Paxil, Effexor, SNRI and SSRI Withdrawals

Antidepressant Withdrawal Success Stories

Below are quotes of success stories that I've collected. You can see the full stories and their names here. There is also another compilation of recovery stories at Beyond Meds.

"It has been a year since I took last drop of Prozac and in 2 months it is going to be 4 years since my last dose of Paxil. LIFE IS GOOD!...." 

 

"Given time, anybody can win this battle. Keep on fighting. Perseverance is the key to success!...."

 

"In a nutshell, life isn't perfect, but I have no regrets about coming off of the meds. My life gained considerable momentum when I threw the pills away.....'

 

"It has been about 2 years and 4 months since i stopped taking paxil. I can say that things have improved for me, i have no dizziness any more and the brain fog has improved a lot, my energy levels have improved slightly, but still room for a lot of improvement (probably have long term battle fatigue)....."

 

"If I had to do it all over again I would have NEVER taken Paxil. I was a TOTALLY different person on it....."

 

 "I hope that my short note of success will give hope to those of you who are going through a difficult time now. There is an end to your suffering and life can be very good....."

 

"Next week will be six months since I started cutting back off Celexa. I am a changed person, both for the better and for the worse as well I’m afraid. But by far the most important thing is that I am still alive. I've survived. And you all will too....."

 

"it has been 5 and half months since I cold-turkeyed off the drugs. You can one day be off just keep believing. There is no damn research on these meds, most doctors dont know anything about these meds because of this lack of information. SO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!...."

 

"Things have improved. My message is still the same – taper slowly off these meds!!!...."

 

"No matter what you are feeling today, realize that it isn't permanent. Even when we are feeling on top of the world, that isn't permanent either (sadly enough). It is a constant ebb and flow. If you're willing to bend with that, even just a little, it will help immensely overall....."

 

"I am writing to let you know that I am totally, fully, 100% recovered from my experience with Paxil and other pharmaceuticals, and have been for over a year and a half!  I am not sure recovery is even the right word, as I feel happier, healthier, and more alive than ever!...."

 

"This is a positive update and I hope it will encourage those still in the depths of withdrawal.
It is now 21 months since I stopped meds and I continue to improve....."

 

"Never give up, never accept that this will never end, and never believe that you are permanently damaged. It can take a long time, but if you are patient it will happen....."

 

"I am doing so well. confident, cocky, social,sex drive came back 100 x and feeling good. no anxiety, no anhedonia, no head pressure and my ears dont feel like they are always plugged....."

 

 "HANG IN THERE AND EVERYONE IS RIGHT WHEN THEY SAY U WILL GET BETTER....."

 


"I have to say, everyday I surprise myself. Every day since the day that I quit Paxil I have proven something more to myself in some way. Hang in there! You'll make it out. If I could do it, you can do it too...."

 

"i thought i would let everyone know i have not taken paxil now for just over 1 year. i cant wait for the rest of my life. I hope everyone here continues to persue and gets off this dreadful medication...."

 

"The good news is that as of today, I am about 90-95% healed, I think. All the side-effects and symptoms that I had during this time have pretty much either disappeared, or are quite reduced....."

 

"just thought I would leave something behind for those like myself who were wondering if anyone ever did truly "make it" or get better. Stay strong! It will be ok!...."

 

"As of yesterday, I'm 6 months Paxil-free! The best part about that is that I can honestly say it's a total non-event....."

 

"I would say that I'm 99% symptom-free and the remaining 1% is just my natural anxiety. I certainly have ZERO symptoms that I would attribute to Paxil or withdrawal at this point....."

 

"I hope i continue to improve, but i'm so much better than last year, hang on evryone,it gets better, trust me....."

 

"I am happy to report that I am 4 years Paxil-free...."

 

"Four months tomorrow! Every single day I give thanks that I am finally off this foul stuff!...."

 

"I'm about three months off paxil now, and just wanted to throw out a hope-line for those of you who went on ADs for anxiety/panic. Hang in there--and don't forget to breathe!...."

 

"hang in there guys. It does get better. The memories of Paxil and tapering will fade when you are off and you will be left with plenty of better days ahead. What you are feeling today is not forever....."

 

 "i am 3 months paxil-free as of yesterday and i am so happy, i could cry...i just feel great...."

 

"I just wanted to pop in,and tell everyone going through hell,that it DOES end,and you will have a livable life again...."

  

"Yesterday it was 2 years paxil free for me!! I can't believe I did it and that it has been 2 years already.  I just want you to know that it DOES get better I promise!!...."

  

The following are some more success stories with links to the full stories. 

 

 "I am, glad to report that I am doing better now. Not great, but certainly on an upward trajectory, with hopefully a 'fully recovered' endpoint waiting for me somewhere in the future." - James

   

"Wow, never thought i'd be able to say this but I'm Paxil-Free!! I know i did it abit faster then  recommended and don't suggest it for others incase they have difficulty but god this feels great.  I want others to know that if i can do this, you can too, i really thought my anxiety controlled me but once I learned not to fear it, it went away." - Miranda1

  

"Since coming off, I've made leaps and bounds. I've made new friends, and I've started to try to conceive having a baby as a single mother. I never would have had the strength and courage to do this before!" - Lenany

 

"At Month 48 (presently), I find myself 98% recovered and trust me, I practically feel 'normal' or “myself” but BETTER." - Aeroman

 

10 months off Paxil and doing fine now. Read bobbykim4's story here.

 

Success update after one year off Paxil by Mackenzie

 

"5 years off Paxil: All of you suffering from withdrawal, hang in there. I promise it gets better." -ihatzaps

 

"I want to share this because I remember how desperate I was to find a grain of hope on the internet. Just one person who could say "I've been there, and I made it. Well... I made it. And I thank God everyday. He brought me through. I'm fine, and you will be too." - Aberdeen

 

http://www.paxilprogress.org/forums/showthread.php?t=55443

"Wow, never thought i'd be able to say this but I'm Paxil-Free!! I know i did it abit faster then 

recommended and don't suggest it for others incase they have difficulty but god this feels great. 

I want others to know that if i can do this, you can too, i really thought my anxiety controlled me 

but once I learned not to fear it, it went away." - Miranda1
http://www.paxilprogress.org/forums/showthread.php?t=55447

"Since coming off, I've made leaps and bounds. I've made new friends, and I've started to try to conceive having a baby as a single mother. I never would have had the strength and courage to do this before!" - Lenany
http://www.paxilprogress.org/forums/showthread.php?t=55422

"At Month 48 (presently), I find myself 98% recovered and trust me, I practically feel “normal” 

or “myself” but BETTER." - Aeroman
http://www.paxilprogress.org/forums/showthread.php?t=55268

10 months off Paxil and doing fine now. Read bobbykim4's story here.
http://www.paxilprogress.org/forums/showthread.php?t=55151

Success update after being one year off Paxil by Mackenzie
http://www.paxilprogress.org/forums/showthread.php?t=52920

"5 years off Paxil: All of you suffering from withdrawal, hang in there. I promise it gets better." - 

ihatzaps
http://www.paxilprogress.org/forums/showthread.php?t=54894

"I want to share this because I remember how desperate I was to find a grain of hope on the internet. Just one person who could say "I've been there, and I made it." 
Well... I made it. And I thank God everyday. He brought me through. I'm fine, and you will be too." - Aberdeen
http://www.paxilprogress.org/forums/showthread.php?t=54860