Posted in past.60 yr. old fem.(7 yrs on 1mg. estrace/nat. progest. cream w/pregnon/DHEA. 9 years on 20mg. prozac which was once a great help for PMS; about 20 mo.ago started having strange anxiety like attacks in the middle of the night. Severe shaking ice cold skin limb weakness fear etc. sev.appetite loss. KAISER:Saw Psycho.Nurse for anxiety they put me on Ativan (never telling me it should be short term)then had Several ER visits Saw Dr.s,GYN, Neuro, Endocron,then went to Psychiatry.I was told I had Prozac Poopout. Over several months they tried me on 8+ different SSRIs and a couple of others Xanax etc. while I was still on 10mg, prozac. I ended up with severe reacts. to all even tho lowest dose. Only 3 I haven't tried,effexor, Zoloft, Welbutrin. June '03 I decided enough I stopped the prozac since they said it wasn't woking anyway. I was o.k., still taking 1/2 1 mg. ativan at night only expecting to get off, then last Sept. my husband was told he needed open heart surgery. I had a severe emotional colapse(we have been married 43 years and are very close) I developed Severe deep depression/anixety, helplessness, hopelessness, thoughts of not being able to go on, amplified thinking etc. After one severe crisis I Went to an IOP group for a couple of months until I got IOP burnout. Psyc. suggested I should go back on Prozac to cope with my Husbands situation (he is fine)since it worked for me in the past they thought it would again.WRONG!It was not easy to go back like the first time when I took 10mg RIGHT OFF then to 20mg over 3 months; I had reactions right away and could only tolerate 1mg. at a time over 2/3wk periods until I got to 10 then jumped to 20mg. at the time of husbands surgery Nov. 03. All the time having epposodic depression each day.I have never really felt good on it this time; episodic depression continued anxiety. Went to outside Psych. for guidance and medication monotoring. He saw I was struggling and just existing and we agreed I would start tapering off Prozac in March and took my last dose July 23.He told me Ativan ok as I never had gone over 2mg/qual.of life is import. I AM A MESS! SEVERE DEPRESSION, ANXIETY it has been 6 weeks and I am sinking lower and lower every day. I feel I am doomed and my life is over at least as I once knew it and that I will never have my life back. Espec.the last 10 day.s - Now losing appetite again, can't function, don't want to talk to people, go shopping,sick feeling inside, uncomfortable feeling with everything, tv, radio, life in general. I am taking 2 mg. of Ativan a day/split 1mg. bedtime 1/4 during the day. Ativan has never made me FEEL GOOD like they say is does; it has only been an aid to sleep and I have had per. over this entire time where it didn't always help. I was taking only 1/2 at b.time until I started the taper. I am now terrified I will never emerge from this horrible place. Is this NORMAL?It is withdrawal and will it pass? How long? Can it be the Ativan.Desperate 4 HELP!