6 Ways To Prepare For Antidepressant Withdrawal

A row of split and shaved Paxil fragments, lined up in descending size, that I took near the end of my taper.

You’ve been taking an antidepressant. It’s been years, hasn’t it?

Perhaps you don’t even clearly remember a time before your days were marked by the morning ritual of swallowing an SSRI.

And now, with the help of your doctor, you’d like to get off the drugs & attack your original condition from another angle. You want to see what life is like without meds. You want to see if, over the years, you’ve developed enough coping skills to manage your depression or anxiety without a daily pill.

So, where do you begin?

Right here.

Before you and your doctor make your first dosage cut, watch this video. It comes from the heart. Back in the mid-2000′s, I tried (and failed) to wean myself off of Paxil twice. (The third time was the charm, but it still wasn’t easy by any means.)

I learned a thing or two from the whole ordeal — and I want to share those lessons with you today.

Have you ever withdrawn from an SSRI antidepressant? If so, does your experience differ from mine? What would you recommend to someone who is trying to withdraw from their meds?

(You can find the original post that inspired this video here.)

 



    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 25 May 2012
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Beretsky, S. (2012). Video: 6 Ways to Prepare for Antidepressant Withdrawal. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 22, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/05/26/video-6-ways-to-prepare-for-antidepressant-withdrawal/

 

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