Saturday, September 25, 2021

WITHDRAWAL RESOURCES

Welcome to MIA’s Drug Withdrawal Resource page. You can find here a directory of providers who help people taper from psychiatric medications, and information about withdrawal guides, educational courses, research studies, and personal withdrawal studies. Please write Susannah Senerchia ([email protected]) with any suggestions for other resources and information that could be added to this section of our website.

Disclaimer: Mad in America is not providing medical advice with this resource section, or making any recommendations regarding withdrawal from psychiatric medications. The purpose of this page is to provide resources and information for those who may be considering this possibility.

Provider Directory

Visit the Mad in America provider directory to find practitioners who can help individuals withdraw from psychiatric medications.

EDUCATIONAL COURSES

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal 1: This MIA Continuing Education course is composed of seven seminars,  with presentations by Jocelyn Pedersen, Dina Tyler, Emily Cutler, Will Hall, Sandra Steingard, Kelly Brogan, and Will Hall.

 

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal II: The Psychiatrist’s Perspective on Challenges, Opportunities and Shared Decision-Making. This MIA Continuing Education course is composed of eight seminars,  witpresentations by Joanna Moncrieff, Sandy Steingard, David Healy, Johanna Ryan, Sami Timimi, Swapnil Gupta, Pesach Lichtenberg, and Roger Mulder.

 

In this MIA Continuing Education webinar, Olga Runciman, a co-founder of the Danish Hearing Voices Network, tells of her work with helping people taper from antipsychotics and other psychiatric medications.

 

A course in Denmark, led by Peter Gøtzsche, on safe withdrawal from psychotropics. (Subtitles in English.)

Up in the Air: Surviving 24 Hours with Akathisia

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Flying from Anchorage to Cleveland while suffering from life-threatening akathisia was going to be a constant push-pull between the urge to freak out and maintaining my body and psyche so as not to scare the other passengers.

Out of the Abyss (with a Little Help from My Friends)

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An ER doctor told me I was experiencing venlafaxine withdrawal, then told me to go home and take care of myself. Unbeknownst to me, I was about to enter pure hell.
prescription for Valium

Born Addicted to Valium: Understanding a Lifetime of Symptoms

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Withdrawal felt like: evil feeding on my soul, my spirit being tortured, not being able to feel love, constantly feeling like I was falling in a dark tunnel, and wanting to get out of my body.
pill bottle with skull and crossbones label

Gabapentin Horror

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After suffering PTSD in the late 1980s, I reluctantly accepted antidepressants. In time, I had resolved the trauma, but when I tried to stop the antidepressants (Prozac, and later Zoloft), I assumed my desperate feelings and “return” of depression were an indication I had an imbalance and needed those drugs. I didn’t understand I was experiencing withdrawal. (I was never told that for most people, psychiatric medications need to be tapered.)
sertraline antidepressant withdrawal

Ambushed by Antidepressant Withdrawal: The Escape Story

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I’m alive. More than 30,000 veterans in the past decade alone are not. I was not warned of the risks of this drug. I was not told that once on it, I might never be able to get off it, or the nightmare that would ensue when I tried. I know millions of others were not told either.

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 4: Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs (Part 6)

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Peter Gøtzsche gives advice on what withdrawal symptoms may look like and explains the dangers of—and alternatives to—forced treatment.

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 4: Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs (Part 5)

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Withdraw from psychiatric drugs at your own speed—according to what you feel. Don’t reduce again before you feel stabilised on the previous dose.

Mental Health Survival Kit, Chapter 4: Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs (Part 4)

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Psychiatrists have made hundreds of millions of people dependent on psychiatric drugs and yet have done virtually nothing to find out how to help the patients come off them again.

Literature Surveys

Tapered Antipsychotic Withdrawal Mitigates Risk of Psychotic Symptoms

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Research suggests that slowly tapering off an antipsychotic reduces the risk of withdrawal psychosis compared to abrupt discontinuation.

“Relapse” in Antidepressant Trials Likely Caused by Sudden Withdrawal

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A new study investigates how antidepressant withdrawal effects often get confounded with depression relapse in clinical trials.

Psychotherapy Can Prevent Relapse When Discontinuing Antidepressants

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“Short and simple psychological programs can prevent people from relapsing when they stop their antidepressants.”

Internet Forum for Tapering Psychiatric Drugs Provides Novel Insights

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After 15 years, the founder of SurvivingAntidepressants.org, Adele Framer, shares what she has learned about the science of withdrawing from psychiatric drugs.

Antidepressant Withdrawal Misdiagnosed as Functional Disorder

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Adverse physiological symptoms of antidepressant withdrawal are regularly mistaken to be other problems to the detriment of the patient.