PSSD story of mine

Welcome to our community. Please fill in the following template as a way of introducing yourself, and helping others to understand your background and situation.

Where are you from (country)?

How did you find this forum (Google search – if so, what search terms? Via link from a forum or website – if so, what page? Other?)
PSSD forum
What is your current age, height, weight?
22 180cm 67 kg

What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)?

fluoxetine and then paroxetine

What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
fluoxetine 20mg
paroxetine 30mg

What condition was being treated with the drug?
Social anxiety disorder

For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
fluoxetine 3 months
paroxetine 9 months

How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?
fluoxetine 17 years old 2015
paroxetine 20 years old 2017

How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
fluoxetine 2015
paroxetine 2018

How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
Taper off

How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
Started in the first week i guess.

What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
No libido
Emotional blunting
No anxiety response even when its necessary

Check the boxes that apply. You can save your post first, then interactively check/uncheck the boxes by clicking on them. If your symptoms change, please update your list.

[ X] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
[X ] Erectile Dysfunction
Complete Impotence
Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Watery Ejaculate
Reduced Ejaculate
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility

[ X] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
[X ] Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
Severe Depression / Melancholy
Suicidal Thoughts

Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Pain
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Weight Gain
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
Muscle Wastage
Muscle Weakness
Joint Pain
Dry / Dark Circles under eyes

Prostate pain
Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
Hearing loss
Increased hair loss
Frequent urination
Lowered body temperature

Other (please explain)

What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?

If you have pre or post-drug blood tests, what hormonal changes have you encountered since discontinuing the drug (please post your test results in the “Blood Tests” section and link to them in your post)?
Hormons are in healthy range
Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience?

Tell us your story, in your own words, about your usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.

Dear bla260408,

Welcome to our forum! I am sorry that you are suffering from persistent side effects from antidepressants. But you have come to the right place! Most here can relate to your symptoms as many of us suffer from similar and more persistent side effects from a variety of drugs

We are determined to create awareness of these persistent side effects and to initiate research in the underlying drivers hoping to one day find effective treatment. You can help us by reporting your side effects to your local authorities (see here for resources: and by participating in our Survey (Post-Drug Syndrome Survey FAQ. Survey NOW LIVE - Please Participate).

We nee dto make our voices heard! These two little tasks I mentioned will bring us a huge step forward if we all do our part!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Good luck!

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