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gigi63

Dini, is it possible this was Dr Glenmullen,s book you are referring to? If so, even he goes faster than what is recommended on this site. But, he is more helpful than most!!!!

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Frogie

Hi tripled 15:

 

Thanks for the information.

 

If you read my signature, you will see that I was nauseous from June-November, 2016. Then I woke up one morning and it was gone! I was so happy.

 

I got on liquid Lexapro and took it for 2 months and started to taper again in January,2017. I did fine until I got to 7.3, and here came the nausea again. I guess my body doesn't like the 7's. But I'm going to make it through them with the help of Apace41.

 

If you have any suggestions, I would be happy to take them.

 

Thanks for listening to me.

 

Take care,

Frogie xx

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dini84

Triple yes, in fact it was! I looked up the title and the author is Glennmullen! I read the book but had to chuck it because I agree the process is too fast. This woman agreed on that part, which is why she said she'd hold so long because even his taper method was too fast for her but the info she read in that book led her to do more research on it and she figured out a taper method that fit her needs best and was off completely in 3 years. It sounds long but she said she didn't have much withdrawal during those years so it wasn't noticeable so she was able to have a life while tapering off. She said it went by faster than you'd think, but she is super happy to be off of them altogether now!

moderator note: Book title is The Anti-Depressant Solution

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Rockingchaircat

Well, I was at my dad's today and he is disabled so he has people who come in and take care of him regularly, and one of these ladies used to be on prozac. She developed insulin resistance on it and so her doctor took her off her medication during a 6 week taper. Two months later she got horrifying withdrawals. Akathasia, depression that was so dark, etc. She reinstated and stayed on it for a couple years. She thought she would be on it forever. But she decided to come off of it and happened to read a book, I can't remember the name now though, by a guy who used a slow taper method. (If I get the name of the book and author again I'll post it here later). Anyway, she tapered herself off slowly and has been drug free for 5 years now and doing great. She said what helped most was being patient. She said going lower wasn't bad because she started to do longer holds close to the end. Even when she felt fine she stuck out a hold even longer just to be gentle with herself. She didn't keep her taper on a schedule, she said she did holds even when she didn't have wd symptoms just to make sure her system was ready for the next cut.

A wise course of action. It's good to hear of someone getting off of such crap.

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Pennylane34

I would say the year mark is when you start to see shifts but I would say (for some long term users like myself)- 3 years is pretty customary.

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TikkiTikki

Hi,

 

I know two success stories.

 

One male on tricyclics and Anafranil for depression/OCD through his twenties (on and off), then Luvox (fluvoxamine) for several longish periods of a couple of years before coming off and having extremely successful CBT for his OCD. He's now doing very well. Back to his pre-drugs metabolism of sleeping only 5 hours a night, very energetic, very successful in his work and creative/clear-thinking.

The Luvox made his sleep a lot more, put on a lot of weight, did lessen OCD and anxiety symptoms but he felt that he couldn't really attack his OCD cognitively until he was off the drug. And he finally found a doctor who knew what to do.

 

One woman who went on an SSRI with second pregnancy I think, some sort of postnatal depression. Became calmer, put on weight. Tried after about 5 or 6 years to come off unsuccessfully, but did a quick taper (skipping days method) a few more years later and had no problems. Told me she was sick of the weight gain, and feeling kind of plateaued, so she tapered off with no WD symptoms. Felt clearer in the mind, lost weight (with exercise), it has been some years now and she seems fine.

 

In the first case, depressive issues were present from teenage years, and far more chronic. In the woman's case, she had no prior history of issues but I think just became overwhelmed with life changes and expectations of early motherhood.

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AbbyElfie

I was wondering if there was a thread where I could post others' successes so glad I found this! 

 

When I was hospitalised a few years ago I became friends with another patient. She was one of the severe cases of depression and attempted suicide in the ward one night. She believed she'd never get better and was on heavy medication fir years. I spoke to her recently for a catch up and it turns out she quit her meds against all doctors orders, went through hell for a few months then found a therapist who really understood her need to get off them. After a year and a half, she said, her life was better than ever. She is working again, met a new partner and is taking care of her daughter full time. 

 

Another friend told me recently she was on Prozac for six months and came off cold turkey. She felt like hell for a month buthad no symptoms beyond that and is doing well. 

 

A third friend I met through a meditation center was also on Prozac and felt suicidal for two months, after which she got better. She still has normal ups and downs but works full time and is generally doing good. 

 

Hope these help! 

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PSVT
2 hours ago, AbbyElfie said:

I was wondering if there was a thread where I could post others' successes so glad I found this! 

