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#1 TryingToHoldOn

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 09:19 PM

I was on sertraline 75mg for 2.5 years for postpartum depression.

 

During that time I sought counseling and my therapist diagnosed me with bipolar 2 because I had irritability along with my depression. My therapist referred me to the Psychiatric NP in the same practice. The NP told me to "wean" off the sertraline within a month so she could introduce latuda. She put me on 20mg of latuda and increased it to 80mg within 4 months. At 80mg, I immediately experienced heightened anxiety, insomnia

 

(I still haven't had more than 2-4 hours of sleep per night since December 2016 and some nights ZERO sleep!), and SEVERE akathisia.

 

When I brought up the adverse reactions, the NP assured me these were side effects that would eventually subside - she was wrong. I suffered entire month and begged her to come off of latuda. She finally agreed and told me to taper 20mg every 2 weeks.

 

My taper looked like this: 60mg to 40mg to 20mg then off. With each decrease I noticed my anxiety would spike and I'd go into an emotional tailspin about 4-5 days after a drop in dose and then stabilized a bit.

 

I assumed once I tapered off the latuda I'd be able to sleep again, my anxiety would lessen and the akathisia would go away. I was partially right, the Akathesia went away as I lowered my dose, but the insomnia and anxiety remained.

 

The NP had also put me on 100mg of lamictal two months after introducing latuda. I wanted to come off this medication as well, but she told me to stay on it because she thought it would prevent mania or depression while coming off the latuda. She was wrong again.

 

One week after my last dose of latuda, I had a complete emotional breakdown and was severely suicidal. I voluntarily checked myself into a psych hospital. There I was told that I had been misdiagnosed by the NP and was abruptly taken off the lamictal.

 

Then they reintroduced sertraline 150mg to bring me out of my depressive state. That seemed to stabilize me so I was released with a Rx for sertraline 150mg. A week after I was home from the hospital I knew instinctively something wasn't right. Instead of steadily improving, I felt worse physically (mentally I was actually doing ok). I began to have muscle twitches, tingling throughout my body, my eyelids kept twictching, my heart was racing, I would get hot and cold flushes radiating over my entire body, my skin felt like it was burning, headache, weakness, and the left side of my face was completely numb.

 

I went to the Psychiatric urgent care where the NP diagnosed me with break through anxiety. I told her she was wrong and that I believed I was suffering from serotonin syndrome. She looked dubious, but sought out the medical director who conducted a neurological test and concurred with me.

 

I was placed in psych hospital again and taken off the sertraline. I felt better within a day.

 

They gave me remeron 7.5mg that knocked me out for almost two days. Needless to say, I refused to take another dose.

 

A day before my release, the doctor and I discussed reintroducing sertraline at a very low level - 25mg to 50mg. I was sent home with a Rx for sertraline 50mg. Within 1 hour of taking the sertraline, all the serotonin syndromes came back so I had to stop taking sertraline with no possibility of reinstatement.

All this time, I believed my insomnia, anxiety and akathesia were related to the Latuda. I also believed that my emotional distress and depression stemmed from latuda withdrawal, but now I'm wondering if it was actually protracted withdrawal from the first time I weaned off of sertraline 75mg and the weaning off latuda being merely coincidental. I did not experience any acute withdrawal symptoms with the exception of a little Weepiness from time to time.

 

Is it possible to experience withdrawal symptoms from sertraline SIX months after the last dose?

 

It's been 3 weeks since my last dose of sertraline 50mg and I've experienced the following: headaches, muscle twitching, shivers, tingling, internal restlessness, body aches, a general feeling of being unwell, severe mood swings: rage, depression, apathy, suicidal thoughts, hypomania, uncontrollable crying, and anxiety.

 

I've had some good functional days, followed by days of being physically & emotionally incapacitated. Is the what's known as waves & windows?

 

I'm trying to figure out if this is withdrawal from the latuda & lamictal or a continuation of the the possible withdrawal of the sertraline.

 

I'm also hoping that the reintroduction of sertraline followed by the abruptly stopping won't prolong whatever it is that is going on.

 

I am also worried because after doing much research I realized that I did the first taper much too fast, but there is absolutely nothing I can do about it now due to the serotonin syndrome.

 

Any advice, insight or shared experiences are most welcome. This site makes me feel less alone.

 

My new psych told me I shouldn't be experiencing any withdrawal and I was just having breakthrough symptoms.


Edited by Petunia, 31 March 2017 - 10:10 PM.
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Mid 2014- mid 2017 (2.5 yrs): sertraline 75mg. Under advice of my Pysch NP, weaned off in 1 month
Sept 2017 - Feb 2017 (6 months): Latuda (dose 20mg up to 80mg). Under advice of Psych NP, weaned off in 6 weeks (Jan - mid Feb). Tirtated down 20mg every 2 weeks.
Nov 2017 - Feb 2017 (3 months): lamictal 100mg. Abruptly taken off. This was the "wean": 100mg, 50mg, then off
Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg for 1 week to bring me out of a severe suicidal depression. Abruptly stopped due to serotonin syndrome. Tried to reinstate 25mg a week later, but there serotonin syndrome symptoms came back. Not possible to reinstate sertraline.
March 2017: remeron 7.5mg. Took one dose that knocked me out for two days. Refused to take it again
February 2017 - March 2017: Ativan 1mg. Took 5 pills total spread out over the course of 3 weeks. No longer taking it.

#2 Petunia

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 11:17 PM

Welcome Trying,

I'm glad you found us and so sorry you have been put through so much pain and suffering by people who should have been helping. Unfortunately, the medical profession knows very little about the psychiatric drugs they are handing out and even less about how to safely take people off them.

 

Psychiatric diagnoses are little more than medical sounding labels attached to clusters of symptoms which occasionally respond favorably to various drugs. None of these psychiatric illness are real, scientifically provable, medical illnesses and the labels assigned to them are useful only for health insurance purposes and to prompt your doctor about which drug to try next if the previous one didn't 'work'. Unfortunately, not only do they often not work, but they cause more harm, which is exacerbated by the use of even more drugs in an attempt to suppress an increasing array of new symptoms, which are blamed on an original illness which never existed in the first place, or an allocated new illness to justify a trial of a new drug.

