I’m not sure what happened but something finally spurred me into action and I finally made it to the doctors at the end of November. It was a year ago when I went to re-register with my GP here and I remember it being Christmas time and lying to my mum about where I’d been. It was yet another year before that when I realised that I am not able to cope alone and even if it’s only a placebo effect, the medication that I took before seemed to help and I had my most productive and happy time in 20 odd years when I was taking it. The doctor didn’t ask much, it didn’t seem as though they had any of my records from when I was at university but I took one of the old boxes with me and she wrote me a new prescription for the same one.

It has been about 6 weeks since I started back on them and I think it is helping. Although they tell you it takes 4-6 weeks to take effect, I noticed around an hour after I took the first one that I felt different. It could be placebo, but my pupils were dilated and I felt energised by it like a (recreational) drug. It was almost as if I needed it. It’s difficult to know how to feel about that. I have long suspected there is something wrong with how my brain works. I know that there isn’t a very strong case for SSRIs being effective but I feel better for being on them again (despite it adding another monthly expense I can ill afford).

My general mood has improved but I still have the deeper underlying sense that life is meaningless and a crushing sense of alienation. I have been so isolated for 3 years now, it takes its toll. I still think about suicide, it seems like the only sensible thing to do sometimes. There isn’t really any reason that I want to be alive besides not inflicting the grief on my family. It’s bearable for now though. Maybe there’s still some hope for me.

Ages ago I joined a Social Anxiety group on Meetup but I’d never been to any of them since it seemed like a lot of the people in the group knew each other and I was afraid of being the new person. I did make it to one in December though, we were planning on going to a Christmas thing in the Arboretum. Only about 6 people were meant to be attending but the weather got so awful (after I’d already gone out..) that only 3 of us actually turned up. It went ok, I didn’t really say a lot but the two people I met seemed quite nice. I might go along to the next one and see how it goes. The thing is, I always feel as though I’m putting on a performance by trying to appear normal. If you are a dark, miserable person like me then you cannot “be yourself”.

The loneliness has been getting to me. I want to write more about this but it’s late and I haven’t been sleeping well. Hopefully I will remember to write more than one post every two months this year. Let’s hope 2016 is a good one.


4 thoughts on “Steps

  1. Rosie

    I’m glad you went back to the Doctors. I’ve been on citalopram for 8 years, now they want to put me on Sertraline. They’ve only just realised I have SA at 34! I’ve told the GP time and again about it, but they are now listening after I’ve seen a Clinical Psychologist. I’m sure you know, but meds are free on the dole. Life is a massive grind sometimes with SA, but the meds have made it a lot easier for me (up to now). Fingers crossed for Sertraline! There is no way on Earth I can ever be without meds, but that is ok. I don’t fit into society’s mould after years of trying, but I am ok with that now. I wish the same for you.


  2. Hi there! I have started my own personal website and blog about my own experience as a sufferer of depression and anxiety. I was wondering if you could maybe have a look and give me some feedback? Maybe even share it if you think it will help others?
    Anything you can tell me would be amazing as I am that new to this that my page is only on it’s second day. I really want to try and help other sufferers but have no guidance on what is the best way to do this whole blogging thing … Thanks so much


  3. Hey! I’m new on word press and I am thinking of also starting an anxiety blog. It is interesting to read your posts. I often feel the same. Especially some time ago. I went the same path of taking medications. I had the same experience that when I took the medication I immediately noticed the effects, like you described. It seems like it is also working for you in a sense. At least you say it is sort of bearable now. Maybe you will enter some good times now and you general views on the world change a bit. For me taking the medicines helped a lot! From a happiness of zero I changed to definitely a 80 over the three years that I took it. I gained more confidence and I am even trying life now without the medication. Which is a big struggle sometimes. Anyway, best wishes. I hope you will enter some better chapter in your life and don’t lose hope. There must be some nice medicine between those dozens, that could help you in a way!


  4. Today I was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder. I don’t have anyone to talk about it. I just feel horrible I feel like something is chasing me. At that something is going to be the end of me.


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