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!