Drug free healing from depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, etc…

Recovery Stories

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These are all stories of recovery (or the word I prefer is transformation) that involve freedom from drugs/medications. Most everyone on these pages were told they would need psychiatric drugs for the rest of their lives and proved psychiatry sorely wrong.

There are MORE RECOVERY STORIES HERE  — specific to extreme states such as psychosis, (with accompanying books and websites for further reading.)

Are you recovered? What is your survivor mission? —Inspiring pieces from Pat Deegan’s life (also recovered)

Recovery Stories listed below:

New stories are now added at the top of  list so if you visit again they’ll be easy to find

Monica’s story: the aftermath of polypsychopharmacology – this is my story up to 2012, when it was published on Dr. David Healy’s website. The transformation has continued.

This is mini memoir at Mad in America: Everything Matters: a Memoir From Before, During and After Psychiatric Drugs — from over a year ago now. Healing has since snowballed. 

Monica/Gianna’s story: the aftermath of polypsychopharmacology – this is my story to this date, recently published on Dr. David Healy’s website. I’m not physically well, but that is because the drugs harmed my body. I have no sign of mental illness. So I’m including this here now.

There are MORE RECOVERY STORIES HERE — specific to extreme states such as psychosis, with accompanying books and websites for further reading.

New video: Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs: A Harm Reduction Approach | Will Hall

See also: the “It Gets Better” Series if you’re sick and in the midst of psychiatric drug withdrawal

More posts on psychiatric drug withdrawal:

Please do not attempt to discontinue psych drugs without first very carefully educating yourself on the risks involved so that you might minimize the chances of developing grave iatrogenic illness if you decide to withdraw: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up

●  Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up

 ●  Online Support in Withdrawal

See also: Peer support? This is the real thing. Free of institutionalization. (psych drug withdrawal)

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  1. Gianna – Thanks so much for gathering these different stories. I couldn’t agree with you more about the need to look at everyone’s path. I can’t tolerate all the angry proselytizing that goes on by people who have made some progress and believe their path is the only way to do it. I look forward to following this page.

  2. Nice to see you here John.
    thanks for your comment.

  3. Thank you so much for these recovery stories. I’ve been looking for things like this for years. I even started a blog called The After Life to attempt to explain to other what it’s like to live after meds, hospitals and doctors…because I’d read so few success stories- it was like no one ever wrote about what happened “after.” I’ve been in the ‘after life’…recovery life…for a year now and it’s such a different place it’s nice to hear about others as well!!!

    So thanks!!!

  4. John Sawkins says:

    Over 40 years, I had made it my business to understand what it was that led to successful learning. However, until I experienced the delights of a brief psychotic episode towards the end of my teaching career, I had no idea how effective trauma can be in enlightening the mind. It did help that I had an enquiring mind, keen to assimilate / accommodate any amount of new experiences, however bizarre these appeared. (The Germans distinguish here between Erfahrungen and Erlebnisse – the latter being closer to the traumatic variety). Psychiatrists counselled me to reject these experiences, because, they felt, they belonged to a fantasy-world which, if pursued, would only lead to insanity. Forever the rebel, I chose to ignore the professionals and gradually learned to embrace this so-called psychosis, allowing my soul to migrate into what appeared to be parallel universes and a form of time-travel. (Metempsychosis describes the transmigration of the soul, though I never felt I had taken on any form other than a human alter ego). All-in-all, I feel my choice was the right one, since I think the way I now see the world is far more circumspect than it ever was in the past. I have managed my bipolar condition without the need for medication for the past eleven years.


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