Escape From Anti-depressants

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  1. Loretta says:

    John, thank you for everything you do (helping folks and providing the info we so badly need) and I pray that God will continue to bless you you the strength and wisdom you need to do all that HE has called you to do.
    One of my memory verses is Proverbs 4: 20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

    22 For they are

    life unto those that find them,

    and health to all their flesh.

    Gods promises… WOW!!! HE IS SO GOOD TO US!

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      Thanks for your encouragement.
      I am so blessed that my ministry means so much to you.

  2. Dan.w says:

    I echo sister Loretta’s gratitude/thanks to you brother John.You are there for us,at whatever stage we are at.Your teaching and heart in all your ministry endeavors are first rate.May Christ’s glorious light shine all around you,as you continue in the ministry.Thanks again,Dan.w

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      My goal is for everyone to live with a healed heart and looking for the Blessed Hope

  3. Lori says:

    John, I’ve been reading much of the info. on the dangers of taking these drugs, and it has made me determined to this time try and stop my Effexor. For the first time tonight I took half the dose to help wean myself off without too many withdrawal side effects. Please pray for me that I will be able to do this successfully. I watched the documentary on “Reign of Terror”, it was frightening, and I want to stop my medication. Thank you for all the enlightening information on this subject! Lord bless you John, Lori

  4. Mary E. says:

    I was on Effexor for many years and I am happy to hear that you want to stop taking it. As John points out in the articles that he posted, these drugs are so dangerous and addictive, so Lori, I want you to understand that removing your self off of the meds on your own can be dangerous, too. I would strongly encourage you to get your Doctors instructions on weaning off the Effexor. I pray that the Lord will supernaturally deliver you from the side effects, but if that does not happen, please be aware of the changes your body will go through. If you should need to talk, I will be happy to pass my email address to John. God bless!

  5. Lori says:

    John, I will try and call in on the Blog Talk Radio if I can get through. I did ask my new doctor about coming off the Effexor and he told me to empty some of the medicine out of the capsules and wean down like that, I only take the smallest dose once a day. Even that small a dose is hard to come off of without getting those awful feelings of something electrical zapping your brain. Last night was my first night taking about half a dose equaling about 19 mg, and I have to say I’m feeling fine tonight. My son and I prayed for me and all is well, I’m very determined about this! Thank you for addressing this John, Lord Bless You

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      You are not alone with this and please everyone pray for Lori and encourage her.
      God bless you

  6. Lori says:

    Didn’t want to make my previous post too long, so I’m writing again. Just want to say that I’ve had 3 episodes in my life where I guess you could say I had a mental breakdown. The first was when I was about 13 to 14 years old, then again after my first child at 19, and again in my early 40’s. I only gave into taking medicine in my 40’s because the doctor convinced me I needed to be on it the rest of my life, and at that time I was feeling like maybe he was right. But I do know that these problems stem from traumas starting in very young childhood. I know that it all boils down to SIN, other’s people’s sin which I had no control of, and my own when I was old enough to know better. I’ve struggled in my walk with Him, but I know He is the only way to have peace in my heart, and mind.

    2 Timothy 1:7

    King James Version (KJV)
    7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      Lori, it sounds like you have a broken heart and it needs to be healed by Jesus Christ.
      I would be delighted to pray with you, and when the Lord heals you there is no need for the meds for the rest of your life.
      If you want prayer just let me know. You can email me at [email protected] in subject put brokenhearted.
      The Lord Jesus has healed soooo many that we pray for!

  7. Joni says:

    @Lori, I know exactly what you are going through! I was on Effexor right when it came out, only for a few weeks. I had fallen into a weird spot when I took my 2 packs a day of nicotine away. That was the Docs answer, into another frying pan.

