Weaning Off Anti-Depressant Meds

This is a compilation of research from various medical sites, but the best part is I’m about to start doing this and I’ll relate my experience here.

RULE: Do not come off because you feel Good! That feeling most likely is the medication at work. What you need to ensure of is the “REASONS” you are on this medication are resolved. i.e. some sinful action that left you scarred, traumatic event that has no closure… Our brains all work differently because of our upbringing & experiences in life. So don’t compare yourself to others – but know your self and what YOU need to survive. Usually after 4 weeks on Zoloft, Lexapro or other medication it’s finally at work and your brain is now used to it meaning that it’s working on the “symptom”.  (i.e. – the type of neurotransmitter in your brain the doctor feels is off balance. . . and yes – we have many types)

Why Wean?
Some medications work like alcoholism. The brain gets used to having it that it creates a dependency. If you took an alcoholic off of booze cold-turkey there is high risk that could end up lethal. Remember that the alcohol has become PART of him/her. It is not easy for them to quit, and not recommended to stop cold turkey.
So the same is with anti-depressants. The brain now depends on it. . . I like illustrate it as a loving neighbor lets you sit back on a lounge chair while he does all your lawn maintenance!  You just sit back in the sun and sip tea…  you get so used to it you get lazy. . . But then!  Cold Turkey he leaves and says “Ok it’s all yours!”… 🙁  But I’m so used to sitting back! ! ! So at this point while your brain was already off balance, now it has NOTHING!

Week One & two:

I did actually feel great the first day, and I put that more on the psychosomatic (worry brain created symptoms) excitement.
But now I tend to get dizzy when I take the doze – feeling like when I started. I do feel a pressure in my head mixed with the dizzy feeling. I think I’m going to hang out on the 50% dose for a while. . . . ??? and what happened next you ask?  Glad I’m on here now after a year or so!  I’m ok – It’s amazing how worry intensifies symptoms.  Those feelings weaning off go away.  But if you’re on a Benzodiazepine (Xanax, Onfi, Klonopin, Valium etc…) you’re in for a nasty ride!  But don’t  worry i’ll have  a post for that too. [ ]

Some Time Later:
My dear ones… I’m sure you know the cycles we go through and wonder “why us”? Even “why God?”
Rest assured it’s not God…
There is a lot of truth to Sigmund Freud in how we are raised and “HOW WE VIEW OURSELVES”… That is what miss-fires in our heads.

So coming off I had a nasty nasty roller coaster of emotions of worthlessness and nearly wanting to give up and run away (but too scared to). Hanging in there was not easy, and association was not easy. But the key is Association!  I suggests the audible book “The Worry Trick” by David Carbonell.  Why I choose audio books is because it’s not YOUR Voice trying to convince you, it’s someone else.  But as for getting out of your worries you need people who understand your “true fears” even if it’s a confession – it needs to get out of you! Then you need that trusted person(s) to explain the reality of your life to you.  Also help them understand how to handle “you”.  For me … never ask me “How are you?” or EVERY Reply to anything I say with “That’s Not Good!”.

If you can – erase that time from you mind. Move on to better things and positive thinking.  Sometimes therapy that digs in the past is NOT good.  If you cannot do anything about it – Why look at it?  If you need to vent it out – then do that.  But when you’re done Stop looking for “Why”.  I am a major fan of the Bible as it is very psychological.

(Philippians 3:13) Brothers, I do not yet consider myself as having taken hold of it; but one thing is certain: Forgetting the things behind and stretching forward to the things ahead,

Pretty clear!  Once I applied that, I started to tone down.

Easier said than done, I know – but
1. Positive Friends!
2. Sleep Regular!
3. Practice Righteousness!
4. And the past is the past! If it haunts you “It Never Happened” – it was just a bad dream.
5. If you fear people finding out about something – “Don’t Care” – they’re not perfect either. Nice Scripture 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 … focus on verse 11

Here are some websites that are nice – which I hope stay active:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/expert.q.a/05/05/antidepressant.weaning.raison/index.html
> This is medically oriented explaining the “What, Why”
http://www.mothering.com/community/t/703230/how-to-wean-off-zoloft
> This is a nice blog where some relate their experiences
http://www.theroadback.org/
> This is a book helping those with extreme cases of dizziness and withdrawl symptoms