Growing Tension Among Psychiatrists

August 5, 2016By WendyAbout SSRI-s, Psychiatrists, Survivng Antidepressants No Comments

In an article in The British Medical Journal (BMJ) (July 4, 2016), editor Richard Smith highlights salient points from the recent meeting of psychiatrists and mental health experts in Leiden, the Netherlands. The meeting had convened to celebrate 50 years of the journal Geneesmiddelenbulletin that provides independent advice on prescribing. Featured speakers included Allen Frances, … Read More

Free Giveaway ~ New Book “15 Tips for Quitting Antidepressants”

June 17, 2016By WendyAbout SSRI-s, Discontinuing Antidepressants, Giveaway, Survivng Antidepressants, Tapering No Comments

Limited offer:  Subscribe here and you’ll receive a free PDF of the Introduction & Chapter 1~ FREE Subscribe to our mailing list “In this personal and beautifully written account, Wendy prepares you for the journey by telling you what to expect and provides essential tips to obtain an antidepressant-free life.”             —Todd … Read More

Quitting Antidepressants, 3rd Try ~ Stepping Off the Plank

May 14, 2016By WendyDiscontinuing Antidepressants, Survivng Antidepressants, Tapering, Third and Final Attempt, Wendy's Story No Comments

The previous post highlights the eleventh-hour — almost miraculous — help taking specific supplements brought to these last tortured milligrams of the discontinuation process. Step by step I was able to continue slicing down my tablets until, at long last they became too small to slice. At this point I started skipping days: I’d take … Read More

Quitting Antidepressants, 3rd Try ~ The Saving Power of Supplements

May 10, 2016By WendyDiscontinuing Antidepressants, Survivng Antidepressants, Tapering, Third and Final Attempt, Uncategorized, Wendy's Story 1 Comment

When I was down to 6mg of Zoloft I began to hit a wall. This was the same point during my previous taper when my symptoms had deteriorated to the extent that I went to a (so-called) specialist who reinstated me at 25mg. (You can read about it here.) It almost felt as if there was … Read More

Quitting Antidepressants, 3rd Try ~ Be Patient

April 20, 2016By WendyDiscontinuing Antidepressants, Survivng Antidepressants, Tapering, Third and Final Attempt, Wendy's Story 2 Comments

During the long hours of reckoning and reclaiming my mind and spirit while discontinuing, I found myself drawn to the writings of a group of religious ascetics known as the “Desert Fathers.” They were a small band of religious monks who had renounced the world, wealth, and earthly consolation to live in the desert of Egypt … Read More

Quitting Antidepressants, 3rd Try ~ Dealing with Insomnia

April 18, 2016By WendyDiscontinuing Antidepressants, Survivng Antidepressants, Tapering, Third and Final Attempt, Wendy's Story No Comments

(Previous posts about my Third Attempt can be found here and here.) Among the most daunting physical side effect of getting off antidepressants is insomnia, a signature feature of discontinuation. It also carries the potential to derail the whole project. It is during the long hours of insomnia where (it feels like it anyway) the … Read More

Quitting Antidepressants, 3rd Try ~ Choosing a Plan

April 12, 2016By WendyDiscontinuing Antidepressants, First Attempt, Second Attempt, Survivng Antidepressants, Third and Final Attempt, Wendy's Story 2 Comments

(Continued from the post you’ll find here.) By “choosing a plan” I mean that I put together a concrete strategy for how I would go about getting off antidepressants. This began with a starting point (obviously), but I resisted the temptation to set a pre-established ending point. For this kind of effort it is best … Read More

My Plan for Quitting Antidepressants ~ Take the Long View

April 11, 2016By WendyAbout SSRI-s, Discontinuing Antidepressants, Survivng Antidepressants, Third and Final Attempt, Wendy's Story 2 Comments

I had already navigated two misfires in my attempt to get off my antidepressants(read about the first here; about the second, here). When at long last I broached my third (and what I had determined would be my last) attempt, I had a very clear sense about what was required to succeed. The first unshakeable reality … Read More

The Troubling Matter of Medical NonCompliance

April 4, 2016By WendyDiscontinuing Antidepressants, Medical NonCompliance, Survivng Antidepressants, Wendy's Story No Comments

(This post is continued from the post written here.) My experience with this new medical professional — she was not a doctor, but a nurse practitioner — confronted me with the troubling issue of non-compliance. Noncompliance means simply not following through on your doctor’s instructions. I had read a well-curated blog about tapering during the … Read More

Quitting Antidepressants, 2nd Try ~ FAIL

April 2, 2016By WendyDiscontinuing Antidepressants, Second Attempt, Survivng Antidepressants, Wendy's Story 2 Comments

(Read “My Second Attempt,” Part 1 here.) (Read “My Second Attempt,” Part 2 here.) My symptoms at the 6.5mg-stage of my taper had persisted for four weeks and were deteriorating. This is when I took the initiative to see someone who, I had been told, specialized in helping patients navigate the rough stages of tapering. This proved … Read More

Quitting Antidepressants, 2nd Try ~ Recording How I Feel

March 31, 2016By WendyDiscontinuing Antidepressants, Second Attempt, Survivng Antidepressants, Wendy's Story 1 Comment

(If you haven’t read Part 1, go here.) The relentless recording of my days proved at once helpful and distressing during my second attempt to get off antidepressants. The tapering had been manageable, though not easy. As noted, my calendar entries included notations such as “fatigued / heart pounding” and “felt off all day / … Read More

How SSRIs Work

March 21, 2016By WendyAbout SSRI-s, Survivng Antidepressants 1 Comment

The key to understanding why these symptoms show themselves as they do lies in the chemical manipulations caused in the brain when a person is taking an SSRI. The term itself — ‘Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors’ — is a roundabout way of saying these drugs inhibit the natural recycling of serotonin. In simpler terms, it is … Read More

SSRIs Are Overprescribed and Difficult to Stop

March 21, 2016By WendyAbout SSRI-s, Survivng Antidepressants 3 Comments

The first SSRI–Prozac–was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1987. In 1988, according to the New York Times, approximately 2,500,000 prescriptions were dispensed. By 2008 that number had increased to approximately 33,000,000, and the number of Americans taking antidepressants in 2013 had ballooned to one in 10. The number among women in their … Read More