Sometimes clients ask what I think about a particular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medication that you're considering taking for anxiety or OCD. More often, you tell me you want to come off your SSRI. Clients who say this have usually been taking SSRIs for 10 years or longer and frequently share that "It helped me at the start but it's not helping anymore."
As a nutritionist, I can't tell you to take or not take medication because this is out of my scope of practice. I can tell you that you may benefit from taking specific supplements alongside your SSRI, *and* that research shows when you come off an SSRI, you need to do so very, very slowly. I'll share more on this below.
Because I've seen some questionable claims and culture around SSRI medications on social media recently, I'm going to share some facts and thoughts for you to consider.
The following blood tests are worth requesting from your family doctor/GP if you have been struggling with...
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) anxiety or depression
mental health changes
maternal mental health changes (OCD, anxiety, depression).
If your doctor wont order all or some of these tests (sometimes there are public health funding reasons for this), it’s worth investing in having them done via a private lab. It will cost more but then you have a baseline to work from as you work on your health. And as you focus on improving your health, blood tests only need to be repeated once every six to 12 months at most.
Inspired by author and depression and anxiety survivor Matt Haig, I'm sharing a list of things that can spike or worsen my OCD, rumination, anxiety and stress. And a list of things that have supported my recovery from 19 years of OCD, that make me feel happy in my soul and which help to quiet my mind.
Things that make me worse
Staying up too late
Doing too much
Not resting enough
Not eating enough protein (meats, fish, eggs)
Crowded, busy cities (if I’m there too long)
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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