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How were you referred to this site?

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I found it myself when I was trying to get answers to my strange symptoms and did not get much help at A&E. After visit there I googled it, I think I was searching for serotonin syndrome or paresthesia. Don't remember exactly. I got accepted straight away and my questions were answered in a very supportive manner...

Next day I took the decision about decrease (just to remind people, I had an adverse response to escitalopram, so I had to cut it faster).

Thank you.

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I found you through the Beyond Meds blog, where it took a while to get brave enough to read the posts, because I knew what it would say, and I knew that then I'd have to be brave enough to face the idea of withdrawing.  So after a while of acclimatising to Beyond Meds I felt ready to follow their recommendations to check out Surviving Antidepressants.  I had a brief look back in September 2014, and felt encouraged but not ready yet to really read much.  Then came back again early 2015, reading as much as I can here, and feeling very encouraged, supported and informed.  Still haven't started to decrease my doses, but thanks to you am setting up a supported life in view of doing so in the (hopefully near) future.  Today I did a post recommending Surviving Antidepressants on my blog. 

 

Thank you so much :D.

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Very nice blog post (and unfortunately, how true your observations about pre-AD use). But we all have to start somewhere no matter where we came from. You'll be lots luckier than I was and I was luckier than some: I was well versed in AD withdrawal syndrome by the time the second awful wave hit. Imagine how much sicker I would have gotten had I turned to medicine for help.....

 

You are getting your ducks in a row. Monica's blog is a good way to get immersed in the world of AD withdrawal.

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yeah, I am feeling very fortunate to be on this site before starting w/d.  Ducks in a row :P.  I am glad to read you are in a recovering stage now.  Yesterday I had a brief (1/2 hour) window of feeling quite calm and content, after nearly two weeks of intense yuck and 3 months of clouds gathering.  Was a relief.  Am getting much better at accepting where I am, without the panic. 

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I seemed unfair that I would be on this medicine for the rest of my life according to my psyc but was getting to accept it as fact.  I was watching videos on youtube about low carb high fat eating and how it may help with depression.  Then a video by Kelly Brogan MD auto started and blew my mind. Made me think that the drugs are the problem and talked about the placebo effect.  Made me want to finally quit.  I started googling about how to taper and found this site.

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Just for the heck of it I did a google search on this

antidepressant -  how to stop

at 20 pages in I still had no link for SA I am amazed anyone ever finds this site. 

 

Searching the term tapering antidepressants SA came up on the third page quitting antidepressants - fifth page. 

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My withdrawal started on February 16th 2015. I got extremely scared by the symptoms that hit me all of a sudden without warning. I started searching on google what was going on and I found this site. I consider it my second home now and I'm extremely grateful that this site exists and thank you to all of the admins and moderators who make this possible. I wouldn't be able to survive without this forum. 

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bluebalu86

 

+1!

 

I also found it by googling after experiencing the side effects

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Google!

 

^ ^^

+1

 

I found this site a few months ago when I was experiencing WD symptoms.

There are so many sites with info on AD's, how they work, all the different kinds of AD's etcetera.

What I was looking for was info on the side effects and how to deal with them. And especially, what is the best way to taper?

Although these experiences are all very individual, there's not much to find on the internet where there is so much information to find. Until I stumbled upon this forum!

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I found this site when I was searching for Remeron withdrawal symptoms. I then read a lot on Beyond Meds and was very inspired by her story. She put Surviving Antidepressants as a very strong resource and I have found that to be true. Really glad it's here

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I'm attempting to reduce or eliminate prozac, wellbutrin and lamictal, and found your site through google. What made me register? The Pallas' cat in your profile!

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Welcome, Manulo.

 

You must be a fan of felines!

 

Please start a topic for yourself in the Introductions forum so we can get to know you.

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Beyond Meds. blog and FB posts eventually got me here.

 

You got glowing reviews from Monica!

 

Can you just give me an Indian Princess Cat avatar logo?  Only kidding just another __________ day.

