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In considering coming off psychiatric drugs it is very important that you are aware that most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, sometimes including life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems. In short, it is not only dangerous to start taking psychiatric drugs, it can also be dangerous to stop them. Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should only be done carefully under experienced clinical supervision.
Wow thanks for this! Whenever I forget to take my SSRI, or can not get my repeat for whatever reason in time to continue my next dose I get exactly those electric shock type symptoms the next day! I have never been able to explain it properly to anyone and it had been worrying me! I'm surprised my GP didn't catch on to it? Although I am now quite concerned that they can have that kind of effect as with the other associated problems, i'm now wondering what long term problems I might have, as I have been on and off different ones since my teens. Why did no-one tell me about this when I started the treatment and why is it not on the leaflets?
I'm not sure what to do now as my SSRI has changed my life in many respects, I used to suffer extreme anxiety attacks which would make the world spin and i literally had to hold on to people to stop me from falling, my body would start 'freezing' where I simply could not move certain limbs or pick things up, palpitations, sweats then the ensuing paranoia that people would notice. It puts me in a bit of a position. What to do?