Just wondering what others experiences may have been with Paxil and withdrawl from it. I have CFS, and my physician tried it with me experimentally about 12 years ago (mostly for energy, although I also had a low to moderate issues with depression, sleep and anxiety). It didn't seem to help the CFS much, but it did help my mood, anxiety, and possibly sleep for a while. However, over time, I still experienced worsening bouts of depression (but rarely anxiety), as well as worsening sleep issues. I decided on my own (probably a mistake) to taper off of it over the past year-plus, ending it back in July. Somewhere around May as I was tapering down, my issues with insomnia increased dramatically. I began taking more and stronger drugs for sleep. Then in August, I experienced a severe relapse of my CFS, depression and insomnia. Now, over past couple of weeks, I have been experiencing severe anxiety and insomnia. I am going to see a psychiatrist / sleep specialist for another opinion and re-evaluation, but I don't know how well I can hold out until then. My questions are if anyone has had any similar experiences? Long term effects of Paxil: Has it helped long term or do you think it hurt? Other rough Paxil withdrawl experiences? If so, did you go back on it again, and if not, how did you deal with the horrible anxiety, insomnia and depression? Also, my lab test results have become increasingly bad (thyroid, glucose, cholestrol, etc.), so I'm wondering if this can be caused by long term use of Paxil, or else by withdrawl from it? Any other experiences or advice? Could my symptoms be thyroid related and not necessarily related to the Paxil? Thanks, anyone out there, for any insight.