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From end of taper: How long to heal?


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I haven't asked this before but since I'm nearing the end of my very long and difficult taper: How long will it be till I'm normal again? Honest to God, I'm not the same person I used to be and can't even imagine being so ( I'm so negative and have no personality at all anymore). Thanks.
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Hard question to answer, so much depends on what you’re feeling now, can you elaborate?  What are your most pressing symptoms and have they lessened at all as you’ve tapered?
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Hi

I’m  just over 7 months off all meds.  From the time of my last dose I noticed a gradual progression of feeling better.  At about the 6 month mark I noticed a marked different.  It was pretty gradual for me.  I’m not 100% but I’m very capable of completely functioning my daily life. 

Keep the faith.

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Hello.  I've had every withdrawal symtom under the sun - it's been hell. Now, most of the physical stuff has gone  but there's still the mental stuff like extreme fear, paranoia, and intrusive thoughts. I'm sure many people can relate. I have no personality or I lost what took 60 years to attain. I wonder if I'll be normal again. I can't imagine so. I haven't left the house in 1/2 a year I'm so scared. Frankly, I should have stopped going out way before that but it was my husband's lousy idea.
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I noticed that I felt better (fewer lingering s/x) at 6 months also. After about a year I found I could engage in the activities that I'd had to forego during my taper (reading, talking on the phone, watching the news, moderate exercise). And things got better from there. Healed? I don't like that word. It seems too medical . . . or too religious. I simply felt able to function in the world again. Also, I added new activities (like a new business, moved to a new city, made new friends) to my life. And, thanks to therapy, I got a grip on the anxiety that has plagued me all my life. So . . . after a year, things  picked up for me.

 

Hope this helps,

 

Katz

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I haven't asked this before but since I'm nearing the end of my very long and difficult taper: How long will it be till I'm normal again? Honest to God, I'm not the same person I used to be and can't even imagine being so ( I'm so negative and have no personality at all anymore). Thanks.

 

Hi. From your signature I understand that you tapered really slowly from 1/2 pill to 1/4 pill. It took you more than 3 years. In your signature you also say that you still have several months to go. I consider that strange because when you kept tapering at the same speed as before it would take you another 3 years. At first you tapered 1/4 pill and now you have to taper again 1/4 pill.

 

In addition, the last part is often the most difficult so it would not be strange if it would take you more than 3 years to get to 0.

 

So I wonder if it is a good idea to end your taper so quickly.

 

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