    I got those “brain shocks” and no one had heard of them yet. I was terrified I would have to live with them the rest of my life. I finally contacted a knowledgable Doc in NY City, I was in Seattle. He explained the process, and told me it has to do with the “half life” of the Effexor. Its VERY SHORT, thats why the symptoms come on strong and hard. Now Prozac on the other hand, a very LONG half life, so it stays in the body longer, less side effects upon withdrawal. He told me to taper, and taper, and upon the last one or two pills, take one Prozac. (The drinking husband had anxiety too, so I had his bottle of Prozac at my disposal.)
    Just one, was all it took, and the brain shocks went away that fast. The Prozac stopped them. They were worse if I was driving, if I turned my head, I am so sorry you are dealing with this.
    I will NEVER take anything like them again, and am actually fearful of what they can do now.
    Also, Thank you for sharing what I know to be true, how others sins affect us….oh my, if only we had do-overs down here my life would not even resemble what it did. What a mess, and I thought I knew what I was doing, and I gave the wrong people too much credit, and let them take over my life, Thank The Lord for getting me out of that prison of a life.
    Lori, Please let us pray with you for your heart. It may seem overwhelming to put this on top of it all now, but trust me, the results are amazing.

    God Bless you Lori, I will keep you in my prayers,

  8. Danielle says:

    Prayers going up for you, Lori, from N.Carolina !! John and Joni make the best prayer partners ever for a broken heart ~ just see how God works through this ministry … You will be amazed ! I give Him the glory, but He used John and Joni to make my heart brand new and He will do the same for you 🙂 Forever His, Danielle

  9. Dan.w says:

    Dear Jesus,please be with and help sister Lori,thank you are faithful and all we need.Dan.w

  10. Sandra says:

    The awesome thing about this ministry is, that I cannot imagine what Lori is going through, but I can pray for her and I don’t known what Joni is going through..but I can pray for her and I don’t know what others are going through, but I can pray for them and when I go through things I know I have God fearing Jesus loving people praying for me..

    Thank you John for this ministry.

  11. Nick says:

    Thank you for this helpful information exposing what fluoride does to the pinneal gland (I pray for a comprehensive plan to be weaned off of fluoxetine). The KJV always will be God’s perfect Word in English, and brings healing all the time. God bless your ministry.

  12. Lori says:

    Just want to thank all of you who have prayed for me, it has helped and is comforting to me. I’m doing pretty good with reducing my medicine, with just mild discomfort. Praise the name of Jesus! Lord bless everyone, Sincerely Lori

  13. Everyone – I am praying! I have been where you are. I was on too many prescription meds – depression, anxiety, thyroid, high blood pressure, arthritis, etc. The Lord finally made me realize (in huge part from reading your blog, Bro. John!) that I was heading down a very dangerous path with things getting worse instead of better. In August last year, I visited a friend who introduced me to essential oils (I won’t mention the brand because I don’t know what your policy is John). Long story short, I started weaning off of my meds and using essential oils in place of them and haven’t been back to the doctor since. I was also suffering from chronic bronchitis where I was having to go to the doctor every two to three months for antibiotics. It would take on average three rounds of antibiotics to get about a month of wellness, then the cycle would start again. I haven’t had another episode of that since I started using essential oils either. I cannot begin to tell you how much better I feel. Eating the right foods, and taking the right supplements plays a huge part, too. If any of you would be interested in finding out more, I’d be more than happy to help. There is a much better way, I promise. I’ve been there. Talking to our Heavenly Father and getting as close to Him as possible is the most important part of all. Love to you all.


  14. Cheryl says:

    Please pray for me. I’m taking the first steps to get weaned off these drugs. Sin was the cause. I have repented. Now I need the Lord’s full power to safely ween off. I know he will. He has promised us a sound mind.

  15. Cheryl says:

    Hi John
    I’m not sure if I have a broken heart. But I do need serious prayer for healing and deliverance from this drug.
    The Lord has promised to heal.
    Please pray .

  16. dsaman says:

    I am a strict Born again Christian and Im also bi-polar…as a medical professional I can tell you without doubt that a chemical imbalance is in fact a cause of depression and anxiety..I am on Zoloft and Xanax and I am experiencing great results from these medications…yes we are to seek Gods guidance for for medical and\ mental needs but God also put medical professional here for a reason..I am in no way suicidal and in fact I literally praise God for guiding me to the proper Drs to help treat this…and my Drs happen to be Christians themselves.

