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I Have Stopped Taking My Anti-depressants

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    I Wanted to Feel Again

    i decided a few months ago, that after being on anti-depressents for some two and a half years, that i wanted to feel again. while the meds were definately lifting my mood and ironing out the swings, they left me feeling lfat.i was starting to feel like a zombie, and...
    cuphalffull cuphalffull 46-50, M 5 Responses Jan 25, 2008

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    Personal Choice

    I have stopped taking Prozac, Effexor, and Welbutrin. I wasn't taking them all at once, of course. The Effexor was the worst coming off of. Do some research, you will see why. Luckily my withdrawal stage was not as bad as some, regarding Effexor. Effexor actually helped me quite...
    DustToAshes DustToAshes 22-25, F 6 Responses Oct 24, 2011

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    About A Year Ago

    I stopped taking my anti-depressants not because I felt I didn't need them, but because I was sick of taking them and thought they weren't helping. My mom didn't like that I was on them either, so I just stopped taking them. At first my mom thought it wasn't a very good idea...
    FallingStarr FallingStarr 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 1, 2011

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    Getting Better

    I am learning to come to terms with my feelings much more efectively these past few weeks. I feel like I have a better balance as before I had mostly negative emotions, even sometimes about positive or neutral things or people. One small step at a time..
    cuphalffull cuphalffull 46-50, M 2 Responses Feb 13, 2008

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    Ive been taking lexapro

    for almost 4 months; stopped taking them a couple of days ago and now i feel woozy, light headed and angry some of the time. I get these feelings of muscle spasms and loss of balance. I have epilepsy and wonder if im at risk..whether these side effects can cause a seizure...
    xsmall xsmall 18-21, F Oct 1

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    Clean

    ok here goes, this is all new to me :) I was a heroin addict for ten years and i have been drug free for almost 8 years now which iam very proud of but also so ashaimed at the same time! I carry so much guilt for what i put my famiy and daughter through as she resents me so much...
    tuthut tuthut 31-35 Jun 4, 2012

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    I stopped taking them

    because I feel like there not helping and like its just a waste of time,but my mom says she can see a change in my mood when I take them. I don't no if I should start taking them again or what, I'm so confused
    munchkin07 munchkin07 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 17

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    I Need Help

    I just recently moved away from my mother not two days ago.I left my medicine there.I usually take 1 and a cut off peice of pill every day.I havent since I left.I really need them..Last time I withdrawled from taking my anti depressants I felt out of touch,and so horrible and...
    NovemberHasCome NovemberHasCome 16-17, F Mar 14, 2013

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    I started taking zoloft

    for depression in december, a half a day for a week then a whole pill there on 50 mg. about six days ago i stopped taking them. i still have half a bottle of the refill for 30. my question is can i still be having withdrawals after such a short time on a small dose? I have been...
    jessicawhite9613 jessicawhite9613 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 5

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    Cold Turkey

    Yep, I quit Zoloft cold turkey. They all said that this was impossible. "You'll have seizures, you'll have withdrawls..." Nope, didn't happen. I've been antidepressant free since the end of June 2010. I've been suicidal and had terribly agonizing fits. Screaming, crying, cutting...
    LovelessDeluxe LovelessDeluxe 22-25 13 Responses Jan 28, 2011

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    So I went to see my college counsellor today. Told him about how all the self mutilation and how I do everything to try and be happy (exercise, anti depressants, etc) and yet when...
    Gordonzobeanz Gordonzobeanz 18-21, M 3 Responses Oct 15

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    I hate waking up in the middle of the night from a bad dream... The dreams are always about the same thing. I hate running the scenario through my head, as well as the real...
    gybe gybe 18-21, M 1 Response Oct 16

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    I have a friend who I will call Marie for privacy's sake. We have known each other for 15 years. I met Marie through her boyfriend at the time who happened to be my billiards...
    AnAutumnWind AnAutumnWind 36-40, M 21 hrs ago

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    I was involved with a family man starting last year. The relationship ended 3 months ago. He was my first love in high school and having him back in my life felt like a second...
    youbrokeme youbrokeme 41-45, F 2 Responses Oct 15

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    I have decided that i am not taking anti depressants, i would rather learn to cope and understand my emotions rather than throw them away. Besides, ive seen antidepressants destroy...
    peterhill12345 peterhill12345 13-15, M 5 Responses Oct 6

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    You ever get the feeling like you are on borrowed time? I do, I have been depressed all my life with the exception of the last two years. These last two years have been amazing...
    Shellback1992 Shellback1992 41-45, M 1 Response Sep 25

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    PART 4 Came off fully July 7th. It is now 22nd Oct. I am feeling like I am getting to be my long forgotten self (ie before effexor). I do not feel as sensitive or like I will be...
    frankiegee frankiegee 46-50, M 3 days ago

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    It's been over 2 months since I stopped taking my anti-depressants. At first, I was just being very forgetful, but after a week, I decided to stop taking them all together, and I...
    AgentSickler AgentSickler 18-21, M 1 Response Oct 11

