Many, many people are undertaking the arduous task of reducing and eliminating psychiatric medications and rebuilding their lives. The following are some resources that may be helpful in making those difficult choices.
A Reminder of Education and Self Advocacy by Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland
Recipe for Recovery by Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland
Transforming Mental Health Services and Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal by Dr. Peter Breggin
Books by Others:
The Icarus Project and Freedom Center’s 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 info on mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, risks, benefits, wellness tools, psychiatric drug withdrawal, information for people staying on their medications, detailed Resource section, and much more. A ‘harm reduction’ approach means not being pro- or anti-medication, but supporting people to make their own decisions balancing the risks and benefits involved. Written by Will Hall, with a 14-member health professional Advisory Board providing research assistance and 24 other collaborators involved in developing and editing. Click here to go to the Icarus Project website to download this free guide.
Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America by Robert Whitaker [Crown. 2010]
Whitaker asks why the number of Americans who receive government disability for mental illness approximately doubled since 1987. In the book, Whitaker tries to answer that question and examines the long-term outcomes for the mentally ill in the U.S. In April 2011, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) announced that the book had won its award as the best investigative journalism book of 2010 stating, “this book provides an in-depth exploration of medical studies and science and intersperses compelling anecdotal examples. In the end, Whitaker punches holes in the conventional wisdom of treatment of mental illness with drugs.”
Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Families by Peter Breggin, MD [Springer Publishing. 2012]
This book provides a new roadmap for prescribers, therapists, patients and their families that will enable patients to taper off their drugs and achieve emotional and physical recovery and well-being. At the same time, it provides an improved treatment approach for all patients regardless of whether they are taking psychiatric drugs.
The world-wide first book about the issue “Successful coming down from psychiatric drugs” primarily addresses treated people who want to withdraw on their own decision. It also addresses their relatives and therapists.. To them, detailed accounts of how others came off these substances without once again ending up in the doctor’s office are of fundamental interest.
Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, developed Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) with a group of people with lived experience who were attending a mental health recovery workshop in 1997. She is the original author of the WRAP Red Book, as well as dozens of other WRAP books and materials. She has dedicated the last 30 years of her life to learning from people who have mental health issues; discovering the simple, safe, non-invasive ways they get well, stay well, and move forward in their lives; and then sharing what she has learned with others through keynote addresses, trainings, and the development of books, curriculums, and other resources. Now that she is retired, and that, as she intended, others are continuing to share what she has learned, she continues to learn from those who have mental health issues and those who support them. She is a frequent contributor to this site.