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‘What I have learned from helping thousands of patients taper’

A new article published in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology provides a clear and accessible summary of what Adele Framer has learned from helping thousands of patients taper their antidepressants and other psychotropic medications, in her role as founder and operator of the online peer-support forum SurvivingAntidepressants.org. Although psychiatric drug withdrawal syndromes have been recognised since the …

Online UK Training Video for Psychological Therapists

These free presentations (3 hours CPD) by the main editors of the Guidance for Psychological Therapists are based on the companion publication “A short guide to what every psychological therapist should know about working with psychiatric drugs”. You can access the presentations here: https://prescribeddrug.info/training/ The presentations, which are each followed by a Q&A session are: Dr James Davies: Context …

Important new study on antipsychotic use and recovery rates

A new study by Martin Harrow, Thomas Jobe, and Liping Tong found that odds of recovery from “serious mental illness” were six times greater if the patient discontinued antipsychotics within two years. The study followed patients with schizophrenia and affective psychosis (bipolar and depression with psychotic features) diagnoses for 20 years. The study was published …

IIPDW Submits Case Studies for England’s Prescribed Medicines Review

In 2019, Public Health England published the results of its Review into the issue of Dependence and Withdrawal Associated with some Prescribed Medicines, which set out several recommendations for organisations in health and care to optimise prescribing of these medicines. As a follow-up, in order to implement these recommendations NHS England and NHS Improvement issued …

IIPDW’s Carina Håkansson on Swedish television

Carina Håkansson, co-founder of IIPDW talks on Swedish television about the rising number of people using antidepressants and the need for better support for those wanting to withdraw or reduce. She explains that the large number of young people on antidepressant drugs today can be understood as a huge experiment.

Coming Off Antidepressants in the UK

Following the recent publication of a report entitled The Patient Voice on Prescribed Dependence, the Telegraph has printed this article by Miranda Levy on the situation in the UK for people coming off antidepressants.