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Whedon, 2013 Challenges of withdrawal from chronic antidepressant medication: a healing odyssey.


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Case report of difficulty of withdrawal from chronic antidepressant medication.

 

Explore (NY). 2013 Mar;9(2):108-11. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2012.12.003.

Challenges of withdrawal from chronic antidepressant medication: a healing odyssey.

Whedon JM, Rugo NA, Lux K.

 

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The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Dartmouth College, Lebanon, NH. Electronic address: james.m.whedon at dartmouth.edu.

 

Abstract at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23452714 Full text requested (post link if you have it)

 

We report the case of a woman with posttraumatic stress disorder secondary to childhood sexual assault who attempted withdrawal from long-term use of antidepressant medication and experimented with a plethora of different therapies. The complex case history illustrates the potential difficulty of withdrawal from chronic antidepressant medication and the role of integrative therapies for posttraumatic stress disorder.

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Challenges _Whedon.pdf Here's the full text.

'94-'08 On/off ADs. Mostly Zoloft & Wellbutrin, but also Prozac, Celexa, Effexor, etc.
6/08 quit Z & W after tapering, awful anxiety 3 mos. later, reinstated.
11/10 CTed. Severe anxiety 3 mos. later & @ 8 mos. much worse (set off by metronidazole). Anxiety, depression, anhedonia, DP, DR, dizziness, severe insomnia, high serum AM cortisol, flu-like feelings, muscle discomfort.
9/11-9/12 Waves and windows of recovery.
10/12 Awful relapse, DP/DR. Hydrocortisone?
11/12 Improved fairly quickly even though relapse was one of worst waves ever.

1/13 Best I've ever felt.

3/13 A bit of a relapse... then faster and shorter waves and windows.

4/14 Have to watch out for triggers, but feel completely normal about 80% of the time.

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