 

When I was hospitalised a few years ago I became friends with another patient. She was one of the severe cases of depression and attempted suicide in the ward one night. She believed she'd never get better and was on heavy medication fir years. I spoke to her recently for a catch up and it turns out she quit her meds against all doctors orders, went through hell for a few months then found a therapist who really understood her need to get off them. After a year and a half, she said, her life was better than ever. She is working again, met a new partner and is taking care of her daughter full time. 

 

Another friend told me recently she was on Prozac for six months and came off cold turkey. She felt like hell for a month buthad no symptoms beyond that and is doing well. 

 

A third friend I met through a meditation center was also on Prozac and felt suicidal for two months, after which she got better. She still has normal ups and downs but works full time and is generally doing good. 

 

Hope these help! 

 

This proves all the evidence of what these toxic drugs actually do.....which is nothing but make people sick and ill when there was no sickness or illness to begin with.  How many lives have been taken, damaged, impacted by the pseudo science of Psychiatry. 

 

The big pharma marketing machine, money and doctors own narcissistic attitudes with a god complex thrown in, how do these people sleep at night knowing this, maybe their heads are so far up their own asses they just don't care.

 

Gotta keep their money counting machines going, their holidays planned, their big houses and mortgages paid and that shiny new BMW cleaned and serviced.

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AbbyElfie

@PSVT - yeah, it's a messed up system and difficult not to get angry at the injustice of it all. For me personally, things were complicated because I was actually very unwell before medication, and the drugs did actually pull me out of several dangerous states. However, I have no idea how much they actually helped. I've been told for ten years that I am mentally unwell, and always will be because of my family history etc. It's very hard to realise that I'm not what I thought - I'm still integrating this and still sometimes get a deep panic that they are right and I'm beign crazy by trying to come off medication. What if I am ill etc etc. It triggers deep insecurity but I know I have to try and see beyond it.

So many people are caught up in this belief system, it's no wonder we have so many unwell people in the Western world, believing there is no way out. Thank goodness there is!

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Madeleine
21 hours ago, AbbyElfie said:

I was wondering if there was a thread where I could post others' successes so glad I found this! 

 

When I was hospitalised a few years ago I became friends with another patient. She was one of the severe cases of depression and attempted suicide in the ward one night. She believed she'd never get better and was on heavy medication fir years. I spoke to her recently for a catch up and it turns out she quit her meds against all doctors orders, went through hell for a few months then found a therapist who really understood her need to get off them. After a year and a half, she said, her life was better than ever. She is working again, met a new partner and is taking care of her daughter full time. 

 

Another friend told me recently she was on Prozac for six months and came off cold turkey. She felt like hell for a month buthad no symptoms beyond that and is doing well. 

 

A third friend I met through a meditation center was also on Prozac and felt suicidal for two months, after which she got better. She still has normal ups and downs but works full time and is generally doing good. 

 

Hope these help! 



Yes, it does help to read your post. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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AbbyElfie

Another 2 success stories to add to the list:

 

I recently had a Skype session with a woman who does spiritual mentoring/healing for those in crisis after experiencing her own traumatic awakening, as well as personal emotional issues. She was so lovely and intuitive, with a deep, realistic understanding of how the mind works and what we can do to heal individually. She told me she had also taken Prozac for about a year at one point, and stopped without any major issues. She was a tangible reminder of how much possibility is open to each and ever one of us.

 

The second story is from a guy I have on Facebook but don't really know. He commented on a post I had shared about the dangers of psych drugs, and mentioned that he had been on various antidepressant and antipsychotic medications for 10 years. He stopped all over them and, while he did say he had dealt with emotional issues, he did not deal with any intense withdrawal and was a much better version of himself. He credited cannabis and expanded consciousness to his healing.

 

Hope these help :)

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Liamb123456
12 hours ago, AbbyElfie said:

Another 2 success stories to add to the list:

 

I recently had a Skype session with a woman who does spiritual mentoring/healing for those in crisis after experiencing her own traumatic awakening, as well as personal emotional issues. She was so lovely and intuitive, with a deep, realistic understanding of how the mind works and what we can do to heal individually. She told me she had also taken Prozac for about a year at one point, and stopped without any major issues. She was a tangible reminder of how much possibility is open to each and ever one of us.

 

The second story is from a guy I have on Facebook but don't really know. He commented on a post I had shared about the dangers of psych drugs, and mentioned that he had been on various antidepressant and antipsychotic medications for 10 years. He stopped all over them and, while he did say he had dealt with emotional issues, he did not deal with any intense withdrawal and was a much better version of himself. He credited cannabis and expanded consciousness to his healing.

