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does anyone know of anyone who could write their recovery story for this site I am sure we could all do with a happy ending!

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Hi Ruth,

 

I have sent an email to Lilly and Aeroman, both of whom are now recovered asking if they would write there recovery stories

here to give us all hope and something to look forward to, am waiting to hear from them.

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I also look for recovery stories for people whe needed more than 4 years to rutn the corner. I know they are there but I get the impression that most people recover within 2-3 years. And though I must admit it used to be much worse, I still have too many issues to resume a working life. And when In read the stories of people still feeling awful after 6-7 years I really get the creeps...

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I invite people all the time to post their recovery stories! But people are very busy with their lives, and don't want to revisit the unhappy past.

 

Thanks for writing Lilly and Aeroman, angie.

 

If anyone else knows of someone who's recovered, please invite them to send in their stories. If they give permission, I will post the stories and the person doesn't have to register and do the posting.

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I have collected some success quotes here. But I don't recommend the site they're from, as you can tell from my introduction on the site lol. I think as time goes by and the longer this site is open, we'll get more success stories. When I'm over this, I will be sure to come write one.

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Interesting. Many of those success stories posted on that other site are partial recovery from prolonged withdrawal syndrome, and they are posted without screen names attached. How irregular.

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Interesting. Many of those success stories posted on that other site are partial recovery from prolonged withdrawal syndrome, and they are posted without screen names attached. How irregular.

 

Yeah. But at least the person that posted that has a link to the individual poster. There's so many buried at the site, I can't believe they don't make a section for it. I've sifted through looking for them. You have to go back far.

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They've missed many, many opportunities on that site. It's been going on for years.

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I do remember seeing a "recovery thread" on the other site. There were many screen names on it. Don't remember where it was tho. For those of you who can still get on there, search for "recovery stories".

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I do remember seeing a "recovery thread" on the other site. There were many screen names on it. Don't remember where it was tho. For those of you who can still get on there, search for "recovery stories".

 

The title of the thread is "Compilation of Success Updates". It's on the 7th or 8th page under General Discussion.

 

I have a copy of it HERE. I'm at the point that Idgaf about copying it. They can try and sue me.

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I do remember seeing a "recovery thread" on the other site. There were many screen names on it. Don't remember where it was tho. For those of you who can still get on there, search for "recovery stories".

 

The title of the thread is "Compilation of Success Updates". It's on the 7th or 8th page under General Discussion.

 

I have a copy of it HERE. I'm at the point that Idgaf about copying it. They can try and sue me.

 

Aww, well I guess I should just link to their site instead. I just hate having to link to that place.

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I do remember seeing a "recovery thread" on the other site. There were many screen names on it. Don't remember where it was tho. For those of you who can still get on there, search for "recovery stories".

 

The title of the thread is "Compilation of Success Updates". It's on the 7th or 8th page under General Discussion.

 

I have a copy of it HERE. I'm at the point that Idgaf about copying it. They can try and sue me.

 

Since I joined that site back in 2005, I recognize many of the people... and I'm happy for all of them!

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2011hope had a successful taper off of Seroxat and is doing fine now. She's drug-free. Her thread is here.

 

"Now I am finally free of the "drug" mill. I went on with the tapering exactly as you told me by cutting and recutting my tablets and it worked out fine." - 2011hope

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Anybody want to add an update here? I know some people have reported improvement.

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Not a personal story, but I highly recommend Rebekah Beddoe's book, Dying for a Cure. She was put on antidepressants for "post partum depression" and went through five or six years of pure hell before researching ADs and weaning herself off. I wouldn't read it before going to bed - it's really scary and inspires a lot of anger, at least it did for me.

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Hello, all. If you have a personal story of successful tapering or recovery from antidepressant withdrawal syndrome, please start a topic in this forum.

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Still too early for me to post a success story... after surviving the ultimate hell of repeated c/t's, Paxil-induced psychosis, hatred, crying for more than one year, and finally finding the right info on the other site when it was too late to taper, I doubt whether I will ever consider my story as a succes story...

Nevertheless, there is a vast amount of recovery and I still expect to reach (almost) recovery within the next 1-2 years. And the is the next step findong a job after being off work for more than 4 years, although I am already busy with reintegration by education and doing programming projects at home. And I will not hesitate to post when I consider myself as emerged on the bright side of this ultimately dark, subhuman and hellish tunnel which is Paxil w/d.

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We'll keep a topic in this forum warm for you, Claudius. Claim it any time you want.

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Hi, slappy. Thanks for joining us.

 

Would you consider starting a topic in this forum and describing how you tapered and how you recovered from withdrawal syndrome?

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I just finished reading Dying for a Cure by Rebekah Beddoe. What an amazing story!

 

Here is a recent article:

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/ssris-shen-antidepresaants-go-wrong-1763108.html?action=Popup

 

(if link doesn't work, google Rebekah Beddoe and you will see the article right away!)

