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Old 04-23-2012, 03:54 PM   #1
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Define being stable...

What does being stable mean to you all? Since I never had to go back and stabilize on Paxil I really don't know what that means. I know what it means to feel crappy and have all those symptoms with paxil withdrawal. I don't think that being stable means being symptom free, right?
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:16 PM   #2
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Re: Define being stable...

You're correct. Stable, especially if you're in tolerance (poop out) doesn't necessarily mean symptom free. However, you should feel somewhat decent enough, and confident enough to taper.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:39 PM   #3
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Re: Define being stable...

Good question! Something am always wondering about!

I waited for 11weeks and had 1 good day and dropped. Not even sure 1 day is long enought to wait! ANyway, I survived.

I am in the same boat again now. In week 11 and not sure whether to drop at the end of this week or not.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:48 PM   #4
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Re: Define being stable...

I think it's probably different for everyone - not a helpful answer, but true!
For me, it's feeling like I have a little calm area inside - a sense of inner strength. Even if it's fleeting, comes and goes, or is very small, it's a distinct feeling that I can handle things again, that I'm not just treading water. It certainly isn't being 'symptom free', but it IS related to any of the more severe symptoms I might experience a few days after a drop having settled down to a manageable roar. I suppose I'm lucky that I do have a kind of pattern - many don't.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:14 AM   #5
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Re: Define being stable...

for me stable and having a good day is not experiencing health anixety.
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:37 AM   #6
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Re: Define being stable...

Does that mean that just 1 day of feeling "stable" is sufficient and then taper?
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:11 AM   #7
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Re: Define being stable...

For me it means no new symptoms and a distinct lessening of the regular ones.
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:18 AM   #8
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Re: Define being stable...

Thanks guys, these tips have been very helpful for me. I just re-read them, and thought that one about feeling "confident" is a good one too.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:44 AM   #9
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Re: Define being stable...

For me being stable is having that confident feeling for at least week. Not that feeling of "at any moment I may become scared, frightened, lose my mind" etc. But I wouldn't classify 1 good day as stable. I'd wait at least a week of feeling pretty good.
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