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Hi all. Below is a chart of mood vs energy vs intellect waves I found helpful in understanding what was going on during a previous taper. Many may have seen it before since it is originally intended to explain the various types of depression. I found it helpful in understanding what was going on with my weird moods and cognition that I had never experienced prior to taper, either on or off rx, and were very confusing to me. The way I see it, as we taper these waves can be in various states (even other than those show) from day to day or even hour to hour until they find their, your particular body's own, individual natural state of homeostasis. From months to years. Maybe that state isn't ideal, but we can work on modifying it by safer, more natural means. I hope some of you find this helpful. Would love to hear your thoughts.
Hi everyone, My story. I started at 300mgs of Zoloft about 2 years ago. I also take 5mgs of Remeron to sleep. I have gained 40 lbs since starting these medications. Yes, you read that right. A few months ago I decided to start tapering down under the supervision of my psychiatrist. We did this SLOWLY. About 25 mgs at a time. I would taper and then stay at that dosage for a month- sometimes a month 1/2. I have tried going cold turkey before and it was horrific. I usually had to be under supervision because i would try to commit suicide. DON'T go cold turkey. ever. My withdrawal symptoms then were pronounced: dizzy, electrical zaps in my face, suicidal thoughts. I am now at JUST 25mgs! I feel good. I realize now that my energy had been really low at that high of a dosage. So, yeah, I feel energetic. My appetite seems to be changing. I don't want to eat everything in sight all the time (just some of the time unfortunately, over the past few day my skin has been SUPER itchy, all over. At first I thought it was from my weight gain. Maybe my skin was just stretching? So I have been putting lotion on...to no avail. It's just occurred to be that this may be a withdrawal symptom. Also I want to hear about other experiences with weight gain from zoloft (the remeron definitely plays a part in this since it's known to affect your appetite) did you lose the weight once you went off?