 

I'm sorry you have been experimented on in this way, and made sicker in the process, unfortunately this is all too common and why this site and others like it exist.

 

Psychiatric drugs do nothing to help locate the real cause of emotional or mental symptoms or to cure anything. At best, they suppress symptoms for a while, or calm a person down in a crisis situation, at worst they cause violence, self harm and ruin lives. In between those two extremes is a slow, deterioration in the general quality of life and health. It might not seem like it now, but you are lucky to be drug free with the opportunity for a healthier, happier future once you recover. I'd highly recommend reading Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker. Psychiatric drugs can cause harmful side effects and long term, they can worsen health, increasing the risk of other illnesses.

 

Your drug history is quite complex, so its difficult to know exactly what your current symptoms are being caused by. I agree that your first taper off sertraline was too fast, which most likely caused withdrawal symptoms, which Latuda wouldn't have fixed, because its a different class of drug. Added to that was your adverse reaction to Latuda. With each drug change, the nervous system can become more unstable and sensitive, leading to increased symptoms and lower tolerance for substances which were previously tolerated.

 

Reinstatement of sertraline might have helped, if it had been tried at a much lower dose. But now, my guess is that you are suffering a combination of withdrawal and symptoms of a destabilized nervous system caused by too many drugs and changes over a short time.

 

What you describe sounds typical of withdrawal and NS instability. The fluctuations in symptoms from one day to the next or one week to the next are what we refer to as windows and waves. Here is the link to the topic: The Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization

 

...And some information about delayed withdrawal: Delayed Onset of Withdrawal Symptoms - Surviving Antidepressants

 

You will recover, but it will take time, probably more time than you would like.

 

The best I can offer by way of advice is to listen to your body and avoid those things that set off symptoms as much as possible. Aside from a high quality fish oil and magnesium, avoid supplements. (See King of Supplements: Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Fish Oil) and Magnesium, Nature's Calcium Channel Blocker). They've been helpful to many of us. 

 

Here is the link to our symptoms and self care section, you may find some useful ideas to help manage symptoms as you recover.  Especially read the topics pinned at the top.

 

You can use this thread as your ongoing journal to track progress, write about symptoms, ask questions and communicate with the community, add to it whenever you want. Its a good idea to bookmark it or follow it, so its easy to find again.

 

I'm sorry you have to be here, but glad you found us, there is a lot of good information and friendly support here.

 

Petunia.


I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

 

My Introduction Thread

 

Full Drug and Withdrawal History

 

Brief Summary

Several SSRIs for 13 years starting 1997 (for mild to moderate partly situational anxiety)

Xanax PRN

Various other drugs over the years for side effects

2 month 'taper' off Lexapro 2010

Short acute withdrawal, followed by 2 -3 months of improvement then delayed protracted withdrawal

DX ADHD followed by several years of stimulants and other drugs trying to manage increasing symptoms

Failed reinstatement of Lexapro and trial of Prozac (became suicidal)

May 2013 Found SA, learned about withdrawal, stopped taking drugs...healing begins.

Protracted withdrawal, with a very sensitized nervous system, slowly recovering as time passes animal25.gif

 

Supplements which seem to help:  High doses of Vitamin C, Magnesium, Garlic and Ginger.  Taurine, Vit D3, L-Theanine and Inositol. I'm one of the rare people who react badly to fish oil.

 

June 2016 - Started daily juicing, mostly vegetables and lots of greens.

 

VIDEO: Where did the chemical imbalance theory come from?



VIDEO: How are psychiatric diagnoses made?



VIDEO: Why do psychiatric drugs have withdrawal syndromes?



VIDEO: Can psychiatric drugs cause long-lasting negative effects?

VIDEO: Dr. Claire Weekes

 

 

 


#3 TryingToHoldOn

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 10:04 AM

Thanks for your response! Trying to keep positive and keep the "fear" at bay.

I've broken out with severe acne since my withdrawals. Has anyone else experienced this? Also, should my insomnia abate or is that an unfortunate side effect that is permanent?

I need to keep healing as I have two kids under the age of 5 depending on me. Right now, I have a hard time just caring for myself. My marriage is definitely strained and my husband is as understanding as he can be (no one fully understands unless you've been through this) is losing his patience. Just need some words of encouragement today. :) I actually had a 3 day window of being pretty functional, followed by a day and a half of utter emotional distress and couldn't get myself out of bed. Also, why do I have bad days following a day of light excercise? I thought it would be the opposite. I typically try to walk for 20~30 min outside. Nothing too strenuous, but I seem get worse for a day or two following those walks. Thanks for your input!
Mid 2014- mid 2017 (2.5 yrs): sertraline 75mg. Under advice of my Pysch NP, weaned off in 1 month
Sept 2017 - Feb 2017 (6 months): Latuda (dose 20mg up to 80mg). Under advice of Psych NP, weaned off in 6 weeks (Jan - mid Feb). Tirtated down 20mg every 2 weeks.
Nov 2017 - Feb 2017 (3 months): lamictal 100mg. Abruptly taken off. This was the "wean": 100mg, 50mg, then off
Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg for 1 week to bring me out of a severe suicidal depression. Abruptly stopped due to serotonin syndrome. Tried to reinstate 25mg a week later, but there serotonin syndrome symptoms came back. Not possible to reinstate sertraline.
March 2017: remeron 7.5mg. Took one dose that knocked me out for two days. Refused to take it again
February 2017 - March 2017: Ativan 1mg. Took 5 pills total spread out over the course of 3 weeks. No longer taking it.

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 09:36 PM

Sorry you are having a bad day Trying, its great you've had some windows though :) As you recover, the windows will increase and waves will decrease, so these are something to look forward to.

 

Acne and skin issues are common in withdrawal, so much so that we have a whole topic about it:Skin issues: hives, acne, dryness etc. - Surviving Antidepressants

 

Insomnia is temporary, your sleep pattern will return to normal in time. Until then, here are some tips and suggestions to help with getting more sleep: Important topics about symptoms, including sleep problems

 

...you will need to scroll down to get to the sleep section.

