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CCHR is funded by Scientology. I didn't see any doctors listed. Please let us know if you find any that are knowledgeable about tapering.

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I consider Steve Balt a friend. Thanks for the reminder, meimei. He's established offices in Walnut Creek and San Rafael, California.
 
Dr. Steven Balt
http://www.stevebalt.com/
705 Fourth St., Suite 4, San Rafael, CA 94901
1415 Oakland Blvd., Suite 100, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Phone: (415) 484-2258

Fax: (415) 684-7774

Email drbalt@gmail.com

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OKAY, this guy is not a psychiatrist or an MD.  His official title is Masters in Counseling, but he also has diplomas in Orthomolecular Nutrition (a 2 year degree from Canada).  I had an hour long chat with him, and he understands how long it takes to come off psych meds.  He "gets" delayed withdrawal syndrome.  He is willing to provide counseling, nutritional and orthomolecular (functional) support for withdrawal, but he cannot prescribe.  

 

Johnny Atman

Brisbane North Orthomolecular Clinic

ICNH, TCM

Specialists in Mood Disorders and Mental Health

 

Suite 5 / 1438 Anzac Ave, 

Kallangur, QLD 4503

 

07 3204 5877

0491 119 080 (mobile)

 

email:  director@healyourmind.com.au

website:  www.healyourmind.com.au

 

His knowledge is encyclopedic, one of the few practitioners I've seen who connects "mood" and "function" with physical disorder, inflammation, and "insult," whether stress or environmental or illness.

Since he is from Canada and I have not found posted helpful docs for Canada if you see him could you ask him where he trained... maybe there are more like him and I just can't find them a school would be a good start.  Thanks

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Just tried to contact Dr Bob Johnson in the UK - he has informed me that his clinic is now closed.   

 

He is reachable by email on his website, but does not appear to be taking on patients.

Very sorry to hear that. Did he have any recommendations of other doctors?

 

In other news, Debra London is now in Ojai, California.

 

I've updated the list in post #1 accordingly.

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Ira Steinman, MD
http://irasteinman.com/index.html
339 Spruce St.
San Francisco, Ca 94118
tel: 415 221-1377
irasteinman  // gmail.com

 

Dr. Steinman is listed on MadinAmerica.com http://www.madinamerica.com/service-directory/30151/ira-steinman/

 

I spoke to him myself. He is very kind, accessible, and understands the dangers of the drugs.
 

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Recommended by Eric Buck of Holistic Therapy Online, which is listed on MadinAmerica.com
 
Elizabeth Bowler MD
417 Mace Blvd
Ste J
Davis, CA 95618
530-229-6585
ElizabethbowlerMD // gmail.com

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Recommended by one of our members:

 

Toby Hazan, MD
Comprehensive Psychiatric Svs
28800 Orchard Lake Rd Suite 250
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(248) 932-2500 (Office)

 

Understands tapering basics, the Prozac bridge, and monitoring for withdrawal symptoms.

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Cheeky

I'm from Sydney Australia , and rang that David Purssy ,and he won't do Skype anywhere except Brisbane . I was so disappointed . There is nobody in Sydney .

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Hopefull

Well Cheeky that sucks! Any Aussies reading this please recommend a good psychiatrist preferably in Melbourne. Thank you.

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Dr. Lucire is a very brave psychiatrist who has been criticized for her stand against psychiatric drugs. She believes in very slow tapering. You will need a GP referral to see her and then must ring her for an appointment.

 

See Dr. Yolande Lucire: Adverse Reactions to Psychiatric Drugs

http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=11394

http://psychrights.org/articles/newdrugsnewproblems.htm

http://www.nt.gov.au/lant/parliamentary-business/committees/ctc/youth-suicides/Submissions/Sub%20No.%2016,%20Dr%20Yolande%20Lucire,%20Part%201,%2030%20Sept%202011.pdf(PDF)

 

Yolande Lucire, MD
PhD MBBS DPM
FORENSIC & MEDICO-LEGAL PSYCHIATRY
Pharmacogenomics and  Personalised Medicine

Level 3 Suite 310, 203-233 New South Head Road,
New South Wales 2027, Australia.
Telephone                      (612) 9327 2288
Fax:                                (612) 9327 2288
Mobile:                            0411 158 246

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Nathalou

For those of you coming from Belgium or the Benelux area: I have two names of psychiatrists (french speaking) that work in collaboration with british psychiatrist David Healy. They completely and fully acknowledge the existence of protracted SSRI withdrawal syndrome and help people get off psychiatric medications and support while in withdrawal.

