Monthly Mental Health Update

Hey, everyone! This past month has been super busy, and I haven’t had time to blog much. I figured I could keep you guys in the loop by writing Monthly Mental Health Updates at the end of every month. I can write about medications, new therapy skills, my fails and triumphs, and just how I’m doing overall!

This post might be on the shorter side because yesterday I was diagnosed with Mono, and I’m not feeling my best. And to answer your question, no, I have not been kissing anyone! So, while I’m sitting on my couch sucking on cough drops, allow me to tell you about my January.

Exciting news!

I believe I found the right medication!

I went to my December psychiatric appointment with the disappointing news that yet another medication failed. I tried Zoloft, Lexapro, and Prozac. I lost hope that I would ever be able to find a medicine that would work, and my anxiety and depression were at an all-time high. I thought I wouldn’t get any better and I would always feel like this.

Then, my psychiatrist prescribed Cymbalta. I didn’t expect much because all the other medications failed so miserably. But, the first day I took it, I noticed my generalized anxiety had calmed down significantly! I tried not to get my hopes up too much, but a couple of days later, something amazing happened: I left the house without taking any Klonopin or Vistaril! This doesn’t seem that a big deal to many people, but I went five months without being able to comfortably leave my house without Klonopin. I left the house and spent the whole day with my family at the mall! I had a few moments of anxiety, but it was manageable. I was so excited!

A day later, I left the house again. Two days later, I did it again. I now can comfortably leave the house without being in constant misery! In fact, I’m going hiking in a couple of weeks four hours away from home with my family.

I have found so much freedom and relief with Cymbalta, and I’m so grateful to be able to enjoy the positive parts of my life now.

The reason I’ve been so busy lately is because my oldest sister is getting married this Sunday! We’re all so excited, but these last-minute details are stressful! I’m surprised by how well I’m handling this stress- I haven’t had a panic attack in 18 days! My only concern about the wedding is that I could have a panic attack while standing at the alter because I’m a bridesmaid. Other than that, I’m pumped to eat some barbeque at the reception and get a good night’s sleep! I’ll let you know how it goes!

Thanks for reading!

January has been a very successful month for me, mental-health wise. I’m so thankful for everybody reading my posts and keeping up with me! I’m continuing to improve and step out of my comfort zone step-by-step. I’m looking forward to February and I’ll let you know how next month goes for me! The main point I believe this post proves is it gets better with time and effort. I thought I would never make any improvement, but after months of psychiatric appointments, therapy, and plain misery, I’m doing so much better. I was at the point of giving up, then God scooped me back up and gave me hope, and I know He will for you, too. Don’t give up, friends!


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