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  1. Hi all. I’m thankful I came across this group. Wow - where to begin... well, at age 7 I was given Paxil and 20 years later I am still on it. Throughout the 20 years I have tried ever SSRI and SNRI on the planet. I was given Valium and after five years by the grace of God somehow tapered off it myself. In the past 2 years I was put on effexor, pristiq, viibryd, lexapro, celexa, prozac, and landed back on 20mg Paxil. Four months ago I lowered by dosage to 15mg and it has been pure hell. Suicidal thoughts which I have never had, super strange thoughts, terr
  2. KittenLePurr, here. Thank you so much for maintaining this site and for welcoming me here❤️ I was put on psych meds as a child, at age 12. I'm still working through a lot of anger around that. My parents did the best they could but, you know, they were traumatized by their parents, who were traumatized by their parents, etc., and they were all taught to blindly trust doctors and to essentially live in fear of their bodies. Thanks, Western medicine. Anyway, so, as a highly sensitive child who felt deeply depressed and uncomfortable in the world, I presented quite a set of challenges
  3. Hello everyone. I have spent the past two decades on Effexor and the past year on Nardil. I have now completely stopped all medication and I am having overwhelming anxiety that subsides by the evening. Very consistent intrusive rumination on unreasonable fears that increases the anxiety to unfathomable levels. I started taking the medication very young, but I’ve never experienced anxiety like this. I had steady and debilitating withdrawal while coming off the Nardil, but not anxiety. Is this still withdrawal or is this just my underlying condition? I really do not want to go back on medication
  4. sacredohana

    Sacredohana: Intro

    Hello all, I am so grateful to have found this site as I start to delve into all the information here and your stories, I am buoyed with a sense of homecoming. Having mostly been making it up as I go along on my solo journey away from anti-depressants I am so very glad to finally have some company. I was prescribed antidepressants when I was 14 and have been on and off them ever since. I am now 45. I have never been entirely comfortable with taking anti-depressants but like so many believed the story of a pre-disposition and a chemical imbalance in my brain and so for the most part r
  5. Hi everyone. first off all i want to say how strong and brave all of you are to be dealing with these nightmare drugs... i have been on and off of these psychiatric drugs,for 5 years. specifically srris (prozac + zoloft) wellbutrin + gabapentin, abilify, and now currently taking lamictal (150 mg.) i am 36 weeks pregnant and terrified of the near future and as i haven't really been able to fully enjoy my pregnancy. or most of my youth... i don't even know what i am thinking or doing. i feel really alone. the reason of going on these meds was from dealing with de
  6. Hello, I need some recommendation for my tapering. Here is my background At 15, i had a massive burn-out and was prescribed antidepressants. I am today 23 and have been on antidepressants almost without interruption. I don't remember all the different antidepressants I was on. I know it did help when i was in emergency situation (extreme anxiety and depression) but it was not satisfactory either, that's why i always had the intention to stop. I quit Effexor once and Brintellix once without a very long taper and didn't feel any major WD symptoms, except that my depression and anxiety (tha
  7. So. 20 years ago started "meds". None since end of 2014. I tapered then on venlafaxine 37.5 mg in 6 months. Possibly wrong I know. Started the venlafaxine beginning 2008. It's got to the stage now, my main issue is my house and living alone. I feel I haven't got a "home". When i am at my parents house I feel at home". I was living here before I started meds and upto 2009. I developed bad ocd with germs when I started the venlafaxine. I've still got it, especially in my house. I spent so long in two properties with this issue while on venlafaxine. It's got i
