My main goal in writing this blog is to draw attention to this important study in the Lancet outlying the need for very gradual withdrawal from anti-depressants. Both patient experience and a growing body of research indicated the common guideline of tapering anti-depressant usage in 4 weeks is far to rapid. Though some individuals experience no symptoms others have withdrawal symptoms that last for months or years. I highly recommend you read the article if you are in the process of, or considering, quitting your anti-depressant.
Can herbs and supplements help you in preventing and alleviating withdrawal symptoms from anti-depressants? The answer is YES. Herbs such as Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) can help calm your nervous system. Certain herbs and supplements can be used to gradually displace anti-depressant usage (this is best accomplished with the support of a herbalist or naturopath). Adaptogenic herbs such as Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) support a healthy stress-response and rebalancing of your HPA-axis
. There are also many natural strategies for addressing insomnia. In addition proper nutrition and exercise are vital components in this process, supporting your nervous system and body as they recover their natural functioning in the absence of the anti-depressants.