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this forum has been doing so much for me, so I want to thank you for all your stories and the constant hope that has got me through withdrawal this far. 

After the worst 7 months ever. I’m finally seeing major progress and I like to say now I’m half way back to healed. The issue is I’m currently in a tough wave and just like from the start I’m experiencing very confusing and intrusive thoughts, on top of many many other symptoms, these thoughts do not feel like my own.. almost like I’m a spectator and sometimes the nature of the thoughts can be very distressing.

when I’m in a wave my brain tells me that I’m very sick and have always been that way, until the sun comes out and I reach my next window and I am so put together again,.

I just would love to pick up some tips on how you managed these if this was a symptom of yours. They have DEFINITELY got less and less so I still have my motivation and hope as it improves.


it’s just when they smack you up the face it’s quite though.



6.5 Years on Antidepressants


50mg Sertraline | November 2013 -  March 2019

20mg Prozac | March 2019 - April 2020


Fast Taper over 4 weeks, Final Dose April 14th



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Hi Sophiaaa and welcome to SA,


It's good that you are noticing improvements.  That is a sign of recovery happening.


Please provide details of your drug history by creating your drug signature following these instructions.  Include ALL drugs/supplements, current AND previous.  Thank you.


Instructions:  Withdrawal History Signature


Withdrawal symptoms can be many and varied and can change throughout recovery as the brain is trying to regain homeostasis.  There are printable and computer symptoms lists, include blank ones, and have a rating system.


Dr Joseph Glenmullen's Withdrawal Symptoms


The only supplements which SA recommends are Magnesium and Omega-3 Fish Oil.  Try a small amount, one at a time to see how you react.   


SA strongly encourages members to learn and use Non-drug techniques to cope


There are many topics on SA.  To find them use a search engine and add site:survivingantidepressants.org to the search term.  So you can search for your symptoms to see what other members have posted.


Here are some topics which you might find helpful:





(this link is to a specific post which explains this, but check out the other posts in that topic too)




Video:  Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery


This is your own Introduction topic which is the best place to ask questions about your own situation and journal your progress.


Here is a message from Altostrata, SA's founder.  And this is the link to a recent interview with her:  INTERVIEW with Altostrata, SA's founder  


On 11/7/2020 at 8:23 AM, Altostrata said:


One of the things that's very important to each person here is knowing that healing is possible. Please don't just go away when you feel better! "Pay it forward" by updating your Intro topic with your progress and come back to post your success story when you are finally clear of all those awful symptoms.


Nothing is more valuable to the community than seeing how recovery happens. You have lots of people hoping you'll get better. Please let them know when you do.



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NEW!!!              INTERVIEW with Altostrata, SA's founder               NEW!!! 


ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

My tapering program                                      My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.


REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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