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Hi I've been on anti depressants for 14 years. Mainly fir anxiety. In 2000 I began to feel dizzy, became irritable and suffered a panic attack. I went to the doctors and despite my reluctance to take the tablets the symptoms were controlled. I have been on tablets since and tried many times to come off them.
the side affects over the years have been variable. Tiredness, lack of motivation, weight gain. I tried various tablets but in terms of side affects I
found citolopram to be the best at 20mg around 8 years ago. I have varied the dosage myself down to 5mg for a period , but in the main it has been 10 or 20mg. I have even tried to come off them so many times but suffered a brain buzz and became so irritable that I decided each time go back on them .
i gave had all the counselling cbt via nhs and private Human a Givens, but did not feel any great benefit. I have read many self help books and use affirmations.
I would say that the biggest cause of my condition is work related- paranoia, trying to bad perfect, worrying what people think, thinking I wouldn't be able to cope, lack of confidence. when I have been really bad with work I have been prescribed diazepam which helped me to think straight again.
However, two weeks ago I decided to try and stop again without weening myself off. up to now I feel great- higher confidence, looking forward to challenges, not caring what people think, more alert and confident, all the things I thought I could only do with tablets. I am also thinking of exercising.
i feel great like I can do anything but it am concerned that I have a bit of mania. But if I I stay this way,it would be great.
has anyone suffered mania like conditions after coming off the tablets for any period?
thanks fir reading
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