so here's the deal - MAJOR stress in last two years (including DH going off his rocker AFTER informing me he is really a woman trapped in a man's body - 9 months ago) and moving and job change and then splitting with crazy DH and so on......
had some MAJOR moodiness and some less major, but still bad, depression so finally agreed to try conventional meds (at prompting of friends/fam). started in april (this year - 2006). i have decided i am no longer a fan. while it really helped me get through the worst of the stress, it also made me gain 40 pounds, feel EXHAUSTED all the time, and makes it really difficult to concentrate and workouts (hell, even climbing stairs) are hard b/c of extreme weakness.
i often skip a day or two of dosing (and i don't notice any change for the worse and possibly even a change for the better but can't be sure it's actually connected to missing doses) and i want to go off it, i think.
and since it has such a long half-life how long did you have to "step down?"
but how do you know when you are really past the hump that prompted needed the med and just feeling even BECAUSE of the med?