I've suffered from depression for a while. It's been successfully treated with a combination of SSRIs and therapy, but I had an interesting experience in changing SSRIs I figured I should post about.
I was on zoloft. It worked for the depression, and I wanted to stop taking it. Tapering it, even slowly, left me with lots of bad withdrawal symptoms. So after talking to my doctor I decided to switch to prozac, since that's usually easier to stop taking due to the longer half-life.
Switching to prozac was relatively easy. I did it in early October 2012. Shortly afterwards I realized that it was probably ok that I was an AB/DL. Then I joined ADISC (Oct. 25, 2012, according to my profile page) and started posted, after lurking for a long time.
Previously I'd never given thought to accepting my AB/DL side - I'd always wanted to stop. I'm still not completely where I'd like to be with the self-acceptance (but that's probably due to not telling my SO yet), but I feel so much better about it than I used to. I find the timing of this sudden shift interesting, given that it corresponds to my switch from zoloft to prozac.
I realize that SSRIs are powerful drugs, even if commonly prescribed, and that explains my response to some degree. However, the sudden shift is quite dramatic, especially considering I'd been fighting any AB/DL feelings previously, however unsuccessfully. And I don't think it's affected me in any other ways, except that perhaps my anxiety is lower (the zoloft was a little too activating, I guess).
I'm kind of curious about what would happen if I tapered off the prozac, but not curious enough to find out just yet.
Anyway, has anyone else had something dramatic like that happen in response to SSRIs, or heard of something similar?