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

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