 

If you are interested, please PM me for further information. 

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Nathalou, can you post the contact information for the doctors in this topic? Thank you.

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LoveandLight

Just to let people in the uk know..

 

I emailed David Healy and he said he is happy to see me on the NHS as long as my doctors surgery can get funding. So it looks like he could see anyone in any area of uk as long as doctors surgery can do it.

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Thank you, mcc. Can you tell us any more about Laura Kelly?

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Dr. Kelly has been extremely supportive. She is respectful and compassionate. I've been seeing her for about a year and a half now. From the beginning she stated that I should probably not have been medicated at 15 and that Cymbalta was a. not doing anything for me and b. probable that it was causing adverse side effects. This was before I was diagnosed with an untreated neck injury that was complicating symptoms. After finding out about my neck, she agreed to hold off on coming off until the issues with my neck improved and started stabilizing. She recommended the initial taper that was too fast. She was prompt in responding to my phone calls addressing the severe withdrawals I was having (even on weekends). She advised me to stop tapering immediately and hold tight while she made some phone calls. Within a few days she had spoken to colleagues and also called Eli Lilly to figure out what was going on and a plan for what to do next. Even though she said she had never been aware of a patient with such severe withdrawals on the taper we were doing, she stated repeatedly that she absolutely believed me. This was the first time any professional has ever properly diagnosed this for me (hence me being on for 17 years even after several attempts to come off).

 

She repeatedly informed me that no, these were not returning symptoms but were indeed withdrawal. She also stated that no, these symtpoms were not justification for why I needed to be on Cymbalta. She also has told me that these withdrawals mean that it's going to be harder for me to think clearly, and offers support and reminders when I've been feeling at the end of my rope. She has stated multiple times that she thinks it very possible that I do not need to be on medication and is fully supportive of coming off and in fact is recommending that.

 

After doing more research than I've ever been aware of any psych doing for me as a patient, she recommended the 10% of current dose decrease. She even spoke with a mathematician about how to devise a system using graph paper for all the beads.

 

I will say that she has prescribed and suggested benzodiazepines while tapering but at this point I have told her no.

 

I am still in close contact with her, and she tells me that it is possible to be off, but to hang in there as it will take time. She asks for updates and info on what methods I'm finding work. She also recommends and is supportive of holding on the dose until my system has stabilized before decreasing again.

 

I have to say that I am uncomfortable with having her name and location connected with my account, but I hope that someone will be able to find the information useful. I'm still so aware of stigmas and misinformation of the general public when it comes to antidepressants. Even though so many of us are on them!

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from OnaRage:  

 

 

 

I sent the following to Dr Malika Burman in Portland, OR:

 

"I am struggling to get myself back to normal after a lengthy battle with depression but, more importantly, severe antidepressant withdrawal symptoms. I've worked with a number of different doctors and nurse practitioners but have not found a fit that works. You were recommended by the folks on the Surviving Antidepressant website.

If you have time for new patients and feel you can work with someone who is extremely depressed and anxious but more from the antidepressants themselves so wants NO medication, I need help.

Thanks in advance for your consideration."

 

Her response was as follows:

 

"I'm sorry but I don't know of that website, also I've never seen anyone who was depressed as a result of antidepressants that wasn't very depressed before they were started.  I'm probably not the best fit, someone else may have more experience with what you are describing.    MB"

 

So that didn't go so well.  There's one other doc that I'll try.  I'll let you know how it goes but I would consider removing that doc from the list unless you think the way I explained my situation was not clear enough.

