Posted on May 17, 2012

This is a great post to learn more about withdrawal syndrome – which is important because many will take these symptoms of removing a drug from their body as evidence of mental defect/disorder thus justifying going back on or increasing the amount of chemicals being consumed. The trick to going of psychotropic drugs is:
1. Be informed. This article is a good way to do that so you understand what you are experiencing. And – since we fear what we don’t know – knowledge truly becomes empowering in this process.
2. Plan on the process taking months and even years – not days or weeks. Going too fast is a hard way to go and will increase the severity of your withdrawals as your body reacts.
3. Have a plan of action as to how you will handle the emotional, psychological and physical issues of withdrawal. Most physicians and therapists may have a tendency to want to increase the drugs to decrease your distress. I’m sorry – but the only way out….is through.
Read on….great post at Beyond Meds.

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Because this was written for a withdrawal board that concentrates on antidepressant withdrawal it speaks directly to antidepressants. The fact is a large part of it applies to all psychiatric drug withdrawal because even when the mechanism of action of the drugs vary, they ALL effect the nervous system in such ways as to prompt autonomic dysfunction in those prone to it. So even if the cause is somewhat different, the outcome can be strikingly similar from different classes of drug and safe withdrawal therefore also remains very similar from drug to drug.

For more extensive information to help in psychiatric drug withdrawal please visit:  Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up

NEW: Psychiatric drug withdrawal: preparation for before you begin

Update 2016: 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…

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