Information on Psychiatric Medication Withdrawal from Melanie Davis

Melanie has been the manager of MIND in Camden’s REST Project for 20 years. She facilitates a weekly support group, providing advice, information and support regarding safe withdrawal from benzodiazepines.

These videos about psychiatric medication withdrawal are produced by the Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry in the UK (CEPUK).

What advice do you give someone considering withdrawal?

Why not withdraw rapidly or ‘cold turkey’?

What tapering rate do you recommend?

How difficult can withdrawal be?

What should be avoided during withdrawal?

What questions do you get asked frequently?

Do doctors understand withdrawal?

What is your message for doctors?

Are withdrawal symptoms misdiagnosed?

Does everyone recover from withdrawal?

What is the impact of withdrawal on families?

What advice do you have for family members?