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“Breaking Off My Chemical Romance”

by P.E. Moskowitz of Mental Hellth
About the need for research into prolonged anti-depressant withdrawal.  Mentions SA, tardive dysphoria, Mark Horowitz, Irving Kirsch, Jessica Gonzales, Josef Witt-Doerring, Ann Harrington’s “Mind Fixers,” Andrew Solomon’s “Noonday Demon,” the discredited chemical imbalance theory among other topics

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2001-2011 Celexa 10 mg raised to 40 mg then 60 mg over this time period

May 2011 OB Doctor's Cold switch Celexa 60 mg to 10 mg Zoloft sertraline (baby born)

2012-2016 - Doctors raised dose of Zoloft up to 150 mg

2016 - Xanax prescribed - as needed - 0.5 mg about every 3 days (bad reaction)

2016 - Stopped Xanax

Late 2016- Began (too fast) taper of Zoloft

Early 2017 - Trazodone prescribed for bedtime (doseage unknown)

Feb 2017 - Completed taper/stopped Trazodone

Drug free since Feb 2017

2017 - Unisom otc very rarely for sleep

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“My guess is that, 20 years from now, people will look back at prescribing antidepressants the way we now look at things like bloodletting,” Kirsch told me. “If they are to be used at all, it should be as a last resort when nothing else is working.”

After what twenty years on these drugs has done to me, particularly the torture of the past ten years where the side effects became unbearable, I have no doubt he is right. 

2000 - 2020 - Effexor 250 mg

November 2020 began Nardil 60 mg

reduced Nardil from January 2021 to August 2021 to 0 mg. Drug free. 

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