such as gluten, soy and dairy products, in addition to stimulants such as sugar and caffeine, can cause brain reactions or psychiatric simulacra – physiological responses to foods that mimic the symptoms of mental illness.
So, the best is to spend a whole month completely eliminating the following trigger foods from your diet.
Cereals (including corn)
Adopt a diet rich in the following foods:
Grass fed meats
Oils such as coconut and olive oil
Organic fruits and vegetables
Raw and sprouted seeds (if tolerated)
Purified water (high amounts)
Diet is simply the easiest way to control the variables of metabolic dysfunction and inflammatory response. It is unavoidable, but it may not be enough…
Essential oils bring a definite plus in access to results, simply because their holistic use offers a nontoxic way to calm the nervous system, boost morale, fight inflammation, support immunity, less stress, and activate cellular regeneration.
So, above all, enjoy their help to the fullest. You don’t risk anything with this holistic approach.
Make a commitment… and plan.
Do an honest self-assessment before deciding to lower your antidepressants.
Is fear your dominant emotion? If so, work on your emotional state before starting by correcting your energy weaknesses with essential oils.
There is a good chance that your kidney meridian is out of balance and you have to choose the essential oils for positive action on this meridian to act on your fear. Create your kidney oil blend and massage it on points along the kidney meridian, mostly under and on the feet.
As the French would say (I can say this because I am French), to see “la vie en rose”, get rid of your toxicity!
Fear is also toxicity, and using the essential oils of the kidney meridian will facilitate the evacuation of your toxins.
Toxins are what makes you see the glass half empty… and lack confidence in you.
Stress severely limits the mechanisms that your body uses to flush out toxins, which means that simply adopting reliable ways to combat stress (preferably with essential oils and reprogramming techniques of the subconscious) will revive your evacuation capabilities.
This is where enemas will make a big difference in your life (don’t sneer, it will!).
But again, nothing will un-stress you if you do not put in the effort on the food side of things and especially, taking certain medication on the side!
The more reflexes you take to substitute aromatics for drugs, the less toxic you will be.
This consistent detoxification will have the merit of making you see life a little more clearly, including the options in front of you, especially the positives, which will be the most important element of your success!
When you encounter difficulties along the way, remember why you started this process in the first place, focus on the future, even if it means slowing down or even stopping for a while.
In this case, it’s not the how long it takes you to complete the journey, but what matters is that you actually meet your destination.
Learn to not be stressed (obvious I know, but there’s a reason we put emphasis on it)
Establishing balance in the body is only one of many steps. You must do the same for your mind: that it is not artificially maintained by drugs.
For this, you must develop your personal resilience, and this new acquisition is priceless to regain some self-esteem. You give yourself the means to fight… you leave behind the group of vegetables under the gaze of medication.
One of the most empowering ways to promote personal resilience is to train your body to respond more effectively to stress.
There are many tools that complement each other including essential oils and mindfulness exercises
Heart coherence breathing; Meditation, in solitude, in nature; Creative hobbies, such as patchwork or painting.
There are many paths to take to reach a place of inner immobility. Choose one, and stick to it.
Follow your progress
Thoughts and plans become real when we put them in writing. Start a journal that you will use throughout this process. Make it a living document; be honest every day, recording what you share with others. Take the opportunity to express your gratitude and allow yourself to dream.
Write down the dosage and type of medication you take each day, as well as the time of each dose. How do you feel before and after taking your medication?
Be prepared to adjust your plan as needed.
Anti-stress essential oils are powerful sedatives of the nervous system and can greatly help you to maintain and progress towards reduction.
Find yourself a real support group!
Social media has been found to be a huge contributor to people’s level of depression… get away from it! Your “friends” only share what is going good in their lives, which will always make their lives look better than yours in that instance.
Avoiding putting yourself in a situation of “comparison with normal people” will help you regain your balance.
Don’t avoid the possibility of surrounding yourself with new people in your life that will bring positive influences!
A “mental illness” can be profoundly transformative. Your experience will make you grow much more than those who have not experienced anything like it, so surround yourself with people who understand what you are going through from a holistic point of view, open up to something other than the conventional view of disease.
Express who you really are
As long as you take medication, it’s very difficult to project yourself into the future, or even to know why you are there.
So, decide to invest in something that fulfills you by pursuing a passion that you have never taken the time to do. Perhaps it is time to reignite an interest that you have ignored!
Allow yourself pleasure!
Learn to love yourself and become your own best friend. Protect yourself as if you are protecting what you have most dear. Learning to love yourself unconditionally is a daily practice… but it’s worth it.
The essential oils of the heart will help you there. Rose essential oil gives you unconditional love… so enjoy!
Remember your “why”
Write it down and look over it often. Have at least one good friend or advisor who understands your “why” that you can call when you feel challenged.
Recite a mantra of power when an emotion or a difficult situation occurs. The use of mantra brings your attention back to the center, gently aligning your thoughts with the positive feeling you choose.
Most importantly, be patient and kind to yourself no matter what happens to you.