 

 

Rosie

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ive only been withdrawing for 7 weeks or so and was hoping to find recovery stories im now in tears reading that it can take years to fully recover please someone reassure me here

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Greetings, fellow traveler, I can only tell you my experience. I'm almost 6 and a half months from my last dose of remeron (after an eleven year stint) and things are still pretty ugly. You have found the Absolute best place you can be right now. We are all going through this misery but we have found others who are experiencing similar sympt oms and stories. That in itself will not speed your recovery up but at least you will find comfort and experience from all of us as to what other therapies can help and what probably will not help. It is a very difficult process.

 

The medical industrial complex will be pretty much unable or unwilling to help you through this except to suggest you go back on the poisons. It helps to understand what has happened in our brains as a result of drenching our precious brains in these chemicals. Please read Altostratus' article on "antidepressant withdrawal syndrome" in the opinions forums.

 

I do remember the first couple of months to be particularly heinous. There was a steady stream of psychological symptoms, like irrational thoughts, horrid early morning dread, relieving particularly disturbing events over and over. This is in addition to physical symptoms like nausea, nervousness, dizzyness, sleep issues. Today, the irrational thoughts are greatly reduced. I don't experience to much nausea. The early morning dread is better. I still have intense nervousness, dizzyness and very poor stress coping.

 

I wish I could tell you things get better right away and that improvements are linear and day to day. I haven't found that to be true. Try to be strong and learn as much as you can on this forum . It helps to stay strong!.

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lianne, many people, probably the majority, recover within months from withdrawal symptoms. It's a minority who are sensitive to dosage reductions and, if they taper too quickly, suffer for a very long time.

 

The people who have minor difficulty getting off a psychiatric drug don't join sites like this one because they have no reason to.

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Greetings, fellow traveler, I can only tell you my experience. I'm almost 6 and a half months from my last dose of remeron

 

 

-->There was a steady stream of psychological symptoms, like irrational thoughts, horrid early morning dread, relieving particularly disturbing events over and over. This is in addition to physical symptoms like nausea, nervousness, dizzyness, sleep issues. Today, the irrational thoughts are greatly reduced. I don't experience to much nausea. The early morning dread is better. I still have intense nervousness, dizzyness and very poor stress coping.

 

I wish I could tell you things get better right away and that improvements are linear and day to day. I haven't found that to be true. Try to be strong and learn as much as you can on this forum . It helps to stay strong!.

 

Spectio says it exactly the way I feel it, now 3.5 weeks out. I hate to go to bed because I know the morning will be so awful. I'm so nervous about life and what the future holds and having the energy to keep going.

 

I would say that as time has gone on, I have been getting a bit better with getting up in the morning. Have just yesterday discovered Valerian, which seems to have helped a bit in the morning.

 

Everyone has such a different experience getting off of ADs. To borrow from Tavis Smiley, keep the faith!

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I remember reading posts from Aeroman on his journey from Lexapro and he was very inspiring.

It was on another site.

 

I sure would love to read Recovery/Success Stories.

 

Alto you have a success story...

 

I have a friend who sucessfully got of Seroxat (Paxil) and is doing well. Said she feels better now then she ever did. Trying to get her to join this site, but she has been drug free for a year.

 

I will ask her to join the site and post her story :)

 

Hugs

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Yes I rememeber Aeroman, he had a hard time but finally did recover. Also I remember Goldenbawls from the other site, he had horrific w/d from PAxil and recovery pretty quickly after about 3 years.

I am no at 4.5 years, an extremely long time but feel that recovery is around the corner. I will post later this year... :)

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If you are in touch with these people, please invite them to write topics about their recovery in this forum.

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Yes I rememeber Aeroman, he had a hard time but finally did recover. Also I remember Goldenbawls from the other site, he had horrific w/d from PAxil and recovery pretty quickly after about 3 years.

I am no at 4.5 years, an extremely long time but feel that recovery is around the corner. I will post later this year... :)

 

Claudius, that's wonderful news!

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I've never been on another site or group for this purpose. It's an odd feeling to realize that this has all been going on for years while i was Svengalied by drugs and beating myself up because I couldn't seem to execute a plan.

Thanks to all who paved the way.

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I would like to contribute to this, but not sure how to go about it. I have already told my story in my introduction and it is a recovery story. But, would describing how I got my life together be of use? I mean I literally went from being jobless and homeless from ADs and WD to moving 1,000 miles to a new city, rebuilding a career, settling an enormous tax debt and getting married, all while dealing with the shame and a lot of PSTD? Would that be something people would like to read - a sort of roadmap to reclaiming your life? Would I just place my story as a link in the beginning? Or should my intro just be moved and I could add an addendum with the roadmap I used?

 

If anyone has any feedback let me know.

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YES YES YES

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