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