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Iamfine

I do. Or at least I try. My parents are in their 70's and don't need to worry about me. I try hardest with my wife. She has been very supportive all these years and I'm pretty sure she shelters me from stressors often. She knows I am suffering though, even if it's not spoken. I occasionally tell her if I am having a particularly bad day, but that is rare. I haven't told her about my plan to taper off all or most drugs. I haven't even told her that I have tapered already. If I am successful getting off, I will tell her after some time passes and I am doing okay. My daughter is the most perceptive of all my family, but she has a psych degree and can more easily notice my symptoms. It's hard sometimes hiding this from everyone but I just don't want them to worry or to treat me differently. Am I the only one who does this?

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akakoom

I have kept my ordeal private so far.  No one in my social circle even knew I took the meds, let alone my suffering with withdrawal.  Don't want anyone knowing I took meds cuz I couldn't handle life.  And who would believe me that I am suffering after taking only a few pills.  But I am.  Never approached my doctor, either.  Figured there's no point.  I just spend my time hoping I'll improve, but as time goes on I find it harder to remain optimistic.  I'm about 5 months out and I haven't noticed any improvement or functionality return.  Maybe I'm just one of the unlucky ones.  No one knows what I am dealing with.  It makes it really hard.

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akakoom

I wonder what's easier... suffering in silence or facing the ridicule of an unsympathetic family.  I am kinda glad that I am going through this alone.  It is hard... but if I just want to sit in front of the TV all day I can, no one will give me any heck for it.  Parents telling you to "get out of bed, it's all in your head," would be hard for me to deal with.

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Demead

I've told my Mom and some friends. Other friends I just don't see anymore. I hate to drop the friendships, but most people i am just not sure that they would understand. Hardest thing is not telling my husband. When the symptoms started he became so angry and unapproachable. Now that I know what is causing the symptoms, I feel like there is just too much anger in the air. Trying to explain now would make it something that I think could be used against me. It's also hard not to tell my 4 year old daughter. She knows that I am withdrawn and unable to be there for her like before. But how do you explain this all to a 4 year old?

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adrien

I dont tell my dad about it anymore because no matter what i say or do he thinks i need the meds and lately I've been thinking about cutting him out of my life all together because i find recieving phone calls from him draining.

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Rosie20yearsago

I have tended to pretend I'm fine with everything for as long as I can remember. I was terrible at it first. Now some people think I am always really calm and chilled, when in fact I'm churning inside. I had been telling my husband how I felt for a bit but he did not believe me until I let my guard down a bit and let it show how I felt. surprisingly he was then really supportive and still is. My parents know but frequently seem to forget because I always look as if I am ok. A few friends know... And the rest don't. Yes, it is horrible if people know and are unsympathetic. I still most of the time act as if I am fine because I find it really difficult to be vulnerable and show my emotions, because of having been badly hurt in the past. It takes a lot of trust, or perhaps hope.

Also sometimes people's reactions change. I told my dad about tardive withdrawal recently, also because my mum has treatment for manic depression and I was worried about her meds, and he was very unreceptive on our first conversation but much more open on the second.

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Theon

My parents know what I think about this experience with fluoxetine. My father thinks that there is not enough evidence that links the side effects that I am experiencing with prozac. But they agree that I have to get off prozac if that's my decision.

 

I hide it to my friends though

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