Anyone come off anti-depressants only to go back on them after 5 months of stopping?

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Freehugs
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   Posted 5/17/2017 6:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I stopped taking Prozac (Fluoxetine) after being on it for 13 years. I wanted to take a natural antidepressant instead (5-htp and l-tryosine) but Ive not stopped crying in the 5 months since I stopped taking Prozac and I feel so so down. Its hard to tell if its withdrawal as Ive had neighbour harrassment problems and also lost 2 pets in that time. But could it be withdrawal from Prozac too? and therfore will get better or should I start taking the antidepressants again? (really wanted to stay off western medicine) I dont want to start taking them again if Im only a month or so away from feeling better (if it is withdrawal symptoms). Anyone else had this dilemma?

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   Posted 5/17/2017 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you need them. It isn't the end of the world if you need them and have to take them in order to feel better. A lot of us have a chemical imbalance and need medication to be able to think straight.

Have you tried therapy or counseling? It can help a lot.

I wish you the best and hope you feel better. Life can get hard, and having help can make it so much better.

Welcome to the forum Freehugs...

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Freehugs
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   Posted 5/17/2017 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Karen. Yes, I did wonder if I still did need them, looking like I do hey -darn it. Got an appointment with my GP fo next week to talk about it.Thank you for replying.Hugs back xx

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   Posted 5/17/2017 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
You are very welcome. It isn't unusual not to want to take antidepressants. I don't like taking them either. I don't think anybody does. but they help...

Hang in there, maybe the doctor has another suggestion.

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Karen...
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   Posted 7/20/2017 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Free Hugs,

I know I'm a couple months behind on your original post, but I so identify with your dilemma. I also stopped anti-depressants after being on them for 10 years. They stopped working, and my doctor tried switching me to a different one, which brought an onslaught of side effects and "discontinuation syndrome" (aka withdrawal). He couldn't tell whether my symptoms were from withdrawal or side effects, so he gave me the option of stopping both meds, which I did. I was fine for 2 months, then went back into depression and anxiety. I feel the same as you about much of Western medicine these days. It's been almost a year since I stopped the meds, and I still struggle. I go to therapy weekly and find that if I exercise regularly, my mood improves significantly. The hard part is exercising consistently, and it's why I think I still struggle with my mood so much. Mindfulness meditation has also helped me a lot, too, but again, creating a consistent habit is hard for me.

Regardless of whether or not you went back on meds, I highly recommend looking into Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. See if there are any groups near you.

All the best,
Mel.

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   Posted 7/20/2017 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Mindfulness is awesome. I practice it. I also do meditation to get to sleep at night. I highly recommend it.

Welcome to the forum HoneyBee_17.

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