From Asylum Magazine: “As a willing subject for research, I was put into a group to have my drug regimen discontinued. I was under the impression that the drugs I was taking would be gradually reduced, slowly decreasing down to a microdose (that is, a specially prepared dose, smaller than the commercially available tablets), eventually tapering to zero, resulting in a drug-free patient. I thought all this would take around a year. Instead, my consultant psychiatrist made me go cold turkey with a sudden stopping of all drugs.
I had gambled on a meticulous process of medication reduction. Instead, my withdrawal syndrome denier consultant was not playing ball. An abdication of duty. I remained under the care of my Responsible Clinician, and Dr Moncrieff’s research relied on the goodwill of participating consultants. I contacted Dr Moncrieff expressing concerns over a lack of essential tapering. She was powerless. If my consultant wanted to exercise neglect by forcing me to go cold turkey, there was nothing anyone could do about it.”
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