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#1 Bobo32

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 12:42 AM

Hello everyone,

Former paxil user here between 2005 and 2009 male 33yo
I would like to know how you would describe pssd? I do have morning etections, can masturbate and have orgasm while watching my favorite porn. it only becomes a problem when i'm with a partner. I find it really hard to connect with someone, not enough connection and arousal to keep erection for intercourse.
To ejaculate, i need to have played out in my mind my favorite porn sene without any connection with my partner.
In life in general i feel i cannot connect with people like i used to and i'm starting to wonder whether it is my AD use a few years back thats causing all this.
Thank you

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#2 ChessieCat

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 01:28 AM

This is SA's discussion of PSSD:  post-ssri-sexual-dysfunction


Podcasts:    Let's Talk Withdrawal

 

Antidepressants:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft; Cipramil CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks soon after)

Pristiq:  50mg mid 2012, 100mg beg 2014 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)     Current:  Pristiq 25mg (from 21 April 2017)

 

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#3 Futurerecovery

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 01:54 AM

Actually PSSD always affects masturbation, but it could be possible that you only have some kind of emotional side effects.

German fMRI study about PSSD http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/14351-take-part-in-new-pssd-study/
 

Please also complete this questionnaire in order to possibly promote Italian PSSD research if you have PSSD / Post-SSRI PGAD:
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Posted 07 February 2017 - 06:32 AM

Don't agree with futurerecovery, PSSD is a spectrum, it may just be that yours is mild enough that it doesn't have a noticeable impact when you are significantly aroused. Hopefully this means you will recover quickly. 


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#5 Bobo32

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 12:34 AM

Hello everyone,
Former Paxil, zyprexa user currently tapering off Lexapro.
I am convinced of the long term negative outcome of taking those drugs.
I would like to ask you guys especially those of you who had successful withdrawals; now that our nervous system is worn out because of years of drug use, how can we deal without medication when we are faced with anxiety, panic attacks and even depersonalization?
Is it possible to live without medication and free of those awful symptoms ?
Thanks for listening

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2015- zoloft 3 months zyprexa 3 months lexapro 3 months xanax 2 months

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#6 ChessieCat

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 12:42 AM

We have many existing topics on SA.  I have found that searching using google is helpful:   type in survivingantidepressants.org + topic.

 

  1. Acceptance
  2. Acceptance and Mindfulness
  3. Acupuncture - Posts #6 & #8 (not detox or stimulation)
  4. Claire Weekes' Method of Recovering from a Sensitized Nervous System
  5. "Change the channel" -- dealing with cognitive symptoms
  6. Change cognitive framing - Redirect - Another Way
  7. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for anxiety, depression
  8. Cognitive Behavior Therapy lessons
  9. Guided Meditations, Calming Videos, Sleep Hypnosis
  10. Journalling - Therapeutic Writing & Health Benefits
  11. Light boxes for depression and sleep disorders
  12. Non-drug techniques to cope with emotional symptoms
  13. Non-drug techniques for dealing with physical pain
  14. Yoga for calming (very simple poses can help greatly)

Podcasts:    Let's Talk Withdrawal

 

Antidepressants:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft; Cipramil CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks soon after)

Pristiq:  50mg mid 2012, 100mg beg 2014 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)     Current:  Pristiq 25mg (from 21 April 2017)

 

Tapering history & graph

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

 

I've still got a way to go ... but I've already come a long way!!!

 

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.


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Posted 13 February 2017 - 12:38 AM

Welcome, Bobo.

 

That does not sound like PSSD. If I were you, I'd find a therapist to discuss your anxiety while having sex.


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#8 Bobo32

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 01:08 AM

Hey Alto,
I used lexapro since then for 3 months and I think I have soft glans syndrome now and loss of libido
Anyone have experienced that? Did they recover ?
Thanks

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 07:39 AM

From personal experience, my sexual function was always connected to SSRIs and nervous system. When I was still On Celexa I found it difficult to climax without imagining a scene. Once I tapered off SSRIs, i hit a snag with benzo withdrawal. During the worst of that I became hyper-sexual, where I felt i needed to have sex every second, yet any sexual act would throw me into a wave and fear for weeks. It was pure torture. Because the sexual feelings were transient and morphed with time, I knew it was all healing related. If it was me, I would stop trying to alter brain chemistry and try to let it heal. If it's tolerable, i found multivitamin/mineral to be invaluable once I was further out in the healing process. Good luck!
<p>10 years of ssri and finally tapered off in 2 years. Off Celexa by jan/28/2014 and off benzos by March/6th/2014 after only two months use and still experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 11:34 AM

" I do have morning etections, can masturbate and have orgasm while watching my favorite porn. it only becomes a problem when i'm with a partner. I find it really hard to connect with someone, not enough connection and arousal to keep erection for intercourse."

