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People think about going off their antidepressants for many different reasons.
They might be feeling better, do not think it is working, do not like their medication’s side effects, worry about extended use, wonder what life would be like drug-free, or want to try an alternative treatment.
Whatever the reason, wise individuals do not go off antidepressants quickly, or cold-turkey. Abruptly stopping an antidepressant is a jolt the body does not appreciate and will likely let an impatient individual know this via withdrawal symptoms.
If you are on an antidepressant and want to discontinue, talk to your prescribing psychiatrist or physician first. He or she may have reasons for you to stay on the medication that you should at least consider, and this person can also help you go off the antidepressant slowly and safely if that is your decision.
Not every person who quits an antidepressant abruptly has withdrawal symptoms, but there is no way of knowing who will or will not ahead of time.
Antidepressants are not a cure, but they do bring symptom relief to many people. Some individuals who go on antidepressants report knowing what it means “to feel good” for the first time in their lives. That is quite a statement.
Still, as with most medications, risks are involved. Each individual needs to weigh those risks and make a choice. There are cautions involved in abruptly going off the same medications as well. For the sake of our mental and physical health, we need to weigh these risks before making our decision.
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