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      I flat out don’t believe what you wrote and you have been a bunch of lies. What causes the imbalance are the drugs that you are taking.
      Your are going down the road of the Babylonian system which makes it worse in the long run no matter how you feel right now.
      Try getting off those drugs and see what happens to you. You become a slave to them rather than God’s grace.
      Please read my exhaustive study to refute the lies that you were feed:
      I am making myself available to you for prayer, and we will start with a broken heart.
      Please email me at [email protected] and in the subject put broken heart.
      We will ask the Lord to get at the root of your mental condition and bless you with a sound mind. Most likely the root cause is fear and/or unforgiveness.

      2Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

    • Leslie says:

      Anxiety is NOT caused by chemical imbalances. It is ALL about thoughts, whether your own or demonically influenced. Why is it that children can be born into this world with a wide variety of ailments, but depression and anxiety are not included? Ever heard of a toddler committing suicide? Depression and anxiety are a soul sickness driven by negative thought patterns – many times influenced by the demonic. A cause: Ephesians 6:12, A solution: Philippians 4 – 6,7

  17. Michelle says:

    I have your dvd Healing the Broken Heart. I have been suffering from depression since I was 5 years old and now I am 45 years old. I take 2 medications. I have had the greatest healing evangelists lay hands on me but there has been no change. I prayed the prayer on the dvd but there has been no change.What do you suggest? I want to be free from this spirit of heaviness and medications.

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      Please email me at [email protected] and put brokenhearted in subject
      Include your telephone number and time zone with the best time to call you.
      I will call to arrange a time and Joni, who posts on this section, and I prayer for you.
      We always see great results when we pray.
      God bless you.

  18. Jane says:

    I totally agree with dasman and am offended by your reply to her. How can you help heal a broken heart with your unkind reply? I am a born again Christian who also takes anti-depressants…a generic of Zoloft which costs me nothing. My Insurance pays for it. Apparently you have never been in the dark pit of depression yourself or you would not be aggressively attacking a sister in Christ for her comment. I had been depressed most of my life, but didn’t know it was called depression until I had a bout with rheumatic fever when I was 45 years old. My rheumatologist treated the rheumatic fever, but she said we needed to find out why I was so sad. Because of my age and the probability of some heart damage and the severe pain that went along with RF, I was bedridden for a month or so. During this recovery time, I began very vividly remembering some things that had happened to me as a little child of 5 or 6. In a moment of intimacy with my husband, the memory of me being sexually abused when I was 5 or 6 hit me like a ton of bricks. I had blocked this out of my memory as a coping mechanism that I think God was responsible for to keep me sane. EVERY detail came back to me, and I was absolutely crushed. Not only had I been violated, but my innocence and childhood had been stolen from me. I now understood why I felt a certain way about men as I was growing up, and especially disliking a certain member of my family, although I didn’t know why I disliked him. I avoided him at all cost, but didn’t know why. My rheumatologist placed me on antidepressants to help with the pain and the depression she saw in me, although I refused to believe I was depressed for a long time. I eventually had a meltdown, but was unable to tell anyone about it because for some reason, I was so ashamed, although the sin was against me and was not my fault. It was my adult abusers fault. I admit I was suicidal and thought of many ways to kill myself to make the pain go away, but knew the Lord did not want me to do that and I felt His precious hand on me. The antidepressants kept me able to work, enjoy life as much as I could, go to church and worship God, but always asking Him why, why, why. I knew I needed counseling but didn’t know where to go and didn’t want to go to a psychiatrist. I retired from work when I was 50, helped my terminally ill mother stay as independent as she could and when she went home to glory, I immediately became a volunteer caseworker at a free faith based medical clinic. I had previously worked in a hospital and for a surgical group. This was a God thing as we had Christian counselors there and I knew God had placed me there for a reason. After several years of volunteering, I got up enough courage to face my giant and requested a counseling session. Remember, I had carried this burden for many years without verbalizing it to anyone but God. Christ lived in my heart and His joy shown through my face and no one had a clue how hurt I was inside. My counselor was terrific and she had also suffered sexual abuse as a child, so she knew what I was going through. I had also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia by my rheumatologist and was on medication for that. After two counseling sessions, God began dealing with me because I had so much anger and unforgiveness in my heart towards my abuser (who was now deceased) that was my only sin. I felt God telling me that if I would forgive, I could be healed of fibromyalgia. I was finally able to forgive, took God at His word and quit taking the Cymbalta for fibromyalgia. My pain went away and I am still pain free 8 years later. My depression began with the unspeakable horror of my childhood abuse, then compounded by the stressful illness of rheumatic fever and fibromyalgia, and this caused what you do not believe in, a chemical breakdown in my brain. Diabetes is a chemical imbalance in the pancreas and people take medication and insulin for that, but are not looked down on as dope heads or having unbelief or un-Christ-like behavior for taking their meds in order to live. If anyone has never been in that dark pit of depression for one second, they have no right to judge those of us who have been there and survived with God’s help, counseling and medication. I thank God for giving man the ability to develop medicines to help people. My husband would be dead today if not for chemotherapy for his cancer. I was actually able to thank God for choosing me to go through this abuse (although it was not His perfect will for it to happen to me), in order for me to be able to use my experience to help several women who came through the medical clinic and who had gone through the same thing I had. I would start off our conversation with “Let me tell you what God has done for me”, and then share my story. To God be the glory!

