Psychiatric Medication Awareness Group

The Psychiatric Medication Awareness Group (PMAG) is a small group of British Columbia citizens concerned about the increasing use of psychiatric drugs in B.C. and Canada, and the potential harm associated with these drugs. PMAG provides information to psychiatric medication users and their families about the potential risks of psychiatric drugs, including dependence, addiction, and the potential for long-term effects and about safe withdrawal from psychiatric drugs such as benzodiazepines, sleeping pills, and SSRIs.

PMAG’s website features information and recent news about the safety of psychiatric drugs. It also includes in-depth information about benzodiazepine withdrawal specifically.

The site is home to the Benzodiazepine/Sleeping Pill Addiction, Tapering & Recovery Blog, which features stories, practical suggestions, and questions and answers on the topic of withdrawal from benzodiazepines, sleeping pills, and antidepressants. Blog posts include:

  • How to Survive Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal
  • What is the Best Way to Get Off a Benzo?
  • What If I Never Get Better?
  • Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics
  • Are Benzos Life-Saving?


Mad in America hosts blogs by a diverse group of writers. These posts are designed to serve as a public forum for a discussion—broadly speaking—of psychiatry and its treatments. The opinions expressed are the writers’ own.