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Withdrawal from psychiatric medication is a subject that is seldom talked about and rarely addressed by health professionals. The silence and the taboo surrounding the topic deprive us of crucial information. Many people don't even dare to talk to their doctor or loved ones about diminishing their medication for fear of their reactions. Isolated and lacking information, some will taper in risky ways.

Why do people want to reduce or come off their medication?

There are a host of reasons:  

  • Some side effects are painful or unbearable  

  • The possible risks to long-term health are significant

  • Medication doesn't work for them or isn't effective

  • The situation that triggered the difficulties has changed

  • They have developed alternative and satisfying ways to deal with their situation

  • They want to know themselves without the effect of medication  

  • They prefer to adopt approches that act on the causes and the source of the problems, not only on the symptoms.


To arrive at the decision to reduce medication, several factors must be taken into account. The GAM personal guide is an excellent tool to consult for anyone considering reducing or coming off their psychiatric medication.  



Inner Compass Initiative  


The Withdrawal Project  


Stopping antidepressants  


Surviving Antidepressants


International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal


Mad in America-  Drug Withdrawal Resources  


Mind Freedom - Coming off psychiatric medication  


Tapering Strip  


Lets Talk Withdrawal  


Will Hall

WARM Network


Going off antidepressants  


The Challenge of Going Off Psychiatric Drugs  


Stopping antidepressants: Exploring the patient's experience  


Antidepressant withdrawal symptoms shouldn't be mistaken for return of illness  


Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit  


How to Quit Antidepressants: Very Slowly, Doctors Say 

Researchers Provide Guidance for Reducing and Stopping Psychiatric Drugs

'I was sobbing uncontrollably': Patients say antidepressants difficult to quit


Gaining Autonomy and Navigating Psychiatric Medication: Olga Runciman and Celine Cyr in conversation

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Town Hall 1 - Introducing the Series


Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Town Hall 2 - Exploring the Science  


Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Town Hall 3 - Post-Withdrawal Experiences  


Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Town Hall 4 - The Psychiatric Drugging of our Children  


Coming Off Psych Drugs: A Meeting of the Minds (on coming off psychiatric medication)  


Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs Workshop with Will Hall  


Mark Horowitz, MBBS, PhD: Researching Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal


Podcast Let's Talk Withdrawal  


The Naked Scientists - Coming off Antidepressants

Antidepressant withdrawal: why has it been ignored for so long?


The Antidepressant Solution: A Step-by-Step Guide to Safely Overcoming Antidepressant Withdrawal, Dependence, and "Addiction". Joseph Glenmullen


A Straight Talking Introduction To Psychiatric Drugs (Second Edition): The Truth About How They Work And How To Come Off Them . Joanna Moncrieff  


Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal. A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and their Families . Peter R. Breggin  

Psychotropes, réussir son sevrage. Peter Lehmann

Withdrawal from Prescribed Psychotropic Drugs. Peter Lehmann 

The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counseling and Psychotherapy. Special Edition: Withdrawal from Prescribed Psychotropic Drugs . Directed by Peter Lehmann



Harm reduction guide to coming off psychiatric drugs  



Guidance for Psychological Therapists. Enabling conversations with clients taking or withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric drugs  


A short guide to what every psychological therapist should know about working with psychiatric drugs 



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