My mothers success story. It took too long to find the right info and support. Thank Goddess we made it! In the beginning, we had no support and no info. Eventually, we found supporting health care professionals that were understanding of the withdrawal process. Many doctors know very little, and many sufferers end up back on meds because the symptoms are mistaken for a worsening of the previous condition. Exhausted mother of 4, mum was prescribed SSLR's in her early 40's. By age 62 mums life is mostly happy, and financially comfortable. Ready to come off her meds, and experiencing side effects, (one was controlling and ruining her life). After several several unsuccessful attempts, mum prepared herself with nutrition (lots of animal fats and fermented live foods to feed the central nervous system), left dad and bought a house near the beach. Mum's doctor was unsupportive & told her she would die of depression and need very strong drugs to help her recovery should she discontinue again. So mum did it without him. She reduced over a 7 month period. Later I read about tapering in the Book "Drug Withdrawal" by Dr Peter Breggins I realised that mum was in danger. She crashed within a few months after her last pill. Two doctors said it was definitely not withdrawal when in fact it absolutely was! Some bodies recycle these drugs for many months after discontinuation. For 6 weeks mum could not sit still, she could not chew food 95% of the time. I made her bone broth soups and kefir. Mum suffered overwhelming feelings of doom and gloom, she had daily 30 minute suicidal episodes followed by exhaustion and sleep. I pulled my daughter out of school and took mum to our country home. I was by her side for most of 3 months. I was scared other family would admit her. Eventually we found a supportive psychotherapist and a medical doctor who understood SSLR discontinuation.
Mum's journey to recovery was also full of powerful feelings of joy, connectedness and coming alive. It took 3 years for mum to feel consistantly well and to put on weight. Mum moved back home near family. Previously disconnected with no time for family or grandchildren, now enjoying life as an active grandmother!! Its been 4 years since mum's last SSLR med. At age 66, mum's happier than she ever was.
Follow basic building biology! WiFi routers, cordless appliances and smart phones must be turned off while we sleep. All the best, hope this story helps someone.