Give me hope and fish oil.
June 11, 2012 8:15 AM Subscribe
Help me get off of SSRIs!
posted by whalebreath to health & fitness (31 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I've been taking 20mg of Lexapro for about 3 years for my depression and anxiety. While the medication has helped, I feel that I'm ready to come off of it. Not because my depression is completely under control, but because the brain zaps, fatigue, and long-term use are starting to worry me.
(I know people will pop in here and say that these side effects could be mitigated by switching to another medication. I'm feeling really distrustful of any kind of antidepressant since my research on the troubling 'brain zaps' basically showed me that the medical community/research is pretty much in the dark about what brain zaps are and what damage they could be doing to my brain. I get the zaps even while on a steady dose, and I just want off altogether).
I've tried weaning off twice before, both times to disastrous results. I've ended up agitated, depressed, crying, and basically non-functional. My attempts to go off my medication have never lasted more than a couple of weeks.
This is where you guys come in. I want to believe that I can do this. I have this deep fear that I won't be able to make it without medication, especially since I'm starting a demanding, four-year graduate program in the fall. I'd really appreciate hearing about others who have managed to successfully come off of medications and keep their depression at bay, even through times of stress.
I know metafilter can be pretty pro-antidepressants, and I too value them for helping pull me out of a suicidal hole. But I'd like to hear the other side of the story now. I'd like to hear good reasons for going off of my meds (anecdotal and scientific), encouraging stories about getting through withdrawal and staying off meds, and any advice about natural ways I can deal with my stubborn depression. I just bought some Omega 3 supplements, some melatonin, and a B complex vitamin. I'm going to try to get into yoga and mindfulness meditation. I'm spending a lot less time on the computer/my phone. I have the Feeling Good Handbook and am going to try to work through the exercises. I smoke small amounts of pot, which helps. I just want to be able to use all these resources and not end up a snivelling mess, lying in bed with my brain zapping and my thoughts despairing. Please give me hope that I can do this.