Meghann: Prescribed Antidepressants For OCD Aged 9 and Stopping Them 17 Years Later

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Meghann describes starting antidepressant drugs for OCD at the age of 9, how she came to consider her withdrawal after 17 years and how she feels now, 2 years after finishing with the drugs.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Meghann was first prescribed Paxil for OCD at the age of 9, partly because therapy was ineffective
  • How she took those drugs until the age of 26
  • How Meghann felt labelled by her diagnosis when she looks back now
  • How other issues started to arise in addition to the OCD including depression, weight gain, confusion and mood swings
  • How bullying at school over the weight gain caused by her antidepressant led to Meghann experiencing body image issues
  • How she felt that she would never be able to manage without the drugs
  • How, in her early 20s, anxiety started to creep in as well as the other issues
  • That Meghann felt that the drugs did nothing but hold her back
  • How OCD affected Meghann’s day to day life
  • How reading Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker changed Meghann’s whole view of psychiatric drugs
  • How insurance considerations led to Meghann thinking about stopping her drugs
  • How, 2 years after stopping the drugs, Meghann feels near fully recovered
  • How having a support system in family and friends is crucial
  • How Meghann’s withdrawal was isolating and very difficult and she was fighting what she was going through
  • How Meghann feels that she was recovering from a brain injury while withdrawing from the drugs

Relevant links

Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker