Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome & its Management

Stevie Lewis is a campaigner and board member of IIPDW. She took an SSRI for 17 years, the majority of which was spent trying and failing to stop because the withdrawal effects were so severe. Mark Horowitz is an Associate of IIPDW, a Clinical Research Fellow in psychiatry at University College London and North East London NHS …

Review of Beverley Thomson’s book ‘Antidepressed’ by Stevie Lewis, IIPDW Board Member

Antidepressed: A Breakthrough Examination of Epidemic Antidepressant Harm and Dependence by Beverley Thomson.  Book review by Stevie Lewis, Board Member of IIPDW This is based on a book review written for the journal Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches The author of Antidepressed, Beverley Thomson, is a writer, researcher and speaker with a focus on psychiatric …

IIPDW responds to the Council of Europe’s draft report on ‘Addiction to Prescribed Medicines’

IIPDW has submitted a response to the Council of Europe about their provisional report on ‘Addiction to Prescribed Medicines’, which was released in December 2021. The final report is due to be published in March 2022. The Council of Europe is Europe’s leading human rights organisation. Founded in 1949, it includes 47 member states, with …

We have lost Ed White, advocate, researcher and supporter

We’re extremely sad to share the news that we have lost Ed White, advocate, researcher, supporter and key figure in the psychiatric drug withdrawal movement. Sadly, Ed ended his life on Wednesday 13th October 2021. Despite his own struggle with antidepressant withdrawal, Ed worked tirelessly to support others online and to fight for change for …

Tackling the Problem of Antidepressant Withdrawal

On World Mental Health Day 2021, IIPDW Chairperson, Professor John Read wrote: This World Mental Health Day (October 10), nearly 8 million adults in England (17 percent of the adult population) will be on prescribed antidepressants. Sadly, none of them will receive any specialised help from the National Health Service (NHS) with the withdrawal symptoms that more than half of …

Jim van Os and Peter Groot discuss their latest research on Tapering Strips

Recently for the Mad in America podcast, James Moore was in discussion with Professor Jim van Os and Doctor Peter Groot about their recent research on tapering strips, published in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology. Jim van Os is Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Public Mental Health at Utrecht University Medical Centre, the Netherlands and Peter …

The Psychiatric Drugging of Children – Town Hall Discussion

Friday 13th August at 5pm BST, 12PM EDT, 9AM PDT Mad in America, the Council for Evidence- based Psychiatry, the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal and A Disorder 4 Everyone are pleased to announce a series of live, online town hall discussions focussing on issues related to psychiatric drug withdrawal. Each town hall will …

The case for establishing a minimal medication alternative for psychosis and schizophrenia

A new article in the journal Psychosis examines whether everyone with a psychotic condition needs long-term antipsychotic treatment and evidence for alternative models of care. The article recommends that healthcare providers should be encouraged to develop a psychosocial treatment package for people with psychosis or schizophrenia that provides a realistic possibility of minimising antipsychotic exposure. …