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Psychotropic Dugs and Withdrawal

In a recent conference on withdrawal, Peter Gøtzsche, medical doctor, mental health advocate, author and researcher, describes the main symptoms of psychotropic drug use (see also a recent survey on the effects of antidepressants), and what to expect during the withdrawal process. He gives a number of useful tips and resources for dealing with withdrawal, describing how it is possible for many people to get off these drugs and transform their lives for the better.

Child and adolescent psychiatrist Lisbeth Kortegaard and psychologist Birgit Toft also describe their clinical and research experiences with drug withdrawal, once again showing how, although the process may be difficult, people can and do successfully come off psychotropic drugs.

Peter Breggin, a Harvard psychiatrist, author and mental health advocate, has an excellent book on withdrawal, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and their Families. His website also has wonderful information, advice and resources.

For more resources on psychotropic drugs and withdrawal, see:

1. Mad in America
2. Council for Evidence Based Medicine
3. Deadly Medicines
4. Risk

**This is informative and NOT individual medical advice.

**DRUG WITHDRAWAL should ALWAYS be done under the supervision of a qualified professional. These drugs alter your brain chemistry, and withdrawal can be a difficult and painful process. There are thousands of patient-run sites on withdrawal from psychoactive substances on the Internet, and many books available in stores and online. We suggest you begin looking at the resources page on Mad in America or in Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients, and Their Families. New York: Springer Pub. Co., 2013.

**For general information on the current state of psychiatry please visit Mad in America (see link above).

**If you or someone you know is being threatened with drug treatment please visit http://psychrights.org

**To report any adverse psychotropic drug effects you have experienced, and for more detailed individual drug information, please visit Risk (see link above).