Any experiences of adopting while taking antidepressants?
Hello, me again!
Just wondered if anyone has any experience of this. I've been on medication for a number of years which was initially for fairly low level stress and anxiety...was on a very low dose for a long time which kept me well...it wasn't anything I really thought much about, just took them with my daily vitamins, and got on with it...when we decided to ttc I decided to come off them which triggered a bout of really severe depression. I couldn't cope, was in a very dark place...literally felt pinned to the bed and paralysed with anxiety. I started back on the meds as well as really focussing on self care...mindfulness, cut out alcohol, exercise, diet etc as the GP advised the risk of stopping the meds outweighed any risk of staying on them as these were very mInimal. I went back on them an recovered relatively swiftly. Obviously put ttc on hold until I was well again.
I then went through seven pregnancy losses in 3 years...I'm actually amazed that despite the heartbreak of it all I coped far better than I ever would have expected and have come out of the other side of it. That hasn't just been fluke...I've worked bloody hard at it...the self care I mentioned above (apart from the odd G and T once in a blue moon and I have let the gym membership lapse!) as well as working hard to keep our relationship strong, making sure we still live a relatively happy and sociable life by cultivating the areas aside from building our family.
This is a very long winded way of asking but I think the context is important. I just wondered if being on the antidepressants would be an absolute deal breaker? I would try coming off them again if it was but Im absolutely terrified at the thought of it so would really rather not.
I expect it might vary by the agency but I wondered if anyone else had experienced this or similar. Happy for people to PM if they'd prefer.