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:

*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

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.  

 ●  Online Support in Withdrawal

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

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About Monica Cassani

Author/Editor Beyond Meds: Everything Matters