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    On the 21 Oct it will be exactly 1-year since I moved out. I'm thinking a lot about this year. It's been the hardest year of my life! Everyone said that divorce is tough. But I...
    NeedingToVent NeedingToVent 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 13

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    I am a 36 yr old single mom with a 9 year old with my ex husband and a 2 year old with my ex fiance. I am so happy that I have by boys but I am very depressed by everyone else I...
    37butterfly37 37butterfly37 36-40, F 3 Responses Oct 2

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    I am a 20 year old male from the UK, I am intelligent and understanding, and before 6 months ago had a bright future with a decent life. However , after getting food poisoning I...
    Badsituations1 Badsituations1 18-21, M Oct 10

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    I have a lot of emotional issues. I think I hold resentment toward my dad due to the way he treated me. Because of this I am on anti depressants, anti-anxiety and anti psychotics...
    hglez hglez 22-25, M Oct 13

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    Hello there. Ok well I'm depressed and have generalized anxiety disorder as well. I've tried to go the natural route and I am doing therapy but I need some intervention. All of the...
    Jessilily Jessilily 22-25, F Oct 16

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    I never posted my story in this group. So I thought that I would share it here, in hopes that it helps. I had my abortion January 2, 2008. The father never knew that I was pregnant...
    CreoleItalianwoman CreoleItalianwoman 31-35, F 13 hrs ago

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    When I’m happy, I really try to embrace it. I embrace the smiles, the laughs, the “I’m okay” feeling. People might think it’s silly that I need to document when I smile...
    covermeup covermeup 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 15

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    I have Bipolar NOS. I take Lithium, anti psychotics and anti depressants. I have a stable life, I've been diagnosed for 3 years. I have depressive and manic episodes which are...
    atatt atatt 26-30, F 5 days ago

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    When are you entitled to anti depressants? Pretty sure I need them but I don't want to make a fool out of myself! I also don't know how to tell my parents because to them they...
    nicoleleightonx nicoleleightonx 18-21, F 6 Responses Oct 2

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    I just got into this new school last week.. In that week, I made lots of friends that treated me like they really liked me.. First day of my second week here (today), and a bunch...
    SubmissiveSecrets SubmissiveSecrets 18-21, F 7 Responses Oct 13

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    This has been probably the toughest year of my existence. I was dumped by two different guys this year, and its really got me believing that there is something seriously wrong...
    blazeee blazeee 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 14

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    My medication means I can't drink. Which is good, I suppose. But it means I feel awful, and can't pick myself up... I feel so awful. I hope these anti depressants kick in soon....
    gybe gybe 18-21, M 7 Responses Oct 17

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    My friend is really upset at the moment. I don't know what to say to him, I'm not really good at talking to people. In short, he had this girlfriend that he really liked. She was...
    JustHewerl JustHewerl 13-15, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I'm not sure if people fill this part out, but here goes anyway... Unfortunately, my depression is something I'm ashamed of. Because of that, I hid it for years and got into drugs...
    Westw30 Westw30 18-21, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I saw a different doctor today, and after a few minutes of consultation, she too handed me yet another prescription for anti-depressants. I never said I wanted them and I will...
    urlaame urlaame 18-21, F 7 Responses 4 days ago

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    It's so selfish, I'm so selfish... I just feel sick of being sooo mentally unwell... EVERYDAY is a struggle and I'm not exaggerating. It's worrying, stressful, anxiety filled and I...
    BeeKay20 BeeKay20 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    It's so selfish, I'm so selfish... I just feel sick of being sooo mentally unwell... EVERYDAY is a struggle and I'm not exaggerating. It's worrying, stressful, anxiety filled and I...
    BeeKay20 BeeKay20 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    So lately I've been prescribed anti-depressants, I have to go to CBT, counselling and a specialist team every week because I'm 'of danger to myself'. I know I don't have it worse...
    TheGeeee TheGeeee 18-21, M 4 Responses Sep 27

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    I really don't know what to say about this except I want to and nobody on here knows every thing that's happened to me so I know people are going to get mad or upset and express...
    LittleBlackSubmarine LittleBlackSubmarine 16-17, M 4 Responses Sep 28

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    My now ex partner who I have just broken up with put me through complete and utter hell. I wonder why I put up with so much and got so little in return for so long. When someone...
    lalalisa lalalisa 31-35 2 Responses Oct 2

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    I have awful anxiety. I'm on medication for it -- but I think a lot of people who are on anti-depressants for whatever reason know the feeling of being generally better but not...
    nyysfg27 nyysfg27 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 6

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    everyday I fight depression and loneliness every day. I can be surrounded by amazing friends but yet I'll still feel so damn lonely. I hate it. and despite my anti depressants I...
    SouthernBella89 SouthernBella89 22-25, F 7 Responses Oct 8

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    I believe I'm a very hard person to get along with I don't like being like that but it's just the way I am. If I feel I need to say somthing about somthing that doesn't sit right...
    A157G5 A157G5 22-25, M Oct 12

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    I have been battling with depression since I was 10. I started feeling sad and withdrawn after my dad died.I was also abuse as a child.I am on a high dose of anti-depressants but I...
    EmmaLuvsGiraffes3 EmmaLuvsGiraffes3 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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