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  1. Hi I started a atypical antipsychotic drug abilify 10mg for anxiety and irritability for the first time 2 months ago. I had a adverse reaction to it and developed akathisia. So I stopped the ablify immediately, but still had lingering akathisia form the abilify, So I decided to self medicate with mirtazapine 30mg morning and night to help subside the symptoms. I continue to do this for one week. As far as I knew it was a sleeping pill that my psychiatrist pribscribed me months ago that I never bothered to take. He just said do you want something to help you sleep? Anyway once the akathisia wen
  2. Hi everybody. My name is Michael. I come to SurvivingAntidepressants with an urgent question. I started Prozac eleven days ago. I did 10 mg for 7 days and then bumped up to 20 mg. My body reacted horribly. Huge anxiety, my OCD went nuts, and I couldn’t sleep. I did 20 mg for two days and then went back down to 10 mg for two days because I could not take the 20 mg and could not get a hold of my doctor. So 10 mg-7 days 20 mg-2 days 10 mg-2 days I just would like some information about what to do next? Can I just stop taking it? Do I need to taper further. I sent
  3. Hi, I want to share my story and get some of your advices. I was diagnosed with pure O OCD in November 2019 and I started to take Lexapro (10mg/day) in January because of insomnia linked to intense anxiety. This med helped me to sleep again (but poor quality of sleep) but it increased the intensity of anxiety and it depersonalized me. Also, I experienced many suicidal thoughts while I took this medication so I told my psychiatrist and he thinks I needed to increase my dose while I thought that this medication didn't help me cope with my OCD. So now I decided to stop
  4. Hello all i had a bad panic attack one night after using some strong cannabis. So i ended up complaining to my docs office so for some reason they ended up trying me on this generic paxil from one random panic attack i guess. ill admit i was extra worried for 3 days after i stopped but since went away i since stopped been 7 weeks off the cannabis. Been 5 weeks off Paroxiltine seems like i have random nerve pains still. i am not sure what the cause is. i hope i am not damaged for life im only 37 really worried. The only thing im currently taking is s
  5. I am 56 year-old male. I started 50mg of Zoloft on December 12,2020 and Ativan as needed when I went to the hospital for a panic attack. It has been 9 years since my last panic attack. I took .50 Ativan at night for 2 weeks, then .25 at night for 2 weeks. Down to .125 Ativan over the weekend. My experience with Zoloft has been a nightmare. Extreme anxiety everyday and didn’t have that in the past and terrible insomnia. Bad tremors at night, confusion, memory issues. I can’t imagine doing a 10% taper as my life is very miserable right now. Not really sure what to do. Slow taper is going to be p
  6. End of this August I start having severe Chest Tightness which triggered panic attacks thinking I was not breathing. My primary physician put me on 25mg Zoloft. Sure the chest tightness was relieved in two weeks but the real nightmare started .... depersonalizations, deattachment from reality, suicidal thoughts, extreme panic attacks , fear living my house, desperation, nausea in my soul!, eye issues like on of my eyes was focusing at a different level than the other, non stop fear for no reason, going literally crazy.... and the symptoms continue during tapering making my doctor including my
  7. Well, who knew you weren’t supposed to just stop taking this stuff when you felt like it? Back in January 2020, I had gone to the doctor 3 times over a one month period swearing I had kidney problems based on some symptoms I had. After the third appointment and all tests coming back normal, the doctor diagnosed me with anxiety and prescribed 25 mg Sertraline. I started taking it immediately and within a few days I had developed limb pain. I didn’t relate it to the medication and actually thought it was a symptom of anxiety. Another week or so went by and limb pain spread to joint p
  8. Hi! Was hoping someone would be able to give me any advice as I’ve been going through withdrawals for weeks now. I was put onto Citalopram 10mg in October 2019 for mild anxiety, I had no symptoms of depression. I was doing fine on this and felt good. I stayed on this until June 2020 when my anxiety got a bit worse and I upped to 20mg. Within a few days my anxiety had gotten worse, my mood was much lower and I then began to have suicidal thoughts. My doctor changed me to Venlafaxine 37.5mg even though I didn’t want swap to another drug, but trusted their advice! After a couple of week
