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A quick update on my tapering off Cymbalta-- I'm down to 6mg now. Have been reducing about every 14-17 days by 10-15%. It's going OK, still some down moods that will probably never go away, but one symptom that seems to have increased is growing impatience and frustration even with little things like waiting a few seconds for websites to open. Anyone else experience this during withdrawal?

 

Also, I never heard back from anyone after I complained-- to the drug maker Lilly, the American Psychiatric Association and the NIMH-- about the difficulties and grossly indequate information/support for getting off ADs. I feel totally unheard. It's outrageous and I want to call more attention to this? Any suggestions? Have people filed complaints with agencies such as Better Business?

 

Thanks, Tony

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Altostrata

TonyG! Good to hear from you again.

 

Irritability can definitely be fallout from withdrawal. If you are ordinarily a patient person, your temperament will reassert itself. If you are ordinarily irritable (something tells me you're not), you might want to learn techniques to manage impatience, such as a little mindful breathing when things are taking longer than they should.

 

Not getting a response to your complaints about withdrawal is par for the course. I suggest you write another essay for Web publication, maybe even a followup on that very excellent piece you wrote back in October.

 

Publicity is the only way we can get things to happen.

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TonyG

Thanks Alto. I actually tend to be impatient and kind of easily annoyed anyway, so this is to the extreme now. But I'll learn to manage.

 

About writing an article for a website-- I've done a fair amount of that re: depression in general and my sense is that small numbers of people read those. But if you know of good site to suggest, I'd appreciate it.

 

--Tony

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Altostrata

More people than you realize read Web articles. Google brings them to things they're interested in.

 

The Journal of Participatory Medicine seems like a good venue. Or how about Psych Central? That's very widely read. You'd be perfect for them.

 

ISEPP welcomes articles.

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Altostrata

TonyG, how are you doing?

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strawberry17

I've just read through this thread and read your article TonyG, it's really good (although I know it's well over a year ago now) the more people speak out the better, lots of people chipping away.

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