 

These are classic symptoms of PISD (Porn Induced Sexual Dysfunction) not PSSD (Post SSRI Sexual Dysfunction).  It might be a good idea to research along those lines.


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Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mg it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

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#11 Bobo32

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 10:06 AM

Welcome, Bobo.

That does not sound like PSSD. If I were you, I'd find a therapist to discuss your anxiety while having sex.

 

What about soft gland syndrome?

What I do get now is mostly cognitive issues. I find myself lacking spontaneousness especially around people. Usually takes me a few seconds to answer people or think about what to do next in social settings. Is that what s called brain fog ? Please direct me alto I'm really afraid that I've done permanent damage with all those drugs I'm not my smart witty self anymore. Please let me know if you're familiar with that and whether it does get better

Thanks


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:11 PM

Hello, nicolantana.

I merged your recent posts into this topic, as they seem to be a continuation of your ruminations here.

Clearly your condition is not permanent, as you know you have improved a bit already -- and it's been less than 3 months that you've been off psychiatric drugs.

I suggest you read other Introduction topics. Recovery from drug adverse effects can be very slow, with waves of worse symptoms and windows of feeling better than can be very frustrating and confusing. Read The Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization

Emotional anesthesia is a very common side effect of psychiatric drugs -- you might say that's how they work. It can also follow withdrawal from the drugs. Like other withdrawal symptoms, which indicate a distressed nervous system, it will very gradually go away.


Alto I've been off zyprexa for 6 months and off lexapro 3 weeks I took both drugs 3 months each
My main concern is anhedonia. Does one recover from that ?
Thank you

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#13 ChessieCat

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:37 PM

Hi Bobo,

 

I've moved your post from nicolantana's topic to your own, because it is about your own situation and it is better to ask questions here so your history is in one place.


Podcasts:    Let's Talk Withdrawal

 

Antidepressants:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft; Cipramil CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks soon after)

Pristiq:  50mg mid 2012, 100mg beg 2014 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)     Current:  Pristiq 25mg (from 21 April 2017)

 

Tapering history & graph

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

 

I've still got a way to go ... but I've already come a long way!!!

 

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:48 PM

Hi Bobo,

I've moved your post from nicolantana's topic to your own, because it is about your own situation and it is better to ask questions here so your history is in one place.


Chassie you think we can beat anhedonia ? Are you familiar with this symptom? I'm really desperate

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 02:15 PM

From the posts you have made on this site I think you may be a person who is suffering from anxiety.

 

There are some questions which cannot be answered.  Learning to accept that is part of reducing our worry and stress.  I believe that being anxious and stressful diverts the brain from healing because it is too busy dealing the the stress.  It goes into fight/flight.

 

It is important to learn non-drug techniques.  I've already given you a list of links.  Claire Weekes was a doctor who suffered from anxiety.  In her day anxiety was called nervous illness or nervous suffering.  She learned and taught ways of coping with it.  Member nz11 posted an extract here:  Claire Weekes on recovery from nervous illness taken from 'Essential help for your nerves'


Podcasts:    Let's Talk Withdrawal

 

Antidepressants:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft; Cipramil CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks soon after)

Pristiq:  50mg mid 2012, 100mg beg 2014 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)     Current:  Pristiq 25mg (from 21 April 2017)

 

Tapering history & graph

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

 

I've still got a way to go ... but I've already come a long way!!!

 

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 02:35 PM

Thanks

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:15 AM

From the posts you have made on this site I think you may be a person who is suffering from anxiety.

There are some questions which cannot be answered. Learning to accept that is part of reducing our worry and stress. I believe that being anxious and stressful diverts the brain from healing because it is too busy dealing the the stress. It goes into fight/flight.

It is important to learn non-drug techniques. I've already given you a list of links. Claire Weekes was a doctor who suffered from anxiety. In her day anxiety was called nervous illness or nervous suffering. She learned and taught ways of coping with it. Member nz11 posted an extract here: Claire Weekes on recovery from nervous illness taken from 'Essential help for your nerves'


Hey chassie,
I've been off zyprexa for 6 months and lexapro 3 weeks. I'm experiencing dreadful brain fog and memory loss right now. Are those withdrawal symptoms as well? I'm afraid the zyprexa has done permanent damage to my brain. Do you think that's possible ?
Please help I've taken those 2 medications for 3 months each

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:23 AM

Yes they are both withdrawal symptoms:  brain-fog-blank-mind-comprehension-cognitive-and-memory-problems

 

When I dropped my Pristiq from 100mg to 50mg, after 3 weeks of very bad cog fog I got to the point where I couldn't type.  I am a professional typist so I knew that something was definitely wrong.  I updosed and within 4 hours the fog was clearing and I was able to type.  Because I had a benchmark, I knew it wasn't placebo.

