Hi...you have to withdraw from SSRI's slowly but cutting the dosage down every day for several weeks, then start taking them every other day until the withdrawal symptoms are tolerable. I have been weaning off Lexapro for over a month. I thought I could go from 10mgs to 5 then 2.5 in a week...then didn't take any for three days and had all those symptoms you described so now I am back to slicing the pill a little more every day until there is none. The brains zaps were the worst...felt like my head was full of water and when I moved my head or eyes it would make a 'wooshing' sound...and a zap.
I don't know if you stopped cold turkey from your post, but it sounds like you did. You may have to get another prescription and go off slowly. You aren't sounding ridiculous...you'll find many posts from people who have had problems trying to get off these drugs!
Hi Veggie...I still get them but not as bad. With Lexapro, it stays in your system 22 hours. I take it in the morning and if by chance I should sleep a couple of hours off the schedule, I wake up with the sensations. Unfortunately, withdrawl symptoms can come and go, even after you are completely off the drug. The brain screams for more...more! I don't want to sound discouraging but you have to wean VERY SLOWLY. Your symptoms will lessen and be more tolerable after time. These drugs have saved a lot of people and allowed them to live normal, panic free lives. I hope you get some relief soon.