 

Hope these help :)

Not being negative just don't think there best succes stories no drug history could being lucky one came off drugs easily with no problems what I'm saying it they seem to have it very easy in withdrawls ps i really appreciate Ye putting them up doh

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AbbyElfie

Yeah I don't know the drug histories specifically, only that the first said she was on Prozac for a year and the second was on a cocktail of drugs for ten years. Regardless of the particulars, they both managed to stop with minor issues, as did two friends I know personally, although they did have some intense withdrawal for a few months. Not that that is always the case or that many don't have fierce symptoms, it simply means healing is very possible and that the human capacity to do so is far more powerful than we think. It's also a good reminder when we're bogged down with heavy symptoms to know that we might not be stuck like this for any particular length of time, many heal much quicker and the worst cases are on sites like this, because they desperately need the support. So either way, hope it helps us all see a bigger picture :)

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WantoffVen

Well I'd like to be encouraging. I started tapering Venlafaxine XR 225MG in April. I dropped by 37.5MG every 4 weeks until I reached 112.5 I didn't have any withdrawal symptoms until 112.5 and then they were very mild so now I'm doing the 10% taper (kind of ) recommended on this forum. Now I am not at the end yet but honestly my withdrawal has not been bad at all and I have been on ADs for 25 years or more. I hope I haven't jinxed myself by typing this but I wanted people to know that not everyone has horrible withdrawal symptoms as they are tapering.

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Ather
On 8/28/2018 at 1:44 AM, WantoffVen said:

Well I'd like to be encouraging. I started tapering Venlafaxine XR 225MG in April. I dropped by 37.5MG every 4 weeks until I reached 112.5 I didn't have any withdrawal symptoms until 112.5 and then they were very mild so now I'm doing the 10% taper (kind of ) recommended on this forum. Now I am not at the end yet but honestly my withdrawal has not been bad at all and I have been on ADs for 25 years or more. I hope I haven't jinxed myself by typing this but I wanted people to know that not everyone has horrible withdrawal symptoms as they are tapering.

 

Thanks for letting us know, This is helpful for many of us here :)

 

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India
On 11/22/2016 at 10:52 AM, WiggleIt said:

 

"Getting on with it" sure as h*** hasn't fixed my psych med-induced movement disorder or my facial tics.

@WiggleItI have facial tics also. I developed them in my twenties then attributing them to my body dysmorphia and hyper body awareness . I worked in a few job roles that had a focus on looks and I loved British vogue and studied French film stars mainly because I felt ugly inside but felt drawn to beautify myself so to speak.  was a late bloomer but during my twenties I used to receive complements about my looks. I always had physical focused obsessions from a young age. However, I now believe medication has played a role , as well as trauma. I have these terrible mouth tics and also a skewed neck (this is after years of obession about standing up straight like a ballerina).I now see a possible correlation with my medication use and my tics. I now find it hard to look people in the eye. I am also starting to theories that a lot of my tics and body movements like twisting and swaying  were due to a stressed CNS exacerbated by the drugs plus the trauma thrown on too.  My body is a complete mess these days despite years of the gym and bikram yoga which I actually used to overdo to extremes despite having practically no muscle and low body weight.

Have you written  your story. I'd like to read it. I would have absolutely loved to have ploughed through my symptoms and that was my plan... I hoped I could will myself through somehow but I reacted badly unfortunately, like many of us. It's true it's important not to scare oneself but ppls level of suffering varies profoundly.

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WantoffVen

I'm still plodding away with the 10% taper recommended here. I am having very mild symptoms and some of it is because I am anticipating I should have effects I realized. I've read so many stories I've almost convinced myself somewhere along the line I'll crash and that sounds so stupid doesn't it. So don't be like me - going along really very well - but anticipating.

 

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India
21 hours ago, India said:

@WiggleItI have facial tics also. I developed them in my twenties then attributing them to my body dysmorphia and hyper body awareness . I worked in a few job roles that had a focus on looks and I loved British vogue and studied French film stars mainly because I felt ugly inside but felt drawn to beautify myself so to speak.  was a late bloomer but during my twenties I used to receive complements about my looks. I always had physical focused obsessions from a young age. However, I now believe medication has played a role , as well as trauma. I have these terrible mouth tics and also a skewed neck (this is after years of obession about standing up straight like a ballerina).I now see a possible correlation with my medication use and my tics. I now find it hard to look people in the eye. I am also starting to theories that a lot of my tics and body movements like twisting and swaying  were due to a stressed CNS exacerbated by the drugs plus the trauma thrown on too.  My body is a complete mess these days despite years of the gym and bikram yoga which I actually used to overdo to extremes despite having practically no muscle and low body weight.

Have you written  your story. I'd like to read it. I would have absolutely loved to have ploughed through my symptoms and that was my plan... I hoped I could will myself through somehow but I reacted badly unfortunately, like many of us. It's true it's important not to scare oneself but ppls level of suffering varies profoundly.

