"I was eventually convinced by a psychologist (and my wife) to try Zoloft because I was one of those people that was either born with a chemical imbalance or I acquired one due to my childhood traumas. Well...those 3 days were...pure hell on earth." survivingantidepressants.org/topic/16251-ps…
After 2 years on #antidepressants: Diagnosed Paroxysmal Supra Ventricular Tachycardia "24 years of my life chasing this, never not once did any medical or other professional suggest I go see a cardiologist but they were all too willing to take my money.." survivingantidepressants.org/topic/16251-ps…
"I was very very ill about a week after I started Pristiq & I told my GP numerous times but she just said to "keep going" as it takes about 6-8 weeks to kick in and start working...it was obvious she was in too far over her head..." survivingantidepressants.org/topic/16251-ps…
"I am flabbergasted at how [my GP] can then diagnose me with Major depression disorder & give me the harsh drug of Prisitiq even after my heart episodes had finally been found...I was also dealing with withdrawal from Lexapro & very...vulnerable...." survivingantidepressants.org/topic/16251-ps…
"my 9 months anniversary of being off [#psychiatric] meds, a.k.a poison, I find myself here (& benzo buddies) again reading the stories of all those harmed by these ignorant, uneducated, narcissistics with a God complex...." survivingantidepressants.org/topic/16251-ps…
Post-acute withdrawal #PAWS 9 months off Pristiq: "I am deeply hurt & saddened to see the quantity of people so ill, so sick & scared almost to the point of believing they are "out of their mind"....Hell, I have thought the same thing myself many a time." survivingantidepressants.org/topic/16251-ps…
Post-acute withdrawal #PAWS 9 months off Pristiq: "Thankfully over the past couple of days I have had some relief in symptoms even with an air of confidence and positivity that this might actually all go away eventually." survivingantidepressants.org/topic/16251-ps…
"I need to acknowledge the one other than my family to get me through....Baylissa Fredericks....she is relentless in her efforts to maintain everyone's thoughts on healing......her energy and spirit is remarkable and truly is of super human proportions." survivingantidepressants.org/topic/16251-ps…
10 months post-acute withdrawal #PAWS: "They say we are mentally ill, underlying issues, need meds to treat the chemical imbalance, need to go to a mental facility. But I never had this crap before I started eating this poison...." survivingantidepressants.org/topic/16251-ps…
10 months post-acute withdrawal #PAWS: "Career gone. I don't even want to calculate the damage this has done to my finances but it is well over 1/4 million dollars....Don't get me started of hours wasted in torment...." survivingantidepressants.org/topic/16251-ps…
10 months #antidepressant #PAWS: "Well I cant get well again listening to the doctors, so I will have to continue with the blind faith of those out there in the ethernet (that I have never met & probably never will) that this will end with more time..." survivingantidepressants.org/topic/16251-ps…
"Without doubt it is the Pristiq, I had a terrible reaction to it within a handful of days of taking this garbage & have not been the same since, and I asked my GP to get me off it but she said to "keep going, keep going, it takes 8 weeks to kick in"...." survivingantidepressants.org/topic/16251-ps…
"unfortunatley things are not very good at all [28 months of #PAWS off Pristiq]....between the akathisia , anxiety, fear, tinnitus, muscle twitching, early morning wake up with terror and on and on it goes...." survivingantidepressants.org/topic/16251-ps…

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Apr 15
FACT: “Chemical imbalance” or "neurotransmitter deficiency theory" was deployed by pharmaceutical companies to advertise their #psychiatric psychotropics. Never been scientifically proven, debunked many years ago, still circulating as rumor 20+ years later.
See sources below. /1
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@_pem_pem Why this is nonsensical: "Jeffrey Lieberman, a professor of #psychiatry at Columbia University...“The problems that they’ve been criticized for have more to do [with] the way they’re used by doctors & the heterogeneity of the condition that they’re indicated for.” /1
@_pem_pem What Lieberman is saying is that if #antidepressants were prescribed to a population for which they are known to work well, they would have a much better track record. This is true, because it is a tautology. /2
@_pem_pem The reasoning is circular, if #antidepressants were prescribed for those people for whom the drugs worked, they would work. /3
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Monoamine hypothesis aka "chemical imbalance" & other synonyms, arose circa 1965, but was known to only #psychiatrists, who were unhappily prescribing TCAs and MAOIs to a niche market. Patients hated the many adverse effects of the drugs. /1
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Lewis, et al. respond to letters to the NEJM editor, demonstrating they do not understand basic concepts of #antidepressant withdrawal @ANTLERtrial

Maintenance or Discontinuation of Antidepressants in Primary Care | NEJM nejm.org/doi/full/10.10…
@ANTLERtrial Some in non-discontinuation group were taking their drugs inconsistently. Lewis, et al. missed potential withdrawal symptoms in that group: "but participants reported some new & worsening symptoms while continuing to take #antidepressants"
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@sanilrege @markhoro @SenadHasanagic1 Not at all, Sanil. Among my site members, many people come off #antidepressants & other drugs with slight or no withdrawal symptoms except an emotional anesthesia, which they may describe as depression, anhedonia, various kinds of malaise, even "relapse" but.... /1
@sanilrege @markhoro @SenadHasanagic1 ....it's a "relapse" unlike anything they've experienced before. While they may use #psychiatry's vocabulary, because that's all they've got, this emotional anesthesia is actually a result of long-term psychotropic exposure, not "relapse"..../2
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With all due respect to the fine @awaisaftab, these are the varieties of #antidepressant withdrawal syndrome:

1) WS with only physical, no emotional symptoms
2) WS with both physical & emotional symptoms
3) WS with only emotional symptoms
4) WS manifested as emotional anesthesia
@awaisaftab Of the above, types 1 & 2 are WS, not "relapse", even if "depression" is present. Emotions such as those that compose "depression" do not exist apart from experience. Emotional reaction to feeling neurobiologically out of control should not be diagnosed as "depression".
@awaisaftab Type 3 may include the waves of intense anxiety, fear, & "black holes" characteristic of WS. Characterized by intense sensations with interludes of relative calm. Typically, these very gradually abate over months.
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