I have suffered from episodes of major depression on and off since I was 11 years old. My last episode of depression was 7 years ago. To have 7 years depression free has been a major miracle in my life.
I have been taking Zoloft for the last 3 years and I wasn’t really sure if it contributed to my ability to stay well. My dose recently (over a 9 month period) had been reduced from 200mg per day to 50mg and I was still feeling great. When I got to 50mg I stopped the medication as want to get pregnant. That was two weeks ago and my life has become a living hell. I am aware that I am suffering from SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome - however I was not aware that I would feel so depressed, severely agitated and a constant sense of rage. Today is the first day that I have started to feel completely out of control, with fleeting suicidal thoughts, not unlike the way I would when I start an episode of severe depression.
I know that people react differently to withdrawal, I know that I did not taper off properly and I know that it can take several weeks for the symptoms to subside. I really want to know if these feelings are considered normal during withdrawal and whether they will subside over the next few weeks or are they signs for major concern?
Went back to my doctor and fortunately what I was experiencing was severe withdrawals. I have gone back on my medication with the view to reduce the dose slowly over six months. Within 5 days of being back on the meds I feel fine. phew! To anyone reading this, if you have been on SSRIs for a long period of time (or even a short period of time), seek your doctors advice if you wish to come off them. I of course already knew this, but naturally convinced myself that I was fine and that I could do it myself. Lesson learnt!
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