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  1. Hello! I want to say upfront that I'm not withdrawing from SSRI's, but that I'm here because I'm a support person to my brother-in-law (henceforth brother who will be tapering off of lithium starting in September, and also a support person to my mother-in-law who just began Zoloft, in addition to multiple medications for sleep and anxiety. I have my own journey with depression and anxiety, which I have self-treated sometimes successfully, and sometimes not. I came here after searching for more info on lithium tapering, which led me to JanCarol's thread, which I have now read almost in its ent
  2. In June 2015 I was diagnosed with "major depressive disorder" after being suicidal for years. I was put on Zoloft in July 2015 after being begged by my mother to take an antidepressant. I was against the idea of taking a pill to feel like a normal person from the beginning.... But my mother had been depressed her entire life and had been taking antidepressants for decades, so I figured that if I wanted to get out of the dark hole I was in, I should should listen to her. Nobody ever told me how hard it was to get off SSRIs. I honestly think that's a crime. If I had known I would have never
  3. I was not aware of the 10% reduction rule. I tapered my Zoloft, which isn't helping my severe depression, at a pace I felt was comfortable. My doctor had suggested dropping to 50 mg for two days and getting off. That sounded like "cold turkey" so I didn't do it. The pharmacist said drop to 50 mg. for a week than 25 mg. every other day. I didn't do that either. I reduced by 25 mg every week. I haven't felt any withdrawal symptoms that I'm aware of. My sleep was affected two days but it's not great right now anyway. I was planning to go down to 12.5 for a week and go off when I randomly r
  4. I want to taper because 100 mg caused frequent vivid horrible nightmares which brought back anxiety symptoms. Felt anxious/depressed for 48 hours each time when switching to 75 mg and 50 mg two weeks apart. Did a 50/25 alternate for a week and went to 25 mg and had bad symptoms for two weeks so went back to 50 mg and started to feel better after 4 days but now symptoms have returned for the last two days. I want to find a level without symptoms and then do 10% taper. Should I return to 75 mg or stick to 50 mg to see if symptoms go away? Over a year ago, was able to taper off pr
  5. Hi. So I have no real idea on how to really start this topic, especially since my time on the drugs and dosage seem very low compared to most - I also just started discussing the idea of stopping my medication with family/SO last week, and I just found this forum by googling the process of coming off it. I was prescribed 25mg/day of zoloft(sertraline) at the beginning of February of this year, after about a year or so of depression (which I attributed then and now to being in the process of finishing college and just general worry about life & the future, along with the suicide of a g
  6. Hello I am Andy 18 months ago after the premature birth (26 weeks) and serious illness (NEC) of my daughter I had a classic nervous breakdown. I was exhausted and after 18 months of hospital visits I broke down completely both mentally and physically .The doctors put me on a high dose of citalopram which finished me off and i was admitted to a psych ward for 6 longs weeks. During the stay I was took off cit cold turkey and put on Seroquel. The stay was a blur and I felt spaced out and lost touch with reality, I became delusional and felt worse than when I was admitted. After I was admitted
  7. Hello fellow members. I've been diagnosed with dsythmic depression with social anxiety. I'm currently taking 200mg of Zoloft and 3 mg of valium, cutting back on the valium every month by half a mg. I was originally given 15 mg daily as a start dose and continued at 10 mg after a month. I'm extremely worried about agitation. I become very frustrated with zero patients. I'm unable to focus or concentrate and end up self medicating with marijuana. I'm at a point where I don't know what normal is. After taking multiple AD's for 12 years, I'm horrified by studies showing The chemical imbalance
  8. Hey there, I just wanted to put my story here and see if anyone had encouraging words for me. I've been off of Lexapro since September 2010, and it has been one hell of a ride. I was only on for about 9 months, and now I'm about 22 months removed from the stuff. So, I endured really tough withdrawal for the first six months after the CT, and at that point my sleep began to improve and my depression/anxiety/DP/intrusive thoughts began to subside. Months 6 thru 12 also showed improvement, and by month 12 after my CT, I was feeling like I was on a trajectory to feeling 'normal'. Months 12 thru 17
