What happened when your doctor took away your anti-anxiety/antidepressa...!

Question: What happened when your doctor took away your anti-anxiety/antidepressant.?
He told me that my levels of serotonin in my brain were the reason why I had these problems. He told me I would be on the Prozac for 9months then I would be able to maintain these levels on my own and be fine. Not going back to the anxiety and depression I had before...I m not so certain.?Health Question & Answer

That's a new one for me and I've been working in the mental health field for over 20 yrs. That is like telling someone to take insulin for 9 months and then everything will be good. If you have clinical depression the serotonin does not get better on its own. Now if it was situational depression that is different. I would look up information on WEB MD and Ask.com and present that to your doctor. or change doctors. If this is a GP I would consider getting a psychiatrist. God Bless ReggieHealth Question & Answer

Just wanted to point out that there IS in fact evidence to suggest that after you've been on Prozac for a while and come off it, your brain's ability to maintain serotonin levels will be improved. If you do some research into the drug or anti-depressants in general you will see that this is correct. The ideal time dr's look to set out to put people on Prozac for is 6-12 months. Even the maker's of Prozac state this is the ideal period on their website.

I can understand your fear though. Im on Prozac myself and would panic when/if my dr brings up coming off at it as it does relieve the symptoms of my depression to an extent. Try not to worry too much though, if you come off Prozac and the depression comes back your dr will hopefully put you back on it again. Many dr's prescribe anti-depressants long term for people with recurring or enduring depression. There are lots of people out there who've been on anti-depressants for years and years, rightly or wrongly.

I would recommend that you have good support in place when you are coming off Prozac, if you decide to. For example, seeing a counsellor, therapist or going to a Mind or Rethink social support group.

Hope things work out for you :)Health Question & Answer

Negative emotions (like sadness, stress, anger, etc.) causes your Serotonin production to be low; when your Serotonin level is low, you are more prone to getting Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, etc.

Medication like Antidepressants (SSRI - Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) helps to boost Serotonin level.
But there are natural ways to do it without medication. There's this strange herb called "St John's Wort" - it is said to be more effective than Prozac. No, it is not for mild depression only and ignore those sayings. In fact, it does help anxiety and panic-attacks as St John's Wort works like prozac. Other natural ways will be exercise, diet, more exposure to light, etc.

The problem is that, even if your Serotonin is balanced... you have that "learned behavior" in your mind. You need to break that initial cycle to destroy that learned behavior - Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) does this. A technique that you can use without CBT will be Distraction... There are several other techniques to help cope them!
Ok, to use Distraction: Firstly, try to....

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Most doctors hope that psych meds can be temporary, so that possibly explains his "plan" for you. If you don't feel comfortable with this idea then get a second opinion - and if you can't afford to see a different doctor then go along with this one's plan and if you start to feel depressed again after he takes the meds away then tell him immediately. He can't refuse to put you back on them.Health Question & Answer

I suffer from withdrawl symptons! You get back to having anxiety attacks and they can be worse than before.But it depends on who the person is that was/is taking them.I will probabally have to take them for the rest of my LIFE. And I will take them if I have to.Because I dont want to be all uptight without my medications!Health Question & Answer

I was off last year from August to September. I was ok at first then I started sinking again. My counselor told me that I needed to call my psychiatrist and let her know how I was feeling.
I had to go back on them again.Health Question & Answer

Find a different doctor. That isn't how it works.Health Question & Answer

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