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  1. I don’t see why this is needed if withdrawal symptoms are “all in your head” or, as Duncan Double says here , psychosomatic.

    If this is so, the rate of tapering isn’t an issue. You could simply follow discontinuation (at any rate of tapering, including cold turkey) with a little psychotherapy to disabuse the person of the delusion that he or she is suffering drug damage in the form of withdrawal symptoms.

    We even have bloggers on this site who, because they didn’t experience withdrawal symptoms themselves, don’t think it’s possible that others might suffer from true neurologically generated withdrawal symptoms. It’s “all in their heads,” maybe because they’re whiners.

    So what’s the big deal about psychiatric drug withdrawal?