The only way to get off depression meds without risking getting depressed again
Here's the scenario…
Your doctor has agreed to wean you off your antidepressants, so now you're worried.
Your antidepressants have been your life line for the last 10 years...
How do you ensure you don't relapse back into depression once the antidepressant is no longer in your system?
Do you achieve this by sheer will power?
Or do you achieve this by following a precise set of practical steps?
Well you’re in luck, as that is precisely what I intend to reveal in this article today.
This strategy will work for you if you have been on antidepressants for 6 months, 5 years, 10 years or 30 years.
This strategy will work for you regardless if you are on Zoloft (Sertraline), Lexapro (Escitalopram), Prozac (Fluoxetine), Celexa (Citalopram),Paxil (Paroxetine)… Or any other type of antidepressant.
But before I dig into the steps, I have a slightly weird question to ask you.
Do you believe that your depression is treatable?
A few days ago I asked this question on a few Facebook pages and some of the pages literally exploded with comments.
I've collected a few of these comments to share with you because they highlight a crucial point you must consider when you are trying to stop taking antidepressants.
Here are the comments…
"Depression will always be there. Coping mechanisms and support keep it under control but it is a delicate balance between coping and slipping. Everyone is so very different though. It hits people in varying ways and we all cope differently. We all have triggers, we deal/fight with our minds daily, sometimes we cope, sometimes we don't."
(The sentiments here is that depression will always be lurking, no matter what you do)
"Not within the confines of my current life situation."
(In other words... He believes his life situation makes it impossible to break free of depression.)
"I used to, until I met a woman called Sasha. She is my rock!!"
(He believes that the woman in his life made it possible for him to avoid depression.)
"I believe over years you can learn to cope with it. Have coping mechanism in place, know your triggers etc."
(She was convinced that all you can do with depression is just to COPE and manage it.)
"I have had it for over 30 yrs. I feel it will never go"
(For her, the knock backs over the years appeared to have convinced her that depression was untreatable.)
"Like most invisible illnesses it depends on the person. What works for you might not work for me. Don't think I'll ever be 100% free of it. Mine is currently under control but who knows when it will flare up again."
(This is the classic belief that concludes that situation is different, as such my depression is untreatable even if yours is treatable..)
Comment 7 & 8:
"Sometimes I think that it's a burden I will carry until the end of my life.""No. Always there, just below the surface. Like a cancer."
(Both people here feel resigned to the faith that nothing can be done about their depression.)
Now, you might wonder...
What prompted me to ask such a question?
Well, the other day, I invited some people who were struggling with depression to a seminar on how to come off antidepressants without getting depressed again.
And very few people opted in to attend.
This made me wonder.
Because if your experience is that, for the last 30 years, whenever you come off your antidepressants you gradually go downhill again…
it can be quite easy to believe that you're stuck with depression for life.
But I would like to council you very strongly against this belief.
Because believing this could make you spend the next 70 years of your life battling depression when you do not have to.
Why am I saying this very confidently?
Because time and time again, many of my clients have succeeded at overcoming their depression, and have been able to live the happy lifestyle they wanted despite still having stress in their lives.
In fact the other day I got an email from a former client updating me about her progress.
She informed me that she is still not on any medication and has not had a relapse in the last 2 years.
2 years ago after her therapy with me this was the initial testimony she gave.
"The sessions have helped me to stop over analysing everything.
I am now not getting overly stressed, which has had the effect of helping me manage my depression better. I have been able to wean myself off my antidepressants, obviously with my doctor’s guidance.
Now for the first time in ten years I have been off my antidepressants for almost a month, and I am still feeling better than I have ever felt in a long while. In the past, my depression would come back with full force
within just one week of stopping my meds.
What’s strange is that my anxiety is also reduced even though I have been stressed beyond belief. My sleep has improved too..."
But was my client's experience just a fluke?
My experience has been that I have worked with people with a varying experience of depression.
From working with people who have only been depressed for a few months. To people who have been depressed for 30 to 50 years.
And these individuals have all successfully learnt to drop elements within their lifestyles they had which was propping their depression up. Once they did this,they all became free of depression. What's more this type of result is not limited to my personal clients.
I see similar results with clients who were treated by my psychotherapy friends.
So,please permit me to say, if you keep relapsing whenever you come off your antidepressants, the truth is that you are doing something incredibly wrong.
And I don't mean this as a criticism.
I would just like to help shed light on some crucial things so many people get wrong in the way they relate to their depression.
What did my client do differently that you are not doing.
That's where today's video comes in.
Please click play to find out…
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