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Psychology Today: Antidepressant Withdrawal and Scientific Consensus

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ktp

thanks for posting this. 

anybody who still sees a shrink should be sure said doctor reads at least this short article to help them become aware that there are downsides to AD prescription that are not presented to the patient at Rx time.  I certainly don't mean to totally dis ADs, but had I been told of long term effects and withdrawal issues, I may well have chosen to suffer through the anxiety period that prompted my current addiction to Rx drugs.  

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bubbles

The article is interesting, and maybe we are seeing a turning point BUT it says " strongly advised not to terminate treatment abruptly, but instead to taper carefully and gradually by microdoses over a course of several months, always in consultation with their doctor, to ensure their own safety. "

 

As we see here, several months to taper is too short and this might end up reinforcing the it's-your-illness-coming-back---see-you-need-the-drugs thing. If you think you can safely get off over several months, you might well assume that issues are the illness.

 

I'll see it as a more positive thing if they talk about tapering over several years, not months, but I guess it's good that it's starting to be talked about.

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Rhiannon

I'm glad to see this, but I agree, it's not enough. It doesn't talk about the delayed appearance of symptoms after 3-6 months, which is common enough that it really needs to be studied and recognized, because it's usually being called "relapse." It also, as you say, talks about tapers that are much too fast for most people.

 

In other words it is way too little way too late, but it is better than nothing. It's a beginning. It's so much more than we've had before. Hopefully it's the very tiniest beginning of a turn of something that will become a very high tide indeed. I would like to see the widespread use of psychiatric drugs become an appalling memory from a distant past. (Probably not in my own lifetime of course.)

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bubbles

Yes it's a beginning.

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