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Old 01-24-2011, 10:02 AM
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Hey all, I was wondering if anyone took theirselves off antidepressants? I have went off mine cold turkey, and ive had some withdraw but nothing I couldnt handle.

The other day I was laying in bed and my middle son said to my oldest, "wish we could go to the park" and my oldest said "we cant cause mommy is sad" Anger flooded through me, how dare I let this man get me down to this point!! I knew I had to do something. THe holidys were hard but they are over and my boys needs a mom!!

I have meds for anxiety, depression, sleep, everything. Now I see how people get addicted they are so easy to get. Ive flushed everything in the house!

For the first time, I had the BEST weekend, I spent the weekend with my boys, we did puzzles and watched movies, ate popcorn everything was about them. I took no meds. I have cleaned my house from top to bottom this morning, and just focusing on me and my kids. The trial has been pushed back for another month so im not even going to think about it.

For some reason I just dont want to go to a therapist, it scares me to talk to a stranger. But I read online about journaling, and ive been keeping journals of that night, and feelings, and day to day stuff. I dont keep them I burn them when they are full, and its an awesome feeling to let it go like that. I am finally feeling like me again, I am sending my resume out like crazy...... I need to go back to work.
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Darlin', whatever gets you through!

I think that a few months ago you needed those meds. You were truly in crisis, and they have now done their job - to get you back to some sort of functional level - and if you know you're functioning now, well, brava!

You may need them again at some future point, so don't close that door completely yet. Meanwhile, love what you have - stability, loving kids, and yourself!
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Hey all, I was wondering if anyone took theirselves off antidepressants? I have went off mine cold turkey, and ive had some withdraw but nothing I couldnt handle.

The other day I was laying in bed and my middle son said to my oldest, "wish we could go to the park" and my oldest said "we cant cause mommy is sad" Anger flooded through me, how dare I let this man get me down to this point!! I knew I had to do something. THe holidys were hard but they are over and my boys needs a mom!!

I have meds for anxiety, depression, sleep, everything. Now I see how people get addicted they are so easy to get. Ive flushed everything in the house!

For the first time, I had the BEST weekend, I spent the weekend with my boys, we did puzzles and watched movies, ate popcorn everything was about them. I took no meds. I have cleaned my house from top to bottom this morning, and just focusing on me and my kids. The trial has been pushed back for another month so im not even going to think about it.

For some reason I just dont want to go to a therapist, it scares me to talk to a stranger. But I read online about journaling, and ive been keeping journals of that night, and feelings, and day to day stuff. I dont keep them I burn them when they are full, and its an awesome feeling to let it go like that. I am finally feeling like me again, I am sending my resume out like crazy...... I need to go back to work.
Thanks to all you ladies that have helped me so much!!
God Bless You All,
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Oh my gosh Lisa, cold turkey?!!!!! I completely understand your concern about becoming addicted, especially when we are still so vulnerable, but I'm pretty sure you are suppose to gradually wean yourself off of antidepressants. Stopping suddenly can be dangerous ( I'm sure Nurse "Only" is gonna chirp in soon.) Glad you feel better, but please be careful when fooling around with prescription drugs. You might feel fine now, but be on the lookout for any weird symptoms or sudden "crashes". Depression and anxiety can be sneaky little demons that can catch you off guard when you think you finally have got all the problems licked.

I know what you mean about therapists. I haven't really bonded with mine, however I still keep going just in case some miracle happens and I suddenly can relate or something. I love my DV support group though. I wish they met more often and at more convenient times, but I'm happy to be able to go out at all anymore.

Sounds like your weekend was super fun, I'm jealous!! LOL
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I am glad to hear you had a great weekend! Some people can go without medication. I have never been one to take it. They wanted to make me when I was prego but I refused for the fetus sake. I am one of those people who feel like why should happiness come from a bottle- ALTHOUGH, I do understand some people need it. If you are having a moment try journaling, or turning to something that makes you happy and doing that- like hanging with the kids Good luck girl, you can do it
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Lisa I think what ever works for you is great you've been through the ringer. If you can handle it thats great I know for me I can't sleep. I'm talking three years later amd I stillwith meds only sleep for short periods. But hun if I could I'd get off all the meds I don't like not feeling, but to me right now not feeling is better then feeling, You have to do whats best for you. That said I hope you doing good.
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I went off mine way back when and i'm okay. sometimes i'll get in moods and low, but now that i have a job and a routine going it helps me. also not having contact with p and other toxic ppl who i thought were my friends helps.
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Thanks everyone!! I still have refills if needed but im ok. I have SO much more energy!! Also I journal for awhile till I go to sleep and ive been sleeping good, and am not as groggy in the mornings!!
One day at a time!!!
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The nurse in me always goes into a spin whenever someone does this! You accomplished it without side effects and for that I am sooo happy for you! It seems like you are getting stronger and stronger and that is so fulfilling. I like what you said about the journaling. Wish I could lite a fire! lol
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please just be on the lookout for possible side effects, i went off a very small dose of medication and then 6 weeks later i ended up with severe panic attacks and the medication no longer worked when i started retaking. i ended up having to take double amts of two things, just because i didnt want to take medication at all. at the same time i do understand as i had another doctor that had me on a combination of pills i couldnt get off my couch for like 2 months!!! so i do understand why you would want to stop all pills. i also want to stop but know for example that without my asthma medication i really cant breathe, so i take it even though i dont want to.

if you really dont need it its great because medicine does have alot of side effects. i personally am trying to look into more natural treatments. good luck!
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Thanks for all the great advice again! But going off meds was the best thing ive done. I wasnt on them for a long time. My Birthday was Friday and it was so nice to relax and celebrate!! I still have some tense moments but nothing I cant handle. I kinda pushed what happened back then let it bombard me and now im just taking it day by day!!! And im so happy!!!
Still looking a job but have a feeling something is gonna come up soon!!!
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For anybody thinking of coming off meds, talk with your prescriber. If he's not supportive, find somebody else. If you can't get help going off meds, try this:
http://willhall.net/harmreductiongui...offpsychdrugs/ It's even available in Spanish.

