In a response to a post the other day about the horrors of Cymbalta, a drug which among many other awful things is also awful to withdraw from, as are all psychotropics potentially, I got this comment.
I’m working on a taper off Cymbalta, been on it for a bit more than two years, and thankfully haven’t experienced the negative side effects to the degree that others do. They’re there, I am aware that they can happen, and I truly hope somehow soon it becomes clear what we’re doing with these drugs. The pressure on taking them to solve everything that’s ever been wrong is terrifying. (emphasis mine)
My response was with some editing:
thanks for proving the point I try to make over and over again and no one ever listens! You aren’t having serious problems because you’re coming off this drug safely!!! You are taking a very long time to slowly and safely taper.
Something virtually no one does, nor do they want to hear the truth and so many people suffer needlessly.
Good for you!!
This is my constant source of angst on this website. For some reason no one ever wants to be patient and safe about getting off meds so people repeatedly do dangerous and stupid things. I think it is part of the reason these people are on drugs in the first place. No patience. No trust in one’s own body and the signals it gives. Only wanting a quick fix. And then people create more problems for themselves then they had to begin with by recklessly coming off drugs in a dangerous fashion. In general, I imagine this results in becoming convinced one needs the meds and buying into what psychiatry is telling us all the time.
Psychiatric drugs withdrawal is dangerous! I can’t say that enough and yet people again and again, cavalierly pursue it without giving a damn about all the research I’ve collected and all the thousands of people’s lives I’ve had the privilege to hear about either by simply reading experiences in withdrawal groups or directly through this site. Anecdotes is all we have people. There is no clinical research and the only thing I gain by preaching caution is peace of mind. If it were easy and non-problematic to come off meds, don’t you think I’d say that??
My About page which I direct people to again and again has all the resources one needs to start moving in the right safe direction and yet, while a lot people do click on that page, a very tiny fraction of people look at the material on it meaning they don’t click through to the links that direct them to tons of important information. It’s a shame. If one were to read the articles and books on that page one could move forward as safely as possible in today’s world where there is a paucity of information on withdrawal.
Most people, if they move slowly and safely and prepare their body mind and spirit sufficiently can get off meds without too many problems.
As I’ve said many times, I am not representative of the average psychiatric drug user who withdraws. My nightmare situation comes from having been on 2 and 3 times the so-called “therapeutic” amount of 6 drugs for close to 20 years.
Most of the people who come here have much simpler situations and if they take special care will simply not face the issues I’ve had to face. BUT if you don’t take special care, and it seems most people don’t then, yes, you will run into serious problems, though they will probably be simply gross mental instability rather than physical disability like it’s been for me. My mental state is relatively stable since I’ve taken 5 years now to come off the drugs. It’s the simple sheer volume of neurotoxins that has poisoned my body. Again most of you don’t have that sort of history. And while withdrawal is never comfortable, if you take the proper measures to care for yourself, you need not get disabled at all, in most instances, mentally or physically.
There are articles, books and websites that help with withdrawal on the about page and there are also books on diet and nutrition. I might add you should pursue some sort of spiritual practice, my favorites being yoga, chi gung, and meditation. Movement and meditation of some sort are very important for most people.
This is not a simple task of healing the “underlying” issue that got you on drugs in the first place. It’s also about healing your body from the toxins you’ve been putting into it. You have two problems now. And you need to be cognizant of that fact. And respect that your body needs a whole lot of time to adjust to the changes the psychotropics have wrought on your brain.