Nobody told me

Nobody told me ten years ago

In the middle of a crisis of my mind

That the miracle pill I was being prescribed

That the pill which was so hard getting used to

Would be worse to get off of

Would be compared to heroin to withdraw from

I’m on 40 mg of Paxil and have pretty much been on that dosage for the last ten years

I’m pretty sure that for the last 5plus years that my continuing to take it, does little else but keep me from getting sick

A year ago a psychiatrist recommended I wean off of it and try something else

I panicked

I never went back

I know it’s the right thing to do of course

I know my anxiety won out

Despite that I’ve been able to get a really firm handle on managing my anxiety disorder

Certain situations make the anxious thoughts and sensations come back with a vengeance

The flu

Being intoxicated

Certain medications and side effects

And the thought of weaning off Paxil

Not because I’m a firm believer in the drug

But because I am so fucking scared of losing myself again

It was so awful once upon a time to be afraid of my mind

To be afraid to be alone with my thoughts

To not trust myself

And yeah the Paxil isn’t improving my mood

But I feel like me

Granted a heavier sweatier me

But that’s a small price to pay for peace of mind


But I went back to the aforementioned doctor yesterday

And explained why he never saw me again and my fear of the withdrawal process

When voicing these concerns, he recommended contacting a Compounding pharmacy

The compounding pharmacy can create capsules that would allow me to reduce Paxil in smaller increments

Say for example by the rule of 10% drop, so 4 mg at a time

Maybe for a week or two

The process will take longer but the goal is to minimize the negative side effects associated with Paxil withdrawal

I contacted some compounding pharmacies and they can do that

For a cost of course

But peace of mind you know…

I am supposed to call the doctor and let him know what I have found and decided

But instead I obsessed and allowed my anxious thoughts to run wild

With all the what if’s and worse case scenarios

So here I am now 24 hours after seeing the doctor

I’ve had to take an addition Ativan to blanket my anxiety

I’ve made no concrete decision

And as long as I continue to avoid the decision

My anxiety will remain at bay

And I know that’s not an answer

Just another avoidance

And I’ll tell myself it’s for the best

And my anxiety-addled brain will believe me


9 thoughts on “Nobody told me”

  1. Wishing you all the luck in the world! I know this crap isn’t easy and is scary, but I believe in you. You are smart and strong which is much more than so many other people in the world. Anxiety and stress are the biggest evils in life. Sending you love, comfort and strength ♡

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      1. You are welcome! I agree with you that it has been a shitty 2018, but hopefully it will get better soon! I was so hopeful that 2018 would be better than 2017, but it has not been so far. Maybe it was just left over shittiness from 2017!

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  2. I am sorry that you are having a rough time of it. Deep breaths and baby steps are the best things you can do. When your anxiety pipes up remind it that it is only 4 mg. That from 40 it is now 36 and it does not need to worry. I know it sounds weird, personifying anxiety but it may help.

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    1. Thanks Jay-lyn. I like personifying my anxiety and I have done that over the years and if I go through with this I will definitely be reaching into that old bag of tricks for sure.


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