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‘Antidepressant Withdrawal’: What This Psychiatrist Tells Patients

As a psychiatrist, patients naturally ask me a ton of questions about medication. (I’m glad—it’s what I’m there for!) When it comes to antidepressants, a lot of people are particularly concerned about “antidepressant withdrawal,” a colloquial term often used to describe what’s medically known as antidepressant discontinuation syndrome (ADS). A lot of times, this question […]

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Antidepressant Withdrawal: Is There Such a Thing?

If you stop taking antidepressants, could you experience antidepressant withdrawal? Do withdrawal symptoms mean you were addicted to the drug? Answer From Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D. Antidepressant withdrawal is possible if you abruptly stop taking an antidepressant, particularly if you've been taking it longer than six weeks. Symptoms of antidepressant withdrawal are sometimes called antidepressant […]