Dr Shipko, I wanted to emphasize that it is not just those who have taken SSRIs for 10+ years that experience long term problems. I took an SSRI for about 5 months total at a low dose and even now that I am 6 years off of it I still have chronic symptoms. I was in my early 20s when I started the drug. I had everything on my side (young, low dose, short duration of use) and I still experienced permanent damage. I doubt many doctors would see patients like me because we have grown completely distrusting of medicine after it left us for dead and we are already aware that even if we found a doctor like yourself who understands, there would be very little you could do to help. For a number of years now I have been considering trying to reinstate the SSRI to see if it would help alleviate any of my symptoms. It is one of the scariest things I could ever do and I’m still not sure I have the guts to go through with it. In general the community of those that have been harmed by these drugs are very against this sort of approach. I understand that they have been harmed a great deal by these drugs but I also think that perhaps some people would do better on them. I see the same resistance in these comments around your idea that taking benzos could help people in severe withdrawal. I think it’s important to be open to all possibilities and perhaps taking benzos is better for some people in order to minimize harm. Of course I also share their serious concerns that taking more drugs could ultimately make things worse in the longer term. Lets tread carefully.