Coming Off Psych Drugs: A Meeting of the Minds

A 2013 film by Daniel Mackler. “In June of 2012, twenty-three people came together to discuss the subject of coming off psychiatric drugs. We were psychiatric survivors, therapists, mental health consumers, family members, and activists, united by a passion for truth-telling. More than half of us had successfully come off psych drugs, including cocktails of antipsychotics and mood stabilizers. What resulted from our three-day gathering was an unforgettable meeting of the minds.”

The complete film is available for free. It is 75 minutes long and features individuals who have come off of a variety of medications including antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, antidepressants and benzodiazepines.


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