German author and activist Peter Lehmann presents “Recovery by Taking Psychiatric Drugs versus Recovery by Coming Off of Psychiatric Drugs” at the 2012 International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP) Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Since the 1970s, Lehmann has represented positions of humanistic antipsychiatry within the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement and circles of humanistic professionals.
His book “Coming off Psychiatric Drugs: Successful Withdrawal from Neuroleptics, Antidepressants, Lithium, Carbamazepine and Tranquilizers” (2004) was originally published in German in 1998, and was the first book on this issue world-wide. Beside family members and professionals, Lehmann addresses people who choose to withdraw from these drugs, including detailed accounts of how others came off these substances without once again ending up in the in the doctor’s office. His second book, “Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry” (co-edited in 2007 with psychiatrist Peter Stastny) highlights current possibilities of self-help for individuals experiencing madness, and strategies toward implementing humane treatment.
This is latest in a series of conference presentations which will be featured on MadinAmerica.com
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