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Teresalovesshoes: Husband suffering PSSD


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I am new to this site and found it as my husband, after 6 years of anti depressants, has permanent PSSD.  The affect is life changing for us both, and he refuses to go to see GP, as he feels there is no cure and no way out, .  In fact he wishes he had never taken the drug if he had know it had this side affect. At the time he was so unwell and gave up work and I cared for him through his time of wanting to take his own life.  I feel we have gone full circle and back to square one.   I had been thinking "he didn't fancy me" or was having an affair!  He showed me an article on PSSD and we both broke down.  Is there a way out of this....??? 

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Terrsalovesshoes - how long has your husband been off the drug?

Escitalopram for anxiety (dates below are approximate).


Oct 09 - Apr 10, 20mg (tapered off over about 6 weeks). 

Jun 10 - Feb 11, 20mg (tapered off over about 6 weeks). 

Jun 11 - Aug 12, 20mg (started to taper off but failed). 

Oct 12 - Dec 13, 20mg.  Dec 13 - Apr 14, 10mg.  Apr 14 - Nov 14, 5mg. 

Nov 14 - Jan 16, 20mg.  Jan 16 - Aug 16, 10mg.  Aug 16 - Dec 16, 10mg every other day.  Dec 16 - Jan 17 5mg every third day.  Jan 17 - took last tablet.



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Is your husband still taking an antidepressant?


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