Here is some basic information on what is involved in tapering off antidepressant or other psychotropic medication. If you are thinking of taking this step and want to understand what the process may be like, here are medical resources and information for you to read and learn.
Many physicians support and help those wanting to get off of toxic psychotropic medication. There is help available to you.
Find a Qualified Health Care Practitioner Before Starting
You can do it on your own, of course, but that is not the best or smartest way to get off of a psych med. Many factors will affect what symptoms you experience during the withdrawal period such as:
1. How long you have been on the medication.
2. The dosage of the medication you have been taking.
3. The type of the medication you have been taking i.e. the class of drug (antidepressant, antianxiety, mood stabilizer, antipsychotics, stimulants or other).
4. If you are on more than one psychotropic medication.
If you are on more than one medication, you need a physician to tell you what medication should be tapered first, etc. Don’t create more difficulties in your life or for yourself – get appropriate guidance so you do not experience any crisis-type situation.
The last thing you want is to end up back in a psych ward, yes?
Be smart, think it through if this process may be right for you then get appropriate medical care. You need a qualified physician to monitor and help – there can be very distressing effects with tapering.
We want you well, not sicker or suffering more emotional-physical distress.
Stories of Psychiatric Withdrawal Plus Resources
Here are a few stories of others, me included, who have withdrawn from psychotropic medications. All are different, and your process will be unique to you too.
My story: If I Can Get Off Psych Meds Anyone Can.
Menka Pickles story: Withdrawing From Psychotropic Medications After 17 Years.
Chaya Grossbergs story: Interview with Chaya Grossberg About Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal.
I’ve created a resource page that has more personal stories and other information about the process: Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Resources.
Harvard Psychiatrist Joseph Glenmullen, M.D. Created a Daily Withdrawal Checklist
I recently learned of Dr. Joseph Glenmullen and the books he has written, such as “The Antidepressant Solution: A Step-by-Step Guide to Safely Overcoming Antidepressant Withdrawal, Dependence and Addiction.”
You can read a few sections of the book in this free preview: Google Books.
He has a “Daily Checklist of Antidepressant Withdrawal Symptoms” on his website. You can download it here to learn about a few things (a lot actually) that can be experienced in the process.
Here is what Dr. Glenmullen thinks about the Chemical Imbalance Theory – it is taken from a book I am reading and getting a review of up soon: “Psyched Out: How Psychiatry Sells Mental Illness and Pushes Pills That Kill.”
“One cannot measure serotonin levels in the brain of any patient. Nor can one measure serotonin at specific synapses. Synapses are the spark plugs between nerve cells, junctions where they exchange chemical messages and where drugs are said to work.”
“Blood levels of serotonin are of little use. Not only is blood drawn from an arm far removed from the brain synapse, 95% of of serotonin in the human body is in the stomach and other tissues, not the brain.”
Ninety-five percent… heal your gut, and that may help heal your mood disorder: Take a Probiotic Supplement to Help Your Bipolar Disorder.
“What the public has been told in the past decade is truly astounding. While the alleged “selectivity” of the drugs makes good marketing copy, implying that they target a depression center in the brain, no such center is known to exist.”
No such center is known to exist. Sigh.
Medical Articles About Psychotropic Medication Withdrawal
Withdrawing From Psychotropic Medication May or May Not Be Right For You
Respect your process, do what is right for you.
But I will say this very clearly – as it is simply enraging what Big Pharma-puppet psychiatrists have gotten away with in the past four decades or so… there is NO CHEMICAL IMBALANCE IN YOUR BRAIN THAT THESE MEDICATIONS are treating.
Related post: Psychiatrists Paid a Million Dollars to Market Risperdal.
None. Your doctor will verify that. If not, ask for a blood test to confirm your imbalance… there is none.
Because you do not have one.
You had a period of illness for some reason or another: depression from loss, anxiety from your poor diet that creates blood sugar imbalances and resulting symptoms, fatigue that got called depression but you really have a thyroid or other autoimmune illness and it has not been treated, they just gave you an antidepressant to suppress symptoms, etc.
Maybe you are in an abusive relationship, maybe a child is being bullied by his teachers at school… that would cause some mental distress, don’t you think?
Many, physical, emotional or situational things can create unwanted mood symptoms. The psychotropic med will not solve these issues and will only make you worse in the long run.
Nothing is Being Taken Away From You – You Are Simply Being Given a Choice
Regardless of how many physicans, parents of children who committed psychiatric drug-induced suicide, those who’ve lost spouses or others who have lost a loved one to psychiatric medication-induced violence… these medications are not being taken off the market anytime soon.
If you want to stay on them you can.
They are increasingly being more prescribed, not less. It’s not just psychiatrists now, it’s family practice physicians and pediatricians fighting for a piece of the Big Pharma billionaire pie. Lining up to write prescriptions that kill thousands of children annually.
Good for them – that’s their soul, their life process and their karma.
We now have millions more who are being drugged to death and made disabled thanks to the phony ‘bipolar spectrum’ that has been relentlessly marketed and promoted since 1994.
Related post: Ronald Pies, M.D. and the Bipolar Spectrum.
Nothing is being taken away from you – you are simply being given an opportunity to heal and live a brain-disabling psych med-free life. The choice is yours.
If you want it, think about it, read about it then take the necessary steps to do it.