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I've been on SSRIs for about 15 years, first Prozac, then Seroxat and now Cipralex 5mg. While they helped my depression and I felt quite well and functioning on them, after about 10 years I wanted to stop them. Easier said than done. I am shocked at the number of people on this discussion site that have had trouble coming off them as I have done, especially as the doctors keep telling me they are not addictive. Psychologists also say the beneficial effects are all placebo anyway which I also don't believe. They make you feel good but they are almost impossible to come off.
Also from reading the various posts I can identify with the side effects (which I did not realise were side effects) such as weight gain and loss of libido, and even deadening of the genital area. I also eventually found the feeling of being a bit 'dead' and unreactive too disconcerting, ie not reacting to things like weepy films and News stories. Previously I would have a little cry.
Even a small reduction causes the brain zaps, a feeling of hopelessness and anxiety to the point where I went running back to the usual dose. I would love to being able to stop taking them and feel like a normal human being again without feeling total hopeless and crushed by life's adversities and the sadness all around.
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