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Support Group: Colchester, Essex (UK)

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#1 Phoenix76


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Posted 24 April 2016 - 09:59 AM

I have set up an informal support group in Colchester, Essex (UK) for people with anxiety and depression. There are 3 of us, 1 man and 2 women all in our 30s. We have all struggled with antidepressants at some point and one us still takes them. I am also supporting my mother through a nasty withdrawal from prozac.


We meet in colchester most Saturday mornings for a coffee and a chat if anyone is interested? 

#2 KarenB


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Posted 24 April 2016 - 02:51 PM

Wish I lived in Colchester...

2010 May Fluoxetine 20mg. Raging mostly stops, become more functional.
2011 February Escitalopram 10mg (sudden switch). 2012 January Escitalopram 20mg.  2013 Early June Feeling great, decide to taper. Doc advises alternate days 20mg/10mg for 4 weeks.  Late June Steady. Drop to 10mg daily. Early July Not coping, raging, flu symptoms, shaky, anxious, low, spaced-out, self-destructive.  Mid July Return to alternate days 20mg/10mg - minimal improvement. Early August Return to full dose 20mg. Lost.
2014 February Switch to Venlafaxine. (First reduced Esc. to 10mg/day for a week) Feb-April Lost, 'light' self-harm, exhausted.
April Increase Ven. to 150mg/day. Dizzy. July 75mg twice a day to improve dizziness. Deep depression remains.  2015 Feb Vigilant dose spacing partially eases dizziness. Mar Switch to Effexor 75mg 2x/day. May Cut 10% to 135mg - bad w/d 2 mths, held 1 mth.  Aug 1.3% cut - bad 1mth, held 1mth. Oct 4 wkly 0.4% cuts held 6 weeks. Jan 2016 2 wkly 0.4% cuts. 8 month hold. Sept Wkly cuts: 0.5%, 3 1% cuts.  Oct 4 wkly 1% cuts, hold 3-4 weeks.
Supplements: Fish oil, vitamins E & C, magnesium, iron, MSM, oat-straw tea, nettle tea.  My story of healing: ContinuedHealing

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#3 Phoenix76


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Posted 14 May 2016 - 06:46 AM

Wish I lived in Colchester...

I wish you did as well  karen lol - no replies so far!!

#4 JamesMoore



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Posted 01 September 2016 - 11:40 PM

Hi all, I'm new to the forums here but, like many of you, I am struggling to withdraw from my medication (in my case Mirtazapine). I feel so strongly about this that I believe that the Pharmaceutical companies should assist users who want to stop or reduce their medications.

I have created a petition at Change.org and I would be really grateful if you would visit the petition, sign it and make your friends, families and/or co-workers aware of it too. The more we get this issue recognised and discussed, the greater the chance that we can get the help we need.

The petition has so far had the support of a few charities including Mind and also by Dr. Ben Goldacre.

Thanks and my best wishes to anyone struggling with anti-depressant withdrawal.



March 2012 - Prescribed Mirtazapine 15mg for anxiety and phobias

May 2012 - Jan 2017 - Had several brief spells on 30mg, none helpful, remained at 15mg

May 2017 - Started my withdrawal by transferring to liquid preparation at the same dosage (1ml = 15mg)


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Posted 04 October 2016 - 09:24 AM

This came into sa this morning ...please consider sending them your story.


I'm a British BBC TV reporter and I want to make a film about the problems of withdrawing from antidepressants. I'm keen to hear from people who've struggled with SSRIs, particularly if you like in the UK. Also what you think about the lack of support groups, or if you HAVE a support group, how do you help?

Please email me your stories, confidentially at first, of course, although ultimately I'm looking for people who will be willing to stand up and speak about what's happened to them.  I think few people know or report this sort of problem and I know many of you are really really struggling for help.  My BBC2 programme wants to expose all this, so please get in touch.



Thank you very much.  This forum has been recommended to me by several long-term members, so forgive my intrusion.




2000 amitryptaline, nortriptaline venlafaxine clonazepam for  arm pain from keyboard use, told I had a chemical imbalance it would fix my arm was just a matter of finding the right med for me not informed of the nature of these drugs assured safe and not addictive, CT off Effexor after being told to double the dose on reporting adverse effects...later ..uncharacteristic psych panic tearful presented to doctor to get answers. Given paroxetine no questions asked 'safe and not addictive' next please.2001-2010 paroxetine (paxil) 2 failed attempts to quit, a learned helplessness set in. Feb 10 - Sept 10,  8 month clueless taper, hell. Doc said I had underlying depression .. I said that's not right' then found online support group and the truth!...overcome with inconceivable humiliation and outrage. 28 Sept 10 drug free ...  daily psych and emotional torture beginning in the waking hours of the morning receding somewhat in the evening only to start up again the next day. 28 Sept 12 (24 months) Stabilizing  (What an indescribable unimaginable non-functional nightmare). sleep issues start up at 3 yrs  waking daily at 2am -4.30am), April 2016 return to sport for the first time since drug free, Sept 16 return to work on casual basis.  28 Sept 16 (6yrs drug free), still cant sleep with any regularity, pssd continues no sign of improvement, still feel Rip van Winkle-ish, brain fog still improving, psoriasis concerns.


"It is unsafe for people who suffer from something that could be treated with an ssri to consult a psychiatrist." Gotzshe 2015. [ I think Gotzsche could have easily meant to say 'to consult anyone with prescribing privileges']. "Going to a psychiatrist is one of the most dangerous actions a person can take." Breggin


“Paroxetine is not safe, it is not effective and it meets every known definition of addictive.” McLaren, N, (2016) 'Psychiatry as bullsh*t’ p55..."Psychiatry is stuffed full of 'deep nonsense' better known as bullsh*t." McLaren 2016


"Within the first week of when you go on an antidepressant you may have a sexual dysfunction, it can go on forever, often only appearing when you go off the drug ...its extraordinarily common" Healy 2015


See  my intro post #451 for the xanax back story and for a CV -GSKs.  Come on guys get taperwise see a TaperMe Schedule

 For a staggeringly shocking 'prozac back story' see the truth post #523


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 04:04 PM

Just posted in "In the Media"

A major national newspaper is looking for people living in the UK willing to share recent stories of negative effects while trying to withdraw from benzodiazepines, antidepressants and / or opioid painkillers.
The newspaper is particularly looking for recent stories from those who experienced one or more of the following:
- You were prescribed the drugs for longer than you should have been
- You tried repeatedly to withdraw without support
- Your doctor was unable or unwilling to help with withdrawal
- You were told to go cold turkey by your doctor
- You eventually managed to withdraw but only with support from a charity or online forum or Facebook
- You were sent to traditional drug and alcohol services but discovered these were inappropriate
- You were told that your symptoms were due to a disorder and not the drug withdrawal

The newspaper is also looking for stories from family members / partners who provided support during withdrawal, as well as from bereaved families where patients were driven to suicide because of intolerable symptoms.
Ideally, you would be willing to be named and photographed for the paper. Interviews will be handled sensitively and will be conducted by journalists who have experience in this area.
If you are interested, please send a short version of your story as well as contact details to admin@cepuk.org and we will forward to the newspaper.
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence and the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry are keen to support this initiative as part of our effort to lobby for appropriate withdrawal services, including a national helpline. Your help is needed! Please share!

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
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Cymbalta (brand name), 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 20 mg to 7 mg in 2016, exact doses and dates in this post;
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