ICFDA on Drug Discontinuation: Dropping “cold turkey” off any medication, most especially mind altering medications, can often be MORE DANGEROUS than staying on the drugs.
A REMINDER: IT IS EASIER TO GET DOWN OFF A MOUNTAINTOP ONE GUARDED STEP AT A TIME THAN TO JUMP FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM.
No matter how few or how many side effects you have had on these antidepressants, withdrawal is a whole new world. The worst part of rapid withdrawal does not hit for several months AFTER you quit. So even if you think you are doing okay you quickly find that it becomes much worse.
It is my opinion that one of the most frightening and dangerous practices in American medicine today is this direct to consumer advertising. Advertising of tobacco products has been banned, yet they are allowed to advertise prescription drugs? Where is the logic? Clearly many who have had their lives destroyed by the SSRIs would not…