I have just read the moderators notes and apologise if this goes off topic. It has taken me a while to get to grips with the site. I'm not sure how to move, or delete but will be mindful of this. I wish to support everyone's recoveries. 

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Altostrata

Thanks, India. Let's return this topic to reports of success stories.

 

Would appreciate everyone updating their own Introductions topics if you've had significant symptom changes.

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icerose87
On 11/22/2016 at 9:52 PM, WiggleIt said:

In real life, I personally know one complete success story, two partial success stories who did retain some permanent damage, and four people absolutely unable to get off meds bc the withdrawal is too severe when they try.

 

I am a zero success story as I have been off meds for two years and still suffering from medication-induced movement disorder.

 

That means, in my experience, only ONE success story out of eight people. Those are bad odds.

 

Just because people didn't find these boards doesn't mean their withdrawal wasn't serious and real. Frankly, they're lucky if they were only down and out for two to six weeks. No wonder they didn't have to find these boards. I guarantee you if they were still messed up after two years, they would end up here.

 

"Getting on with it" sure as h*** hasn't fixed my psych med-induced movement disorder or my facial tics.

 

So, no, the "no choice but to get on with it" theory is incorrect. What those situations REALLY are is LUCKY, and they better count their blessings everyday.

 

MOD NOTE:  Wiggleit has improved.  I have provided links in the above quoted post.

 

My sister is actively suicidal right now and believes everything she reads online. I’m trying to find success stories to cheer her on. Had she found this post on her own, she would be dead by morning. This kind of stuff only scares people. Most (if not all) people eventually recover.

 

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manymoretodays

Hi icerose,

 

That post is over 2 years old and I believe that WiggleIt has made much progress since then.  And this post.

 

4 hours ago, icerose87 said:

Most (if not all) people eventually recover.

True.

Sorry it disturbed you so much and we all wish you and your sister well.

Love, peace, healing, and growth,

mmt

((((icerose))))

 

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WiggleIt

 

On 2/5/2019 at 7:12 PM, icerose87 said:

 

MOD NOTE:  Wiggleit has improved.  I have provided links in the above quoted post.

 

My sister is actively suicidal right now and believes everything she reads online. I’m trying to find success stories to cheer her on. Had she found this post on her own, she would be dead by morning. This kind of stuff only scares people. Most (if not all) people eventually recover.

 


Dear IceRose,

I'm sorry that you happened upon on of my posts from when I was truly in terrible shape.  That post is a bit over two years old, and I've improved SO much.  One of the things I did during my recovery was print out success stories and underline the most hopeful parts in pink pen.  I've been through almost every physical symptom you've described in your sister, and I've lived to tell about it.  Not only that, but I'm back to having joy in my life, mind, and heart.  Seriously, you wouldn't BELIEVE the things I'm able to do now!  I've now gone to weddings, restaurants, parties... things that were impossible for me once upon a time!!!

While it squeezes my heart that you came across that post, I also have to say that this site was the only place in my life where I could be 100% candid about how bad my WD was—even if it meant I was describing horrors.  What I hope others can see is how completely far I've come, and I hope they know that they will also come far.

Don't let my story be one of the worst here; let it be one of the most hopeful.  Because I promise you that's how me and my family think of my experience: as hopeful and miraculous.
  

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WiggleIt

Dear IceRose,

Please see what I recently replied to another member on this site:



 

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icerose87
2 hours ago, WiggleIt said:

Dear IceRose,

Please see what I recently replied to another member on this site:



 

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This is very helpful. Thank you for updating. I can’t find your whole story anywhere. It helps my sister stop contemplating suicide if she reads about people kindling and getting better.  Did you kindle (reinstate during a withdrawal?) or can you tell me about people who did and got better?

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RachelSusan

@icerose87

 

Icerose,

 

I consider myself a success story even though I am not completely off of the meds.  I went cold turkey, then reinstated, then had a much to fast withdrawal after the reinstatement and I had to go back up on the dosage a bit. In short, I did everything one should not do.I was originally on 150mg of Zoloft even though I didn't start my signature until I was at a much lower dosage.  I am now down to 3.25 mg. I went though h*ll and now I am doing great.  There is a good life to be had during the taper process and after withdrawal.  If you are interested in my story you can click on my link to it in my signature below.

 

Icerose,  As I type this tears are welling up in my eyes. My dear beloved sister was with me throughout this entire journey.  I really don't know what I would have done without her.  There where times I leaned on her so hard I am surprised she didn't get fed up with me and the process, but no she stuck by me.  If your relationship is anything like mine is with my sister just know you are giving her the greatest gift ever. I am so glad you are there for her, but remember to take care of yourself as well. I know this is hard on you too.

 

Warm wishes,

Rachel

P.S. if you have any questions please feel free to come to my page and ask.

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