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Re: why do i feel blank when i taper off . . ?

Posted by sageblue on July 24, 2004, at 21:37:35

In reply to Re: why do i feel blank when i taper off . . ?, posted by mike lynch on July 23, 2004, at 23:00:48

> Do these effects subside after you're completely done with the taper??

Well, these feelings stay for a while, maybe the first week that I'm on _nothing_. At about 2 weeks off of an SSRI, though, I'll have a sense of a normal thought process. But in addition, I've had terrible anxiety, with a sense of terror and pounding heart upon seeing images or suggestions of violence or danger(in newsmagazines,etc.). This despite never having been in a situation where severe violence occurred -- perhaps a mix of OCD and GAD. And not enough serotonin. These symptoms will be worse than they were before I was on medication, probably due to withdrawal/temporary organic changes. So I'm usually on something again quite quickly.

With the Depakote, I've had a very short attention span, a lot of trouble concentrating, as I taper. Plus the 'blank' feeling. Which is odd, as I thought I'd have better concentration.

Where do you think this comes from? Mild brain damage? The brain seeking a stimulus that is now gone?




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