  9. Hello! I am Lovedby2. I have been on Sertraline for about 7 - 8 years. I have tried to taper off 4 times and have not been able to. I read about tapering off years ago by diluting in OJ and reducing an ounce at a time after a month or two. I started with 10 oz of OJ and would drink all but one oz for several weeks, probably more like a month or two the last time I tried. When I felt like I had adjusted, no depressive thoughts or brain zaps I would reduce again, repeating until I had gotten to empty. It took at least a year. Every time I got to about the last oz or two I would start feeling rea
  10. I've been reading some of these posts and I'm amazed at the resilience and bravery of so many of you! I am just wondering if it is always better to try to go off of and stay off ADs. I've been off for 7 months and while I haven't had as rough a time as some of you, I've gone through the physical zaps, dizziness, gastro stuff, and other weirdness. I've been very depressed on and off, sometimes in the same hour, and have felt more hopeless than I can remember feeling while taking the meds. I've searched the internet (as time and mood will allow) and haven't really found an answer. I ge
  11. Hi, I'm hoping you can help me. I have an aunt who was on Zoloft for 17 years before she decided to stop taking it on her own approx. 2 years ago. Since then, she has been severely depressed. She's not able to get out of bed most of the days, has no appetite and has lost a lot of weight. She is currently taking 200mg of Zoloft, which is double the dose she was originally taking. Within these past 2 years, she stopped working, was hospitalized, has tried acupuncture, started seeing a psychiatrist and is also currently taking supplements which are helping with her anxiety. If you have any
  12. Hello everyone, I need some serious help!!! I have stopped taking Zoloft completely by the request of my GP and am suffering immensely. I was originally on 100mg and began to tapper off mid November. My doctor had me alternate between 100mg and 50mg every other day for 2 weeks. He said that's the equivalent of 75mg. Then from there I went down to two days 50mg then one day 100mg for two weeks. At this point the withdrawal started to get bad but I was able to suck it up. So I kept tapering. By the time I got to about 10mg (at Christmas) I was to dizzy to stand, nauseated, felling feeling
  13. After a year of being on xyprexa and lithium and feeling depressed and far way from myself I have started the tapering process. My new Dr first put me on Zoloft (I felt no result) and then she tapered me from 2.5 xyprexa to 0 in a month. This is the first time I got through it. But I'm 2 weeks in and sleeping but wake anxious and feel pretty dark. Is this the withdrawal? I wasn't depressed or anxious before the meds. I'm really afraid. I still don't feel like myself at all and I have 2 more drugs to get off of. I would so appreciate any words of wisdom
  14. Newbie here I have just been told y my doctor to come off Effexor, due to persistent high blood pressure. I have been on these meds for over 3 years and have kept me on an even keel, in the main. I am on 75mg, twice a day, tablet form My doctor has prescribed Sertraline as a replacement. She wants me to come off Effexor as soon as possible. I am aware of the adverse reaction to coming off these meds. My doctor expects me to drop off these in a month's time. Any one able to chime in with a safe regime for this cross taper? I would rather take a lot longer Many thanks Ashs
  15. Hello Everyone, This is my first post to introduce myself to this seemingly wonderful community of fellow survivors in the struggle. About 13 years ago, I had reached my threshold in my struggle with social anxiety, general anxiety, OCD, and depression. Around the time there had been a deluge of commercials on tv promoting SSRIs. I fell prey to a Paxil commercial and soon after decided that I wanted that same smile on my face as the actors on the commercial. I quickly got a prescription of Paxil and was on that for about 2 years and initially found it very helpful. I will admit a
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    Hello there everyone, recently took the plunge into tapering off of sertraline after our 2 year love affair began to sour. I'm no newbie to anti depressants and have been battling depression for most of my life. I had my first episode when I was 15 which escalated to a suicide attempt at 16. Since then I have had 3 major episodes the last of which began early 2012 but I let it run and then New Year's Day 2013 I experienced the biggest meltdown of my life so far. My GP began my treatment with citalopran but my body was not comfortable with its side effects so this was replaced with sertraline.
