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Happy2Heal
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I got this message from Laura Delano from the Inner Compass Initiative: 

 "I'm a reporter working on an article for the AARP about antidepressant use/withdrawal in adults over 50 years old. It's based on this recent reporting in the NY Times and other outlets: https://nyti.ms/2IysV99.

I'm looking for people in this age range (50+) to share their own stories re: antidepressants and antidepressant withdrawal. If you would be willing to talk about your experience, please email me at [send a pm to Happy2Heal] and we can set up a time to chat."

 
I emailed the reporter and got a message back that she's getting so many responses she's doing an email survey instead of interviews


She sent a list of questions for me to answer, which I did. I will copy and paste those questions below


I think it's great that the word is getting out, so if you'd like to share your WD story with her, to be part of her article that hopefully will be published in AARPs' magazine, I'm guessing, then feel free to email her at the above address.

 

here are the questions she asked:

 

1) How long ago did you begin taking antidepressnats/how long have you been taking the medication? 
 
2) Were there specific circumstances that led to your doctor prescribing the drugs (for example, depression or anxiety after a job loss, the death of a spouse, during perimenopause, etc)?
 
3) Did your doctor discuss the potential for withdrawal symptoms when the medication was initially prescribed? Or were you unaware that you could become dependent on the drug?
 
4) What made you decide that it was time to stop taking the medication?
 
5) When you told your doctor you wanted to stop taking the drug, did he/she discuss withdrawal symptoms then?
 
6) What sort/s of withdrawal symptoms have you experienced after you stopped taking the drug?
 
7) Has tapering off the medication helped ease the withdrawal?
 
😎 How long do you anticipate that it will take you to finish tapering off the medication?

 

Edited by Altostrata
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Altostrata

Hi, Happy2Heal. I masked the reporter's e-mail address so she doesn't get spammed by every robot on the Web.

 

Did Laura Delano contact you directly? Are you a member of her site?

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Happy2Heal
36 minutes ago, Altostrata said:

Hi, Happy2Heal. I masked the reporter's e-mail address so she doesn't get spammed by every robot on the Web.

 

Did Laura Delano contact you directly? Are you a member of her site?

oh thanks I forgot about 'bots

 

Laura  posted this  on public FB page. 

this is the full post:

 

Outreach to FB friends out there who are over 50 and on/coming off antidepressants! This is from an AARP reporter. Have a read, share with others, and get in touch with her if you meet the criteria!

"I'm a reporter working on an article for the AARP about antidepressant use/withdrawal in adults over 50 years old. It's based on this recent reporting in the NY Times and other outlets: https://nyti.ms/2IysV99.

I'm looking for people in this age range (50+) to share their own stories re: antidepressants and antidepressant withdrawal. If you would be willing to talk about your experience, please email me at jenrrain   AT     gmail DOT com and we can set up a time to chat."

 


I am a member of ICI

but I find the site hard to navigate so I don't go there much.

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Altostrata

Okay, if people on SA want to participate, they'll send you a pm for the reporter's address, I hope that's okay with you.

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Happy2Heal

ok 👍

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Gridley

Because she's gotten so much response, she's now sending out a email questionnaire, which I answered.

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