When people ask me where they should go for support and advice when coming off psychiatric medications I always refer them to Surviving Antidepressants, a site that not only gives grounded and safe information about withdrawing from SSRIs, but also supports people in coming off any and all psychiatric medications.
The site is run by Alto Strata who has often shared the articles she’s written for the withdrawal board’s members with Beyond Meds. These articles make for a very fine collection on withdrawal with very many of the most important issues underscored in very accessible terms.
Those of us who’ve spent hundreds of hours with thousands of people coming off drugs still have the most reliable information available for the time being. This is an instance in which “peers” simply have more information than anyone else. Not only have we lived it but we’ve watched many others do the same. Alto Strata has been doing this for many years and has amassed a knowledge base that is truly impressive.
Alto Strata also became a dear and valued friend and there was a phase of recovery, once I could again speak on the phone, that without her help I cannot imagine having made it. I am profoundly grateful to Alto Strata who not only helped me as a friend and peer but who has helped thousands of others. She is very much-loved on her withdrawal board. She is one of the many warriors in this “business” who has worked 1000s of hours for little or no compensation. Most of us go unthanked and often unrecognized.
Today I wanted to thank Alto Strata publicly for all the great work she’s done and continues to do. Without people like Alto Strata many folks would simply not get the help they need to free themselves from these drugs. A lot of people find themselves in situations and environments where other help is simply not available. For those folks Surviving Antidepressants and other boards like it are literally life lines.
Alto’s withdrawal board is one of the best I’ve encountered in all the years I’ve been involved in this work.
Here are a collection of her articles and work on Beyond Meds:
If you or someone you know needs a place to learn safer withdrawal methods for all psychiatric drugs the website is here: Surviving Antidepressants
I’ve not kept up with other boards in the last several years. Often different boards have different cultures so it’s worth shopping around and finding one or more you are comfortable with. I share some info on finding support in general here: Online support in 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. Do not assume your MD will know how to do it either. 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. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up