Mar 6, 2017
This week, we talk to
Claire who shares her powerful story of being
prescribed antidepressants at the age of 16 and her experiences of
trying to withdraw. She describes how she tapered gradually over 2
years but went on to experience SSRI discontinuation
In this episode we
- How Claire was prescribed an
antidepressant at a very early age.
- How she was told lies about a
chemical imbalance to justify treatment and that she would need the
drugs for life.
- That there was nothing by way of
follow up after the antidepressant was prescribed unless Claire
initiated a conversation with her doctors.
- That several antidepressants
stopped working, forcing Claire to change medications.
- That several attempts to
withdraw ended in failure because she was advised to withdraw too
quickly and that reinstating a full dose was the only
- That Claire felt trapped and
like a prisoner, thinking she was stuck on the drugs for life and
was she ever going to be able to get off them.
- That a very slow taper over two
years was the only way for Claire to be able to tolerate the
significant, widespread and very unpleasant physical and
psychological effects of withdrawal.
- That Claire had to fight with
doctors to get a liquid version of her medication which was the
only way she could taper slowly.
- Claire's experience of SSRI
- That Facebook communities
provided vital support to fill the gaping hole in mainstream
medicines understanding and knowledge of prescribed drug dependance
Being told by doctors that Claire's experiences were not real and
that she should be "over it in a few weeks"
- That mainstream medicine makes
incorrect and dangerous assumptions about the length and severity
of antidepressant withdrawal.
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