Seroquel Withdrawal is a Difficult, But Winnable, Journey!

Getting off of seroquel can be a trying thing, but I am sending you a glimpse of my struggle with this to encourage you to keep going and think the best on your withdrawal journey!

So, I am in Day 6 of seroquel withdrawal. I went down on it for two weeks gradually, then thought I couldn’t do it and took it again for two days, then with the encouragement of my psychiatrist, the amazing Dr. Rosenburg, have restarted the two week process, going seroquel-free for the sixth day in a row today!

I am happy to report that this long process gets easier every day!

I am experiencing the two main side effects of lots of diarrhea and dizziness (preventing me from driving, but I have a “chauffeur” in my friends and family!), and these two (for me) side effects are a little daunting and have prevented me from making any art except for these cuties:

These are soap dishes for my three bathrooms and a “McCurry” spoon rest! Cost: under $5!

I have been exhausted, anxious, had potty issues and had to retrain my brain not to automatically want the over-sedation of seroquel with every passing feeling…

Today, after some insomnia (another side effect), I woke up with my daughter feeling excellent and full of life!

Rosenburg has said that I need to work on experiencing my feelings and not always reaching for a pill to cope. I am happy to say that today, although I have been dealing with a fair amount of anxiety on this point, I am more capable of riding out the bumps and bruises of seroquel withdrawal because I am finding that I have more energy, I’m more alert, I have more room in my heart to experience the goodness of my life with the two McCurrys that I adore, and I’m increasingly feeling better and better!

No more days of overly-sedating, nap-inducing, flu-symptom causing Seroquel for this chick!

My replacement medication, Haldol, is holding me in a happier and more freeing mindset as I make my tempered way through the last half of seroquel withdrawal, something that I doubt will actually take 8 more days since it’s technically been out of my system for the previous two weeks (except for those two days in between).

I am happy to report that life is what you make it! Being mentally free from overbearing medicines just makes it that much easier!

I may be dizzy and have potty issues, I may end up resting for most of all of today, but my mind feels happier than I expected and I am ready to ride out the ups and downs of this anti-seroquel ride to its completion to see what is next in life and art with you along with me on this personal journey of health, creation and family love!

Bell-Bells is ready, too!

Here’s hoping that we are all making our ways to a more freeing, loving mindset to give us the hope and encouragement we will need to make the most of our mental health journey!

🦋🦋🦋, Marie K Johnston

Check me out at https://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston and http://www.BooksbyMarieKJohnston.com to preview and purchase my novels and books of poetry, and as always, read my fiction and folk art blog at http://www.MarieKJohnston.com!

Happy living begins when you are happy in your heart!

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