 

Exercise intolerance is also a common symptom of a sensitized nervous system. I've also experienced feeling worse for a few days after light exercise. But now, it doesn't effect me that way. You might need to do less, until you have recovered a little more. Try walking for 10 minutes and see if you can tolerate that without making symptoms worse, if so, then increase slowly.

 

Here is our related topic: Exercise ... Do more, do less, do nothing? What worked for you ...

 

I know its difficult, but hang in there Trying, its going to get better, you will get through this, one day at a time.


I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

 

My Introduction Thread

 

Full Drug and Withdrawal History

 

Brief Summary

Several SSRIs for 13 years starting 1997 (for mild to moderate partly situational anxiety)

Xanax PRN

Various other drugs over the years for side effects

2 month 'taper' off Lexapro 2010

Short acute withdrawal, followed by 2 -3 months of improvement then delayed protracted withdrawal

DX ADHD followed by several years of stimulants and other drugs trying to manage increasing symptoms

Failed reinstatement of Lexapro and trial of Prozac (became suicidal)

May 2013 Found SA, learned about withdrawal, stopped taking drugs...healing begins.

Protracted withdrawal, with a very sensitized nervous system, slowly recovering as time passes animal25.gif

 

Supplements which seem to help:  High doses of Vitamin C, Magnesium, Garlic and Ginger.  Taurine, Vit D3, L-Theanine and Inositol. I'm one of the rare people who react badly to fish oil.

 

June 2016 - Started daily juicing, mostly vegetables and lots of greens.

 

VIDEO: Where did the chemical imbalance theory come from?



VIDEO: How are psychiatric diagnoses made?



VIDEO: Why do psychiatric drugs have withdrawal syndromes?



VIDEO: Can psychiatric drugs cause long-lasting negative effects?

VIDEO: Dr. Claire Weekes

 

 

 


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 05:21 AM

Hi Trying: sorry you have had to go through all of this. Will pray for you.
Thinking of you,
M.

March 15/2017: 3.75 zyprexa; January 16/2017: 6.25 mg; down from 10 mg December 2016
200 zoloft. Tapering that next.


#6 TryingToHoldOn

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 04:41 PM

PLEASE HELP! I've had terrible waves the last 3 days. Emotionally: rage, apathy, severe depression, suicidal thoughts, and a general feeling that I'm losing my mind. Physically: brain zaps, muscle twitches, this "wave" that goes thru my body that scares the crap out of me, severe brain fog, tingling, cold & warm sensation under my skin, and headache.

My husband DOES NOT understand how I can have a couple of good days (productive days) to regressing back to barely getting out of bed and being an emotional wreck. He now thinks I should GO BACK ON SOME TYPE OF MEDICATION because I'm not better already! I tried to explain that the healing isn't linear and that I would suffer from just as many bad days as good days in the beginning.

Now I'm not confident he isn't absolutely wrong. I KNOW the meds & withdrawal have caused me to be this way. If you look at my signature you can see I've been fine practically my entire life until I experienced a little bit of post partum depression and then was misdiagnosed and wrongly medicated Prior to meds I was extremely independent, capable of taking care of my family needs, and enjoying my friends. Now, I'm terrified to be alone with the kids, rarely socialize friends, can barely take care of myself, and am emotional wreck. What IF I do need meds?!? Or is this the withdrawal making me feel crazy? I am scared sh!#tless. Right now I don't have a clear vision of the truth.

If you've been where I'm at today and can offer some advice, please PLEASE share your story with me. You don't need to be fully recovered, but I do need some clarity and HOPE. I am no longer sure what the right decisions are anymore. I *think* my best option is to remain strong and ride out this withdrawal (I am praying to Jesus that this what it is and not a sign of true mental instability requiring meds). Feeling terrified and being mindful is not helping me today.
Mid 2014- mid 2017 (2.5 yrs): sertraline 75mg. Under advice of my Pysch NP, weaned off in 1 month
Sept 2017 - Feb 2017 (6 months): Latuda (dose 20mg up to 80mg). Under advice of Psych NP, weaned off in 6 weeks (Jan - mid Feb). Tirtated down 20mg every 2 weeks.
Nov 2017 - Feb 2017 (3 months): lamictal 100mg. Abruptly taken off. This was the "wean": 100mg, 50mg, then off
Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg for 1 week to bring me out of a severe suicidal depression. Abruptly stopped due to serotonin syndrome. Tried to reinstate 25mg a week later, but there serotonin syndrome symptoms came back. Not possible to reinstate sertraline.
March 2017: remeron 7.5mg. Took one dose that knocked me out for two days. Refused to take it again
February 2017 - March 2017: Ativan 1mg. Took 5 pills total spread out over the course of 3 weeks. No longer taking it.

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 10:59 PM

What you are describing is the typical windows and waves pattern of recovery. Its very difficult for most people to understand because no other recovery process is quite the same. Would your husband be willing to read some of the information posted here? There are thousands of case studies here of people going through the same cycles, you just need to read some of the introduction threads to know this isn't another illness, requiring more drugs.
 
Reading the book written by Robert Whitaker, which I linked above makes it clear that these drugs don't cure anything and in fact often cause the very symptoms which they are being prescribed for.
 
When I was in acute withdrawal, but before I found this site, I also thought I must have an illness or brain imbalance which required medication to fix, because I wasn't getting better as fast as I thought I should be. I actually had made some progress, but because I didn't understand what was happening to me. I thought I should have been fully recovered.

 

I was attributing my symptoms to a stressful situation. The situation had resolved, but I was still not back to normal. I tried going back on my original drug, thinking it would help, but I became suicidal. Then I asked my doctor if I could try prozac. That caused levels of rage I've never experienced before and I was imagining being violent with my family, something which is not me. I'm normally a gentle, caring person.
 
In May 2013, I stumbled onto information about antidepressant withdrawal, it led me to this site and others like it. Learning about withdrawal and the the truth about psychiatric medications was both a huge shock and a life saver for me. I'm still not fully recovered, but so much better than those early days when I was so terribly sick, I could do nothing but curl up on my bed shaking and trying to breath for the majority of the day. My pattern has always been that I feel worse in the mornings and slowly improve as the day progresses. Each day I would feel almost normal from about 10pm through to about 3am and would make plans for the following day. Only to wake up each morning in the same non-functional state.
 
