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☼ RealMe: fighting depression/withdrawal from Abilify, Trintellix now on Prozac

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Ogres

In terms of how easy these drugs are being prescribed, I totally agree. And the situation is only getting worse judging by comparing prescription statistics from even 10 years ago and now. In the UK, there is a campaign to fight mental health stigma, which in itself is a good thing. The campaign makes it acceptable to talk about depression and other mind ailments. It also makes it easier to get referred to a doctor, which, in the majority of cases, will result in being put on pills. It’s even more frightening that young people, including teenagers and even children, are being prescribed ADs.

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RealMe

Well, well, well.  Today is actually the one year mark to the day that I went completely off AD's.  In this past year I have taken antibiotics as prescribed for infections.  Other than that, no prescribed medications of any kind.  I take an occasional tylenol or advil.  I take vitamins B, D, E and Fish oil.  I am very glad to be free of mood-altering chemicals that I was told by medical professionals I would have to take for the rest of my then miserable life.  Life is hard; I'm not making it harder with ADs.  Thank you, SurvivingAntidepressants.org and all you survivors out there. :)

 

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Shep

Happy one year anniversary off AD's, Realme. Very nice update. :)

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Ogres
On 12/20/2019 at 2:37 AM, RealMe said:

Well, well, well.  Today is actually the one year mark to the day that I went completely off AD's.  In this past year I have taken antibiotics as prescribed for infections.  Other than that, no prescribed medications of any kind.  I take an occasional tylenol or advil.  I take vitamins B, D, E and Fish oil.  I am very glad to be free of mood-altering chemicals that I was told by medical professionals I would have to take for the rest of my then miserable life.  Life is hard; I'm not making it harder with ADs.  Thank you, SurvivingAntidepressants.org and all you survivors out there. :)

 

Well done, RealMe! 

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Erell

What a nice update, happy anniversary 😃

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RealMe

 

I wrote this in April in response to someone who messaged me, but it's good for an April update so I'm including it here:

 

I'm in NY so things here are in rough shape for now.  I'm glad I'm not where I was in early withdrawal from all the brain altering medications I was on.  To answer your question about how manageable my withdrawal was, I realize today that I had no idea how to get out of the mental confusion and pain I was in without the help and guidance I found here.  The professionals I sought help from were not able to help me; mainly, I think, because they did not recognize withdrawal from anti-depressants as a real syndrome.  The doctor I was seeing at the time kept telling me he would help me with "this depression."  Most assuredly, I was "depressed" but the reason was that I was exhibiting side effects of the medications I was on!

 

The taper was pretty much as described by many others.  The pain came in waves, either emotional or physical or both, followed by periods of improvement.  Ultimately, I stabilized; and now I feel like a normal human being every day.  I have what I believe are normal, appropriate ups and downs.  My reactions seem appropriate to whatever is going on with me and my world.  I couldn't ask for anything more.  Even when times are tough, I recognize that I am gifted with normalcy!

 

I am learning to habituate to tinnitus with the help of an audiologist who is teaching me strategies to deal with it.  I have times when it doesn't bother me and times when it is pretty awful, but it is not as godawful as it used to be.  If I think about how I got it (from prescribed Wellbutrin), it makes it worse and gives me a feeling of sadness; so I try not to dwell on that.  I try to dwell on the hope that it will be better in the future as I get stronger in dealing with it.

 

Best wishes for complete recovery from anti depressant drugs,

RM

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Armorall

Sounds like a success story to me! Are you thinking of posting one soon? It would help so many people!

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