The Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs

The Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs, written by Will Hall and published by The Icarus Project and Freedom Center, is an important resource for anyone considering tapering from psychiatric medications. It is a 52-page booklet written with the goal of educating people about their options if they decide to go off psychiatric drugs. It is not intended to persuade anyone to stop taking medication but instead to reduce the risk of doing so as much as possible, and give people information to make their own decision.

Sections of the booklet include:

  • How Difficult is Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs?
  • How Withdrawal Affects Your Brain and Body
  • Staying on Medications and Harm Reduction
  • I Want to Come Off But My Doctor Won’t Let Me, What Should I Do?
  • Before You Start Coming Off
  • Intermittent Use: Taking Psychiatric Drugs From Time to Time
  • What Are the Alternatives to Using Psychiatric Drugs?
  • Coming Off: Step by Step
  • I Think Someone is Overmedicated, What Should I Do?


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