New symptom after coming off Sertiline

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Hi Everyone, I've been on here before while getting off Sertiline. I had really bad withdrawal symtoms, brain zaps, crying,raging etc. lasted about 6-8 wks. I'm much better, still cry a lot because I'm moving from the place I've lived my whole life..going out of state. I've mostly come to terms with it. I'm 10 wks. out, all of a sudden this past Wed. I start feeling bad and over the course of 2 hrs. I realize I'm having a panic attack! I had never in my life had a panic attack! I sat down and talked myself out of it, did some deep breathing. What's up with this? Scared the .... out of me. Going back on the meds. is not an option for me. I will never go through the withdrawal again. Any advice?

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    Hi, I hope you're ok. I can really emphasise with you as I'm nearly off setraline now (take 25mg every 3 days) withdrawal has been hard but the last few weeks have been worst. I'm emotional almost all of the time or find myself getting very angry. I too have started to feel anxious and have had several panic attacks which I've never had before. I hate feeling like this I hope I feel ok soon as I too don't want to go back on them. Keep me posted on how you're getting on. X 

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      Hi Racheal, Thanks for the input, it helps to hear from someone that knows how you're feeling. Started to feel a little panicky yesterday but talked myself out of it again. Why now? I still have a lot of stress with the move and all but never in my life have I ever felt like that. I was on the drug for almost 15 yrs. It was my decision to go off, my PC Doctor would of never taken me off. He never told me about withdrawal or any other symptom I might have. What scared me the most was the thought that I might have to go back on the drug. A friend said to me during the early stages if getting off that I was learning to deal with emotions again and that the drug had done that for me. Helped me put things in perspective, but some things j
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      Hi Kim, yes the panic attacks/feeling panicked is starting to get to me! I'm also under a lot of stress currently which probably isn't helping! My doctor said the success rate for people coming off setraline is high and he didn't mention these awful withdrawal symptoms! 
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      Hi Racheal, I consider my Doctor an ass hole! Sorry but that's how I feel, I won't go to him again,I will have to find another when I move. I'm going to send him a letter and tell him what I went through so maybe he can help someone else, he doesn't have a clue! But why would he, they put you on these drugs with no intention of taking you off(at least that's how my Doctor works) so how do they know what happens when you stop. One time I ran out before I got my shipment in the mail, was out for 4 days and started having Brain zaps. Next time I saw him I asked what they were( didn't know what it was called until I got on this site) and he said"I don't know", I said " you're the Doctor". He didn't have a clue, so I thought I might explain a few things to him! Where's the help when you need it? I got more support off this site than I ever did from him and I've been going to him for 20 yrs.
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      Hi Racheal, I hope you hang in there, I am. I think I'm better over all then I was. The panic attack was quite a surprise. I'm determined to stay off the drug, hoping for the best. Good luck to you, I'll be here if you need to vent.

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