Greetings from a new Poster who happened upon this thread and would like to add my experience of discontinuing Wellbutrin/Prozac after 20 years – and to ask a question about withdrawal experience. During the past 18 months, w/o these drugs, I experience extreme sadness with crying daily and sought psychiatric therapy and drug substitution (Cymbalta). I decided against Cymbalta due to stomach upset and I feel I missed a bullet after reading other's withdrawal experiences. Talk therapy was insufficient (or of poor quality) to ameliorate my sad mental state and I felt Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) was a better modality to suit my condition (poor mental thought process), but my medical plan wouldn't pay for CBT (outside of my HMO). So here I am, 18 months later, unmedicated, disappointed with the psychiatric profession, and at times, barely managing not to commit suicide. I think the disappointment with "outside" help motivated me to finally help myself – to read about what actions helped others in my condition and to follow their more expert advice. My Internist tried to refer me back to the Psychiatry Department—I think not! I'm doing much better on my own—having joined a few senior interest groups and my local Church—and have followed a walking program and starting Physical Therapy.
There remains a nagging question in my mind about all the intense sadness (and still experience) that I experienced and I think it has to do with unresolved life experience issues (I'm 79). Was the psychotropic Rx covering up, or not allowing normal amelioration of life's vicissitudes? I feel such a need for redemption for situations I didn't understand when in my youth or midlife. My question to you is for feedback on this end of life issue. Thank you.