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harmony22013: horror story feeling of fear


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When i try to taper off, at about the three month mark the terrible feelings of irrational fear return. i have never made it past this point.  Has anyone else experienced this?

My diagnosis is bi polar 1, with psychotic features in the distant past. 

Also, i am on lamictal and 5  mg of lexapro


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  • ChessieCat changed the title to harmony22013: horror story feeling of fear
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Hi Harmony, welcome to SA.

It would be helpful if you could create a signature with your med history, including all drugs, doses and dates (starting and stopping).  You can edit your signature under your Account Settings.  See this topic for more info: Please put your withdrawal history in your signature


Many people find tapering off difficult, which is why this site exists.  We recommend very slow tapering here - see our topic: why taper by 10% of my dosage?

2001–2002 paroxetine

2003  citalopram

2004-2008  paroxetine (various failed tapers) 
2008  paroxetine slow taper down to

2016  Aug off paroxetine
2016  citalopram May 20mg  Oct 15mg … slow taper down
2018  citalopram 13 Feb 4.6mg 15 Mar 4.4mg 29 Apr 4.2mg 6 Jul 4.1mg 17 Aug 4.0mg  18 Nov 3.8mg
2019  15 Mar 3.6mg  21 May 3.4mg  26 Dec 3.2mg 

2020  19 Feb 3.0mg 19 Jul 2.9mg 16 Sep 2.8mg 25 Oct 2.7mg 23 Oct 2.6mg 24 Dec 2.5mg

2021   29 Aug 2.4mg   15 Nov 2.3mg

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