Sunday, November 27, 2022

Comments by BrownOwl62

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  • Thank you Lisa for sharing your family’s story. I could relate to so much of it, even though many things about our situations are different: my young adult child took an SSRI for 6 years but was quickly tapered off and developed PSSD (Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction). But so much of what you describe is so similar too. My child has Brain fog, sleep disturbances, lack of energy, no motivation, anhedonia, inability to focus on reading or writing (they used to write stories for hours), self-absorbed, self-harm, hopelessness… Especially “one of the most insidious effects is that it has completely hijacked his ability to feel anything good, anything human”. My child is now 25 but is in a constant dark place because they cannot see any hope for a normal future, a job, a family, friends. They say “if nothing changes, I won’t want to keep living for very long”. They live at home, and cannot imagine an independent life. These drugs are so horrible, at least for some, so your comments about informed consent are spot on. I did not know about CYP450 genotypes, and will now learn more. The PSA that your son made for the website is so, so, well done. My child has also only found a reason to keep going by becoming a whistleblower and has started a website in hopes that others can be spared. I agree with the comment by Richard D Lewis that it would be so great if you could use your connections to publicize the danger of antidepressants far and wide. Thank you sharing your story.