A Traumatic History: A Unique Look at PTSD and the Dangers of Antidepressants

A Traumatic History: A Unique Look at PTSD and the Dangers of Antidepressants is a memoir by Barclay Neel about his experience with and recovery from PTSD, a condition that was in large part set in motion by an extreme adverse reaction to an antidepressant. The book describes how the author was prescribed an SSRI after a 15-minute consultation with little warning of side effects, and how quickly things went south.

The book also chronicles the author’s withdrawal process from the SSRI in great detail. He was told by a doctor that he could quit cold turkey but instead opted to wean off over a five-day period. The full scope of his withdrawal process, including conversations with doctors and psychiatrists, is recounted.

The book is currently being shared in a handful of social work and psychology graduate programs across the country. It is available on Amazon for $8.99 on Kindle and $14.99 in paperback.


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