I've had long windows of feeling completely recovered, where I've been like my old self, filled with energy, motivation and able to do what I want to do..... all day long.
 
Then the window closes and I'm faced with the daily cycle of symptoms again. But this is just my story, there are many others here. Spend some time reading introduction threads and Success stories: Recovery from withdrawal

Helping Family Understand   has some good ideas and may help you to get your husband on board.

 

 

Videos

 

Patterns of Recovery

 

The Power of Neuroplasicity

 

and please watch the videos linked in my signature.

 


I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

 

My Introduction Thread

 

Full Drug and Withdrawal History

 

Brief Summary

Several SSRIs for 13 years starting 1997 (for mild to moderate partly situational anxiety)

Xanax PRN

Various other drugs over the years for side effects

2 month 'taper' off Lexapro 2010

Short acute withdrawal, followed by 2 -3 months of improvement then delayed protracted withdrawal

DX ADHD followed by several years of stimulants and other drugs trying to manage increasing symptoms

Failed reinstatement of Lexapro and trial of Prozac (became suicidal)

May 2013 Found SA, learned about withdrawal, stopped taking drugs...healing begins.

Protracted withdrawal, with a very sensitized nervous system, slowly recovering as time passes animal25.gif

 

Supplements which seem to help:  High doses of Vitamin C, Magnesium, Garlic and Ginger.  Taurine, Vit D3, L-Theanine and Inositol. I'm one of the rare people who react badly to fish oil.

 

June 2016 - Started daily juicing, mostly vegetables and lots of greens.

 

VIDEO: Where did the chemical imbalance theory come from?



VIDEO: How are psychiatric diagnoses made?



VIDEO: Why do psychiatric drugs have withdrawal syndromes?



VIDEO: Can psychiatric drugs cause long-lasting negative effects?

VIDEO: Dr. Claire Weekes

 

 

 


#8 RachelSusan

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 11:01 PM

Hello TryingToHoldOn,

I can relate to your  physical symptoms. Mine were brutal. I'm so sorry you are going through this. You might want to click on my link in my signature to read my thread and see if there is anything in there you can relate to.  I had a little different situation in that I was able to reinstate and it did help me. I'm still tapering however the physical symptoms almost completely stopped, only coming back now and again in a very mild form for a few hours during a taper.  I can't advise anything since we have different situations and my knowledge is only based on my own experience.  However if I can offer you any support or if you have any questions about my situation I would be happy to answer.  Even though our experiences our different I can say that having had one of the worst WD experiences ever I am still here and feeling really good now.  It takes a lot of time to get well, and we do go through a lot of agony during that process. As for your husband not understanding, it is indeed difficult to "get it" unless one goes through it themselves. There are some good videos that have been suggested on these pages, and perhaps rather than you trying to explain it, you can find an appropriate one and play it for him. If you are interested you might want to ask one of the moderators to suggest a few for you pick from. Good luck and please let me know if there is anyway I can be of help to you during these most difficult times.

 

 

**I see that Petunia just posted right before me and had the same idea about videos and even gave you some links. Yay Petunia.


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HISTORY

Feb. 2016  - 100mg - 150mg Zoloft. 

Quit Zoloft June  2016, went into withdrawal.   Reinstated 50mg of Zoloft July 8 2016.

After the reinstatement the following was a doctor suggested tapering schedule and was much to harsh for me. July 2016 down to to 25 mg , August   down to 12.5, & then 6.25, Sept. - 5.0mg, October 2.3 mg. I was sick the entire way down and up-dosed in November to 12.5 mg.

STARTING SENSIBLE TAPERING USING GUIDELINES FROM THIS SITE

12/10/16 - switched to Liquid Zoloft @ 12.5 mg.   1/19/17 reduced to 12.0 mg (4%).   2/9/17 reduced to 11.0 mg (8%). 3/1/17 - reduced to 10.0 mg (9 %).  3/21/17 - reduced to 9.5 mg (5%). 4/1/17 - reduced to 9.0 mg (5.3%). 4/10/17 - reduced to 8.5 mg (5.6%). 4/22/17 reduced to 8.25 mg (2.9%).

 

 

 


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Posted 03 April 2017 - 07:28 AM

Oh dear, I am so sorry for what you are going through. As you saw from my thread you are definitely not alone. This is a really the worst experience that I think either of us will ever have to go through. After this life will be a piece of cake! I just ordered a book off amazon called 'recovery and renewal' by baylissa frederick. It talks about withdrawal from ads, benzos and sleeping pills. I mention this because there is good information in there and even a chapter for loved ones to read. Also, in the book it mentions that average healing is 6-18 months. Things that determine this are things like age, time on drug, genetics, other medicines, other health issues, stress levels etc. Of course, some people take shorter time and others take longer. So, there is good news and bad news here. The good news is that everybody eventually heals. Everybody's body will automatically repair itself. It is what our bodies are made to do and we will go back to how we were before the medicine. You already know the bad news that it can take awhile. But the hope is there and that is all we need. Reading success stories is the way to go!

 

Another thing that could help your loved ones to understand is doing a simple google search on Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome or PAWS. This is a very common thing and can happen with any drug that the body has grown dependent on. Anything from illegal drugs to steroid creams can have this effect. It is very eye opening. The windows and waves are just your body getting back to homeostasis and is a good sign.

 

I don't want to discourage you. I am already noticing improvements in only a couple months time. Things will get better and it will continue to get easier. My wd is complicated because I was in a CT wd for 1.5 years already without knowing it. I was fully functioning but was emotionally cut off, dizzy with nausea and headaches, however it was doable. My hell really started when i tried to re-instate. The doctors had ZERO idea about what was happening and it lead to me trying way to many meds with each reaction becoming worse than the last. When I had the serotonin syndrome reaction I called it quits on the ADs. I had to basically quit everything in my life at once last July and only found this website in December. That is when I realized what was happening and knew that there was no antidote but time. Its time to dig deep and get our lives back. I know it is hard to have to go cold turkey and endure withdrawal this way, but due to these reactions we don't have many options. We don't have the option to slow taper and sometimes I get salty over the doctors not advising me to do so.

 

Anywho, if you ever want to pm me you sure can. You aren't alone in this. Others have walked through this and come out the other side better than before. I wish you happy healing.


