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Re: withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft

Posted by snarah on January 29, 2004, at 20:26:06

In reply to withdrawal symptoms coming off zoloft, posted by Shelly on May 4, 1999, at 17:37:51

I was on 50mg daily Zoloft for 18 months and recently weaned off. First by taking 25mg daily, and then eventually splitting those in half into tiny Zoloft crumbs. I've been off Zoloft for a week and the withdrawal symptoms are: dizziness, spacing out, weeping, fatigue, increased worrying, increased appetite, and I have these "brain hiccups" or the "weird shock feelings in the head" other people on this site have described. What a comfort to know I'm not the only one having these symptoms! How long do these symptoms last? Do they escalate with time, or do they dissipate?

I feel like I've gleaned some skills that I've learned while on Zoloft: skills to deal with stress, insecurity, sadness and despair that I can use without being on Zoloft. But I also feel a bit powerless, since the depression is not just an attitude~ or skill~ related thing, but a result of serotonin levels and other chemical inbalances in my body.

My favorite way to describe the brain hiccups: On the DVD disc menu for Mel Gibson's "Signs", the image on the background kind of blips, and that's kind of how the brain hiccups feel. I think that the little pill in the Zoloft advertisements looks like Strong Sad from Homestarrunner.




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