This may be a long post from me (Nothing New!! f it comes across as ranty - forgive me it truly is a passion
Many people here will already know what I have to say in concerns to synthetic influx of toxins into the brain. My absolute detest for medicinal science etc, etc.
Basically, diagnosed (with mild depression) in 2001 (My ex was truly getting me down - so in truth I was a victim of circumstance - remove the problem the happy would have returned)
I was medicated Venlafaxine/Effexor 75mg daily.... within two years dose upped to 150mg... within another year or so switched to Fluoxotine/Prozac then back to Venlafxine - I was then stuck on Venlafaxine at an extremely high dose until 2009 then finally began to wean off which took till 2012 to do so. (not without severe symptomatic hell)
During the time I was on Venlafaxine I had several mental breakdowns, suggested as Bipolar, Unipolar, Manic Depressive sent for psychiatric evaluation (brutal ugly profession).... Became dispondent, unable to absorb information, had psychotic breakdowns, crying excessively, Hypersomatic - The physical ailments, onset of arthritis, blood thickening, skin becoming transparent, brain pains, bone clicks, sinus problems, eye problems and hell..... every symptom to be had I pretty much had it. But, to the medical profession this had nothing to do with the drug.... I was a problem patient because I was just too physically and mentally ill to deal with.
On the switches and attempts to wean off, my idiotic and narcissistic doctor dropped me 75mg and at worst a full 300mg in which the withdrawal hit like a ton of bricks and more, my mental state became very, very frightening... I could go on forever
My research into these drugs became an obsession for a long time and I am well educated in the brutality of falsified science that cannot even prove itself for all the manipulative marketing in which rakes in billions (study case files, medical journals, patient and doctor testimonials)
The chemical imbalance theory is a theory regardless of the scale in which it is told as fact. Clinical trials last six weeks in opposition to the drugs being administered on a several year (if not life time) basis - I was told I would be on Venafaxine for life - I was also told when my depression became so severe, the drug was helping bring out the underlying causes of my initial `mild depression` - So.... I was just mental, and to further the devastating insult was told my lack of understanding I was mental is why I could not be helped `properly` (basically my refusal to attend psychiatric evaluations because of being bullied by the scumbags)
Chemicals - Norepinephrine, serotonin, dopamine, melatonin..... (not the natural nor synthetic) can be balanced, there is no evidence that they can be measured, weighed, seen, touched, bottled and not at all balanced etc - nothing is more than mere suggestion... in fact what is evident is disruption and erratic behaviour of chemicals, nothing more!
These drugs can indeed produce euphoric effect and even provide people with a calming periods - this being due to a blocking here and there and an influx here and there it does rely heavily on dosage, time medicated, family/medical support, stress free surroundings and a hell of a lot of detailed situational circumstances.
The withdrawal is very problematic because many patients are told as soon as they start to taper, all symptoms are actually the return of the diagnosed disease/dysfunction - Withdrawal is withdrawal and toxic brain chemical withdrawal is brutal beyond words - I (after complaints, begs etc ) managed to get a dr to help me reduce and went via a liquid dose - it took 2.5 years of dropping 2 mls per 4-6 wees - at the end harder and harder with 1ml - Coming off was was not so simple that I instantly felt fine, a year or so of coming and going symptoms - the arthritic onset stopped (still have abnormal protruding bone lumps.... but the growing stopped at least) ..... to go through all symptoms would be pages
But, since having recovered, I am without any mental or physical health issues (basically in the same health as I was prior to ever being medicated) although I have poor coordination and memory problems.
I had anxiety last year - again a very long story - This was as some will have already read, an empathic reaction to a lad I was working with - a new dr (of course) told me to try anti anxiety medication - I refused and after leaving the job, meditation, cutting metaphysical ties etc - I am again without any emotional problems.
Depression, anxiety, stress, sadness etc are not diseases nor dysfunctions they are reactions to life and circumstances - that is not to render the debilitating emotions obsolete, the emotions are there and to be learned and advanced from - It is the diagnosis that is obsolete - Pharma and the medical profession is one of the biggest and most powerful businesses in the word and business needs custom to survive - there is no known cures only ever treatments that are riddled with side effects, misdiagnosed and further treated also.
Your, love, anger, stress, sadness...... is you evolving spiritually - science tells you its the brain dysfunctioning - since when did emotion become a dysfunction? - who would you be without your emotional self? The brain is physical flesh and it merely computes and relies on intellect - The mind is not physical, imagination, thought, feeling.... all are non physical have no intellect
I wish you all the best in weaning/tapering - if find too difficult because 7-8 years is a long time.... ask/demand a liquid equivalent because the dose reduction will be less severe symptomatically - you can choose how long between drops also
My apologies if as I say `Ranty`