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I came across this site through google searches about Effexor weaning and withdrawal. Since the information was beyond what I expected... and from a webmaster point of view, the moderators were immensely helpful and constructive, I decided to create an account. Good job to those in charge and keep up the good work. Once I get working again I plan to make a donation, or two.

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But the first time I found AltoStrata was on a thread in MIA (Mad In America).  Before I knew the "who's who" of MIA, I was reading the comments to a thread - usually more interesting than the thread itself.  

 

 

Isn't it funny that the initials for Mad in America are MIA? Ha! {snort, snort} Anyway, that's how I got here too.

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Welcome, Manulo.

 

You must be a fan of felines!

 

Please start a topic for yourself in the Introductions forum so we can get to know you.

 

Will mew!

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I was recommended to join by the admin of an FB page about Effexor. So glad to be here. So much experience and information.

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 I was in so pain and discomfort. My doctors provided 0 help and told me it was in my head. I wasnt dumb enough to believe them as Acute WD cannot be mistaken  as an anxiety or something like that.  I had to frantically search the web and it took me 8 months !! I am So grateful I found this site!! I dont know if Id still be here right now . 

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Wow Mort it took me 8 months for find paxil progress in 2007... it is still taking that long to find a web site to help with ssri withdrawal... I hoped it would be better now.  There use to be a lot of other sites effexoractivist paxil progress toxic antidepressants and topix effexor withdrawal....

 

but they all closed down seems we could use some more wd sites as this one is still too hard to find 

 

a lot can happen in 8 months too much. 

 

Glad you found SA better late than never I guess.

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Hello, everyone

I got this site adress form prof. Gøtzsche. I sent him a thankfull mail after reading his book "Deadly Medicine and Organised Denial". I wasn't really expecting him to sent me any respond, yet he did! Withdrawal is waiting for me, so I'm glad I'm here.

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That is high praise indeed from Professor Gotzsche. Welcome, Ana. Please start a topic in the Introductions forum so we can get to know you.

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I found this site while I was researching the health problems that I had developed after my glaucoma surgery. I was on 5 mg dose of Celexa for a year and a half. I had tried to taper at the end of 2014 but had too many withdrawal symptoms and quite a stressful job...after the surgery I was thrown into a health crisis and doctors were of no help. I was constantly sick and develop multiple allergic reactions...I was looking at the relationship between SsRIs and cortisol levels and I ended it up here...it really answer many questions...thanks!

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I found this site after my repeated saphris CT's kept going south. I did a google search on "saphris withdrawal" and was taken to acetyl's introduction topic. I wish I had have found this site a month or two earlier...

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Hello, Thank You Altostrata,

I found this site after joining the F/B support group Lyrica Survivors. They've adopted the 10% method of tapering. Which of course must be done by water titration as Pfizer doesn't feel that rate of tapering is necessary. I was so relieved to find their were others out there suffering as I was. Not that I would ever wish the agony I was going through on anybody, it just was reassuring to know I was not alone. The education I've gotten from your site is astounding. It's liberating. I find it amazing this kind of suffering goes on in our high tech medical world. It's very sad, but the stance you've taken is admirable. I'm very grateful to be accepted in this community & hope I can be of service to others in some way, some day.

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I found this site by searching on google typing "recovery from anti-psychotic" until I found the thread of Jim24 and Schizor. I am 100% relate to them so I decide to sign up on this site.

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i discovered the website by google searching "risperidone recovery" and came across Jim24

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I found this site via Google. Unfortunately, I can't recall what exactly I was searching for at the time as it was a couple of years ago.

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i discovered the website by google searching "risperidone recovery" and came across Jim24

I too came from google by searching for "Risperidone recovery". Came across Jim24's thread.

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It was mentioned in the Benzo Buddies board.  So I took a look.

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Same with me. Saw it mentioned on the Benzo Buddies board when I was looking for help with poly-drugging.

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It may of been by word of mouth

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