 

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Antidepressants:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft; Cipramil CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks soon after)

Pristiq:  50mg mid 2012, 100mg beg 2014 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)     Current:  Pristiq 25mg (from 21 April 2017)

 

Tapering history & graph

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

 

I've still got a way to go ... but I've already come a long way!!!

 

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 01:41 AM

Did those symptoms go away for you chassie?
Do we heal completely after this?

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 02:27 AM

Hello everyone,
Here is my drug history:
2004-2007 Paxil 20 mg

2016 Zoloft 20mg 2 months Jan and feb
Zyprexa 3 moths 5mg June July august
Lexaoro 5mg nov dec Jan feb 2017
Xanax .5 mg nov dec 16

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 02:43 AM

Yes they are both withdrawal symptoms: brain-fog-blank-mind-comprehension-cognitive-and-memory-problems

When I dropped my Pristiq from 100mg to 50mg, after 3 weeks of very bad cog fog I got to the point where I couldn't type. I am a professional typist so I knew that something was definitely wrong. I updosed and within 4 hours the fog was clearing and I was able to type. Because I had a benchmark, I knew it wasn't placebo.

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Hey chassie,
I just added my signature
As you can see I used Paxil for 3 years over a decade ago and only used drugs again in 2016
I was okay during those over 8 years off drugs except for the sexual component where I had issues with arousal and maintaing erection but only when I'm with a partner not while watching porn. So the arousal issue could be porn induced.
I had a few panic attacs in between as well.
All those years off medications I did not think about withdrawal at all.
Today since I reused drugs again because I thought mistakenly it would help me in bed by curing my anxiety I find myself completely dis-stablysed by the drugs with d/r issues, worse sexual symptoms brain fog, anhedonia... I wish I never reused drugs again.
Now I'm 1 month into withdrawal and starting to feel better
I want to ask you a question about neuro plasticity and our brain capabilities.
Today i feel I'm a person completely different from my old self. I used to be a smart and happy guy with a lot going on for me.
Do you think the drugs have damaged us for good and we can never be our old self again?
Have we lost parts of our brains due to drugs that we can never recover no matter how much we heal?
Thank you

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2015- zoloft 3 months zyprexa 3 months lexapro 3 months xanax 2 months

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 03:22 PM

Your drug signature is not showing


Podcasts:    Let's Talk Withdrawal

 

Antidepressants:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft; Cipramil CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks soon after)

Pristiq:  50mg mid 2012, 100mg beg 2014 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)     Current:  Pristiq 25mg (from 21 April 2017)

 

Tapering history & graph

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

 

I've still got a way to go ... but I've already come a long way!!!

 

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.


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Posted 23 March 2017 - 03:28 PM

Your drug signature is not showing below your posts.  When you click on the Create Your Signature link you will see 2 boxes.  Please type your signature in the bottom box and ensure that you click Save at the bottom.

 

I suggest you read posts in this area of the forum: Success stories: Recovery from withdrawal

 

It is important to realise that what you find on the internet is mainly people who are in the midst of issues with going off their psychiatric drugs.  The reason why there are limited success stories is because once people are recovered they no longer need, and I imagine want, to be posting about their situation.  They are most likely off living their lives.


Podcasts:    Let's Talk Withdrawal

 

Antidepressants:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft; Cipramil CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks soon after)

Pristiq:  50mg mid 2012, 100mg beg 2014 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)     Current:  Pristiq 25mg (from 21 April 2017)

 

Tapering history & graph

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

 

I've still got a way to go ... but I've already come a long way!!!

 

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.


#24 Bobo32

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 03:35 PM

And now?

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 04:18 PM

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Podcasts:    Let's Talk Withdrawal

 

Antidepressants:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft; Cipramil CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks soon after)

Pristiq:  50mg mid 2012, 100mg beg 2014 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)     Current:  Pristiq 25mg (from 21 April 2017)

 

Tapering history & graph

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

 

I've still got a way to go ... but I've already come a long way!!!

 

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.


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Posted 16 April 2017 - 03:12 AM

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Hey chessie
Have you heard of any pssd success stories involving recovering from soft gland syndrome?
I used lexapro and I'm left with this sexual issue now 2 months off the drug. Will it go away ?
Thanks

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 02:25 AM

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hey just updated signature using laptop


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