SELF – What You Need to Know About Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy

Making decisions about antidepressant use during during pregnancy isn’t easy, and is something to carefully discuss with your doctor. This excellent article reviews the latest research on this complicated question so many moms-to-be face. I was very pleased to help out with this.

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Abruptly going off antidepressants is risky. “Some SSRIs can be so difficult to withdraw from suddenly that people can feel sick,” licensed clinical psychologist Alicia H. Clark, Psy.D., tells SELF. Withdrawal symptoms from Cymbalta, for example, can be so severe that it’s recommended that people go through a medically supervised withdrawal that can take weeks. (People can suffer from “brain zaps,” i.e. electric shock sensations, nightmares, anxiety, and vomiting, among other things.) “Add pregnancy to an already challenging withdrawal, and it can be risky,” she says.

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Alicia H. Clark, PsyD