Just want to add a warning to this blog. So that it will be at the top of the page.
Withdrawing from psych meds is potentially dangerous.
The dangers can be mitigated with research and care.
I became very very sick and I, for the most part, followed the rules of psychiatric withdrawal—what few there were at the time I began. What I didn’t always do was listen to my body—that is a much more subtle thing than following printed out proclamations of good practice.
Listening to the body is a practice. There is a big learning curve involved.
What I did follow was the 10% or less rule. No more than every two weeks. One drug at a time. That can still be way too fast. Especially if one has a long and complicated history.
Other than people who have been on drugs for a short time, coming off drugs is potentially quite risky and should be done with great care and conservatism.
I have learned the hard way. I became debilitated in a way I wish on no one ever.
ADoctors in general know nothing about withdrawal. Demand that they educate themselves if you want to come off drugs. Bring to them some of the books and articles I point to.
Eating right, nutrition, spirituality, movement and meditation all help. Your body has been ravaged by the drugs and needs special care. I say this from watching many people do it right on one specific withdrawal email list. Most of the lists are dangerous in my opinion at this point.
UPDATE: *it is potentially dangerous to come off medications without careful planning. Please be sure to be well educated before undertaking any sort of discontinuation of medications. If your MD agrees to help you do so, do not assume they know how to do it well even if they claim to have experience. They are generally not trained in discontinuation and may not know how to recognize withdrawal issues. A lot of withdrawal issues are misdiagnosed to be psychiatric problems. This is why it’s good to educate oneself and find a doctor who is willing to learn with you as your partner in care. Really all doctors should always be willing to do this as we are all individuals and need to be treated as such. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up
It’s become clear to me that whenever it’s possible that it’s helpful for folks who’ve not begun withdrawal and have the time to consider a carefully thought out plan to attempt to bring greater well-being to your body before starting the withdrawal. That means learning how to profoundly nourish your body/mind and spirit prior to beginning a withdrawal. For suggestions on how to go about doing that check the drop-down menus on this blog for ideas. Anything that helps you learn how to live well can be part of your plan. That plan will look different for everyone as we learn to follow our hearts and find our own unique paths in the world. Things to begin considering are diet, exercise and movement, meditation/contemplation etc. Paying attention to all these things as you do them helps too. The body will start letting us know what it needs as we learn to pay attention.
For a multitude of ideas about how to create a life filled with safe alternatives to psychiatric drugs visit the drop-down menus at the top of this page.