“10 Things I’d Tell My Former (Medicated) Self”


On The New York Times Opinionator Blog, Diana Spechler has written a series entitled “Going Off,” relating her experience transitioning to a life without prescription medications for her anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

This week’s installment, “10 Things I’d Tell My Former (Medicated) Self,” marks Diana’s final entry for the series which began in February.  In it she she gives voice to her own confessions and reminiscences and encourages others to do the same.

She writes:

“You are all products of a society with arbitrary taboos, a society that has made mental health a fraught topic, that hasn’t learned how to talk about mental health without worrying about what others will think. Let them shout. They need to shout. Don’t be afraid. You have a right to voice your experience. Maybe it’s not just a right but an obligation — to fight this collective shame with your clearest, most honest words.”

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Find the whole series here


  1. I am very pleased that a newspaper such as The New York Times is publishing a series of articles about someone going off psych meds and her experiences, feelings, and suggestions for others who wish to do the same. Perhaps, if more of this type of article or discussion gets into mainstream media; it will much more fashionable to go off the psych meds or hopefully never take the psych meds in the first place; then BigPharma, the psychiatrists, and the whole “mental illness conglomerate” including their buddy, NAMI, and some of the alleged “patient advocate” groups will have to find another way to make a living. The are ways to be prosperous and abundant and not hurt, harm, or maim people, maybe for life for some; and steal their selves; creating a real zombie nation. However, off the meds, as shown by the author of these pieces, the real self can be reclaimed and being a zombie – well, one can return to life and the living again. I am working on this process at present. Some days are better than others; but each day is one day farther from those evil, toxic, addictive meds and their effects upon me.

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