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Has anyone stopped taking antidepressants and found they felt better?
I had been taking Citalopram for a long time but did it totally wrong by forgetting/skipping some days and going off it cold turkey for short periods of time without consulting my psych. I didn't like the side-effects of Citalopram. It sort of made me emotionally blunt and dull, I had no sex drive, i think it gave me digestion problems, I put on weight and felt hungry a lot. In larger doses it made my concentration poor and my memory poor as well as blurred vision. It would make me feel agitated too on ocassion. On the days I didn't take it I'd feel quite depressed. I learnt my lesson not to underestimate the effects medication like this can have and to be more responsible about taking it.
I'm currently on Lexapro and whilst the side effects are less severe, I'm not sure just how much the medication is helping me. My sex drive is still low and my concentration and memory still poor. I still feel emotionally blunted and putting on weight. There's a slight improvement in my mood, but it's been so long since I've been off meds (excluding my old bad habbit of missing days) that I wonder if my mood would improve more without them. Of course I'd ween off them slowly under the guidance of my psych if I were to do it.
Can anyone tell me their story with attempting to come off meds? Would you say your mental state improved or worsened? Were you able to cope?
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