Life After Depression?
June 16, 2014 9:52 AM Subscribe
My depression medication is working, I feel better than I can remember ever feeling... and I have no clue how to deal with it! Once your brain chemistry is taken care of, what comes after?
posted by showbiz_liz to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
***I am looking for a new therapist; my insurance changed two or three months ago and I had to stop seeing my old one, who was only kinda helping, anyway.***
I've had issues with low self esteem and depression off and on since I can remember. I did CBT a while ago, which really helped me, but the underlying feelings were more or less still there. I got SUPER unhappy this past winter, which led to me getting on Prozac, which starting around February led to, holy shit, me feeling just so amazingly great that I can hardly believe it. Not in a "high off my ass" way, but in a "generally content with life and with myself in a way I didn't think possible" way. I honestly can't remember ever feeling like this.
Great! Only, a literal lifetime of NOT being a happy person has left me totally unprepared for this. I find myself having trouble developing new, good habits, even though I now feel like I finally have the energy to do that if I could only get myself started. I want to take up old hobbies and make new friends and take better care of myself and all this shit, and I no longer feel like that stuff is impossible, but I just sort of... don't know how to do it. I still find myself falling back on old, time-waste-y habits which I developed to cope with my depression, only now they just leave me feeling antsy.
So how do I take advantage of this newly chemically balanced brain of mine, and start using it in the way that a happy and well-adjusted person would use it? How did you change your life after successfully getting on antidepressants?