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 a whole new perspective

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Dec 05, 2001
I've been growing increasingly unhappy about the growing list of pharmaceuticals I've been told to shovel into my body. This last week, I've decided to tell the doctor where to shove it and quit everything. I've decided medicine isn't the answer to my problems. It's a spiritual thing.

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Now for the fun part. I tapered off on the antidepressants, over about two weeks. However, I have been suffering tremendous head rushes. This isn't really dizziness. It's almost like losing consciousness for a very brief moment. It happens when I'm standing, sitting, lying down, whatever. If you've ever stayed up for a very long time, or done LSD, you have a good idea what I'm talking about.

I expected some side-effects from quitting all the dope I was on, but Jesus. The situation is actually worsening to the point where these episodes are happening almost constantly and they are getting more intense to where it seems like the sensation is moving from my head and out through my upper chest and arms.

After some experimentation, I've realized that the episodes are brought on when I move my eyes, even if they're closed.

I've also noticed an increasing tendency to feel the need to laugh at things. I just got finished laughing at Geraldo on Fox News. And I just laughed about laughing at Geraldo on Fox News.

Oh well, I guess it'll all fade away eventually. I'll just enjoy it for now.


Antidepressants (none / 0) (#1)
by tkatchev on Wed Dec 5th, 2001 at 10:07:49 PM PST
The so-called "anitdepressant" medicines are really nothing but hard-core synthetic drugs. If you take antidepressants regularly, you will experience the whole palette of drug addiction experience, including mental dementia, horrible withdrawal symptomes, you name it. So there really isn't anything strange in your story -- usually, antidepressant withdrawal is much more painful and frightening.

Peace and much love...

stopping antidepressants (5.00 / 1) (#2)
by elby on Wed Dec 5th, 2001 at 11:31:36 PM PST
A lot of antidepressants are somewhat addictive, and you will have symptoms from stopping them. If you've been on them a while, I really think you would be best to talk to your doctor about stopping, if you haven't. He will probably have suggestions.


well (none / 0) (#3)
by osm on Thu Dec 6th, 2001 at 12:00:32 AM PST
early on, my shrink said i could quit in about two years. she moved to an office about 100 miles away and i quit going to a psychiatrist after that. it's been about two years and i tapered off over two weeks, which is the same period they used to ramp me up to full dosage.

i guess what i'm saying is: i'm too damn lazy to go to the doctor! although, this sensation is really getting bizarre and somewhat frightening, so i may just have to buckle up and go.

Unless the problem is very serious... (none / 0) (#4)
by elby on Thu Dec 6th, 2001 at 03:08:12 AM PST
they should be able to give the advice over the phone.


it's all irrelevant now (none / 0) (#6)
by osm on Thu Dec 6th, 2001 at 09:17:10 PM PST
i refilled the prescription, took one pill, took a nap and woke up feeling completely normal.

now, i think i'll wait until i'm done with this massive project and then quit under the supervision of a physician.

that shit was psychotic and i can't believe how normal i feel now.


Cool.. (none / 0) (#7)
by elby on Fri Dec 7th, 2001 at 10:15:33 PM PST
Glad you're feeling better. I never took any one antidepressant for very long, so I never had really severe withdrawl problems. Headaches, confusion, etc was the about the worst of it.



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