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      There really is too much to reply to, but I take nothing back about the drugs.
      You turned to drugs instead of seeking God’s peace in your life.
      As I read this, it screams that you still have a broken hearted, which no amount of drugs can heal.
      You are managing your broken heart with drugs, while Jesus Christ was to heal you of it.
      If you want your heart healed, you can email me and I have a team that will pray with you.
      As I said, your heart is not heal but the damaged is only masked by the drugs.
      God bless you.

    • Johny says:

      To God be the glory

  19. What is your email address to get prayer for broken heart?

  20. Denise in MI says:

    I’m not going to give my whole testimony here, but I want mostly to thank you for this information. It was because of you that I finally went off antidepressants. A year ago at my physical I told my dr. I wanted to stop my meds, and his response was to to tell me I could up my dosage.(Then there’s Abilify, if that doesn’t work.) Not being very assertive, I let him renew my current dosage for another year, and then I read what you’ve written on the subject. I did a lot of research, tapered off the daily dose, and have now been free of them for four weeks, Praise God.

    Right now I am experiencing blurry vision, esp. after reading too long, but it could be cataracts or glaucoma, both of which I was borderline on at my last eye exam (also hereditary–my mom’s had both.) However, lots of people online report blurry vision with anti-depressant withdrawal (see & search under “vision” ) I have an appt. next week, and I already emailed my eye dr. about this withdrawal & blurry vision, so I’ll know more when I see him.

    Bottom line, I’d rather feel my emotions and pray through them than to be numb. I asked the Lord to forgive me for my lack of faith. Hurting people want to grasp onto anything that might help, but the only Healer is Jesus.

    Again, thank you so much for caring so deeply for your audience and doing the research doctors don’t do and big pharma don’t want us to know. Jesus is doing the healing, but you pointed me in His direction
    P.S. I had started with a Christian counselor, but then insurance said it would only pay a psychiatrist or psychologist, but I didn’t really get what I needed. Now I rely on The Counselor!

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      What a wonderful testimony.
      It sounds like you have a broken heart and need healing.
      Please email at [email protected] if you want prayer.
      God bless you.
      Put Broken Heart in subject

  21. Vel Bautista says:

    THANK YOU for your enlightening research on DEPRESSION I’m from Australia and have had osteo-arthritis, yet I could not understand why my doctors insisted I take the antidepressant CYMBALTA for pain. It seems all doctors here believe that antidepressants are a cure-all! I do not dwell on being depressed as I know the Word of God, and I know LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF has proven to be my cure when I feel sad for some reason.

