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Apr 25, 2017

This week, Susie tells us about her experiences of stopping her antidepressant drug cold turkey after 2 years of taking it. She also tells how her doctors failed to identify antidepressant withdrawal and didn't listen when she tried to explain.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How feeling lonely and having caring pressures led to Susie seeking help from her doctor
  • How Susie consulted a student doctor who prescribed her antidepressant
  • That Susie had previous positive experience with antidepressant drugs
  • That the doctor Susie consulted did not tell her about adverse effects or difficulties with withdrawal
  • That her antidepressant made her feel violent and angry
  • How the most difficult adverse effect was paralysis
  • How Susie took her antidepressant for 2 years and then stopped ‘cold turkey’
  • That Susie was misdiagnosed by three different doctors who failed to recognise or treat her for antidepressant withdrawal
  • That people in withdrawal need support from family or friends, sometimes even for basic things like being fed
  • That there is a lot of education of medical professionals needed on psychiatric drug withdrawal
  • That Susie feels fortunate to have finished with her medication but that she describes withdrawal as like ‘going through hell’


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