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Greetings, I'm a 36 year old man suffering from PSSD and SSRI withdrawal. Last August I regretfully decided to try an antidepressant for the first time. I began by taking 10mg of Citalopram (Celexa) for three months. I then stupidly proceeded to binge on 100mg over a two-day span (40mg on the first day and 60mg on the second.) Violently ill, I made the fateful decision to quit cold turkey (my biggest mistake thus far.) After enduring an agonizing month of withdrawal, including ejaculatory anhedonia and anorgasmia, I reinstated 10mg of Citalopram so as to withdraw more cautiously. Having slowly tapered over the past couple of months, it's now been a couple of weeks since I quit the poisonous SSRI for good. Because the doctors surrounding me are of little help, I am compelled to seek feedback from forums such as this one. Here is my biggest question and concern: is my sexual anhedonia permanent? Thanks in advance for any helpful insights.
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I'm sorry that you're experiencing this. It doesn't sound pleasant at all. Unfortunately as with any withdrawal symptom/side effect everyone responds differently so we can not tell if your sexual anhedonia will be permanent or not. Some withdrawal effects can take months before they even start to go away. I've also heard of some people experiencing withdrawal effects for over a year after abruptly stopping a medication. While you may not be able to stop yourself from getting withdrawal effects completely, this is one reason why taking medications as prescribed is important, particularly with psychiatric medications. There are ways of properly tapering the medication slowly so that it can help reduce withdrawal effects.
I'm sorry I can't give you any better answers. Perhaps someone will read this and share a personal experience. You can also try posting on the sexual dysfunctions forum to see if you get more responses. sexual-dysfunctions/
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