 

and

 

After receiving her response, I sent her the following:

 

"Thanks for the response.  One more quick question for you.  Are you familiar with Antidepressant withdrawal syndrome?"

 

Her unfortunate response was:

 

"Yes it does not last very long.  MB"

 

So maybe she shouldn't be on our list anymore.

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Wow, she wrote on the MIA website although the link has disappeared.   It sure looks like Alto had good reason to believe she belonged on this site.  

 

Hmm, did big pharma get to her or has she been threatened because otherwise, this makes no bleeping sense.  I am sorry for what OnaRage went though in thinking she/he would be seeing a trusted provider.

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Very odd. I have my 2012 correspondence from her and she seemed much more sympathetic. Maybe her peers have been pestering her.

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Alto,

 

Any way you can diplomatically follow up with her to see what is going on as I am really curious to see what her response would be?  If you can't, I definitely understand.  Obviously, something drastic occurred to cause her to have the change in attitude and go from someone being sympathetic to our cause to sounding like most psychiatrists regarding psych med withdrawal. 

 

CS

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I have followed up. She doesn't want any referrals.

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Scott Shannon, MD  ABIHM

Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Colorado

Wholeness Center
2620 East Prospect Rd, #190
Fort Collins, CO  80525

P-970.221.1106
F-970.232.1050

 

From Dr. Shannon:

 

Hello. Thanks for your inquiry. I teach doctors and psychiatrists widely about these issues. You are welcome to refer folks to my clinic. My textbook mentions Mark Foster and his work. I understand the problem deeply and communicate it widely to professional audiences.

Happy to help….scott

 


 

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I need to find someone in Florida. I want to move back home when I am able. I guess my best bet is to look up integrative doctors and start calling them and arranging to discuss my situation, and to have my dr now speak to them. I don't want to move without a sure thing.

 

There has to be someone in Florida. I just have to find them.

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Please let us know if you find any you can recommend.

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Wondering

I have been trouble having finding Dr Kelly'S phone number, she isn't at the numbers I tried. Do you know if her middle initial is a? I would appreciate her phone number and address. I thank you. I have her faculty number, (if she is the right Dr Kelly)- but can't find her office number.

 

 

Dr Kelly has been extremely supportive. She is respectful and compassionate. I've been seeing her for about a year and a half now. From the beginning she stated that I should probably not have been medicated at 15 and that Cymbalta was a. not doing anything for me and b. probable that it was causing adverse side effects. This was before I was diagnosed with an untreated neck injury that was complicating symptoms. After finding out about my neck, she agreed to hold off on coming off until the issues with my neck improved and started stabilizing. She recommended the initial taper that was too fast. She was prompt in responding to my phone calls addressing the severe withdrawals I was having (even on weekends). She advised me to stop tapering immediately and hold tight while she made some phone calls. Within a few days she had spoken to colleagues and also called Eli Lilly to figure out what was going on and a plan for what to do next. Even though she said she had never been aware of a patient with such severe withdrawals on the taper we were doing, she stated repeatedly that she absolutely believed me. This was the first time any professional has ever properly diagnosed this for me (hence me being on for 17 years even after several attempts to come off).

She repeatedly informed me that no, these were not returning symptoms but were indeed withdrawal. She also stated that no, these symtpoms were not justification for why I needed to be on Cymbalta. She also has told me that these withdrawals mean that it's going to be harder for me to think clearly, and offers support and reminders when I've been feeling at the end of my rope. She has stated multiple times that she thinks it very possible that I do not need to be on medication and is fully supportive of coming off and in fact is recommending that.

After doing more research than I've ever been aware of any psych doing for me as a patient, she recommended the 10% of current dose decrease. She even spoke with a mathematician about how to devise a system using graph paper for all the beads.

I will say that she has prescribed and suggested benzodiazepines while tapering but at this point I have told her no.

I am still in close contact with her, and she tells me that it is possible to be off, but to hang in there as it will take time. She asks for updates and info on what methods I'm finding work. She also recommends and is supportive of holding on the dose until my system has stabilized before decreasing again.

