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Discontinue Long Term AD Therapy? Leighwit

Posted by Denise528 on May 8, 2002, at 12:28:03

In reply to Successfully Discontinue Long Term AD Therapy?, posted by Leighwit on May 7, 2002, at 12:44:15


I was on ADS with great success for roughly 10 years, firstly prothiaden and then Seroxat. However about 4 years ago I met someone I really liked and got on with and I wanted to see if I could have a relationship with them without being on ADs. When I initially came off them I felt physically drained but never as bad as I had done prior to taking them, I managed to stay off them for 4 years without getting too depressed, occasionally I'd start taking them again just to reassure myself that they still worked, having reassured myself I would then come off them again because I wastn't that bad without them, I could survive. However, last June I really started to dip and since then have tried to get back on the SSRIs with not success, infact I have felt much worse. In some respects I wish now that I had never come off them but whose to say that in time they wouldn't have stopped working anyway. I came off all ADs about 3 weeks ago and although I have felt very tired and lifeless have managed to cope. I am still not satisfied and will continue my search to find the right drug as I just cannot accept my life being like this. It is really difficult whether or not to advise someone to come off drugs because you just can't tell whether that person will relapse but then again they may develope a tolerance to the drugs and relapse anyway so there are really no rules. I just wish the Doctors new more about these drugs and what they do. Taking the drugs never cures you of depression it's not a case of putting back what you are missing and the situation then resolving itself. I'd advise you to ask your Doctor or Psyciatrist but I am very sceptical about whether or not they really know what they are talking about. If the depression was triggered off by circumstance and you feel confident that those circumstances are no longer an issue then I'd say it is worth a try, however, if it is endogoneous and biological then I don't know that it's worth it because you never know what triggers it off.





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