Jan 2011-Feb 2015 on Zoloft 50 mg (or 100 mg don't remember) for panic attacks. Dropped to 25 mg for a few months and quit without any major problems until in Feb 2016 started feeling derealization, headaches, nausea, dizziness and vision issues. Dr. told me it was probably stress and to restart Zoloft again after being off 1.5 years.

July 2016 tried Zoloft 25 mg (1 dose adverse reaction)
August 2016 tried Paxil 12.5 mg (19 days adverse reaction)
November 2016 tried Celexa 5 mg with Buspar 5 mg (11 days adverse reaction)
December 2016 tried Lamictal 25mg (4 days adverse reaction) Took Ativan 0.25 mg about a dozen times between Nov & Dec.

 

Pharma-Free since 12-13-16.

 


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 01:39 PM

Sorry you are having a bad day Trying, its great you've had some windows though :) As you recover, the windows will increase and waves will decrease, so these are something to look forward to.
 
Acne and skin issues are common in withdrawal, so much so that we have a whole topic about it:Skin issues: hives, acne, dryness etc. - Surviving Antidepressants
 
Insomnia is temporary, your sleep pattern will return to normal in time. Until then, here are some tips and suggestions to help with getting more sleep: Important topics about symptoms, including sleep problems
 
...you will need to scroll down to get to the sleep section.
 
Exercise intolerance is also a common symptom of a sensitized nervous system. I've also experienced feeling worse for a few days after light exercise. But now, it doesn't effect me that way. You might need to do less, until you have recovered a little more. Try walking for 10 minutes and see if you can tolerate that without making symptoms worse, if so, then increase slowly.
 
Here is our related topic: Exercise ... Do more, do less, do nothing? What worked for you ...
 
I know its difficult, but hang in there Trying, its going to get better, you will get through this, one day at a time.


Sorry if thei reply looks weird. I was trying to see if the "quote" option would work from my iPhone. Thank you again, Petunia for your response and wealth of information. I hope you are doing well today.
Mid 2014- mid 2017 (2.5 yrs): sertraline 75mg. Under advice of my Pysch NP, weaned off in 1 month
Sept 2017 - Feb 2017 (6 months): Latuda (dose 20mg up to 80mg). Under advice of Psych NP, weaned off in 6 weeks (Jan - mid Feb). Tirtated down 20mg every 2 weeks.
Nov 2017 - Feb 2017 (3 months): lamictal 100mg. Abruptly taken off. This was the "wean": 100mg, 50mg, then off
Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg for 1 week to bring me out of a severe suicidal depression. Abruptly stopped due to serotonin syndrome. Tried to reinstate 25mg a week later, but there serotonin syndrome symptoms came back. Not possible to reinstate sertraline.
March 2017: remeron 7.5mg. Took one dose that knocked me out for two days. Refused to take it again
February 2017 - March 2017: Ativan 1mg. Took 5 pills total spread out over the course of 3 weeks. No longer taking it.

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 01:45 PM

Hi Trying: sorry you have had to go through all of this. Will pray for you.
Thinking of you,
M.


Madeleine,
Thank you. I hope and pray that you are doing much better. I understand that you feel the need to be private about the things that have recently transpired in your life, but please message me if you'd like to "talk" in private.

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Mid 2014- mid 2017 (2.5 yrs): sertraline 75mg. Under advice of my Pysch NP, weaned off in 1 month
Sept 2017 - Feb 2017 (6 months): Latuda (dose 20mg up to 80mg). Under advice of Psych NP, weaned off in 6 weeks (Jan - mid Feb). Tirtated down 20mg every 2 weeks.
Nov 2017 - Feb 2017 (3 months): lamictal 100mg. Abruptly taken off. This was the "wean": 100mg, 50mg, then off
Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg for 1 week to bring me out of a severe suicidal depression. Abruptly stopped due to serotonin syndrome. Tried to reinstate 25mg a week later, but there serotonin syndrome symptoms came back. Not possible to reinstate sertraline.
March 2017: remeron 7.5mg. Took one dose that knocked me out for two days. Refused to take it again
February 2017 - March 2017: Ativan 1mg. Took 5 pills total spread out over the course of 3 weeks. No longer taking it.

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 01:52 PM

Hello TryingToHoldOn,
I can relate to your physical symptoms. Mine were brutal. I'm so sorry you are going through this. You might want to click on my link in my signature to read my thread and see if there is anything in there you can relate to. I had a little different situation in that I was able to reinstate and it did help me. I'm still tapering however the physical symptoms almost completely stopped, only coming back now and again in a very mild form for a few hours during a taper. I can't advise anything since we have different situations and my knowledge is only based on my own experience. However if I can offer you any support or if you have any questions about my situation I would be happy to answer. Even though our experiences our different I can say that having had one of the worst WD experiences ever I am still here and feeling really good now. It takes a lot of time to get well, and we do go through a lot of agony during that process. As for your husband not understanding, it is indeed difficult to "get it" unless one goes through it themselves. There are some good videos that have been suggested on these pages, and perhaps rather than you trying to explain it, you can find an appropriate one and play it for him. If you are interested you might want to ask one of the moderators to suggest a few for you pick from. Good luck and please let me know if there is anyway I can be of help to you during these most difficult times.


**I see that Petunia just posted right before me and had the same idea about videos and even gave you some links. Yay Petunia.


R-

Thank you so much for reaching out to me! I am so glad that you were able to reinstate and the withdrawal symptoms are more than manageable for you now! I hope they continue to stay that way and when you eventually jump off the med. I wish I had the option to reinstate, but it is not a possibility for me at all. :(

I am almost a month from stopping all medications and I am in HELL. I don't know how to push forward to the next day. I am a mother of 2 and cannot even care for myself at the moment. I am in fear that I will not have the mental or physical fortitude to press on. It is scary as hell and I'd love your support.
Mid 2014- mid 2017 (2.5 yrs): sertraline 75mg. Under advice of my Pysch NP, weaned off in 1 month
Sept 2017 - Feb 2017 (6 months): Latuda (dose 20mg up to 80mg). Under advice of Psych NP, weaned off in 6 weeks (Jan - mid Feb). Tirtated down 20mg every 2 weeks.
Nov 2017 - Feb 2017 (3 months): lamictal 100mg. Abruptly taken off. This was the "wean": 100mg, 50mg, then off
Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg for 1 week to bring me out of a severe suicidal depression. Abruptly stopped due to serotonin syndrome. Tried to reinstate 25mg a week later, but there serotonin syndrome symptoms came back. Not possible to reinstate sertraline.
March 2017: remeron 7.5mg. Took one dose that knocked me out for two days. Refused to take it again
February 2017 - March 2017: Ativan 1mg. Took 5 pills total spread out over the course of 3 weeks. No longer taking it.

