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Its almost a year since I started my journey with fluoxetine........and not for the first time. I have had a few episodes of depression but I have learnt that each one is an individual battle.
A year ago I was scrawling these pages looking for a snippet of hope that I wouldnt feel as sh*t (to put it frankly!) as I did right then.
I hope I can offer that snippet to you if you are reading this because things really do get better. I dont mean you will feel magically fantastic and life will be all roses but eventually you will feel...........normal.
You wont feel like this forever. You will get better. You will start to regain your life, your hope, your enthusiasm, your confidence and your wellbeing.
I wont bore you with all the details but I have written below some key points and things I found helped at time I frankly thought I was loosing it!
- I googled things ALOT like 'when will i feel normal' 'how long does fluoxetine take to work' 'week 5 and I still feel horrendous'. Truth is that some of it helps but dont dwell or hold onto other peoples experiences. Some people feel better quickly, some dont. It took me over 3 months to start feeling anywhere near normal.
- tell people your struggling, you will be suprised at how many people have struggled too and will understand why you dont want to go out or be at work or might not be thrilling company
- even if you get zero pleasure from doing something go through the motions it fills time that might otherwise be spent going through all the negative and intrusive thoughts you may be having.
After 4months I went back to work. At around six months I started to gain confidence that I could handle things. a year on and I feel 'normal'-and you will too.
much love x
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