In a recent Los Angeles Times column, business writer David Lazarus chronicled his struggle with quitting antidepressants. Lazarus says he started taking the medication to deal with insomnia as a side effect of Type 1 diabetes. He felt great—at first.
But after reading a New York Times article on depression medication dependence, Lazarus started worrying about his own usage and tried to stop taking medication. Now he’s off the prescription all-together, and says he still feels sluggish, moody and short tempered.
Have you ever tried tapering off antidepressants? What was your experience? Today on Airtalk we talk with a psychiatrist to understand the risks of antidepressant use and the best method for quitting.
If you are in need of support, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255, for free and confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Steven Siegel, MD, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at USC Keck School of Medicine