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Antidepressant withdrawal: shakes, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, mood swings notes one user
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 4:30 pm Email this article
“The withdrawal effects if I forget to take my [antidepressant] pill are severe shakes, suicidal thoughts, a feeling of too much caffeine in my brain, electric shocks, hallucinations, insane mood swings. ….. kinda stuck on them now coz I’m too scared to come off it,” one antidepressant user was quoted as saying in a new review paper about antidepressant withdrawal by Dr. James Davies, from the University of Roehampton in London, England, and Prof. John Read, from the University of East London.
“More than half (56%) of people who attempt to come off antidepressants experience withdrawal effects” the paper notes.
“Withdrawal incidence rates from 14 studies ranged from 27% to 86% with a weighted average of 56%.”
“Nearly half (46%) of people experiencing withdrawal effects describe them as severe.”
Withdrawal effects can last for weeks or months the paper notes.
One study calculated the average duration of withdrawal to be 79 weeks or 1.5 years.
Davies J, and Read J. A systematic review into the incidence, severity and duration of antidepressant withdrawal effects: Are guidelines evidence-based? Addict Behav, 2018 Sep 4; Available online 4 September 2018.
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University of Roehampton
London, United Kingdom
All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence
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