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Researchers seek prolonged antidepressant withdrawal cases

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An Italian researcher is collecting anecdotal case reports of prolonged antidepressant withdrawal syndrome for important research papers now in progress.

 

Please send your case report immediately -- instructions and an e-mail address are given below. Reports may be in English, French, Spanish, or Italian.

 

The research effort is led by Dr. Carlotta Belaise, a colleague of Dr. Giovanni A. Fava and frequent co-author with him of scientific papers challenging the long-term use of antidepressants.

 

Dr. Belaise is a research fellow in the Affective Disorders Program of the department of psychology at the University of Bologna in Italy. Her research team is collecting data on antidepressant withdrawal syndrome, "which we strongly believe is a very important, common and delicate clinical problem."

 

"A couple of manuscripts on this important issue are in progress."

 

They also have been gathering anecdotal reports from Web sites such as this one.

 

Please send your case report immediately in an e-mail (no attachments, please), in this format:

 

  • Your pseudonym (to use if your report is published)
  • The date of this report
  • Your current age
  • Gender (if female, menopausal?)
  • Psychiatric drug history
  • What dates and how did you taper off each medication?
  • Your symptoms in the earlier phase of withdrawal
  • Your current symptoms
  • Which symptoms have gotten better? Which have gotten worse? What treatments have been helpful?
  • Is there anything else you would like to say about withdrawal and withdrawal syndrome?

Your identity will remain confidential. Researchers may contact you through your e-mail address for clarification, if necessary, and possibly for longitudinal follow-up periodically to track your recovery. Your e-mail address will not be used for any other purpose. Your e-mail indicates your consent to be included pseudonymously in these papers.

 

Send your e-mail to this address:

 

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For some background information, see http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/531-send-your-withdrawal-case-report-to-researchers/ If you have questions, send them to me or post them below in this topic.

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How wonderful this is! I'm so proud of you Alto. I just KNOW a large inspiration for this study was from you, even if it was indirectly. I just know it. This most be a very emotional time for you.

 

I'm going to print this out and pass it around to people at the convention tomorrow and Sunday.

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Thank you, cine. I'm sure many factors converged to make this happen.

 

As for myself, I've been working on this, corresponding with researchers including Dr. Fava, for 5 years. The cases I collected on another site, recently deleted, are a large part of those Dr. Belaise has now.

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Alto - you are a hero. One of the last still working since I came into the online in 2007...Gianna Kali, Philip Dawdy. and others have moved away from the fray. Thank you so much for continuing the battle.

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Alto - you are a hero. One of the last still working since I came into the online in 2007...Gianna Kali, Philip Dawdy. and others have moved away from the fray. Thank you so much for continuing the battle.

Thank you for saying this. I feel the same way. The thing about Alto is she's consistent AND persistent...even while in withdrawal hell! She has survived so much and done so much. And she's so bright and focused and well-balanced. Really, just an amazing spirit that won't -- CAN'T -- be broken.

 

Thanks again Alto. We all appreciate what you do. And you do it well.

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Well, I don't know what to say. :blush:

 

Thank you for the kind words.

 

At least some attention will be paid to all this suffering!

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I'm wondering if you can provide an outside link for this study so people can ask questions without having to join this community first.

I was hoping to spread word of this study to my network but limiting it to people on this community would give a very skewed sample.

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My story was on the other site. Would I need to send it again?

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I'm wondering if you can provide an outside link for this study so people can ask questions without having to join this community first.

I was hoping to spread word of this study to my network but limiting it to people on this community would give a very skewed sample.

 

mc2, guests should be able to see the posting, no registration needed. They should be able to use the links as well.

 

Thank you for your suggestion. I've added a link. Guests may send questions to me.

 

What questions do you have?

 

My story was on the other site. Would I need to send it again?

Yes, please, it would be helpful to have the information in the format above.

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Is this only for people who are already off ssris?

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Is this only for people who are already off ssris?

 

Prolonged withdrawal syndrome follows SSRI discontinuation.

 

Phil, if you mean people who are having great difficulty tapering off psychiatric drugs -- personally I think those stories are valuable, too. You might send yours in and perhaps it will inspire the researchers to follow another line of inquiry as well.

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Folks who are new here may not have noticed this.

 

If you have prolonged withdrawal syndrome, please send your case to the researchers.

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Bumping this topic to bring it to everyone's attention.

 

If you would like to post a pointer to this topic on other sites, the short URL is http://tinyurl.com/3zuaxo9

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Alto, I see this was posted a year ago. Do you know if they are still collecting stories?

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The last I heard, the paper was being reviewed.

 

I'll check to see if they still want cases.

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I would love to hear what their research has discovered.

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