I have to say that I am uncomfortable with having her name and location connected with my account, but I hope that someone will be able to find the information useful. I'm still so aware of stigmas and misinformation of the general public when it comes to antidepressants. Even though so many of us are on them!

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Her name is in the first post of this topic under East Coast. Click on her name and the link brings up contact info.

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Marie Casey Olseth MD
 
West End Consultation Group
1650 West End Blvd
Suite 100
St Louis Park, MN 55416-5369
Phone: 952 856 8452
Fax: 952 487 0380
E-mail: http://www.marieolsethmd.com/contact
 
http://www.marieolsethmd.com/about
 

....Dr. Olseth takes care to recommend psychiatric medications and dosages that are most effective at specifically targeting the patient’s symptoms, without over-medicating her patients. Some patients are referred to Dr. Olseth to have her review psychiatric medications they already take. She has often recommended tapering psychiatric medications of patients referred to her....

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From the Safe Harbor list:
 
Varsha Rathod, M.D.
http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/find-help/listing/varsha-rathod-m-d

1977 Schuetz Road, Saint Louis, MO 63146, USA
(314) 997-5403
(314) 997-6837
info@preventivemedicinestl.com

Treatments
Nutritional
Herbal
Allergy Elimination
Toxic metal testing

Prescribe Psychiatric Drugs
Yes

Help take patients off of psychiatric drugs
Yes

Comments about taking patients off of psychiatric drugs
Absolutely

Other Notes
hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue, women’s health

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From the Safe Harbor list:

 

David Rekar, M.D.
http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/find-help/listing/david-rekar-m-d
3535 Cahuenga Boulevard West #206, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
(323) 436-0303
(323) 436-0306
ucmg1@yahoo.com
http://www.ucmg.net

Universal City Medical

Practitioners type
M.D. – Complemntary Alternative Medicine, Chiropractor, Nutritionist

Treatments
Nutrition & Chiropractic

Prescribe Psychiatric Drugs
No

Help take patients off of psychiatric drugs
Yes

Comments about taking patients off of psychiatric drugs
We are thorough in reviewing medicines and determining the best approach and rate of withdrawal.

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Marie Casey Olseth MD

 

West End Consultation Group

1650 West End Blvd

Suite 100

St Louis Park, MN 55416-5369

Phone: 952 856 8452

Fax: 952 487 0380

E-mail: http://www.marieolsethmd.com/contact

 

http://www.marieolsethmd.com/about

 

....Dr. Olseth takes care to recommend psychiatric medications and dosages that are most effective at specifically targeting the patient’s symptoms, without over-medicating her patients. Some patients are referred to Dr. Olseth to have her review psychiatric medications they already take. She has often recommended tapering psychiatric medications of patients referred to her....

 

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Sancho

Please check her reviews online.  Nine out of ten reviewers (if I recall correctly) rated her very poorly. 

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Please check her reviews online.  Nine out of ten reviewers (if I recall correctly) rated her very poorly. 

That was on ratemd.com:

 

https://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/2456646/Dr-Marie%2BC.-Olseth-St.%2BLouis%2BPark-MN.html

 

On vitals.com, she is rated more highly:

 

http://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Marie_Olseth.html

 

But really, with such a small sample size, you really can't tell from this whether this doctor will be good or not.   As a FYI, I have been to doctors who have gotten great ratings with alot more reviews and they were not right for me.   The only thing you can do is give her a try and since psychiatrists who don't understand withdrawal issues are in short supply, there is really nothing to lose.

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Those ratings can be rigged -- one person venting by using different e-mail addresses to register.

 

If you see Dr. Olsen, please let us know your impressions.

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Wondering

Her name is in the first post of this topic under East Coast. Click on her name and the link brings up contact info.

 

 

 

That link is broken, that was the first one I tried. Did it work for you? Wondering

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GardeniaBlossom

I have found Will Hall to be helpful as a therapist during the withdrawal process. He works on Skype and is located in Portland. His website is http://willhall.net/.

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