Coming off Psychiatric Drugs: Successful Withdrawal from by Peter Lehmann

By Peter Lehmann

The world-wide first ebook concerning the factor "Successful coming down from psychiatric drugs" basically addresses handled those that are looking to withdraw on their lonesome selection. It additionally addresses their kinfolk and therapists.

Millions of individuals are taking psychiatric medicinal drugs, for instance: Haloperidol, Prozac, Risperidone or Zyprexa. For them, exact debts of ways others got here off those components with out finishing up once more within the doctor's workplace are of primary interest.

In this guide, 25 former psychiatric sufferers from Australia, Austria, England, Germany, Hungary, eire, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and america and for the 1st time, a relative write approximately their reviews with withdrawal. also, ten pros, operating in psychotherapy, medication, psychiatry, social paintings, traditional therapeutic, on the web or even in a runaway-house, file on how they helped within the withdrawal strategy.
Prefaces by means of Judi Chamberlin, Pirkko Lahti, Loren R. Mosher and Peter Lehmann

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Animal experiments have demonstrated that continuous administration of neuroleptics can lead to supersensitization of the dopamine receptors, dopamine turnover and tardive dyskinesia. In other words, the animals have mobility impairments during the course of administration of neuroleptics, on their withdrawal, or afterwards (Lehmann, 1996a, pp. 99-104; 1996b, pp. 182-259). Kenneth Davis and Gordon Rosenberg of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, California, tested fluphenazine12 and summarized the results of their study of long-term administration of this substance in Biological Psychiatry: 46 “Long-term administration of antipsychotic drugs to animals induces super-sensitive mesolimbic [referring to nerve tracts from the midbrain to the cortex] postsynaptic dopamine receptors.

Raymond Battegay from the University Hospital Basel explains that the term dependency needs to be expanded in order to clearly describe the problem of dependency on antidepressants and neuroleptics. Battegay refers to an article 40 by John Kramer (1961) of the Psychiatric Hospital Glen Oaks in New York City on the subject of antidepressants and tranquilizers. In a comparison of withdrawal symptoms with those of tranquilizers such as meprobamate6 or chlordiazepoxide7, conducted at the hospital, “...

In view of the danger of neuroleptic-induced organic psychoses developing over time, it is not surprising that psychiatric publications describe how attempts at withdrawal are more successful the sooner the neuroleptics are withdrawn 48 and the lower the dose that had been taken, as well as the stronger the bond of trust between therapist and patient. Thus, even when attempts to withdraw the drugs are initiated by a psychiatrist, as described in diverse psychiatric journals, they are successful, at most, in 25% to 60% of cases.

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