I’ve been a long-time user of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. Every once in awhile I will go off them for a bit, only to meet the harsh reminder that anxiety and depression are REAL illnesses with a need more medication. It’s not just in my head, it’s not something I can get over, I NEED those medications to function on a day-to-day schedule.
About a month ago, through my lack of ability to schedule things and some major frustrations and ball-dropping from my former doctor, I went cold turkey off of my current meds. Antidepressant discontinuation syndrome (AKA withdrawl) is a very real thing.
The first week was the hardest, the second week slightly better, the third ever slightly better, and here we are in week four now.
After the first few days of being off I was looking into vitamins and supplements that could help ease the transition. After reading a few articles and learning about what has worked for others I settled on my “plan”.
- Fish Oil
- Vitamin B Complex
- 5 HTP
Most of the major physical symptoms have gone away, but I still feel less energy and more general malaise than “normal”. The “brain zaps” still happen somewhat regularly, but they aren’t as bad or as frequent. My mood and anxiety levels are returning back to their baseline, instead of staying elevated and constantly spiking. It’s hard to which improvements are because of the vitamins and how many are because my body is slowly adjusting, but I’m definitely giving the vitamins their credit.
Have you ever experienced antidepressant discontinuation syndrome? What have your experiences been like? What worked or didn’t work for you? Share in the comments 🙂