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Am i being negative by using this as an analogy


if someone has a piece of their brain taken out, i would argue its similar to having a limb amputated or part of your body amputated, in that situation those things never grow back, ever, they are gone forever until you replace it with a prosthetic or get surgery etc....what makes withdrawal different? Why do we suspect everyone will recover? Whats the logic behind this reasoning? 

Was put on SSRIS at age 18, came off at 20 due to side effects, have been in withdrawal ever since, am 27 now. 7 years of protracted withdrawal. have not been able to work. I didnt taper, i basically came off cold turkey in less than a month....no one informed me of anything, including protracted withdrawal . my symptoms include absolutely everything you can imagine, you name it, i have it 



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The brain is not a limb like an arm or leg.  I have not had a piece of my brain taken out.  My brain adapted to the chemicals that are in Pristiq.  After taking the drug away, either by tapering or cold turkey, the brain has to adjust to not getting the drug or as much of the drug.

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Current from 17 Apr 2021:  Pristiq 0.2665mg  now holding each dose for 3 weeks

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 

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Yes, you're being negative. This is another one of your groundless theories about why you're doomed. The brain has the capacity to rewire.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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