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Rebound Depression? Off of SSRI for 2 months.

Posted by fuzz54 on September 11, 2007, at 12:33:04

I have a question to those who are more informed than myself on going off SSRIs. I've been on a few different SSRI meds for 2 years before I went through problems with nausea and headache recently. I succesfully tapered off the SSRI to see if it was causing the nausea. It's been 2 months now off of the SSRI and just over the last 3 or 4 days I've noticed some higher than normal depression and anxiety starting to come back into my life. I figured it would take 6 weeks for depression to come back if it took 6 weeks for the SSRIs to help with the depression. What has other people's experience been with rebound depression/anxiety after going off of SSRI's after long term (year or longer) use? Does rebound depression and anxiety usually happen sooner than 2 months if it does occur? How much longer does it take to go away if it does occur?

Since being on the SSRIs the depression has become manageable but I've always wondered if I was going to be a short-term or lifetime user of SSRIs and depression meds. Figuring out if this is just rebound depression or something more long-term will help me in deciding to stay on the meds.

FYI: I'm still on 3 mg of Klonopin per day and had problems with dysthymia (chronic minor depression), moderate but not severe GAD, and occasional severe depressive episodes before I went on the SSRIs.





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