  22. Denise in MI says:

    Hal Lindsey’s site had this link re: depression.I found some comfort and hope it will help someone else:

    Follow-up on my own withdrawal from Cymbalta: My eye dr. said many of the anti-depressants dry out one’s eyes, mouth, etc, Now that I’m off it, my eyes are adjusting- blurred, watery. However, I do have cataracts at an early age–not old enough for surgery yet but in my future. He asked if I’d ever been on Prednisone – (once years ago for a rash) I don’t know how that links to cataracts,Family history is, however, a big factor. Thanks be to God that it’s not serious. I really thought I was losing my vision due to these drugs, as many on the cymbalta withdrawal website have felt.

    Thanks for the offer of prayer. I already feel “:covered” when you pray for everyone & appreciate it.You name it and I claim it. lol.This oldie but goodie comes to mind:

    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
    Because He lives, all fear is gone.
    Because I know, He holds the future,
    And I can face the living just because He Lives!

    Would love to hear the whole song on your show,

  23. Lisa says:

    Lori, I am just reading your post for the first time. Effexor withdraws were terrible for me and lasted an entire month. I kept praying for God to strengthen me and remove the drug from my body. He answered and I am no longer physically dependent on it. Blessings to you and I pray that you, too, find or already found peace without Rx. John, thank you for the wealth of information you provide. I listen to you on Watch Therefore and am a first time reader/writer.

  24. Amanda says:

    Hello John

    Thank you for all your hard work researching this issue that is rife in our society.

    I love that you won’t compromise on your belief on the issue and how it is backs up by scriptures.

    I’ve suffered terribly over the past 15 years with all sorts of antidepressants and other mind altering/numbing pills.

    I had a nervous breakdown (although I like to call it my breaking and moulding from the Lord as I wasn’t being obedient). I overdosed on pills and wanted to kill myself and my precious babies (I was on a high dose of antidepressants and antipsychotic drug at time) I was taken to hospital in an ambulance screaming non stop like a woman possessed the whole way! So I was put in more drugs and sent home to sleep for two weeks and become more suicidal!

    I started reading my bible and kept reading it everyday until I finished it just under a year later, I also was completely drug free!

    I started going to a new church and things became really stressful in new ministry life and my anxiety was keeping me back so I figured I would handle it all better if I went back on antidepressants. That was 6 months ago and I’ve just started tapering off them. I can’t believe I went back on them again without first asking the Lord!

    As soon as I decided to come off them the enemy through me a lot of curve balls which only resulted in me wanting to resolve this battle once and for all. Being on them makes it harder for me to intercede and prophecy over people, Its like the connection is broken at times, which is really frustrating.

    This is just another tool the enemy is using to control us and we need to realise that it gets in the way of our connection with our Lord and saviour!

    My withdrawals at present are horrendous so any prayers my way would be much appreciated.

    God bless xx

  25. Tony says:

    John, thank you so much for your ministry of simply proclaiming the ministry of Jesus Christ found in God’s word. I have been deeply impacted by it, and hope to be able to share my victory and this teaching with others. I like the analogy of Christ healing the heart much like a doctor would heal a broken bone. Binding is just the beginning of the healing process. It can take time for that fractured bone to heal completely. Repentance (Reckoning and Turning), Forgiveness, Mortification, Confession and Prayer with Others, and an Attitude of Praise are so critical in the healing process. God bless you and thank you for your teaching.

  26. Michele says:

    The essence of what you say is true – antidepressants are nothing more than an evil attack on our natural true self and our relationship with our Divine Father. I discovered that the hard way after failing to heed my initial instinct of recoiling against the doctors suggestion of Prozac during a sad time after someone I knew died from suicide, and then finding myself being taken in by the hard sell tactics of the doctor convincing me that all my issues were because of a serotonin imbalance. I had no idea I was turning into a drug addict…….. as one antidepressant turned into another one. Longer story short I have gone through hell trying to get off them and tried twice in the last two years. I pray constantly for forgiveness for falling into this trap and pray for healing of my brain, my mind body and spirit for the horrible state this so called medication ended getting me into. Truly terrible. God created all we need through relationship with him and the great herbs and foods available to us. Now I am trying hard to use these in my healing,..Your research is correct – i have been reading extensively on this – information I so wish I knew a very long time ago. I want the world to know the truth. I want no one else to fall prey to these dangerous drugs.
    God bless.

