I do, tried twice in the past and for the third time now, I am staying away as per Psychiatrist advice. Will be off for 2 months and see what happens.
A brief background:
I never needed any SSRI medication until I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and went into a 11 months treatment. During my first few months, I needed to get into SSRI (Lexapro 10 mg) and continued until now after almost 8 years with a dose increase to 20 mg daily.
Twice before I tried stopping (on my own) and I became very aggressive, moody and unhappy. Thus I restarted on my own and things got better. My poor family are the ones who really suffered.
Now I decided to finally stop again, but with a help of a Physician and a Psychiatrist, and I have been off for 4 weeks from 20 mg Lexapro, then 10 mg daily and tapered down to every other day until I finally stopped in a process of almost 6 weeks.
Again, I have been off for 4 weeks now and I feel aggressive, getting sweats, anxiety, moodiness, manic like actions and my memory has gone really bad! (I am 50 yrs old).
Now, I will continue fighting this FIGHT for another 4 weeks, when I am due to see my psychiatrist and we will decide further. The good thing is He mentioned to me that I do not need to get back to SSRI medication and I need to learn some techniques to calm me down and come back to NORMAL.
A few things I have been doing, and it does make me feel much better, at least for some time:
1- Drinking lots of water
2- Taken 5-HTP and sometimes L-Theanine (both natural serotonin supplement)
3- Going to the GYM daily (week days) at least for a good 30 minutes
4- Avoiding watching any TV shows that brings sadness, negativism, rage, judgement, etc.
5- Stay away from negative people
6- Above all, GIVE AS MUCH SUPPORT AS POSSIBLE as a Parent... I am also a parent.
I will also start a yoga class (My doctor sad it is imperative to do so, as the yoga teaches you to relax and above all, it helps stretching your muscles, which releases enzymes that are beneficial.
I really hope it will help your daughter.
Keep us posted,