Mentor Happy2Heal Posted May 9, 2018 Mentor Share Posted May 9, 2018 (edited) I got this message from Laura Delano from the Inner Compass Initiative: "I'm a reporter working on an article for the AARP about antidepressant use/withdrawal in adults over 50 years old. It's based on this recent reporting in the NY Times and other outlets: https://nyti.ms/2IysV99. I'm looking for people in this age range (50+) to share their own stories re: antidepressants and antidepressant withdrawal. If you would be willing to talk about your experience, please email me at [send a pm to Happy2Heal] and we can set up a time to chat." I emailed the reporter and got a message back that she's getting so many responses she's doing an email survey instead of interviews She sent a list of questions for me to answer, which I did. I will copy and paste those questions below I think it's great that the word is getting out, so if you'd like to share your WD story with her, to be part of her article that hopefully will be published in AARPs' magazine, I'm guessing, then feel free to email her at the above address. here are the questions she asked: 1) How long ago did you begin taking antidepressnats/how long have you been taking the medication? 2) Were there specific circumstances that led to your doctor prescribing the drugs (for example, depression or anxiety after a job loss, the death of a spouse, during perimenopause, etc)? 3) Did your doctor discuss the potential for withdrawal symptoms when the medication was initially prescribed? Or were you unaware that you could become dependent on the drug? 4) What made you decide that it was time to stop taking the medication? 5) When you told your doctor you wanted to stop taking the drug, did he/she discuss withdrawal symptoms then? 6) What sort/s of withdrawal symptoms have you experienced after you stopped taking the drug? 7) Has tapering off the medication helped ease the withdrawal? 😎 How long do you anticipate that it will take you to finish tapering off the medication? Edited May 9, 2018 by Altostrata masked e-mail address pysch med history: 1974 @ age 18 to Oct 2017 (approx 43 yrs total) Drug list: stelazine, haldol, elavil, lithium, zoloft, celexa, lexapro(doses as high as 40mgs), klonopin, ambien, seroquel(high doses), depakote, zyprexa, lamictal- plus brief trials of dozens of other psych meds over the years started lexapro 2002, dose varied from 20mgs to 40mgs. I tried to get off it several times. WD symptoms were mistaken for "relapse". 2013 too fast taper down to 5mg but WD forced me back to 20mgs June of 2105, tapered again too rapidly to 2.5mgs by Dec 2015. Found SA, held at 2.5 mgs til May 2016 when I foolishly "jumped off". Crashed in Sept, reinstated at 0.3mgs in Oct. 2106 Tapered off to zero by Oct. 2017 Doing very well Nov. 2018 feel 95% healed, current age 63 Jan. 2020 feel 100% healed, peaceful and content Aug 2022❤️ loving life ❤️ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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