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  1. I had taken 25 mg of Zoloft (once a day) for about 7 years. I went off of it when I was twice pregnant then returned to it when I suffered post-partum depression bad enough to be sent to the ER. I went off of it again when I felt it wasn't working. Then shortly after a divorce, I was put on a 30mg of Cymbalta (once a day). I stayed on that for about 5 years. I decided it wasn't doing anything for me and tried to discontinue. Tried. I was suddenly overcome with panic, brain zaps, tinnitus, and suicidal thoughts. It took me a year to step down and even then, I had to take Zoloft to "cushion" the blow before being totally off of Cymbalta. Keep in mind, the entire time I was stepping down I was being told by more than one doctor that I was "not on a therapeutic dose” – this was about managing withdrawal symptoms. I have never felt as bad as I did coming off of these poisons. I took my last dose of Zoloft on June 30, 2013 but I do not feel much improved. My anxiety is quick to explode and I have feelings of underlying panic all of the time. I am working with a therapist in learning CBT but I still feel my emotions are highly excitable and hard to manage. On top of this, I am in menopause. So I am left wondering, is this from the SSRIs or from menopause? Not a single doctor I’ve spoken with can give me an answer. I would also like to mention, I exercise regularly, I have lost 50 lbs in the past 2 years, and I have greatly reduced processed food from my diet. I have returned to college and hope to earn a degree in nursing. Yet, even with all of this, I am constantly at war with the underlying feeling of dread and fear. I have tried searching the internet for help but I cannot seem to find anything that relates to my situation I am deeply concerned I will not recover from whatever this is I am struggling with and I have no hope.
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