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      It sounds like the core of your problem is a broken heart.
      I pray for the brokenhearted. If you would like prayer email me at: [email protected]
      Put broken heart in subject.
      The Lord will give you the victory.
      Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

  27. Kat says:

    You are so wrong and do a disservice to those who need the medication. I suppose you also believe that diabetes can be cured by living the right life as unto the Lord and through prayer. I will pray for your enlightenment. While drugs may not be the cure all or answer for everyone, they are necessary for some. shame on you.

  28. Cheryl says:

    Please give me correctcE mail address for John Mcternon for prayer

  29. John, after reading through the many posts, desperate to get off Seroquel and Lamicton drugs t would like to know your thoughts on the following.
    As a newcomer to Christian Science faith which their founder Mrs Eddy after healing herself was (and still is) able to heal numerous others over more than a full century. Many accounts are printed in the back of her book of these being done by just reading her book which describes the laws that Jesus used.
    The side effects of the prescribed drugs are too heavy to carry, a full body itchiness praying I can find sleep, blurred vision, cramped up stomach, etc.
    Any spiritual means of help you suggest will be heartfully welcomed’
    God Bless you!

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      Thanks for contacting me.
      I found that drug addiction is often rooted in a broken heart. The person is self medicating
      to hide the pain of a broken heart.
      I use Luke 4:18 to pray with the person with great results. If you need prayer, we can arrange a time.
      Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
      to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

  30. steve says:

    I have been on low dose of zoloft for10 years after the high dose made me feel bad. now been on paxil and can not get off. seems like I can not take the side effects when up on a high dose for a while, then the lower dose is not enough. think the in balance is some where, pray for me. Do have lot of fear and body is giving me weakness in arms legs with pins and needles, numbness. headaches, temple pains, puzzled afraid, went to ER last night, could not find any problem. I have had many hands on healings prayers researching, many day treatment programs, counselings, groups, support groups, am tired but still have a bit of faith

  31. Rod says:

    Hi John, I’m a veteran of the US army and I’m 33 years old. Two months ago I was on 6 meds including an ssri. I only taken the meds a few times that month and cold turkey all of them. I’m still having withdrawal symptoms and I’m very afraid. I wish I would of went to God for my problems. Is they’re hope for me?

  32. Ralph says:

    Hi John,
    Perhaps it was providential that I was led to this forum.
    In Sept 2014, I was hit with severe anxiety which had me rushing to people and doctors to find peace. I had a few episodes of this in the past but never having lasted for so long or so severe.
    What followed was my being forced into my car by these people, and taken to a local government hospital where I was strapped to a bed. Hell could certainly be no worse. After 3 weeks in a mental ward, psychiatrists found the “right” concoction which relieved me of the anxiety and sleeplessness.
    But the torturing side effects which are somehow managed with the exception of full body itchiness at night, has me praying to fall asleep. With my spouse needing to fly abroad as a probable last chance to see her dying brother and others that may follow soon after, I dread boarding a plane with this debilitating problem.
    Finally John, 55 years ago I suffered a broken heart when waiting for a girl for over 8 years to respond to my feelings only to see her being swept away by someone else almost overnight.This together with being shunned in my school years due to my skinniness, led me to becoming a loner which led to alcoholism.
    Now since this depression began 2 and a half years ago, I gave up drinking completely. Both my wife and I have been very spiritual as part of a global peace federation for over 40 years. A few friends and relatives have remarked on the change that’s humbled me.I truly believe in our Lord despite the numbed emotions and ask for any means to be delivered from this illness.
    May I request your prayers to bring lasting relief and also accept my gratitude for your offering to help so many. God Bless you.

  33. Katie Cromell says:

    Do any of u know of a good christian healing recovery center for getting of suffering more than i can bare on my own trying to come off…i do hv a major broken heart..and would so appreciate prayer..god BLESS u so much for doing this and expoaing the truth and praying for healing..i ao want to help people who have battled with this soo much..its devastating and to be honest i feel the whole system is barbaric in so many ways..