Patients are teaching doctors online about antidepressants
The other day I was skimming my way through the NYT when I ran across this article, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/05/health/depression-withdrawal-drugs.html. This is precisely what we all have been talking about, and was certainly apt when I tried to get off of valium cold turkey. Who knew that you couldn’t just stop it? On the third day, every time I tried, I would feel as if I wanted to crawl under the house and hide. I like this article because it’s based on two researchers who actually paid attention to what people were saying about this. I’m not alone is liking this article either, as @kbmayo also posted it in the tips on minimizing withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) group. Thank you @kbmayo. I’d also like to thank @jakedduck1 for his continuous pleas for people to slow down!
I’m glad that researchers are finally getting the idea that the brain isn’t as simple to change and let people get back to normal. It rarely happens. ‘The New Project’, A new paper, she added, “speaks to how hard it is to get this information into the clinical world. We laypeople have been saying this for a long time, and it’s telling that it took psychiatrists coming off meds themselves for this information to finally be heard.”
You would think that with all the social media around doctors would take their heads out of their text books, so maybe this will help. Do you think that your doctor will be amenable to change, if they haven’t already and help you with this? What is your story?