Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Let's Talk Withdrawal

Lucy Johnstone: Why Underlying Causes of Emotional Distress are Often Unexplored

Doctor Lucy Johnstone talks about our reliance on the concept of diagnosis, how that doesn't fit well with psychological or emotional distress and how a predominantly biomedical view of tends to lead to a purely medication centred approach to mental healthcare.

Robert Whitaker: The Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

We discuss Robert's 2010 book, Anatomy of an Epidemic, which is arguably the definitive account of the realities of psychiatric drugs and completely lays bare the astonishing rise in mental ill health despite the availability of psychiatric drugs.

Joanna Moncrieff: Psychiatric Drug Mechanisms of Action

We discuss Doctor Moncrieff’s work to address the realities of psychiatric drugs and the groundbreaking RADAR study which focuses on antipsychotic drugs.

Peter Groot: A Novel, Practical Solution For Those Withdrawing From Psychiatric Drugs: Tapering Strips

Doctor Peter Groot from the User Research Center of the Maastricht University talks about Tapering Strips, which help users who want to withdraw from their psychiatric drugs safely and in a controlled way.

Holly Higgins: Becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Holly Higgins shares her experiences of the psychiatric system and psychiatric drugs, how she approached withdrawal from the drugs and talks about how she became a nutritional therapy practitioner.

Dede: How the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Helped Antidepressant and Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

We interview Dede who turned her withdrawal experiences into a force for good and now uses the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to assist those in withdrawal from antidepressants or benzodiazepines.

Judy Meyer: Holistic Mental Health Practitioner and Mental Health Advocate

Judy Meyer is a holistic mental health practitioner, mental health advocate and founder of the Alternative Health Revolution.

Terry Lynch: Why Psychiatry Has Pursued a Purely Medical Approach to Distress

Doctor Terry Lynch is a GP, psychotherapist, author and mental health educator. Ten years into his career as a GP, he became very concerned about the medical approach to emotional and mental suffering and was not prepared to remain silent.

Stevie: Severe and Protracted Withdrawal From Paroxetine

Stevie describes her experiences taking antidepressant drugs and her severe and protracted reaction to trying to withdraw.

John Read: The Epidemic of Psychiatric Overprescribing

Professor John Read of the University of East London talks about the overuse of psychiatric medications and the alarming growth in the prescribing of antidepressants, benzodiazepines and other psychoactive medications.

Peter Gøtzsche: The Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Dominance of Mental Healthcare

Professor Peter Gøtzsche is Director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark and discusses his background in research, his views on antidepressant prescribing and how pharmaceutical manufacturers have influenced mental healthcare.

Kevin P Miller: The Powerful Stories of Families Harmed By Psychiatric Medications

Kevin is a filmmaker, writer and journalist and his films have won numerous international Film and Television awards, he talks about his approach to film making and his thoughts on how we treat people that ask for help with their mental health.

David Healy: Making Medicine Safer for All

Doctor David Healy from Bangor University in Wales talks about prescribing practice, medicine safety and pharmaceutical regulation.

Claire: Antidepressant Withdrawal, Tapering and SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome

Claire shares her powerful story of being prescribed antidepressants at the age of 16 and her experiences of trying to withdraw., describing how she tapered gradually over 2 years, but went on to experience SSRI discontinuation syndrome

Simone: Postnatal Depression, Fibromyalgia and Antidepressants

Simone talks about her experiences of postnatal depression, fibromyalgia and her treatment with antidepressants.

Marion Brown: Psychiatric Drugs, Human Givens Therapy and Medically Unexplained Symptoms

Marion Brown is Psychotherapist who works with the Human Givens approach to supporting people in emotional or psychological distress, she has become increasingly concerned about the effects of psychotropic medications on patients.

Gemma: Experiences with Antidepressants and Benzodiazepines

Gemma talks about her experiences with psychiatric drugs and the difficulties that parents of children with special needs encounter when they seek treatment for emotional or psychological distress

Megan: Approaching Antidepressant Withdrawal After Prior Failed Attempts

Megan talks about her experience with anxiety and insomnia, her attempts to withdraw from her medications and how she approached her tapering more carefully to minimise withdrawal effects.

Sinead: 16 Years Of Treatment With Antidepressants and Subsequent Withdrawal

Sinead has taken antidepressant drugs for the last 16 years and attempted to withdraw on several occasions, she describes the challenges that she faced.

Daryl: Prescribed Antidepressant Drugs At 9 Years Old

Daryl, who was only 9 years old when he was taken into mental health services and medicated, talks about being made to take both antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs and he describes the lies told to him to justify treatment.

Meghann: Prescribed Antidepressants For OCD Aged 9 and Stopping Them 17 Years Later

Meghann describes starting antidepressant drugs for OCD at the age of 9, how she came to consider her withdrawal after 17 years and how she feels now, 2 years after finishing with the drugs.

Gary Sidley: Alternatives to Bio-Medical Psychiatry as Ways of Responding to Human Suffering

Dr. Gary Sidley worked within NHS mental health services for 33 years in a variety of nursing, psychological and managerial roles. In the 1980s...

Nora: Extreme and Sudden Adverse Antidepressant Reactions

Nora tells us about the sudden and extreme adverse reactions that occurred immediately upon starting her antidepressant. She also tells us about the attitude of her doctors and how her life has changed since that short course of treatment.

Elaine: Feeling Judged By Psychiatry

Elaine has taken antidepressant and stimulant drugs for anxiety, she describes feeling humiliated and judged by her psychiatrists rather than helped.

Giovanna: Withdrawing from SSRI Antidepressants After 23 Years

We talk to Giovanna from Australia who was prescribed an antidepressant aged 17 and tried many times to withdraw over the next 23 years. She shares her experiences with us including the advice and support that she received and her hopes for the future.

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