Hi everyone. I'm the spouse of someone who just began to taper off 20 mg. of Lexapro. My husband has been on and off SSRIs for more than 20 years, since he was in high school. Long story short, he doubled the Lexapro last spring and became a totally different person, which culminated in Sept. 2016 when he told me he no longer loved me. We had just had our third baby two weeks earlier. He moved out at Thanksgiving. He cannot see how the meds are the root for his emotional flatlining, as well as what was nearly a year of hypomanic behavior. LUCKILY he has been losing his hair, which is the only reason he is now tapering. He's clearly at a point of toxicity.
What I'd like to hear from y'all about is the process of regaining emotions during taper, specifically, if possible, in regards to your romantic partner. We've been together more than 15 years, he's the love of my life, and this has been agony. I'm hopeful that once the meds begin to clear out he'll begin have feelings resurface. What might this be like? I know it's different for everyone, but hearing a few hopeful stories would be great. Did they come rushing back in a moment, like you were struck by lightening? Was it more gradual? Did it hurt? Did it take a while for you to understand what was happening? How was the connection made? I'd like to know if there's anything behavioral I might keep on my radar, since I'm very much trying to simply mirror back the engagement he is able to give me.