How to Stop taking Antidepressants

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To stop taking antidepressants, contact your prescribing physician to wean off the drugs correctly. Titrate off antidepressants with help from a practicing psychotherapist in this free video on anxiety and depression.

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Hello, I'm Doctor David Thomas, to talk to you today about how to stop taking antidepressants. I'm a practicing psychotherapist in Tampa, Florida. The materials you're going to need are your computer or phone in order to contact your psychiatrist or your physician. First and foremost when you're considering stopping to taking antidepressants, you want to consult with your prescribing physician. Antidepressants, along with a lot of medication, requires a weaning off or a titrating process. And if you wean off or titrate too quickly, with the antidepressants, you're often times going to experience a lot of symptomology, a lot of withdrawal symptoms. So, certainly consulting with your physician is important. Some pharmaceutical companies actually prescribe a special dosage for titrating off. so, be sure to check with your physician to determine whether or not the medication you're taking has that type of dosage. When you're beginning to look at titrating or weaning off antidepressants, you want to really take a look at why you're doing that. And most people get of antidepressants because of one, it's just simply not helping them, or two, they can't tolerate some of the effects of taking the medication. Now, if you can't easily get a hold of your physician or psychiatrist, make sure that you consult with some professional who may have knowledge of how to titrate all. It's just not a good idea to wean off or stop taking antidepressants without some type of medical recommendations, some medical advice. Again, I'm Doctor David Thomas, talking to you about how to go off or stop taking antidepressants.

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