  8. Hello everybody. I was referred to this forum after trying to find answers about my problem on other websites for almost a year now. To somewhat quickly sum up my story. I was put on psych meds at 16 after a breakdown related to OCD. I am not sure how long I have been on Lexapro, but probably since around 2013/2014. I first started taking psych meds at 16. I was dealing with a bad APRN (who I saw for years but became worse and worse over time) who had me on 30mg of Lexapro for at least 2 to 3 years. I cannot remember how long I was on 20mg before that, and for how long. I apologize
  9. I am a teenager going through withdrawal and it is pure torture. I dont know what to do. I feel alienated from the fact I still have a developing brain. I was put on 50mg Zoloft for one month, maybe 2 weeks more. I cant remember. My memory is deteriorating. I was prescribed this, heavily encouraged and before my gut-feeling said no to taking this medication that I was forced to take; My family encouraged me. It was flaky between 25mg and 50mg. I was switched to Prozac 25mg. I dont remember how long I took this, and 2 weeks is my best guess. One week? 3 Weeks? 2 and a half? I start
  10. Hi, I have ocd and tried numerous anti depressants in young life for short periods. I was then put on chlomipramine 23 years ago and up to the maximum dose for a long time which came down to around 200mg I think. Then I had a heart attack 7 years ago and dropped to 150mg. Since then I have managed to go through hell to get it down to about 0.5mg daily. I have tried to reduce this and I am down to a measured dose with a razor blade now to around .25mg daily. But I have tried to go off completely before and I thought I was going to die. Constant pain, mania, heart skipping beats a lot and urinat
  11. Hello everybody, I'm a girl from Europe and I am having some troubles with withdrawal. I started taking Venlafaxine 75mg 10 years ago when I was still very young because of light depression and was pretty quickly upped to 225mg. 5 years ago I first started tapering. Down to 37,5mg in about 1,5 years and then stopped. It was pretty tough but mostly not completely debilitating until around 8 months of stopping when I started having severe insomnia and a lot of other difficult symptoms like DR, akathisia, anxiety (or maybe I should say terror), aches and a lot of othe
  12. Hi everyone, I have been on SSRIs for ~15 years (since I was a child). This summer, I discontinued the medication. I had been feeling very well for several years prior. Upon withdrawal, I experienced severe symptoms including rage, depression, and feelings of horror and agitation. Rage, horror, and agitation were symptoms I had never experienced before, and I thought I had been depressed a few times in the past while on the medication (largely though I went years experiencing no symptoms, yet no doctor suggested I come off the medication), what I experienced upon withdrawal made me
  13. When I was 15 years old, I was put on my first psych meds. Since then, I have been on everything minus most anti-depressants and stimulants, although I have been on some. I am now 39 years and have been tapering off my meds for the last two years now. I have come off seven of the ten medications I'm coming off of. First, I came off of 6 mgs of Klonopin, which was terrifying. Considering it was done in a detox facility and not tapered down. They used phenobarbital to take me off of it. I experienced the scariest withdrawals ever for months on end. After that, I tapered off 2000 mgs
  14. Hello all, I have joined this forum because I am currently cross tapering between Viibryd and Pristiq and I am looking for advice.
  15. I’ve been on both of these meds since I was 15 years old and I am now 21. Im scared to get off due to the side effects that may occur… I had a really scary episode of phycosis where I tried to harm myself but the doctors don’t know what lead to it and I think it may be the medications im on.. I don’t really know what to do anymore im on 10mg of citalopram currently and 75 of lamotrigine… please help. Im experiencing anxiety and panic attacks at this time which I have never experienced before..
