Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome

In this Special Report, Jerri Moore-Halpern, Assistant Clinical Director and Therapist at G&G Holistic Addiction Treatment Center, discusses Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome and how to withdraw from taking anti-depressants.

Are anti-depressants addicting, and can you can go through withdrawal from them?

There are many different antidepressants, and we are talking about non-narcotic antidepressants such as, for example, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Paxil, Pamelor, Cymbalta, Celexa, just to name a few. There are many non-narcotic anti-depressants.


Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome

What happens in today’s world, especially when you’re dealing with substance abuse, your substance abuse physician is very careful not to put you on any type of narcotic anti-depressants.

Anti-depressants usually are prescribed for depression, anti-anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders, to name a few.

Most physicians usually put you on anti-depressants for three to six months. When you start to wean off of the medication, it’s very important that you talk to your doctor or health care professional, and not do this on your own.

With the withdrawal component, it’s very important to do this under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

You may experience is a withdrawal condition called Anti-depressant Discontinuation Syndrome.

Without a properly managed withdrawal, or if you try to discontinue the anti-depressant too quickly, you can experience withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and nausea.

It’s very, very important to go see a healthcare professional.

There are certain vitamins such as 5HTC and L-tyrosine that can be substituted while weaning off. These can help maintain serotonin levels to ease the discomfort of withdrawal.

It is very important once again that you seek professional help when weaning off an anti-depressant and going on an anti-depressant, so once again, please, if you think you need an anti-depressant, please go see your healthcare professional.

There also are other ways to help you such as therapeutic interventions, exercise, vitamin therapy. Your healthcare professional can help you design a program specific to your needs.


Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome

Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome



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