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Old 04-05-2012, 07:48 PM   #26
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Re: 7 month post ssri's

Had one of those dreams lately too, thought there was a fire in my attic and was checking for handprints on the little hatch in the ceiling because I was sure the firemen had gone up there. When I woke up I looked at the hatch because it's in our bdrm, and felt sooo confused!
2 Timothy 1:7: "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

2005-2010 Effexor XR 112.5mg-262.5mg for PPD
June-Dec 2010 Poop-out (crash)
3 month cross taper off Effexor onto 40mg Cipralex, switched to 20mg Celexa, switched to 20mg Paxil
Nothing helped except waiting 7 months to stabilize on Paxil then starting to taper:
Oct'11 to Nov '12 20mg-10mg
March'13 to Feb'14 9mg -4mg
Feb 7/14-4.0mg
April 1/14-3.6mg
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Old 04-19-2014, 06:26 AM   #27
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Re: 7 month post ssri's

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I can tell you this: I had a lovely long break from the worst of w/d symptoms, the worst one for me was the intense fear and anxiety, I would be jolted awake betwen 4 and 6 am with it and my heart and mind would be racing with scray fearful thinking that I couldn't control. Then it went away for 4 months. But one day, out of the blue, it returned. But you know what? I was MUCH stronger this time. I knew it was w/d and i was upset and angry that it was back and wondered how long it would stay of course, but it was something I had already survived once, and this time I wasn't scared I was going crazy. That made all the difference. I just did the "grit my teeth and bear it" and not struggle against it thing. It was still horrible but not as *scary*, if that makes sense. So even if you hit another wave, you don't realize it now, but you are armed and dangerous this time, much stronger than before. It can't ever be as bad as that naive and unsuspecting first time!
Amen! I love this because this is how I feel...I tried going off paxil several times over the years but always crashed and crawled back to it! I didn't know it was withdrawal I thought it was *me* now that I know this is the drug and not me, I am much stronger. The withdrawal sucks sooo bad but I can say "No, that's not me!" and stand against it.
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