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SurvivingAntidepressants.org in Christopher Lane's Psych Today blog

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Christopher Lane, author of Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness, mentioned SurvivingAntidepressants.org extensively in his Psychology Today blog Side Effects. Published today, the article is titled Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome: Findings, Recommendations, and Resources.

 

He also posted a pointer to Dr. Carlotta Belaise's call for prolonged withdrawal cases for upcoming medical journal articles.

 

The link to the article is http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/side-effects/201107/antidepressant-withdrawal-syndrome-findings-recommendations-and-resources

 

Thank you, Christopher Lane, for educating the public about antidepressant withdrawal syndrome and your kind words for SurvivingAntidepressants.org.

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Eliotsmum   
Eliotsmum

Hey guys, this part of the article really scared me....crying now.....

 

Several receptors--including 5-HT1A--aren't especially malleable, moreover, and take longer to sprout anew after drug treatment ends, delaying the patient's return to neuronal health. Indeed, some studies I consulted found that in certain patients those receptors fail to grow back at all, in effect leaving the patients worse off than before

 

 

What the heck?! I hope my recepters heal....Freaking out!!!!

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Altostrata   
Altostrata

Not all antidepressants work on 5-HT1A.

 

As a knowledgeable doctor told me, there's so much redundancy built into the serotonin system, even if some receptors did not upregulate, others would take over -- neuroplasticity again.

 

Please do not worry about these hypothetical issues.

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Patience   
Patience

Hey guys, this part of the article really scared me....crying now.....

 

... Indeed, some studies I consulted found that in certain patients those receptors fail to grow back at all, in effect leaving the patients worse off than before

 

 

What the heck?! I hope my recepters heal....Freaking out!!!!

 

As Alto said to me (I'm paraphrasing), it all depends on how long they did their study for. If they only studied it for 6 months and it actually takes one year to heal, but how can they draw their conclusions that it never heals?

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Patience   
Patience

The vast numbers of people suffering from this syndrome are very much in Altostrata's debt for helping to document this phenomenon and for giving it the medical attention it so clearly needs and deserves.

I couldn't agree more. Thank you so much for your thorough research and persistence in getting medical professionals, researchers, and reporters to listen. I'm sure I don't know even half of all you've done for this cause.

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Altostrata   
Altostrata

As many of you know, I started making these contacts 5 years ago, so I've just been adding a very small push to the entire movement. Things are coming together now. This is because so many people have been working on this, especially Robert Whitaker, whose book Anatomy of an Epidemic may well be the Silent Spring of psychiatry.

 

The receptor studies are done on mice, and over months, not years. The brain cells need to be examined microscopically and, I'm sorry to say, this means a dead mouse.

 

Nobody asks the mice how they feel while withdrawing, either. I'm sure they weren't carefully tapered off the drugs.

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Barbarannamated   
Barbarannamated

Bump. And THANK YOU.

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Altostrata   
Altostrata

Thanks, pb. That's the article in this topic.

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