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I Got Off Anti-depressants Successfully

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    No Zoloft For Me!

    I was treated for major depression almost 10 years ago.  I had the whole deal: hospitalization, heavy meds, aftercare, therapy, etc.  I was on: wellbutrin, doxepin, xanax, and a couple of others.  I took the wellbutrin and doxepin for a year and a half, and went to...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Aug 9, 2007

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    I Weaned Myself From Prozac

    Took it 12 years.  Am so glad I don't use it anymore.  Once in awhile I have a Prozac day and take one.  It has an immediate effect on me - it helps me not cry. 
    moxiesurvivor moxiesurvivor 66-70, F 3 Responses Sep 29, 2007

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    Off Of Welbutrin - Again?

    I have been on welbutrin for almost 10 years. I have tried several times to get off of it, but usually have some sort of a meltdown and then start it up again. I was feeling like I was going to be on it forever. Then, this last summer I started having some scary thoughts, like...
    gardengirl97223 gardengirl97223 56-60 Feb 20, 2013

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    "Probably Forever" Is Not the Answer, Doc

    I have tried several times to wean myself off antidepressants....physically I can do it, but then I get discouraged and go back to it again...the doc just mutters "probably forever" when I ask how long I'll have to take it...I have been on it for approx 3 years now...
    MaMegabyte MaMegabyte 51-55, F 2 Responses May 26, 2008

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    Well...

    About as sucessfully as one can when they don't have a choice in the matter.
    drcynic drcynic 26-30, M 5 Responses Dec 6, 2008

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    Pretty Easily.

    I don't exactly remember the name of what I was on, because it was a few years ago*.  I hated what the anti-depressants did to me.  I'd rather be depressed than have the "feelings" I did when I was medicated.  It completely removed my ability to feel...
    felinethespian felinethespian 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 7, 2008

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    Not Yet, But I Will

    I just started Lexapro recently. I'm still on it, and my doctor wants me to stay on it for at least 6 months. I'm trying to observe myself, and I think I can get off it after 6 months.
    lonelydinosaur lonelydinosaur 26-30, F Jan 21, 2013

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    After 12 Years I'm Finally Free

    Who knows why any of us need meds…we can hypothesize several different reasons such as heredity (depression and a couple of suicides in the family)…chemical imbalance, childhood molestation, verbal/emotional abuse from childhood bullies, drug addicted parents...but regardless...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Jun 4, 2011

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    Successfully Is A Strong Word

    When I was 17, I was put on a 10 mg dose of Lexapro. I was informed that this was an extremely weak dose/drug, one that they often give to senior citizens. I needed it at the time. It completely turned my life around at the time. I stopped having PTSD and anxiety attacks, I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 13, 2013

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    1dayloneliness 1dayloneliness 31-35, M 1 Response Jun 28

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    you try to undo the bad times in your life but its hard to do when others just: see all your flaws. you get depressed because you're going nowhere and try to erase all your sorrows...
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    I've been depressed as long as I can remember. When I was about 13 I started hearing voices and seeing things that aren't there. That's about the same time I started to have...
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    I am 43 and still don't know what I want to do job wise. I have tried lots of jobs and also quit them, mainly all office jobs. I suffer from anxiety, worry about what people think...
    Earthmummy Earthmummy 41-45, F 1 Response Jun 28

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    Hey EP! This story is a big thing for me as I've never had the guts to tell it other than to my girlfriend and family. It all started about 16 years ago when I met this girl at...
    Barmybrummy84 Barmybrummy84 26-30, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I don't agree with pharmaceutical drugs either! Pharmaceutical drugs doesn't cure the problem just masked/ hide the pain for a little while which is all well and good but we get...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I'm 25 years old, and have had 13 different jobs in the past 10 years. I kept one Deli/ Grocery job for 3 1/2 years but momentarily quit for 6 weeks, and was re-hired. While...
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    " You tell me it's right.. Then why am I losing every ******* fight" Paxil, prescription anti depressants still don't make me happy, ya , I don't get it, but it makes me smile...
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    Either I am suffering from SAD, or I'm near a full blown depression again.. I have some reason to believe it's the first. About 8 years ago I went through a heavy depression. Even...
    Jemoeder Jemoeder 26-30 23 hrs ago

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    I was diagnosed with depression 6 months before I turned 21. I overdoes on February 2013 on sleeping pills and a little bit before I did that I slit my arm multiple times. My ex...
    ToAfraidToSayAnything ToAfraidToSayAnything 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 4

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    I'm 28, but since I was young, I've always had some sort of anxiety - mostly social - as well as depression. Being a kid, I thought I was just sad all the time. I always felt weird...
    BrittanyErin BrittanyErin 26-30, F 17 Responses Jul 6

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    I've been cutting since the 7th grade. I am now to be a junior in high school. I have been cutting on and off. The longest I have probably went on without cutting is 6-8 months. I...
    dianeemariee dianeemariee 13-15, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I have debilitating social anxiety. I am 29 and have had this problem ever since i could remember. It got worse during high school. I would not be able to eat during lunch over the...
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    none of you have any idea how much i mean it when i say i have absolutely no one and nothing to live for.... why am i the coward... why can't i just go through with it?? im on anti...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 25

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    I was raped when I was 8 I have an eating disorder I can't sleep at night without waking up screaming I'm on anti depressants I'm really done with trying to keep going I'm in...
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    The anti depressants aren't doing anything but making me feel worse. My mom just found out I'm bulimic and she cried and hugged me but I felt nothing. I'm either incredibly sad or...
    punicorn1 punicorn1 13-15, F 4 Responses Jul 6

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    I think death is the only hope for some of us. How many therapy sessions, anti depressants, in patient psych stays, out patient psych services, and lifestyle changes can you go...
    oldandinpain oldandinpain 70+, F 3 Responses Jul 7

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    I'm very glad I stopped taking anti-depressants last year. They made me nauseas to no end and I've learned to live with pain. There are beautiful things in this world and I'm not...
    findasilverlining33 findasilverlining33 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 10

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    I'm 22 yo and in march of this year I dropped out of university because of depression and alcohol problems. A few weeks after that, I started to see a new psychiatrist and...
    nolee7 nolee7 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 11

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    I honestly hate myself. I'm so ugly and stupid and awkward. It's awful. I have depression and social anxiety. Whenever I walk past a mirror I can just start sobbing. I wish I could...
    depresed depresed 13-15, F Jul 12

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    Probably the best thing I have ever done, I have so much confidence, no fear, no stress, I am all that is man, and I am on anti-depressants. I am no longer that scared, nervous...
    Kaptinkrunch Kaptinkrunch 18-21, M Jul 14

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    My doctor threatened to send me to hospital because of my depression, so I played it down. Now I'm not getting the anti-depressants or psychiatric treatment I need, until I come...
    anon1995 anon1995 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 16

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    Hate how my anti depressants are making me eat way too much and im putting on weight, lots of weight and i dont like it, its upsetting me
    amyslatts amyslatts 16-17, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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