  16. Hello I am based in Central London and have been dealing with the devastating effects of antidepressants for the last 10 to 11 years. I am now 30 years old. I was first put on antidepressants by a GP when I was 19 years old for 'mild/moderate depression'. I was at university at the time and 2 years prior my father died. Looking back I certainly had high anxiety and periods of depression following my father's death but nothing to rival the devastating symptoms I experienced in the first two weeks after taking my first doses of Citalopram and the endless medication cyclin
  17. Dear Forum members! I would like to ask you for help. In my signature you can see my abbreviated drug history. I used to believe that Psychiatrists knew what they were doing and I took everything they recommended. However, I have now come to the point where they have no idea what they are doing, they are just stuffing me with medication which is making me worse and worse. I have been suffering continuously since March 2019 and have basically lost touch with life, my job, my relationships etc. I now think that all the psychiatric medication they have put me on since I was a kid
  18. Hello all. Not quite sure if I'm posting in the right place but here goes. I am hoping to get some advice or maybe just some solidarity. Something other than my GP Googling 'what is withdrawal' right in front of me. I started on 100mg Sertraline when I was 16 and began the process of tapering in April 2020 at the age of 27 (not a great time to do it admittedly but oh well). So 12-ish years on Sertraline. I was on 100mg originally, then I alternated 100mg one day and 50mg the next for a few months, then I did 50mg for a few months and then alternating between 50/25mg until I was down t
  19. Emart


    Good morning, wanted to introduce myself and reach out for some ideas/feedback. Been combing through the information here and it’s a lot to digest! My story with ADs begins when I was 15, and diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. I was prescribed sertraline by my family doctor and despite a few on & offs at the beginning have essentially been on 100mg of sertraline for the last decade. I tried briefly to wean off in 2016 and quickly went back on with the onset/return of anxiety/panic. Since that time I have been stable, feel “normal”, and experience basically no side effects from th
  20. Hello to you all, and thanks in advance for your reading. I am new tho this website and also to the withdrawal world. I am thinking to start the tapering of fluoxetine (I have been taking a doses of 60 mg daily for more than 15 years) although I am too scared to begin with it. My doctor has already diminished this doses to 40 mg, but unfortunately, does not know how to help me in the process. I am also taking mirtazapine and two type of benzos (alprazolam and clonazepam). I would like to join a support group that is dealing with the tapering of the fluoxetine
  21. Hi everyone I'm 22 years old now. I suffered from bulimia, depression and generalized anxiety since the age of 17 and my family got me help when I was 18 after I failed my medical school exams due to my condition. I was put on several medications ( Alprazolam, Valproate, Lamotrigine, Fluoxetine) during the course of treatment. I come from a lower economic class country where psychiatric treatment is still considered a taboo and people hide it from others, the facilities available are not the best but its a work in progress. Most of the drugs I had to take, they helpe
  22. Here’s a link to my story Hello! I have a success story. After 4-5 years of hell I am now normal and healed. My withdrawal ended up in psychosis and suicide attempts due to way too quick tapering of citalopram. Don’t ever do a cold turkey or taper too quickly. I can’t really remember what has happened during these past years since they were full of terror, paranoia, anxiety, insomnia, vomiting, stomach problems etc. I just want to forget it all and hopefully live a good , healthy life for the rest of my life. Maybe the worst symptom was insomnia since it m
  23. Please help! I was on 30mg of Celexa for 3 months for generalized anxiety. After coming off of Celexa, I developed PGAD which I’m learning is unfortunately happening to people a lot. My doctor put me on 10mg Amitriptyline for 9 days and I had terrible side effects - brain fog, heightened anxiety, no appetite. Day 10 they switched me to Nortriptyline at a low dose of 2mL (liquid it’s such a small dose). Took it for 3 days and felt angry/mood swings, emotional, extremely depressed, agitated (couldn’t handle any mental stimulation or it made me so anxious - none of this is like me!) o
  24. Not sure how to make this post shorter, considering how much time has passed and how many different meds I’ve been on. I first got referred to a psychiatrist at the age of 14, for Clinical Depression. At the age of 15 I spent most of my days at an Eating Disorder Clinic, after being diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. Switched from antidepressant to antidepressant, mood stabiliser to mood stabiliser and never seemed to find the right fit, thought I was maybe just overly sensitive to negative side effects. At the age of 19 I got diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disord
  25. Hello friends! My name is Mads, and I am currently on 225mg Effexor, 150mg Wellbutrin, and 20mg of Ritalin 3x/day. I have struggled with depression and anxiety since I was a teenager. After a suicide attempt at 15 I was diagnosed and put on Prozac in the hospital. It was a few months before I got settled with a therapist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner (who will be referred to as Susan from now on). Over a year or so, my dose was increased. When I (at the pushing of my mother) expressed concern over the weight gain I was experiencing that we attributed to the
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