I made a post that referenced anti-depressant withdrawal last night, and it reminded me that I've been meaning to make an account on one of those withdrawal forums to discuss how yes, withdrawal is completely valid, but the mind-body connection plays a large role in symptoms that seem to never go away (e.g., someone still having brain zaps five years later, doctors realizing that withdrawal symptoms are still occurring in patients whose serotonin receptors have long healed, etc.). I tried everything - all the supplements, the perfect diet, working out regularly, etc. - but believing that it'd be permanent made it so I healed way more slowly than I could have. Once I understood this, I began healing much quicker. I changed my mind once I started reading posts about people dealing with issues such as fibromyalgia, tinnitus, headaches, chronic pain, etc. even before they started antidepressants and viewing everything as 100% structural. Anything I'd post would likely have zero meaning on those forums, but I do wish one of them would stumble upon my posts over here someday. I remember what it was like to look at those forums and believe people when they said that withdrawal often leaves one with permanent issues, especially when they go cold turkey like I had to (I was having horrific side effects from the medication and genetic testing later showed that my body couldn't handle it, and I was too paranoid at that point to trust other medications). What I'd like to articulate with this post is that we are so lucky to have a community where people have a better understanding of the mind-body connection and a real opportunity to take that information and live the best lives we can. Stick with the mind-body approach and remember that horror stories on other health forums do not have to be you.