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 02:03 PM

Oh dear, I am so sorry for what you are going through. As you saw from my thread you are definitely not alone. This is a really the worst experience that I think either of us will ever have to go through. After this life will be a piece of cake! I just ordered a book off amazon called 'recovery and renewal' by baylissa frederick. It talks about withdrawal from ads, benzos and sleeping pills. I mention this because there is good information in there and even a chapter for loved ones to read. Also, in the book it mentions that average healing is 6-18 months. Things that determine this are things like age, time on drug, genetics, other medicines, other health issues, stress levels etc. Of course, some people take shorter time and others take longer. So, there is good news and bad news here. The good news is that everybody eventually heals. Everybody's body will automatically repair itself. It is what our bodies are made to do and we will go back to how we were before the medicine. You already know the bad news that it can take awhile. But the hope is there and that is all we need. Reading success stories is the way to go!

Another thing that could help your loved ones to understand is doing a simple google search on Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome or PAWS. This is a very common thing and can happen with any drug that the body has grown dependent on. Anything from illegal drugs to steroid creams can have this effect. It is very eye opening. The windows and waves are just your body getting back to homeostasis and is a good sign.

I don't want to discourage you. I am already noticing improvements in only a couple months time. Things will get better and it will continue to get easier. My wd is complicated because I was in a CT wd for 1.5 years already without knowing it. I was fully functioning but was emotionally cut off, dizzy with nausea and headaches, however it was doable. My hell really started when i tried to re-instate. The doctors had ZERO idea about what was happening and it lead to me trying way to many meds with each reaction becoming worse than the last. When I had the serotonin syndrome reaction I called it quits on the ADs. I had to basically quit everything in my life at once last July and only found this website in December. That is when I realized what was happening and knew that there was no antidote but time. Its time to dig deep and get our lives back. I know it is hard to have to go cold turkey and endure withdrawal this way, but due to these reactions we don't have many options. We don't have the option to slow taper and sometimes I get salty over the doctors not advising me to do so.

Anywho, if you ever want to pm me you sure can. You aren't alone in this. Others have walked through this and come out the other side better than before. I wish you happy healing.


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Thank you for this response. How are you doing? I know you're still healing and recovering, but do you honestly see improvements and are things a little more manageable? I am an absolute wreck. It's been a month since I've been off ALL medications. I truly do feel like I'm losing my mind. Everyone keeps telling me that it's "mind over matter" but they have NO clue how much my mind is screwed up right now. I am trying to remain positive, but find it increasingly difficult as my days, hours, minutes, seconds are totally unpredictable (as you know first hand).

I am so to sound so hysterical and hopeless today. I've been fortunate enough to have some friends who are watching my kids this week, but what am I going to do next week? Some days I am incapable of getting out of bed. Never in a million years did I think I would be in this situation. :-/

Ok, using my CBT to switch gears. I am rooting for you and cheering with every monthly update you make! When you improve, I know that I will improve, too! Hang in there, girl! Zoloft is the devil and you're doing one hell of a job kicking its ass!
Mid 2014- mid 2017 (2.5 yrs): sertraline 75mg. Under advice of my Pysch NP, weaned off in 1 month
Sept 2017 - Feb 2017 (6 months): Latuda (dose 20mg up to 80mg). Under advice of Psych NP, weaned off in 6 weeks (Jan - mid Feb). Tirtated down 20mg every 2 weeks.
Nov 2017 - Feb 2017 (3 months): lamictal 100mg. Abruptly taken off. This was the "wean": 100mg, 50mg, then off
Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg for 1 week to bring me out of a severe suicidal depression. Abruptly stopped due to serotonin syndrome. Tried to reinstate 25mg a week later, but there serotonin syndrome symptoms came back. Not possible to reinstate sertraline.
March 2017: remeron 7.5mg. Took one dose that knocked me out for two days. Refused to take it again
February 2017 - March 2017: Ativan 1mg. Took 5 pills total spread out over the course of 3 weeks. No longer taking it.

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 02:37 PM

To anyone out there, please humor me as I ask these questions. Are they rhetorical? Perhaps, but someone may have an answer or an educated guess. Here goes, bear with me.

I've heard/read significant improvements can start in 6 months to a year (I fully understand it could be sooner and it could be later). My med history is a little screwy and wondered where I should start my timeline for healing?

Here's a quick history:
Mid 2014 - July 2016: sertraline 75mg (2.5yrs), 1 month taper
Sep 2016 - Feb 2017: latuda (ranging from 20mg to 80mg)
6wk taper
Nov 2016 - March 2017: lamictal 100mg (CT in hospital)
Feb 2017: 150mg sertraline (1 week, CT due to sertononin
Syndrome)
Feb 2017 - March 2017: ativan 1mg, took 5 - 7 pills total
Over a course of 3 weeks
Feb 2017 -March 2017: trazodone 50 mg, took 2 doses
March 2017: 50mg sertraline reinstated 3 days, CT due to
Serotonin syndrome symptoms reemerging
March 2017: 7.5mg Remeron, too sedating. Only took one
dose
March 14, 2017 completely med free

***i strongly believe my protracted withdrawal symptoms started between Sept 2016 - February 2017 (the same time I was weaning from latuda).

