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Lazarus731: psychiatric facilities?


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Hello, I am new here and I created this account to ask this, as I am having a hard time finding an answer on my own. 


If I were to go into all the details of what I've been through it would run way too long as it has been a nearly three year struggle. Diagnosed as bipolar 2 and put on abilify then taken off due to akathesia. This send me into a tailspin and I recently stopped taking prozac after four years. Several months later I've developed severe anxiety and panic as well as nearly every ssri withdrawal symptom. 


My question is do any facilities exist I can go to and get through this detox. I haven't reach the point of suicide yet so hospitals won't take me. I've Google searched for hours but can't find anything at all. I live in Virginia. Thank you. 

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Hi Lazarus and welcome to Surviving Antidepressants.  Unfortunately, I don't believe that there are any facilities, at least at the moment, that provide a safe and reliable detox for withdrawing from anti-depressants.  Often it takes many years to properly withdrawal from anti-depressants and it just wouldn't be feasible to for people to spend that much time in a centre.  I did read about a doctor who felt that these types of facilities are going to be increasingly necessary as so many people are having issues withdrawing from anti-depressants but from what I know, none presently exist.  

From what little you have mentioned in your post, it sounds like you may have tapered off of prozac too quickly which resulted in sending you into a tailspin.  If you are interested finding support to help you stabilize after coming off of prozac, I encourage you to provide a more detailed history in the link below.


Instructions:  Withdrawal History Signature

Current Prescription Drugs for Hypothyroidism:  Synthroid 100mcg / Cytomel 5mcg (15 years Pristiq/Effexor)

Tapering Schedule
September 15, 2016 - switched from Pristiq 50mg to Effexor XR 75mg; November 10, 2016 - reduced to 67.5 Effexor XR
December 9, 2016 - reduced 60.75
January 5, 2017 - reduced 54.67
January 30, 2017 - reduced to 49.0
February 20, 2017 - reduced to 44.0 
May 20, 2017 - reduced to 40.25 (holding for additional month due to late onset of withdrawal symptoms after this taper)
July 17, 2017 - reduced to 38.24
August 15, 2017 - reduced to 37.5 (50% of my original dose)

October 15, 2017 - reduced to 35.6

November 12, 2017 - reduced to 33.8
December 15, 2017 - up-dose to 35.6
December 28, 2017 - up-dose to 37.5

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Arise Lazarus come forth  and give us an update...if its at all possible?

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.


Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017



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