The final visit to the psychiatrist (part 2 of Goodbye psychiatry)

I hadn't seen this psychiatrist or any other now in several years. I chose to make this visit to the man who prescribed the drugs for my 6 year long psychiatric drug withdrawal for several reasons. Upon reflection, I think the primary one was ritualistic. Something to mark the end of that phase of my life. A goodbye to psychiatry concretized. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The Myth of the Chemical Cure: The Politics of Psychiatric Drug Treatment

This won't contain new information for long time readers of this blog, but gratefully, Beyond Meds is always finding new readers. This contains a good synopsis of a lot of the issues surrounding the high prevalence of psychiatric drug use in the mental illness system and why it's not good medicine. … [click on title to read more]

Psychiatric drug withdrawal in tweets

Part of informed consent is telling patients they might not ever be able to come off psych drugs without getting seriously ill. If you're the MD handling a withdrawal it's important that your patients know at the outset how gravely serious withdrawal syndromes can be. (and first the doctor has to understand this as well) [click on title to read more]

Benzodiazepine withdrawal — “it really is that bad”

"Unless you've been through it, it's impossible to know how bad it is." What Matt Samet talks about in this video is sadly the truth. Those of us who get protracted withdrawal issues come to know an alienation and isolation that no one should know is even possible. If you are someone who has found themselves in that place I've written quite a lot about it: The isolation and sense of abandonment many people deal with when sick with protracted withdrawal illness. While it's a very painful and lonely process one can work with this in many ways and people do come out the other side of it.

You know we shouldn’t tell anyone about the grave harm psych drugs cause so many of us…

You know we shouldn't tell anyone about the grave harm psych drugs cause so many of us because heaven forbid someone who *should* take meds hears us...That's the message one gets in response from people who are sadly filled with so much fear and terror...the truth becomes their casualty... … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs – video and info with Will Hall

How can anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, mood stabilizers, and other drugs be used wisely? What are the risks and benefits? How can we collaborate effectively with prescribers, and what about reducing and discontinuing medications? Come learn a pragmatic harm reduction approach that is neither pro- nor anti- medication, but instead based in mental diversity. Everyone is welcome: professionals, survivors, students, family, and anyone taking or not taking medications.

Psychiatric drug withdrawal information and resources

***This page is regularly updated: Below the initial commentary is a collection of links with lots of information to better inform the reader on psychiatric drug withdrawal. Educating oneself and preparing for a safer taper goes a long way in mitigating the risk of serious protracted withdrawal issues. -- *feel free to share via social media. You are also free to copy and paste and republish as widely as you'd like. -- ***Not everyone is subject protracted or even significant withdrawal issues*** That said everyone needs to be aware of the risk so that every reasonable precaution can be made to avoid potentially serious issues. In the interest of informed consent we need to know what the risks are. Many psychiatrists are not telling people about these risks. What is worse is that psychiatrists don't even understand the risks or recognize what they're actually witnessing when they start happening. This level of ignorance is a criminal reality at the moment.. … [click on title to read the rest]

Ode to my (big) feet

I have big feet. Very big. A full size 11. Some years ago I realized that while I should hate my feet. I did not. Us women are very hard on our bodies and from a young age we learn to hate most of our body and often really hate some parts of our body. This is particularly true for parts that we think are too big or too small....

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