You have been officially diagnosed as ……… What now? Here is the bare bones truth of the matter: for a while you are mostly likely going to feel worse. While some revel in the fact that they have a name to put onto the chaos that they have been experiencing, other people see their new diagnosis and coinciding medication regimen as a mark against them and their future. What no one tells you is that regardless of how you feel about that new label, your body is going to take awhile to adjust to your new medication. For some period of time, you are most likely going to feel numb or distant from your emotions. For those who had uncontrollable mood swings or deep depression, this may feel like a relief. Others will wonder if they will ever experience the surge of joy or the rush of emotion unrestrained again. You may feel disconnected from the world around you and distant from the passion that others seem to be experiencing in one form or another. You will wonder if it will ever end, if the fog will clear. The answer, for the majority of people, is that it most definitely will. You will feel the comfort of a pet’s touch and appreciate the sunshine on your back again. You will want to create or be the object of someone’s affection. You may even experience your spirituality again. There is hope. Don’t give up. Just give your body time to get used to your new medication. Work with your doctor to find the right dose for you. And, remember that this too shall pass.
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