Does my "healing/recovery" start from the first time I tapered off of sertraline back in July 2017? I am assuming that my brain started making adjustments back then, or was it screwed up again with the introduction of new meds and elimination of meds. I guess logically it would mean I've only been on ONE month of recovery since I stopped all meds on March 14. I am just looking for an ounce of hope. :) I know that I am not suffering more than others on this site, but I do feel there are others who are stronger mentally and physically than I. I've never considered myself to be strong willed and this journey is TERRIFYING me.
Mid 2014- mid 2017 (2.5 yrs): sertraline 75mg. Under advice of my Pysch NP, weaned off in 1 month
Sept 2017 - Feb 2017 (6 months): Latuda (dose 20mg up to 80mg). Under advice of Psych NP, weaned off in 6 weeks (Jan - mid Feb). Tirtated down 20mg every 2 weeks.
Nov 2017 - Feb 2017 (3 months): lamictal 100mg. Abruptly taken off. This was the "wean": 100mg, 50mg, then off
Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg for 1 week to bring me out of a severe suicidal depression. Abruptly stopped due to serotonin syndrome. Tried to reinstate 25mg a week later, but there serotonin syndrome symptoms came back. Not possible to reinstate sertraline.
March 2017: remeron 7.5mg. Took one dose that knocked me out for two days. Refused to take it again
February 2017 - March 2017: Ativan 1mg. Took 5 pills total spread out over the course of 3 weeks. No longer taking it.

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 03:18 PM

I didn't really know how to gauge my healing either. My last SSRI reaction was in November but I tried lamictal for a couple days and took benzos a couple weeks in December. Things got really scary for me after that so I'm wonder if benzos made everything a whole lot worse. Idk I usually just go by how many days I've been off everything. You are stronger than you know. You will have a good life again. There's a good quote I like, "youre going to be happy, life said, but first I'll make you strong."

I have noticed Improvements. Things are coming, going, morphing, coming back again and hopefully leaving. Just trust your brain that it is healing & remember you are not sick in your mind. You're mind is still fully intact. It's a brain thing. Also once a symptom comes and goes and comes back again it isn't as scary the next time around because you know it will go again and with time the symptoms generally become less intense. Take one day at a time or even on hour at a time.

There is a post around here somewhere called, 'what is happening in your brain'. I hope someone can link it for me. It's a good read.

Jan 2011-Feb 2015 on Zoloft 50 mg (or 100 mg don't remember) for panic attacks. Dropped to 25 mg for a few months and quit without any major problems until in Feb 2016 started feeling derealization, headaches, nausea, dizziness and vision issues. Dr. told me it was probably stress and to restart Zoloft again after being off 1.5 years.

July 2016 tried Zoloft 25 mg (1 dose adverse reaction)
August 2016 tried Paxil 12.5 mg (19 days adverse reaction)
November 2016 tried Celexa 5 mg with Buspar 5 mg (11 days adverse reaction)
December 2016 tried Lamictal 25mg (4 days adverse reaction) Took Ativan 0.25 mg about a dozen times between Nov & Dec.

 

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 03:23 PM

My dear TryingToHoldOn,

I don't know when recovery starts.  I do know you are suffering terribly right now.  I'm sorry that you are going through this. I took a lot of really hot baths while I was going through the most physical discomfort.  It somehow seemed to direct my energy away from the discomfort, however the minute I got out of the hot water it all came back. I would sometimes take 6 or 7 baths a day.

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HISTORY

Feb. 2016  - 100mg - 150mg Zoloft. 

Quit Zoloft June  2016, went into withdrawal.   Reinstated 50mg of Zoloft July 8 2016.

After the reinstatement the following was a doctor suggested tapering schedule and was much to harsh for me. July 2016 down to to 25 mg , August   down to 12.5, & then 6.25, Sept. - 5.0mg, October 2.3 mg. I was sick the entire way down and up-dosed in November to 12.5 mg.

STARTING SENSIBLE TAPERING USING GUIDELINES FROM THIS SITE

12/10/16 - switched to Liquid Zoloft @ 12.5 mg.   1/19/17 reduced to 12.0 mg (4%).   2/9/17 reduced to 11.0 mg (8%). 3/1/17 - reduced to 10.0 mg (9 %).  3/21/17 - reduced to 9.5 mg (5%). 4/1/17 - reduced to 9.0 mg (5.3%). 4/10/17 - reduced to 8.5 mg (5.6%). 4/22/17 reduced to 8.25 mg (2.9%).

 

 

 


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 10:29 PM

Best freakin' window since I stopped all meds one month ago!

I don't know what tomorrow will bring, but TODAY I was an awesome wife, mom, and friend.

This can only mean one thing...HEALING!
Mid 2014- mid 2017 (2.5 yrs): sertraline 75mg. Under advice of my Pysch NP, weaned off in 1 month
Sept 2017 - Feb 2017 (6 months): Latuda (dose 20mg up to 80mg). Under advice of Psych NP, weaned off in 6 weeks (Jan - mid Feb). Tirtated down 20mg every 2 weeks.
Nov 2017 - Feb 2017 (3 months): lamictal 100mg. Abruptly taken off. This was the "wean": 100mg, 50mg, then off
Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg for 1 week to bring me out of a severe suicidal depression. Abruptly stopped due to serotonin syndrome. Tried to reinstate 25mg a week later, but there serotonin syndrome symptoms came back. Not possible to reinstate sertraline.
March 2017: remeron 7.5mg. Took one dose that knocked me out for two days. Refused to take it again
February 2017 - March 2017: Ativan 1mg. Took 5 pills total spread out over the course of 3 weeks. No longer taking it.

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 12:57 PM

That window lasted 2 days. It was so good I thought I was foolishly recovered, healed, done with this hell. I went from being happy to depressed with ruminations. Is this just the nature of how moods swing back and forth during WD?
My physical symptoms let up as well, but now there are back.

What happened to all the "awesomeness" I was feeling 2 days before? Lol

Hope everyone out there is feeling better and headed for the best window yet!
Mid 2014- mid 2017 (2.5 yrs): sertraline 75mg. Under advice of my Pysch NP, weaned off in 1 month
Sept 2017 - Feb 2017 (6 months): Latuda (dose 20mg up to 80mg). Under advice of Psych NP, weaned off in 6 weeks (Jan - mid Feb). Tirtated down 20mg every 2 weeks.
Nov 2017 - Feb 2017 (3 months): lamictal 100mg. Abruptly taken off. This was the "wean": 100mg, 50mg, then off
Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg for 1 week to bring me out of a severe suicidal depression. Abruptly stopped due to serotonin syndrome. Tried to reinstate 25mg a week later, but there serotonin syndrome symptoms came back. Not possible to reinstate sertraline.
March 2017: remeron 7.5mg. Took one dose that knocked me out for two days. Refused to take it again
February 2017 - March 2017: Ativan 1mg. Took 5 pills total spread out over the course of 3 weeks. No longer taking it.