  9. xero: trazodone & other med CT after 20 days. Side effects (vision) . Any help or support will help. Success stories? etc New here. sry for sporadic post. hey everyone just found this site and i thought id reach out. I know many of you are still on medication and some are going on taper plans to get off but i just want to know everyone's experience w/ trazodone. Also please let me know if you did it alone and w/ nothing else. Around September i was suffering panic attacks and led me to be prescribed something for my anxiety & insomnia. I was prescribed hydroxyz
  10. Hi everyone, I am unfortunately in a very tough spot. Here is a synopsis of my story....I am a 40 year old woman who gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl 13 months ago. I have been dealing with postpartum depression, I guess I would say it was mild to moderate- I was functioning well, going to work and taking care of my two girls, but at night I was tensing my muscles in my sleep and I would deal with severe muscle pain all day on most days. I saw my doctor, we concluded that my stress must have been manifesting during sleep causing all the muscle tension and pain (which I'm sure
  11. Bonjour, je suis une fille française de 27 ans désolé pour mon anglais. Je n'ai jamais eu de problèmes psychiatriques avant cela. J'aimerais dire que je suis très passionné par les animaux, je les aime tellement, j'ai un chat depuis 11 ans et un cheval depuis 8 ans donc c'est très difficile pour moi d'en parler mais j'ai besoin d'aide. .. En juin 2020, nous emmenons un chiot avec mon copain ... En même temps, j'étais un peu anxieux et déprimé à cause de mon travail, mon médecin m'a donné 5 mg de Brintellix ... C'était le début de l'enfer sur Terre ...
  12. Hello - thanks for reading about my experience. Hope this post can be at least a little helpful! The first psychiatric prescription drug I took was Fluoxetine/Prozac in November 2019 - for anxiety/OCD. Within days, I was light-headed, shivering, very restless, a bit feverish, sweating, feeling like everything was a dream and unable to think as if I were very sleep deprived. I'd come across Serotonin Syndrome online. Parents weren't so worried and didn't think that I needed to quit. Usually they make good judgments. I went to a local surgery about a separate health issue and also g
  13. Greetings all, Starting off, a brief background on myself: Developed a condition known as DPDR back in 2014, after a bad experience when smoking weed once. Weed is a known trigger for DPDR, especially for individuals prone to anxiety. Basically, I had a panic attack on weed, which spiraled me into DPDR. For those unaware, DPDR consists of the world feeling unreal, like in a dream, perceiving the world as if it was a movie, etc etc. Often also comes with emotional numbness, but I was spared of that back then. I was relatively young back then (under 18), immed
  14. Hello, I’m new, I’ve been on 10 mg lexapro for 11 days. I want to bridge to Prozac. Lexapro side effects and fear of harder withdrawal ( to say the least from what I’ve read) if I wait are my strong motivations. I was on 20 mg of Prozac for about 6 yrs up until 2017. I had no problem stopping because of the long half life I assume but had virtually zero issues. For context I’ve also taken trazadone 50mg for sleep for 12 yrs and have not been able to get off that, so I do have experience with miserably failed ct attempts and one crude ( pill cutt
  15. Took a single 10mg dose of Lexapro 85 days ago. 3 days later, I got PSSD. Symptoms: 100% genital numbness / 50% body numbness extreme brain fog 100% erectile dysfunction mild loss of enjoyment heart palpitations (especially in the morning) Symptoms 85 days later: numbness comes and goes, but is trending good. Best window was 18 days of near 100% sensitivity starting at day 67. brain fog cleared up and can now have clear thoughts and express them well. This cleared up after a week or so
  16. Hi Everyone, I’m hoping some of you could help me out on what my next steps should be since I’m 23 weeks pregnant and now very scared of what the next months and years hold for me. Here’s my history. When I was 16 (2006) I went on Zoloft due to break up with a boyfriend I could literally scream now that my psychiatrist kept me on the drug all these years I’m 31 now. Over the years I upped the the dose to 100mgs of Zoloft and stayed there for the most part in December of 2018 my mental health started declining and I developed severe ocd symptoms I was so scared we t
  17. Hello all. I was prescribed Lexapro 10mg for heart palpitations and blood pressure. Never struggled with anxiety but the cardiologist determined my heart rate issues were from anxiety and I even argued with him over it and his reply was that my heart was anxious. So I attempted the Lexapro as the palpitations were uncomfortable. 3 hours after taking the first dose I had my first ever panic attack. Kept having panic attacks upon waking and started having bad anxiety. Stopped the lexapro after a week. It’s been 4 weeks since I’ve been off the lexapro. The anxiety is bad still. It’s interfering w
