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Old 04-19-2012, 07:20 AM   #1
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Hair trigger, millimetre long fuse anyone?

Hello, I am new to this forum but have read and recieved hope from many of the posts. I was put on paroxetine 8 years ago for PMDD ( premenstrual dysphoric disorder) in laymans terms - PMS on steroids. That situation is now resolved due to my age and so I decided to wean myself off. Was always on a low dose 15 mg but went to 10 then 5 then off over a period of about 6 months. After reading here, I know I didn't do it correctly but cannot go back on this poison. Question - is anyone elso experiencing EXTREME irritability, aggression, wanting to hit something when, to a "normal" person, nothing has happened. eg can't find my purse/keys? I also have lots of tears, but have seen this as a common symptom.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:48 AM   #2
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Re: Hair trigger, millimetre long fuse anyone?

Yes I've been off since January the 5th and I still have a short fuse. Sometimes I just have to walk away. Don't know how long this will last but I've learned to deal with it. I'm still going through withdrawals, and still amazed at how the manufacturer has so successfully named this serotonin discontinuation syndrome, basically it's exactly what a heroin addict would go through. I was diagnosed with a partially detached retina last week and the Retinal Specialist told me it's probably also due to Paxil withdrawals. But I no longer have bp that's 180/120, now that I'm off Paxil it is staying around 110/70, with out medication. So I have hope that things will return to normal.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:51 AM   #3
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Re: Hair trigger, millimetre long fuse anyone?

Spicedj;..do you counteract it with something? Perhaps meditation, yoga, relax exercise, supplements, sport etc etc?
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:03 AM   #4
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Re: Hair trigger, millimetre long fuse anyone?

I am finding that the situation of w/d changes daily with the aggression being the most recent and scariest symptom right now. I am getting acupuncture every couple of days which seems to really help. I'm seeing a massage therapist today for the muscle spasms. As i cannot work right now I am hoping to find a yoga class... I think I'm covering a lot of bases, but am willing to do anything to feel better. the anger really scares me, I was very mean to my supportive husband last night... not ok
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:06 AM   #5
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Re: Hair trigger, millimetre long fuse anyone?

Me, me, me...
I've had it for a while in w/d
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:09 AM   #6
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Was at GP the other day, still ruling out medical issues. eyes not quite right, how did you know you had the retina issue, also, first while off Paxil, BP up as well but now back to normal.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:32 PM   #7
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Re: Hair trigger, millimetre long fuse anyone?

I had a dark spot show up in my center of vision in the left eye, I can see through it though it is annoying, because both eye's focus separately now. It covered most of my field of vision in that eye. I went to an eye doctor, who sent me to a retinal specialist. He mapped the back part of my eye with some sophisticated laser device, and was able to show me the raised area of my retina, and the pocket of fluid beneath it. Told me to come back in a month or immediately if it gets any worse.


The blood pressure was a big deal to me because before Paxil I was a fitness nut. So when on a routine checkup about 2 weeks after starting Paxil my BP was very high,and I was prescribed medication for it. I then bought a home BP checker, I still check it all the time I couldn't believe that it was caused by the Paxil and my Dr. was sure at the time that it wasn't. However now that I'm off Paxil my BP has magically returned to normal.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:08 AM   #8
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Irrational anger is very common during withdrawal. I started losing a lot of weight, but every time I walked out of my pants, it would put me into a rage. Paxil suppresses both emotions and the response mechanism we use to deal with emotions. Emotions emerge unevenly during withdrawal. It takes a while for that control to return. I think that's why withdrawal happens in stages. It's almost as if the mind is going through a catalog of emotions, one or two at a time.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:28 PM   #9
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Re: Hair trigger, millimetre long fuse anyone?

I haven't been 100% off in years, I'm tapering right now.

I know when I am in withdrawal because I've gone cold turkey or dropped too quickly I can have no patience whatsoever.

I'll be totally aggro, just a raging jerk, over really nothing.

I can't be like that and function around people, so I had to increase my dosage.
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:37 PM   #10
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Re: Hair trigger, millimetre long fuse anyone?

I had irritability and rage quite often in withdrawal. Then I'd beat myself up for being a "bad" person and get depressed about it.
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:31 PM   #11
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I get like this for 2 weeks before my period every month. I have since using SSRI's, not just w/d. I wonder if it has to do with SSRI use or childbirth, as both events occured around the same time. All I know is I never had PMS like this before using SSRI's or being pregnant. Does PMS get worse with age? Does it get worse after kids as my psych Dr told me or was she just trying to keep me from blaming SSRI's?
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:18 PM   #12
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Re: Hair trigger, millimetre long fuse anyone?

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Does PMS get worse with age? Does it get worse after kids as my psych Dr told me or was she just trying to keep me from blaming SSRI's?
Yes, your PMS can be worse during w/d, although for most, it's MUCH better while on an SSRI, so yours being worse while taking it too, isn't the norm for most women.

However, now that I'm peri menopausal my PMS is over the top. So age does have something to do with it as well.
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:24 AM   #13
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Re: Hair trigger, millimetre long fuse anyone?

Yes, I had that happen, too. It varied from irritability to rage so scary that I nearly dissociated in trying to control it. I am not bipolar, either; the anger that happened to me was caused by akathisia.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:10 AM   #14
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I get like this for 2 weeks before my period every month. I have since using SSRI's, not just w/d. I wonder if it has to do with SSRI use or childbirth, as both events occured around the same time. All I know is I never had PMS like this before using SSRI's or being pregnant. Does PMS get worse with age? Does it get worse after kids as my psych Dr told me or was she just trying to keep me from blaming SSRI's?
I used to get like this in w/d but not anymore...now my symptoms are independent of my cycle. My cycle is much shorter too (28 days as opposed to the 36 days it used to be pre-drugs). Both of these are very common in w/d.
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