Jana Kramer is opening up about her decision to go off anxiety medication.
In Monday’s episode of her Whine Down podcast, the singer, 39, revealed that she’s been off her meds for over a month after being on some form of prescription for the past 18 years.
“I’m officially a month and a week off anxiety meds,” she said. “I haven’t had an anxiety attack yet.”
Kramer, who shares daughter Jolie, 6, and son Jace, 4, with ex-husband Mike Caussin, explained she made the decision to “wean” herself off the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) Lexapro. used to treat anxiety and depression – after having your firstborn.
Despite her best efforts to wean off the drug, Kramer said she still had panic attacks and anxiety attacks that kept her from fully coming off. Then, after splitting from ex-husband Mike Caussin in April 2021, her panic attacks stopped altogether.
“After I got divorced, I haven’t had a panic attack,” she said. “It’s like when you release the negative or the stimuli from the past or something that may remind you of it. It was still in my body.
The discovery led her to talk to her doctor about going off her meds completely.
“To be honest with you Doctor, I haven’t had an anxiety attack since my divorce,” the Have a good fight the co-author recalled telling his doctor. “In my mind, I was like, ‘I can [go off completely]? How how? I will be OK?'”
Her concerns were met with positive reassurance from her doctor: “‘In about a month, you may have to go back, and that’s okay,'” she recalled that the doctor had stayed. “‘Don’t hit yourself.'”
Kramer has opened up in the past about how her tumultuous marriage to Caussin has caused her mental anguish.
In an October episode of Facebook Watch Red table, Kramer revealed that he “destroyed” Caussin’s belongings, including an expensive tuxedo and multiple Xboxes, after catching him cheating on her with over 13 women.
“I’ve destroyed so many things in my house,” she said. “There was this pantry door… so me and my friends took a bat… I destroyed all his Xboxes and all those things he said were his only vice. I wrote all over his tuxedo . I freaked out for a minute.”
Kramer, who is currently single but continues to parent her little ones with Caussin, told Yahoo Life in November that her biggest dreams these days are to find peace in her life.
“I know that to be a good mom, a good partner — hopefully one day — and a good boss, I have to take care of myself and I have to show up on my own too,” she explains. We always show up for other people that we forget about ourselves. To give you that peace and that grace and that investment goes a long way.
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