Information on Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs

Many visitors to our forum ask for information about coming off psychiatric drugs. We have therefore put together the list below of some resources which may assist.

In considering coming off psychiatric drugs it is very important that you are aware that:

“most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, sometimes including life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems. In short, it is not only dangerous to start taking psychiatric drugs, it can also be dangerous to stop them. Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should only be done carefully under experienced clinical supervision.”

The following resources have been found to be useful by our members:

Harm Reduction Guide To Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs

To quote the website: “This 40-page guide gathers the best information we’ve come across and the most valuable lessons we’ve learned about reducing and coming off psychiatric medication. Includes information on mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics and anti-depressants.”

Coming Off Psychiatric Medications website

This is a useful website with resources, information on medication, suggestions for alternatives to medication, stories about people who have come off psychiatric medications, audio recordings of Rufus May, a psychologist, and Jim Read, a person who has used psychiatric drugs, and a section on planning your withdrawal from psychiatric drugs.

Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs: Successful Withdrawal from Neuroleptics, Antidepressants, Lithium, Carbamazepine and Tranquilizers, edited by Peter Lehmann

This is a resource with lots of personal stories about coming off psychiatric drugs. Many people have recommend this book.

You are most welcome to discuss the issues of coming off psychiatric drugs on our Mental Health Forum.