  18. ADMIN NOTE We have a group of people here who have had a fairly immediate severe adverse reaction to SSRIs, often within a few doses. These are people who are so sensitive to serotonergics, they have a severe adverse reaction to an antidepressant after one dose or only a few. This also occurs after single doses of LSD or MDMA -- other serotonergics. These people who are sensitive to serotonergics then experience symptoms very much like withdrawal syndrome -- autonomic dysfunction -- for years even though they immediately quit the drug. They experience the drugs as too s
  19. Hello, I am new to the world of antidepressants but it has been a bad time. I was started on Zoloft in July and had a very bad reaction to the medicine. I was told to take 25mg daily for a week, then 50mg daily onward. Around the time I hit 50mg I started to lose my mind. I was basically set back several years mental health wise and have yet to recover. I had luckily had the foresight to have my dad take my gun before I started the medicine, because I would have killed myself if I hadn't. After explaining this to my psychiatrist, they relented and had me "taper off" the medicine by dropping to
  20. Hi everyone, After many months of reading and gaining some hope and encouragement from the stories here I decided to join your great forum. Sorry, but this is a very long story. Im a 39 year old male from Australia and I have been taking ssri’s for GAD for the last 10 years. I started on Paxil 20mg for around 18 months and was switched to lexapro 10mg due to weight gain, sexual dysfunction and fatigue. Lexapro was a little better but I really didn’t feel like it was doing much apart from keeping the weight up and the motivation down. I am 6’2 and was alwa
  21. Hi, It's been over 3 months since my last pill of Prozac @20mg which I was prescribed for a series of panic attacks I had. I only took it for four days and I went through what seemed to bee all the horrible acute WD symptoms such as akathisia (very low) insomnia, anxiety, headaches, brainzaps, apathy and dry mouth But that's not the issues which I have currently face! It seems as though I cycle between good and bad moods including incredible levels of insomnia and energy then extreme levels of fatigue and tiredness. I work in a factory so I am under extreme physical st
  22. So back in January Of 2020 I was put on celexa 40mg for anxiety, well on the 11th day I had some sort of reaction. I was walking into wal mart and everything went dreamlike And has stayed that way, I also haven’t had an appetite Since, I have had also light sensitivity, Anhedonia, Apathy,no desire, no motivation, digestive issues, Brain fog, headaches, cognitive impairment, memory loss, severe derealization that never goes away, tremors, leg pain, hearing problems, can’t eat certain foods or ill start shaking and get brain fog worse, not so great sleep, I took celexa 40mg for 11 days and stopp
  23. In fall, 2019 out of the blue, without warning, I had two vertigo attacks (different weeks). For 4 days after I had dizziness while driving to work. I learned about maneuvers to re-set ear particles and those helped. 4 days after the 2nd vertigo attack I had my first ever panic attack. Typical first-timer story: had no idea what was going on, went to the ER. All tests came back negative. Was diagnosed with GAD, even though I've never had an anxiety problem or depression diagnosis my whole life (middle aged here). 3 days after panic attack was prescribed lexapro. That's when the hell
  24. Hello! Please help me! My little story : 1 month ago i moved to new apartments. But i can't sleep good in new home , and there was a fear that I would lose my job due to lack of sleep. Also i heard a little noise in my haer My doctor assigned me Escitalopram. After 7 days 0.5mg I completely lost my libido and my ears are always ringing strongly. Doctor said that is good , and after few weeks my health will be good and side effects will be gone. And i eat drugs 5 days 10 mg , but ears ringing more loadly, and libido still at zero. After this i used this drugs 3 days 2.5 mg and stop
  25. Hello, I just wanted to share my Citalopram story as I'm feeling terrible at the moment and just feel like I've completely ruined my body. I don't know if anyone else out there has advice or experienced something similar? I was prescribed Citalopram in February this year by my GP after experiencing a lot of anxiety. I took 10mg for 4 days but after contacting my GP when I was experiencing a lot of side effects, she upped my dose to 20mg and said it was normal to feel worse before I felt better. By this stage I was feeling pretty manic but for some reason I did what th
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