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  1. The way a lot of folks in the pro-psychiatry group talk you would think that coming off their drugs always happens like this. "Consumer" wakes up on a bright sunny morning. After stretching and yawning she says, "Gee, I feel so great today I think I'll just stop taking my 'meds.'" After 2 weeks this individual spends over $1,000,000 on trinkets, has numerous affairs, steals cars in order to have accidents, and tries to kill herself. Tut, tut. That is not how it happened for me. It took me well over five years to screw up the courage to come off these drugs. I had always been frightened by the dire warnings about "terrible things that would happen" if I went off the brain drugs. I read over a dozen books and hundreds of blog posts on the subject. This would baffle so-called experts because they think we're all alike and only have one paradigm for withdrawal. Thanks to a lot of online resources like MIA and BeyondMeds I learned what not to do in coming off psych drugs. Despite my bogus Bipolar label I have already succeeded on going off Lamictal (cold-turkeyed 2 days after leaving hospital) and Abilify. The Abilify took 3 months to taper off of after 7 years. I have reason to believe it was causing frequent, painful fistulas. Glad I'm off! I have no mania either; according to the shrinks I should. Ha! In your face psychiatry! Now for the "Biggy." Effexor. Ugh. Already overwhelmed by crazy-making withdrawal symptoms. Will describe the worst one in my next post Using a micro-taper over a period of fifteen months or more. Slow and steady wins the race.~Aesop
  2. I'm curious but was anyone here born with mental problems that function fine now without "Medications"? Meaning as young as you can remember? I ask because I had a lot of anxiety growing up as a child, mostly separation anxiety from my parents but I was never medicated. As I grew older I started to out grow it until one of my parents died in front of me when I was 15 which led me down this path, so really I am just curious. I almost feel like I got trapped and there is no way out. The withdrawal from this Anafranil is horrible, I just don't know if I got trapped on the Klonopin and might just have to remain on it because I am barely holding on as it is and I can't imagine having something but I remember before the trauma I wasn't on anything, you know?
  3. I found this documentary to be very succinct in conveying my perspective as someone who has a mental illness and has been through the mental health system and is still currently "chemically incarcerated". I believe it will be free to watch until tomorrow after which I assume one must purchase or rent the documentary. It is called CrazyWise. https://vimeo.com/201079582/37ea6dd390 I hope you find it helpful. GFT
  4. Things I underlined in my copy of Anatomy of an Epidemic, by Robert Whittaker. (I’ve added bold here for emphasis). ‘Now there may be a number of social factors contributing to the epidemic. Our society may be organised in a way today that leads to a greater degree of stress and emotional turmoil. For instance, we may lack the close-knit neighbourhoods that help people stay well.’ P. 208 ‘…over the course of the next 30 years, researchers determined that the drugs work by perturbing the normal functioning of the neuronal pathways in the brain. In response the brain undergoes ‘compensatory adaptions’ to cope with the drug’s mucking up of its messaging system, and this leaves the brain functioning in an ‘abnormal’ manner. Rather than fix chemical imbalances in the brain, the drugs create them.’ P.207 ‘”I do wonder what might have happened if [at age sixteen] I [a woman] could have just talked to someone, and they could have helped me learn about what I could do on my own to be a healthy person. … my eating problems, and my diet and exercise, and … how to take care of myself. Instead, it was you have this problem with your neurotransmitters … take this pill Zoloft, and when that didn’t work, it was take this pill Prozac, and when that didn’t work, it was take this pill Effexor, and then when I started having trouble sleeping, it was take this sleeping pill,” she says, her voice sounding more wistful than ever. “I am so tired of the pills.”’ P.171 ‘A study conducted by the World Health Organisation … [found it was those] who weren’t exposed to psychotropic medications (whether diagnosed or not) that had the best outcomes. They enjoyed much better ‘general health’ at the end of one year, their depressive symptoms were much milder, and a lower percentage were judged to still be ‘mentally’ ill. The group that suffered most from ‘continued depression’ were the patients treated with an antidepressant.’ P. 165 ‘“I thought that sincere human involvement and understanding were critical to healing interactions,” he [Loren Mosher, schizophrenia doctor] said. “The idea was to treat people as people, as human beings, with dignity and respect.”’ P.102