  17. Surely medications can work very well for the right people...but for anyone considering anti-depressants, I will be sure to give persistent words of caution. I was always a very passionate person. A lover of the arts and emotions. I was also always very anxious. Towards the end of my senior year of high school (2012), I decided that my anxiety was hindering my academic abilities more than it needed to. My mom, a nurse anesthetist, was very skeptical of medications (anti depressants, in particular). In hindsight, I wish I was able to share in her skepticism. Ultimately, the doctors put me on S
  18. This is how antidepressants have turned my entire life upside down in the small space of 8 months I fell pregnant with my daughter who is now 15 mnths old. I immediately became depressed showing nearly all signs of depression and was advised by my doctor to go on antidepressants whilst pregnant or I could end up with postnatal depression. I refused as I didn't want any harm to come to my unborn child from any side affects. So I muddled on, then surely enough after a traumatic unplanned caesarean I could not bond with my daughter and was really struggling to just to do the simplest tasks,
  19. Hello everyone, I'm LemonBerry and I'll tell my story here and will also try to help others hopefully. Also I'm from The Netherlands so sorry if I make mistakes in the sentences or that some medicine has a different name here. It all started when I was 16 and got sick, my heart was beating 180 and I was diagnosed with 'supraventricular tachycardia'. Though this was quickly fixed by a surgery except I kept thinking after the surgery I was going to die of heartattacks and what not. So for over 4 months I struggled with anxiety and atleast one day a week I was at the emergency departme
  20. Hi all, I wanted to take a little time to tell you about myself and maybe ask a few questions too. I started on SSRIs in college for depression. After 2 years on Prozac I dropped it cold turkey and seemed fine. Circumstances drove me into an even worse depression around 2008. This time I was put on Zoloft 50 mg. I never anticipated staying on it for long, but whenever I went for my yearly physical my doctor would ask me how I was feeling and when I said "fine" she would stress that I should stay on Zoloft. Starting with the Prozac years I had begun developing multiple strange health i
  21. Hi all! I have OCD and panic attacks and have been on Zoloft for 7 years. Description of dosage in signature. Tapered off of Zoloft with doctor over a month. One week 50, 25, 50, 25. One week, all 25s. One week 25, 0, 25, 0. Then 0. Withdrawal symptoms while tapering: Brain zaps that lasted a few weeks, vertigo, fits of anger, shakes. All these went away relatively quickly with the zaps being the most annoying. Panic is manageable and therapy has made OCD manageable also (yay!) Current symptoms: Sharp pin prick pain in neck (right side) along with burning, tingling, and ti
  22. Hi all, Basically I've been on Sertraline for about a year. I'm really sensitive and had a hard time getting on SSRIs. Felt horrible on them. Very zoned out and crap. Decided after 6 months to taper off of them. I've been on Prozac in the past and had no trouble coming of of them and assumed it'd be the same. I tapered the Sertraline over 4 weeks. I was on 50mg. I thought this was plenty of time after doctors advice of cutting by 50%. I was ok for the first week or so and then the withdrawal hit and got worse and worse. It was pretty much disabling. I lasted for 4 weeks like this and then
  23. Hello All. I've been searching for information and help with SSRI discontinuation. This is the only credible place I have found. Thank you for being here. My basic story: I have been on sertraline (zoloft) on and off for over 15 years. I have gone off of it in the past and back on, with no side effects until the last time. The last time I went off I had some mild symptoms and did a little tapering. In the last year, I have been steadily declining my dosage until I was at 25 mg and started having symptoms. My doctor put me on a schedule of steadily increasing the number of days in between
  24. Hello everyone! I'm PanickedPathfinder (PanickedPat). I came across this wonderful website after discovering Paxil Progress had been foreclosed, but from what I've read and seen thus far, this community is a strong and supportive one, too. I'm excited to share my story and journey away from antidepressant use with other likeminded members! I'll attempt to be brief about why I'm here, just to give fellow members the highlights of my experiences with antidepressants. If you have any other questions for/about me, please feel free to message From the top: About a year and a half ago (
  25. Hi all, I am a new member and would welcome any feedback from anyone who has used Sertraline, and experienced lack of emotions. I have taken a number of anti-depressants, spanning 2 years. The last one I used was Sertraline, after being taken off Citalopram. I have been Sertraline free for almost 2 years now and am functioning well in life...except for blunt emotions. This is my story.... Before depression, I was an emotional person...I could get excited, cry at sad things; I enjoyed physical affection from my children. All of this changed whilst on Sertraline. I became emotion
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