Male - 24 Years Old
Hey guys, so here's a serious thread in PL. Anyhow, I'm wondering if any of you have been through this:
After stopping your SSRI (anti-depressant), either by reduction or cold turkey, if you've experienced "brain zaps". They differ from person to person - much like how some meds work for others and not you, etc - and can be described as just a disorientating electrical shock in your brain.
Now, I've been on sertraline (Zoloft) since early '09. And due to recent circumstances affecting (effecting?) my physical well-being, it's time for me to stop. My psychiatrist has me on a regimen to ween off them, 25mg every three days until I'm completely off. I've been on a steady diet of 150mg daily since at least 2010. Yesterday I started at 100, which means that Thursday I'll be on 50mg, so on and so forth. That's going down quite a lot in a very short amount of time.
Now, I know what it's like to quit my meds cold turkey, and the withdrawal symptoms were terrible. I had a consistent pain in my chest, all while feeling out of control of my own body/your essential out-of-body sensation. I know that even though I'm weening off, I'll still have them. And what scares me the most are these "brain zaps." My mom was on Prozac for a while, and while coming off, she said the "zaps" were horrendous, fucking with her daily ability to function. Which, in turn, worries me. I've already felt as if my head has weighed a ton recently, with just a constant ache, and now today, a slightly obnoxious anxiety. What scares me the most is that I have a job in a retail/customer service environment, and I'm ina band that has a decent amount of shows coming up. What if I'm mid sentence with a customer, and just like... Stop? Or, if I'm carrying my huge half-stack up a flight of stairs? What then?
Anyhow, I want to know if anyone else here has experienced these? If so, how did you learn to cope, and handle what was going on around you? I haven't been this worried about something in a while, so I want to know if I'm not alone in this website's community (the only one I really frequent). Any help/suggestions/stories are greatly appreciated.