  5. While I was reading the reviews on Amazon of Robert Whitaker's new book: Psychiatry Under The Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for ReformI came across a great analogy, written by Ron Unger in the comments on one of the reviews, he was talking about the problem with psychiatric diagnosis and treatment- Think of it this way. Let's say someone is having trouble walking. There could be a lot of reasons. Maybe they have a biological illness that makes it hard for them to walk. Maybe they have an injury. Maybe their leg fell asleep. Maybe they are drunk. What would make sense is to try and figure out why they are having trouble walking, and then help them with whatever it is. The psychiatric approach would be to diagnose them with "having trouble walking disorder," explain that was a biological illness, and then equip them with a wheelchair and tell them this would be required for the rest of their life. Of course, the long term result would probably be that they would have even more trouble walking because now they were out of practice, but any trouble they might have when trying to get out of the wheelchair would just be attributed to their "having trouble walking disorder." http://www.amazon.com/review/R2Y475RR5J7CYR/ref=cm_cd_pg_pg2?ie=UTF8&asin=113750692X&cdForum=Fx1X3DU559LHIQL&cdPage=2&cdThread=Tx3S5D5EX9QTNHE&store=books#wasThisHelpful
  6. Hello, My name is Daniel and I am 28 years old. I'd like to introduce myself and learn more about the people on this forum. I've been involved in the mental health system since 2011 (age 25). During that time some extremely traumatic things happened to me and as a result I have been somewhat debilitated for the past three years. I am just beginning to awake out of my slumber and to realize that I am not a permanently disabled mental patient. It wasn't always like this, though. I have worked with a slew of therapists, psychologists, case workers, and psychiatrists who have all told me that I would be medicated for the rest of my life. I don't point the finger at them. Actually, I am thankful for much of the good that the mental health system and its practitioners have done for me, as I doubt I'd be alive today were it not for psychiatric medications. However, the original crisis that prompted me to go on medication in the first place (I was basically medication free for the first 25 years of my life) has resolved itself, and I am feeling a tremendous amount of relief psychologically. As a result, I no longer feel the need to be on medication, and have gradually taken steps to taper myself off the cocktail of meds that has worked so successfully for me in the last three years. This cocktail includes the maximum dose of Lexapro (20mg), which I have effectively tapered to 0 as of last month. I'm feeling fine, by the way. The remaining two medications I take are not antidepressants at all, but rather are popular antipsychotics: Abilify (15mg) and Depakote (750mg). It is hard because I feel I have found the minimum therapeutic dose for these medications and have never been able to successfully taper them below the current doses, yet I have never tried tapering by small amounts (10% or less) at a time. I have always started with a 33% or 50% taper, which inevitably leads to withdrawal symptoms. I've recently gotten hold of a copy of Dr. Glenmuller's "The Antidepressant Solution", which has convinced me that I am not facing a biological disorder but rather an "addiction" to the medication due to fear of experiencing withdrawal symptoms. There are several reasons why I wish to get off psych meds completely. First of all, as someone who has traveled to other countries and as someone who wishes to eventually build an international career, taking medications poses serious problems. A) the safety of psychiatric medications overseas is questionable, most countries do not allow you to bring a long term supply of these medications into the country, and C) the stigma of being recognized and "found out" as a psych patient when applying for a job, etc. Second of all, I used to be a healthy, though skinny male weighing 155 pounds. Thanks to psych meds and a poor diet, I now weigh almost 230 pounds. I want to get my image and more importantly, my health back. I feel it is simply impossible to lose the kind of weight I want to lose while being on medications that are recognized for chronic weight gain. Getting off the Lexapro was a huge victory for me. Finally, I want to get off the drugs because I've allowed my self-image to become tainted while taking them. I self-identify as a psych patient, and thus as someone who could never attract someone of the opposite sex, and generally as someone who is not desirable, either as a friend or as a romantic interest. These reasons and more are the reasons I want to become drug free. For the interests of space and time I don't want to type much more. I simply wanted to say "Hello" and to say I empathize with those of you trying to escape from antidepressants, as well as those of you who aren't. Life is hard to deal with. I look forward to reading more of your posts and to gain insight from what I read. Thanks.
  7. A collection of essays written by attorney Wayne Ramsay, using the work of credible witnesses critical of psychiatry. http://wayneramsay.com/index.html Current available titles include: Does Mental Illness Exist? Schizophrenia: A Nonexistent Disease The Myth of Biological Depression The Myth of Psychiatric Diagnosis Why the Myth of Mental Illness Lives On Psychiatric Drugs: Cure or Quackery?