well I don't know what you would call severe problems......what symptoms are you having?
I am tapering off of lexapro. I was on it since 2002. (as you can see in my signature, I've been on a lot of psych drugs for decades)
I tried to get off the lexapro a couple of times, but the withdrawal symptoms were so awful, I went back on.
In June 2015, I decided I'd try again. I did not know that I needed to taper a lot slower than I was, so I went down quite quickly from 20 mgs in June to 2.5mgs by Dec.
When I got down that low, I wasn't able to sleep at all- and I got these awful rages, where I was yelling at ppl and couldn't stop.
My dr (an internist) told me to take the 2.5mgs every other day and then stop.
Thankfully, I found this forum and realized that was the wrong thing to do.
So I stayed at 2.5 mgs from Dec 2015 til late May 2106. It was then that I made a big mistake. I didn't think the WD symptoms were all that bad, and I'd forgotten to take the lexapro for a couple of days due to having company from out of town.
I decided to just stop taking it, and basically "jumped off" at 2.5mg
I seemed to do ok for awhile, except for some severe muscle spasms and trouble sleeping, and awful night sweats, but then in late Sept, I "crashed" and ended up with almost 50 different symptoms, all severe.
You can read my thread if you like, to see what they were and to see if it compares to what you are going thru.
I reinstated at a tiny dose of lexapro and have been gradually improving since then.
each day, I got a tiny bit better. I had some waves of bad symptoms and I made some mistakes, adding supplements that didn't help and other things like that, but overall, my progress has been pretty steady in the positive direction.
I now only have a few symptoms, mostly I just don't sleep as much as I'd like to but I am finally getting some restful sleep.
I am still on a tiny dose of lexapro, 0.25mgs, so I am not a success story by any means, but I can tell you that, even though I messed up, going on and off the drug too many times, and up and down in the dose,
I HAVE been healing and getting better, and I expect that I will recover fully in time.
I am 61yrs old and have been on psych meds for decades. I was on SSRIs (zoloft, celexa and lexapro) for about 20 yrs
I have a lot of faith that most if not all people will heal eventually.
There ARE other stories of members with an even longer med history than mine, who have healed or who are healing now.
I will try to find some links for you.
1974-2002 many psych meds, all types; longest used drugs include lithium, seroquel, SSRI's zoloft & celexa; many CT's off drugs
2002-2015 on varying doses of lexapro, as high as 40 mgs, but usually 20mgs
June 2015: tapered too fast to 2.5mgs, then to 2.5mgs every other day Dec 2015: found SA forum; holding at 2.5mgs
Early May 2016: jumped off at 2.5mgs, not smart- crashed in late Sept.
Oct 26 2016 reinstated liquid lexapro 0.05ml/day at night, dose +/- til settling on 0.15BID (0.3/day)= windows and waves
Jan 8, 2017 too quick switch to single dose in the morning, 0.3mgs (bad mistake, led to a crash)
Jan 12 added low dose zyprexa for SI, took infrequently as rescue med, last dose Feb.15
Jan 26 lexapro 0.27mg Feb 25 lexapro updose back to 0.3mg due to unrelenting severe insomnia
March 1 insomnia worse, back down to 0.29 for one day, then 0.27, then 0.25- improving!! March 17 0.24 April 7 0.21
March 7 added low dose lamictal, adjusting dose based on response (currently ~18mgs)
Supplements: Magnesium taurate 250mg, chromium, pro-biotic, biotin, glycine 2grams PM, 1 gram AM