I went off psych drugs. Been dealing with this since 2010. I went off xanax after 6 years. I cut 10% a month for a year. Missed 3 months of work after my last dose, did not return to any form of consistency for about a year. Made a foolish decision to also go off Paxil and that sent me to the psych ward and then ECT. Awful experiences that didn’t help. I don’t have it in me to do another slow taper. I have 2 kids and a wife and a job to keep going. The intensity of akathisia is way more intense than anything I endured off benzos and that is saying ALOT. Benzos are providing some relief. I can function, go to work, be there for my kids. And I’m very well familiar with Whitaker’s book. I wouldnt’ be on this site if I weren’t. My point is that there are no easy answers and being a rigid staunch anti-med at all costs misses the fact that there are no easy answers to this.