Q: Are you “against” the use of (S)SRIs and other prescribed psychiatric drugs?
A: I don’t feel it is up to me to take a direct stance either “for” or “against” the use of these drugs for anyone but myself. When I began to learn about 1) the lack of supporting scientific evidence that these drugs actually correct any kind of chemical imbalance, and 2) the kind of harm they are capable of causing, it really called into question for me when/how/why they get used and what it is they are actually doing in the brain and body. However at the end of the day I believe each one of us is the expert of our own experience, and that means each one of us gets to decide whatever course of action feels like the right one.
Q: You write in your blog sometimes about working with herbs. Are you a practicing herbalist?
A: Yes, and no. I am very much a practicing herbalist in my own life and with my own loved ones, and my work with herbs in these ways continues to be a huge part of my healing journey on many levels. At present though, I do not offer herbal health consultations and I am not able to make herbal recommendations beyond sharing my own experiences in blog posts and such. I encourage you to explore the world of healing herbs for yourself, if it’s something that you feel called to.
Q: I would like to learn more about prescribed psychiatric drugs and withdrawal. Where can I start?
If you’re brand new to this whole world, I’d suggest starting with these websites. Both have really comprehensive information about the multitude of psychiatric drug classes people take and withdraw from. Additionally, there are some good books available on the subject. A few of my favorites are: Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker; The Emperor’s New Drugs by Dr. Irving Kirsch, Ph.D; Withdrawal from Prescribed Psychotropic Drugs eds. Peter Lehmann and Craig Newness; Harm Reduction Guide to Coming off Psychiatric Drugs published by The Icarus Project and Freedom Center (available in multiple languages and for free). Finally, the documentary Medicating Normal is a must watch for everyone.
And of course, you can always book a session with me!
Q: Can you give me specific advice or direct instruction about tapering my prescribed psychotropic drug(s)?
A: No, I cannot. Giving specific advice or direct instruction would be practicing medicine without a license. What I can do is help you think through your situation, share information and experience with you, and offer questions to consider asking yourself and–if applicable–your medical provider in order to help ensure you are well-informed. When we are well-informed we are better able to make decisions that we feel good about and that are in alignment with our needs. Ultimately, any medical decisions are solely up to you and any licensed medical provider who you choose to involve in your care.
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