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On this sunny morning, I thought I'd come back and tell you how things are for me after six months on Fluoxetine.
The early weeks were a great struggle with many of the usual symptoms of getting on to this drug. These symptoms gradually disappeared as the weeks went by and life started to feel OK and then good again.
After six months - hm! actually seven on Friday - I spend most of my time feeling on top of the world and often, joyous. I feel good inside and good about myself and my place in our world. I'm a nicer guy - easier to be with - than I used to be, more laid back and accepting of other people.
None of my problems in life have changed, I just view them differently, recognising that for now at least, I am coping with them and enjoying life inspite of them.
It's not all roses in the garden - I got into a bit of depression over Easter but it was nowhere near like depression used to be for me. I shifted it by accepting it and putting into practice my new found tools - not being ashamed of it, not seeing it as weakness and talking about it with friends.
During the early weeks of Fluoxetine, I had seven sessions of NHS counselling, during which I discovered the root cause of me chosing depression in the face of extreme emotional difficulties - I also discovered the need to accept depression for what it is and to talk about how I was feeling. It is a mental illness. For a great many people, Fluoxetine is the medicine for it - once you get through the initial hardships of taking it.
I didn't believe Fluoxetine would make me feel well again but honoured my agreement with my GP and kept taking it. Now, I can tell you that it does work - there can be joy in your life again, with lots and lots of roses in your garden.
Good luck, may the struggle to get onto Fluoxetine be over quickly for you and I wish you joy in your lives again. Keep taking it!
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