Finally-- I am down to 10mgs... experiencing a few more downs, as well as my familiar old high highs and low lows. Feels good. I expereinces a lot of side affects during the first few weeks I started to go off but now I'm feeling great, better than I have in years and better than I did on all that prozac too! I'm aiming to be off completely by Christmas... I'm unsure about how slow to take the last bit of tapering and am a little worried if I should expect some more withdrawals after I go off it completely or not. Input very welcome and appreciated. **
I'm new to this board, so do not know your whole story.
I was on Prozac (60mg) for two years and it was very hard for me to come off it. When I eventually did, I felt so good about myself. My emotions returned, but I learnt how to control them. I am now a much more confident person and all my friends say so as well.
What dose were you on? It's good you've come down to 10mg - you're almost off it now!
Try and get some good therapy when you come off if - I had a course of cognitive therapy which really made my situation a lot better.
Rachael, thank you. I was on 30mg... not very much but enough to change me. My mom has a million and ten problems in her life (DID) and is on every pill they can find for her to take... I don't think anyone really knows her anymore. I mean, of course right now we have no idea who she is with the alters an all but who would she be without all the drugs. What kind of people are underneath all the chemicals that are surging through their bodies? I feel blessed that I am finally getting off of this... life feels ten times better... or at least ten times more real.
My psychiatrist fought me persistently when I started to go off... saying I would relapse... and maybe I have... maybe I'm just as depressed as I was before I started but just like you said, I've learned to deal with them. I understand myself. I'm excited about what I can do with my life... I wasn't once excited on prozac. I wasn't all that depressed but I wasn't really anything else either. God is good. Freedom... what a marvelous thing.
I am still seeing my counselor... and I have a wonderful support group of friends and family who are pretty much 24-7 there for me... anytime I know they'd come if I needed them.
So how are you now... how long have you been off prozac... what are your struggles with depression and what do you run to escape it when it chases you?
I'm so pleased things are beginning to look up for you and you are able to function without using Prozac.
My life has changed so much for the better since coming off the drug - I was so worried I would slip back into depression as soon as I came off it but this hasn't happened at all. I went through a course of cognitive therapy and that really helped - if I ever start to feel low now I learn to channel my positive thoughts and banish the negative thoughts.
I hope you continue to improve and feel better soon. Let me know how you get on.