I'm so glad you are taking control of your life. I'm glad to hear you're feeling good about it, and feeling at all. It sounds like you're ready to deal with everything; the good and the bad.

Journaling is a great idea. Burning it to let go is a wonderful idea, and very cleansing. Keep at it, and keep on. Just remember, there are people out there who can help when and if you ever want it. You don't have to do all that work entirely alone. There are a lot of resources out there, including peer run groups through a DV outreach program. Peer run groups may be a good option; peers are people who've been through it themselves, and aren't just academics reading statistics. Getting help and in turn giving help to others can be a very effective method of healing as well.

But, I'm not one to complain. It sounds like you're doing well. It sounds like you've taken back control. Good for you! Keep at it.
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Good Morning!! I wanted to share something my son said this morning, my 8 year old. THings have been much better here, ive been getting up and making the kids breakfast( I use to let them eat at school) and spending more family time with them.Leaving little notes in the snack box like I use to. We even put a 750 peice puzzle together took a week but we got it done! This weekend was my birthday and my son had his dad take him to the store to get me a Dozen roses, it was a very sweet moment!!
This morning we were on the way to school and he asked me "mom r u not sad anymore" I said no baby mommy feels much better. Then he said "was your heart broken?" Took everything I had not to break down and cry, I just said I guess so baby. And he said well Im glad the Flowers made your heart better!!!
Of course I cried all the way home! Its amazing how smart kids are, I praise God for helping me in so many ways. And im proud of myself for so much now. Im still journaling allot. Ive found a webite called Pandoras Aquarium and its for Sexual Surviors, its a great site. Of course not as great as PTO!!!!
Just wanted to share my very sweet moment!!!
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It's like waking up after a nightmare, eh?

I'm so glad for you, Lisa.
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omg Lisa, that last post is making me cry.
Oh holy cow, how did you manage to not cry with that sweet comment from such a lovey!!!!!!!
Im so happy your doing better!!!!! way to go.

I am so proud of you!
(but please do consider talking with someone if you get back into that dark sad place)
but for now!!!!! stay in the light and sunshine.
dang I miss when my kids were young like that.
what a sweet thing. thank so much for sharing it. wonderful
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Just for the record going off some anti-depressants cold turkey can be fatal. You are very lucky that you didn't suffer some serious consequences. If anyone else is thinking of doing this, please speak with your doctor FIRST. I have been a psych nurse for almost 15 years so trust that I know what I'm talking about. To the OP I am very happy that you are doing so well but did you ever stop to think that you're doing well because of the meds.
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Just for the record going off some anti-depressants cold turkey can be fatal. You are very lucky that you didn't suffer some serious consequences. If anyone else is thinking of doing this, please speak with your doctor FIRST. I have been a psych nurse for almost 15 years so trust that I know what I'm talking about. To the OP I am very happy that you are doing so well but did you ever stop to think that you're doing well because of the meds.
I wasnt on the meds for a long period of time, allot of them were PRN. And I didnt feel like me when I was on them, I slept most of the time and was in a fog. I dont have insurance so going to the Dr is exspensive and I did my research. Now that im off them I feel like the old me again. I think I did need them at one point but now I dont. I also have a medical background ( not in psych) but was carefull!!

I do agree if anyone is going to go off meds it is best to talk to the Dr first!!!
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Hi Sunflower - I am so glad you are doing well!

I too took myself off my meds about three years ago while in prison - I felt "doped" all the time, no energy and just down! Once I "weened" myself off with the help of the doctor inside - I felt soooooo much better!

I would advise you to make sure this is good for you and talk to your doctor and let him/her know that you have taken yourself off your meds....

Take Care and I am very happy for!
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So it seems like most of the posts on here are fairly old, but as a person that deals with mental illness on a daily basis I wanted to throw in my 10 cents.

If you are on any type of psych meds and you do not want to take them any longer, please, please do not stop cold turkey. Depending on the medication, it can be extremely dangerous. Seizures, hospitalization, toxicity. I have dealt with Lithium toxicity before a couple of times, It's not fun.

I will make a recommendation to everyone to look at the website Drugs.com better yet, put the app on your phone (much fewer advertisements)

Some people benefit from seeing a therapist, some do not. The consensus is that a combination of therapy and medication is generally the best treatment. Medications change ALL THE TIME - some of it is because a medication seems to no longer do what it is supposed to. Psychiatrists generally know what they are doing.

I guess, in summation, don't stop without help. Medications (especially anti-depressants) can take 4-6 weeks before you will notice a diference. Taking meds can suck, but being stable is awesome. Just for reference, I am not a doctor or a nurse. I am a trained Peer Support Specialist - Trained by NAMI. I was mis-diagnosed from my early to mid 20s. I was given a bipolar and Anxiety diagnosis around 30 and am now in my 40's. I have lived experience and that's about the best you can get
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When going off anti-depressants it usually takes about 6 weeks to get them out of your system, same as it takes for them to take effect. So just be watchful of things that might occur and any of the symptoms you may have had before going off of them. Your safety and your children's safety is of utmost importance. Perhaps you are not longer in a personal situation where you need them anymore and that is fantastic, but just make sure you gauge that and if you start to feel that you come to the point where you do need them again, there is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking help and reaching out to a Dr to go back on or taking something else.

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