I had such a hard day recently– my anxiety levels were higher than usual (“usual” being not too bad for the last four years– thanks, ERP!). I felt this strange depression, a strong desire to sleep, and a hovering sadness that wouldn’t lift. My blood pressure felt through the roof, and the stress took a very physical toll on my body: by the time I crawled into bed for the night, my shoulders felt like cement blocks and my arms were throbbing with pain.
I realized that– while racing out the door that morning– I had not taken my Effexor XR or my Prozac.
Just one dose missed, and it was so terribly evident.
I have acknowledged that I may be on medication for the rest of my life, and I’m okay with it. In fact, I’m quite protective over my right to take medication.
I read this awesome related post on the OCD Foundation’s blog recently. And it turned out that Alison, the blogger, lives in Minneapolis … so we got coffee.* Love my OCD community!
* And since then, we’ve accepted new roles at the Twin Cities affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (I’ll be the communications director) … and have an event planned in Minneapolis for OCD awareness week! Exciting!