Wednesday, October 31, 2007

SSRI reduction...

Lately I've been wondering whether my short-term memory has been compromised by using SSRI's (alias Prozac) for OCD/Depression (I've been on prescription for that for the last 8 years or so)... I read some stuff online which was pretty damning about the stuff... so I decided pretty much unilaterally to gradually reduce the dosage at 5% per week initially, and see what happens.

I've dropped from 3 caps a day (60mg) nearly down to 2 per day (40mg); so far I don't think I am having any huge adverse effects. I think if anything, I'm feeling more clear-headed and 'with-it'. Time will tell.

I may rethink the reduction strategy when I'm at 2 per day; perhaps adjust to 5% of that dose reduction per week.

I'm pretty much aware that I really need to keep regular hours of sleep etc. and get some exercise .... have been doing pretty well on the former front, but still need to come up to speed on the latter.

I have walked to work a few times lately, listening to MP3's on the way (makes it a lot less boring - cheers to David Allen for his excellent 'Getting Things Done - Fast' CD's :) ).
Need to make it a real habit.

Alternatives could be push-biking (cycling) and maybe roller-blading :)

Wish me luck and / or willpower :)

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