Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up – Beyond Meds

Via Beyond Meds….

Other than those who’ve directly experienced protracted withdrawal or those who have lived with those who have experienced it, it simply remains�under appreciated�and therefore under treated and under recognized even, as I said, among critics of psychiatry. It’s rather horrifying for those of us who find ourselves struck by such illness. While perhaps a minority, we are not an insignificant minority. I alone have had contact with 1000s of us.

via Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up – Beyond Meds.

via Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up – Beyond Meds.

Jennifers Story…

Today, Another guest post by a fellow psychiatric survivor Jennifer Bryant Roeder.

Shared from the KIP Central blog; Jennifer shares her personal story about the losses she faced upon withdrawal from the Benzo’s she had been prescribed and told were “safe”. In this piece, Jennifer revisits the life losses she faced as she awakened from what she describes as a coma-like existence and how she is healing her inner wounds.

An excerpt:

It’s unreal what I am grieving…what I have lost throughout my life while under the influence of toxic psychiatric drugs, prescribed by doctors that society taught me to trust. I was told I had a “Chemical Imbalance” in my brain and needed drugs to correct it. Labels were thrown on me such as, “Clinical Depression,” “Anxiety Disorder, etc.” I believed them. Especially having been raised in a dysfunctional family system that said, “There’s something wrong with you.” Just a continuation of the same familiar language. Having bought into all these lies, I proceeded to take various psych drugs for the next 20 years.

Now completely free of these drugs, I’m awake enough now to look back and see how I was turned me into someone I was not.My thinking was completely distorted, I made extremely irrational decisions, I forever stayed stuck ‘playing the victim’ in all my circumstances,” and my behavior at times makes me cringe at just the though of it.The worst of all this was the fact that I had NO IDEA the effects these drugs had on me and those around me.I was completely “Spell-Bound” and I lost SO MUCH as a result:I lost my marriage. I lost jobs. I lost my dignity and self-respect. I lost my connection to God. I lost friends. I lost my daughter. I lost family members. I lost dreams. I lost my Self.And so much more. It never had to be this way had I not sought help in all the wrong places. Yet, I live with the scattered pieces. And all the ‘unknowns’ of what could havebeen.

You can read the entire article here. 

You can read Jennifer’s last post “NOT Anxiety Disordered” here. 

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As always – if you are taking psychotropic drugs NEVER EVER just “go off them”.

To do so can be life threatening. For more information and resources on how to safely reduce or withdraw from Psychotropic drugs please visit the resources page here and view the powerpoint presentation here. 

It is assumed that anyone reading this blog is capable of taking in information, assessing it and asserting their own will to choose to take action or not. I am not a health care professional and I assume no responsibility for the actions taken by others. The information provided on this web site is for informational purposes only. 

Not “Anxiety Disordered”

One “side effect” of following the traditional model of emotional distress as a “disease” is that we begin to see ourselves as defective; we begin to identify with the labels we are given by others. This in turn steals our hope and nullifies our power to effect change. After all – if our brain is broken, there is no hope and we are powerless to change our life circumstances. Right?

Wrong.

This post is a share from the KIP Central Blog and a great essay on one woman’s realization that she was never “sick” but that her drugs made her sick and – how since stopping the drugs she realizes that her anxiety was completely normal response to some pretty stressful life experiences.

An excerpt:

Amazing how much better I feel about myself having shifted from thinking “ill” of myself to just having normal human emotions. ~ Jennifer Bryant Roeder

I walked around the track for an hour at my local college today, surrounded by the snow-capped San Juan mountains of my beautiful SW Colorado while listening to Shooter Jennings playing through my ear phones. Suddenly memories came flooding back of the time when I attended this college ~ while taking daily prescribed Benzodiazepines that I had taken for practically my entire college career.

You can read the rest of this amazing essay by clicking here. 

 

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As always – if you are taking psychotropic drugs NEVER EVER just “go off them”. To do so can be life threatening. For more information and resources on how to safely reduce or withdraw from Psychotropic drugs please visit the resources page here and view the powerpoint presentation here. 

It is assumed that anyone reading this blog is capable of taking in information, assessing it and asserting their own will to choose to take action or not. I am not a health care professional and I assume no responsibility for the actions taken by others. The information provided on this web site is for informational purposes only.