It has been years since I took medications, I was 16 when I took them in 2009, and went through a few different brands.
I have copied some of my introduction story to make things easier for me.
Starting with Fluoxetine 10mg for 1 month.
Then Venlafaxine for 1 month at 75mg then, 3 months at 150mg.
1 month of Clonazepam 0.5mg as I was tapered off Venlafaxine and onto Sertraline 50mg.
Then I took Sertraline 100mg for 4 months.
Still experiencing panic attacks, agoraphobia and paranoia. I went to the hospital during a panic attack and was given Lorazepam 1mg for 1 week.
This is when my psychiatrist added Risperidone on top of the Sertraline.
Risperidone started at 0.25mg for 3 days, then 0.5mg for one week, raised to 1.0mg for one week. After two weeks I had a check-up I told the Dr. I wasn't feeling anything and I believe he may have misinterpreted that as "no effects" but when I said it I meant that I felt no emotions. My dose was raised to 1.5mg daily.
After 3 days of 1.5mg I began experiencing Akathisia with no relief of anxiety. With no options in perceived sight I took all of the remaining Risperidone. Approx forty 0.5mg pills. My Parents caught me and called 911.
At the hospital I was given charcoal and passed out, waking hours later. After being discharged I continued to take Sertraline as prescribed for 2 months.
With no reduction in my anxiety and my emotions being basically non existant I decided to "take the good with the bad" and feel some kind of emotion. Over the next month and a half I slowly weaned myself off Sertraline. Popping open the capsule and throwing away 3-5 tiny XR beads a day.
So that's my age, meds and taper strategy.
How long it took to regain all my emotions and bodily functions is a hard one to answer.
It took about 6 months before I felt much of anything. Then the bad emotions came back, sadness, anger.
Slowly over the next two years I had many days that were blank and void of anything, days full of sadness, but also days where a light would shine and I would be happy. Feelings were coming back in waves and leaving again.
I joined this website in late 2013 and at that point I had some emotional range, a libido but no sexual pleasure.
So i guess it took about 3 years off medications to regain a good emotional range and my youthful lust.
I'm finally writing this success story because in the past year the lack of sexual pleasure and anhedonia are not a problem for me anymore.
The feelings slowly came back in waves, sometimes weak, but getting stronger and stronger.
Now I feel great when I hug someone or see a friend smile. Sometimes the feelings can even be overwhelming.
Like my heart is ready to burst.
I don't know what else to add except, it's been almost 7 years since I took medications and I am a whole new person!
Don't give up hope! Things are constantly changing, even if you don't notice.
I didn't notice the change until it was right in my face!
Edited by Altostrata, 04 July 2016 - 05:40 PM.
changed at request of OP