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Fifteen years ago, I entered into what turned out was an emotionally abusive relationship. At the time, I thought he was a great guy, and I wanted to marry him. I couldn’t understand why I felt despair and shame. I thought my emotions were the problem rather than clues that I should probably get the heck out of there.


At that time, my boyfriend, best friend, and mom all took antidepressants. I thought, “there’s no shame in taking antidepressants. It’s just like taking medication for anything else in the body.” After taking a masters-level psychopharmacology class in 2005 for part of my career, SSRIs seemed like Good Medicine. No big deal. 


I asked my GP for medicine for anxiety. She prescribed me Sertraline 150 mg.Life still sucked. I still had anxiety and depression and shame.


I tapered rapidly down to 50 mg due to two pregnancies, to reduce exposure to my babies. I tapered back up after giving birth. 


I’ve been emotionally numb for years, while still having painful depression and anxiety. I want to have access to my feelings in order to be fully present with my young kids. I feel I’ve missed out on the strong feelings of love and joy other moms feel. 


A year ago, at age 43, I was diagnosed with ADHD, inattentive type. I suspect that I’ve had lifelong undiagnosed ADHD, which can indirectly cause depression and anxiety. I’ve begun low dose of Adderall, and find it to be is incredibly helpful. (Incidentally, A friend in my adhd group mentioned that SSRI’s increase “brain fog” in folks with ADHD. I’m eager to see whether my ADHD Sx attenuate as I taper off Sertraline.)


I’m motivated to completely go off Sertraline after doing research and discovering that it was not an effective drug in the first place, and that it’s probably the cause of my emotional numbness. I’m angry I started this drug years ago. I wish I had just said “no”.


It turns out that leaving the emotionally abusive guy, *finally* getting the ADHD diagnosis, are the main things that will allow depression and anxiety to abate. I’ve got my challenges figured out. Next step: to get off the darn Zoloft! I’ve had debilitating withdrawals when I’ve tapered any more than 5% of my previous dose. I plan to continue to reduce my dose by 5% every 4 weeks until I’m down to zero.


Historically, I’ve coped with pain by hiding it from others and myself. By joining this forum, I’m forcing myself to do the opposite. I know that  vulnerability ...something something...Brene  Brown...something something....acceptance.


Anyway, it’s nice to meet you. I’m glad to be here.



Edited by Gridley
  • 2005-2008  Sertraline 150 mg 
  • 2008-2009  Sertraline 50 mg
  • 2010-2012   Sertraline 200 mg
  • 2012-2013   Sertraline 50 mg
  • 2014-2018   Sertraline 150 mg
  • 2109  Nov—Started Adderall 5 mg 1-2x day
  • 2019 Dec —Start slow taper—125 mg Sertraline 
  • 2020 Adderall—changed to XR 10mg
  • 2020  Sertraline 112.5 mg
  • 2021 Feb 108.25 mg Sertraline
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Welcome to SA, MayJest.


To give members the best information, we ask them to summarize their medication history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly.


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Your taper rate is well within what we recommend.  If your WD symptoms get a little out of hand, hold for a while.  



We don't recommend a lot of supplements on SA, as many members report being sensitive to them due to our over-reactive nervous systems, but two supplements that we do recommend are magnesium and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system. 




Add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems. Get supplements that ae single ingredient (not mixed with other types of supplements).


This is your Introduction topic, where you can complete your drug signature, questions and connect with other members.  We're glad you found your way here.



Gridley Introduction


Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.


Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper of 18.75mg Valium 

End 2021  year 1 of Valium taper at 6mg

End 2022 year 2 of Valium taper at 2.75mg 

End 2023 year 3 of Valium taper at 1mg

Jan. 24, 2024: Hold at 1mg and shift to Imipramine taper.

Taper is 95% complete.


Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan.-Sept. 2016 tapered to 14.4mg  

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5mg and shift to Valium taper

Jan. 24, 2024: Resume Imipramine taper.  Current dose as of May 2: 6.1mg

Taper is 92% complete.  


Supplements: multiple, quercetin, omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg, iron, serrapeptase, nattokinase

I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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Welcome, @MayJest


For your information, here are Tips for tapering off sertraline (Zoloft)


Please let us know how you're doing. 

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