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Phantom Smells after going off SSRI or SNRI

Depression & Anxiety | Last Active: Apr 9, 2019 | Replies (11)

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@secretwhitepop – Good morning. Sometimes when we have an emotional reaction to smells we tend to keep them around longer. "old people" smells in a house or nursing homes can stay with anyone longer than anyone would want. It's as if we are saying to ourselves, "why isn't there better care here"? So back to you, have you had any health check-up lately to rule out any illnesses? Have you seen an ENT? I find that it's always best, if something is physically bothersome, to get it checked out by a doctor. I have too often been wrong in self diagnosis. Here is a great article, although 2 years old. @parus you might like this too.
https://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/body-mind-spirit/disease-disorders/phantosmia-smelling-smoke-all-the-time/

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I definitely had an emotional reaction to the old people smell. I wondered why everyone couldn’t smell it like I could! The article was interesting, thanks. I also remember from psychology class that smells trigger memories more than sight or sound, so whenever I smell “that smell” it takes me right back to my dad in his last days.

If this episode of smelling smoke lasts a few more days, I will seek out an ENT. I am suffering with a cold at the moment, so my sinuses are sensitive.

I really like this forum. It has been quite helpful and interesting!