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 08:23 PM

I've heard that significant healing comes when sleep returns. I recently had one glorious week of sound sleep after suffering 5 months of insomnia. THIS IS MY TURNING POINT my mind screamed! I felt a rush of hope. I suddenly had the stamina and endurance to push through whatever this withdrawal threw my way. Then the wave came crashing down. Insomnia. I am weary. I am scared. I need hope. There are so few recovery stories and so many stories of others suffering. If you have significantly improved and back to almost normal daily functioning, I would LOVE to hear from you. The wave is excruciating. Please teach me how to surf.
Mid 2014- mid 2017 (2.5 yrs): sertraline 75mg. Under advice of my Pysch NP, weaned off in 1 month
Sept 2017 - Feb 2017 (6 months): Latuda (dose 20mg up to 80mg). Under advice of Psych NP, weaned off in 6 weeks (Jan - mid Feb). Tirtated down 20mg every 2 weeks.
Nov 2017 - Feb 2017 (3 months): lamictal 100mg. Abruptly taken off. This was the "wean": 100mg, 50mg, then off
Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg for 1 week to bring me out of a severe suicidal depression. Abruptly stopped due to serotonin syndrome. Tried to reinstate 25mg a week later, but there serotonin syndrome symptoms came back. Not possible to reinstate sertraline.
March 2017: remeron 7.5mg. Took one dose that knocked me out for two days. Refused to take it again
February 2017 - March 2017: Ativan 1mg. Took 5 pills total spread out over the course of 3 weeks. No longer taking it.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:54 AM

There is a post around here somewhere called, 'what is happening in your brain'. I hope someone can link it for me. It's a good read.

 

What is happening in your brain? - Surviving Antidepressants

 

I've heard that significant healing comes when sleep returns.

 

This has been true for me, but sleep also seems to recover in a windows and waves kind of pattern. If you are having windows now, at this early stage, that's a very good sign.


I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

 

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Brief Summary

Several SSRIs for 13 years starting 1997 (for mild to moderate partly situational anxiety)

Xanax PRN

Various other drugs over the years for side effects

2 month 'taper' off Lexapro 2010

Short acute withdrawal, followed by 2 -3 months of improvement then delayed protracted withdrawal

DX ADHD followed by several years of stimulants and other drugs trying to manage increasing symptoms

Failed reinstatement of Lexapro and trial of Prozac (became suicidal)

May 2013 Found SA, learned about withdrawal, stopped taking drugs...healing begins.

Protracted withdrawal, with a very sensitized nervous system, slowly recovering as time passes animal25.gif

 

Supplements which seem to help:  High doses of Vitamin C, Magnesium, Garlic and Ginger.  Taurine, Vit D3, L-Theanine and Inositol. I'm one of the rare people who react badly to fish oil.

 

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VIDEO: Where did the chemical imbalance theory come from?



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VIDEO: Why do psychiatric drugs have withdrawal syndromes?



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Posted 25 April 2017 - 08:29 PM

There is a post around here somewhere called, 'what is happening in your brain'. I hope someone can link it for me. It's a good read.

What is happening in your brain? - Surviving Antidepressants

I've heard that significant healing comes when sleep returns.


This has been true for me, but sleep also seems to recover in a windows and waves kind of pattern. If you are having windows now, at this early stage, that's a very good sign.

Thank you, Petunia. The link to 'what is happening to your brain' was particularly helpful.
Mid 2014- mid 2017 (2.5 yrs): sertraline 75mg. Under advice of my Pysch NP, weaned off in 1 month
Sept 2017 - Feb 2017 (6 months): Latuda (dose 20mg up to 80mg). Under advice of Psych NP, weaned off in 6 weeks (Jan - mid Feb). Tirtated down 20mg every 2 weeks.
Nov 2017 - Feb 2017 (3 months): lamictal 100mg. Abruptly taken off. This was the "wean": 100mg, 50mg, then off
Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg for 1 week to bring me out of a severe suicidal depression. Abruptly stopped due to serotonin syndrome. Tried to reinstate 25mg a week later, but there serotonin syndrome symptoms came back. Not possible to reinstate sertraline.
March 2017: remeron 7.5mg. Took one dose that knocked me out for two days. Refused to take it again
February 2017 - March 2017: Ativan 1mg. Took 5 pills total spread out over the course of 3 weeks. No longer taking it.

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 08:39 PM

Is it normal to have rapidly changing moods? I can go from severely depressed to angry to hopeful in a matter of days or even hours. This scares me because it makes me feel crazy. Also, sometimes my physical symptoms are dominant and the emotions get put on the back burner and then vice versa. Is this normal?

Rough week, but thankfully some tiny windows that helped me endure.

Another question. I recently viewed benzobuddies success stories and noticed lots of recovery that were a year or less. I thought benzo WD was supposed to be worse than AD WD. Seems like recovery from AD takes YEARS. 🙁
Mid 2014- mid 2017 (2.5 yrs): sertraline 75mg. Under advice of my Pysch NP, weaned off in 1 month
Sept 2017 - Feb 2017 (6 months): Latuda (dose 20mg up to 80mg). Under advice of Psych NP, weaned off in 6 weeks (Jan - mid Feb). Tirtated down 20mg every 2 weeks.
Nov 2017 - Feb 2017 (3 months): lamictal 100mg. Abruptly taken off. This was the "wean": 100mg, 50mg, then off
Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg for 1 week to bring me out of a severe suicidal depression. Abruptly stopped due to serotonin syndrome. Tried to reinstate 25mg a week later, but there serotonin syndrome symptoms came back. Not possible to reinstate sertraline.
March 2017: remeron 7.5mg. Took one dose that knocked me out for two days. Refused to take it again
February 2017 - March 2017: Ativan 1mg. Took 5 pills total spread out over the course of 3 weeks. No longer taking it.





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