5 tips for when you want to come off your medication | #AskMind – Episode 1

hi and welcome to the first ever episode of ask mind with you are lovely youtube viewers can ask us.


hi and welcome to the first ever episode of ask mind with you are lovely youtube viewers can ask us that like anything you like about mental house whether it’s about a new medication need to start taking or if you’re not sure about what right Kevin hospital or even if you just want to know if it for your everyday life we’re here to help you so onto our first-ever question and this one is from Lilly many she said and I am thinking about coming off the medication I’ve been taking the depression but i’ve heard there might be withdrawal symptoms is there anything I can do to help me cope with the effects of withdrawal? Well Lilly you are not alone we get asked this one a lot on our info line. There are lots of different reasons why you might want to come off your medication but with withdrawal can be a really difficult thing to go through for a lot of people so it’s not a decision that can be taken lightly everyone will have a different experience but over the years we’ve talked a lot of different people and there are some things that we found that most people can find help them look after themselves when withdrawing from medication so we put together our top five tips on how to cope. if you want to come off medication is important to plan this please please please don’t just got suddenly a good idea to talk to your doctor if you feel comfortable doing this about things you could be to help make withdrawal you do like you can get to go slowly or you can switch to an alternative medication before coming off completely and remember there are some drugs it’s actually quite dangerous to stop taking suddenly. You can check out our information on our website about different types of medication to find out more about yours Tip number 2 is that different drugs will have different withdrawal symptoms and different people will experience different symptoms too as our bodies process medication quite differently Lilly, i’m not sure what type of specific medication you’re on but you can look at our alphabetical list of medications online withdrawal symptoms that might happen with your medication you might find it easy to manage symptoms if you know what to expect. ok so tip number 3 is that it is really good idea if you can to talk to friends and family by the decision to come off it might be good for them to know in advance that they might need to look after your little bit more if you’re finding withdrawal symptoms difficult and it’s always nice to people you care about around you when making a big decision. If you’re worried about your mental health problem coming back when you stop taking medication your friends and family can also help you stay aware of how you’re coping. If you don’t feel ok talking to friends and family about stopping medication which is fair enough some of us won’t. You could try looking for support group. You could try you local Mind! Or you can look for support online we’ve got our own online support community called Elefriends. You can check it out here. Number 4 One of the most important things you can do is remember to look after yourself you going to do something really difficult you might want to plant in some extra time to do things to look after yourself You could try some of our tips on relaxation we’ve got here number five remember to look after your physical health too. Getting a good amount of sleep easy well staying active even if it’s just a little bit can make a really big difference to how you feel. It might feel like a challenge to do this stuff and you’re going through withdrawal so you could do things like my cooking up a batch of meals in advance and putting them in the freezer when you want them later or you can get some one to come with you to go for a walk to help you get out every day and get a bit of fresh air hopefully those are some useful ideas to help you cope with the withdawal if I missed anything go ahead and leave your answers in the comments below and if you want to know more you can take a look at our website for more information and you can check out our other YouTube videos where you can hear people talking about their experiences of medication. Right I hope thats helped Lilly. Best of luck and take care. Bye!

12 thoughts on “5 tips for when you want to come off your medication | #AskMind – Episode 1”

  1. These are all good advice. I would just add that not everyone is truly prepared to leave the medication, even though it's a sad truth, it must be commented. I mean, without the medication you're all by yourself. So, the 4 advice is the most special one. Look after yourself, some people aren't even going to have one, definite diagnostic.

    During my life, doctors said three different things, and I took meds since I was 12 until last year. I'm 30 years old now. When I noticed that even professionals couldn't really say relevant things anymore about my condition, I said to myself "I won't take meds anymore", and I am clean since then. But it's hard. A rollercoaster sometimes, and I feel guilty most of the time because I know sometimes I am a problem. So you must be prepared to have great days, and bad days – but never stop believing yourself and walk your way with your chin up. Self-control is the key. If you do something wrong, show how sorry you feel and try to do not commit the same error again.

    And when looking after yourself, PLEASE pay attention to your social life as well, even if you're an introspective one. I lost nearly 10 years of my life because of depression, even though I had my parents. We are all humans, and as humans we always need someone, at least one friend or one person to help us past through the hard moments. Taking responsibilities always help as well. Adopt a pet, or focus on your job. And do your best, always. I wish the best to everyone that reads this message. Stay focused – and stay strong.

  2. I was warned by a Pharmacist here in Canada, not to come off Xanax 'cold turkey' ie. suddenly because I risked having a seizure…take lots of magnesium supplements. Seemed to help me.

  3. hi, i visited a hospital for ocd and anxiety psychoteraphy 2 weeks ago, but instead they gave some medications and told that these are medications for anxiety, but they lied and the were pills for treating bipolar disorder.
    i admit i have o.c.d and anxiety, but i do not have any bipolar, the medication they gave are causing serious side effects, all i want them stop taking them, please guaid me how to come off these medication safely

  4. medication just doesn't work. it hasn't for me. I don't trust them at all and I think they just make u feel worse instead of better.

  5. Hi, I've watched your video about tips if ever I'll stop taking the meds. I've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder since I was in 2nd year college same with my older brother. My question is when can we stop it? at what age? I've tried it and I felt like my body can't handle the withdrawal, It's like I can't control my emotions, I've lost my appetite, I can't sleep just 3-4 hrs everyday. My brother has the same symptoms and I'm scared that he will become psychotic since he stopped his meds 🙁 I've continued mine because my body can't take it off. My doctor told me that I should not stop taking the antipsychotic meds since it will stabilize my mood. I'm a little scared because if my body can't take the medication then it won't take any effect. Does this happen? Thanks and I'll subscribe, thanks for the tips and I'll follow the blog. Rainier – Philippines

  6. I am an avid #MentalHealthAwareness advocate and performer, and I love this so much. I travel the country trying to bring that awareness on stages, in classrooms, hospitals, and on my YouTube channel, so I get excited when I see other advocates. 💙❤

  7. Hi I want to stop high blood pressure medication and thyroid I've really having bad side effects my Dr's not helpful I've young family to look after I'm single mother it effects my every day life I've started pain swelling in my feet and other body parts also I feel sleepy most of my time whichs scary please help me out with this

  8. i took big pharma drugs it gave nerropfe in my hands and feat it deformed my body and it also gave me a-fib heart beat big pharma drugs rulened my life.

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