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withdrawal symtoms vs. depression symptoms

Posted by ruth on April 23, 1999, at 8:38:56


I've posted earlier about struggling with the question
of whether to continue to take meds, or to go off
meds and see if I can manage my depression on my own.
I have mild depression and
been on meds pretty consistently for four years,
and initially saw it as a temporary thing to help me
out of my rut and regain some balance. Here's what
confuses me though: how can I tell the difference
between what seem like withdrawal symptoms (weepiness,
irritability, anger, fatique, unable to concentrate)
from the symptoms of depression, which are also similar?
If it is indeed withdrawal, how long should I wait to
see if the symptoms fade? I don't want to wait too
long, in case it's really that I'm sinking deeper into
depression, but I also don't want to be impatient if
maybe it's just a withdrawal period that I need to
wait out, and get through. Can anyone share their
symptoms of withdrawal from meds (ssri's) with me, and
tell me what it was like for them? Or any experience
that resonates with mine? I'm really confused--I want
to give going off meds a fair chance, but I also don't
want to be dumb about it.




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