Podcast 435: How Hard Is It to Stop Antidepressants, and Are There Better Alternatives?
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SHOW DESCRIPTION: In this podcast I talk to clinical researcher and fellow at University College London Dr. Mark Horowitz on his own experience on psychiatric medication, the many myths surrounding antidepressants, safely withdrawing from psychiatric drugs, and so much more!
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3:55 Why Mark is passionate about mental health
6:10 Psychiatric withdrawal is often misunderstood or overlooked
8:00 Mark’s own experiences with psychiatric medication & withdrawal
14:45 How survivor-run sites are helping people suffering from psychiatric drug withdrawal
17:26 There is very little guidance on ho two stop psychiatric medication safely
22:00 Why the withdrawal process is so hard for so many people
23:00 Why it is important to withdraw from psychiatric medication gradually & under the guidance of a medical professional
28:00 How psychiatric medications affect the brain & body
32:38 Why some people mistake drug withdrawal for a return of their condition
33:28 What withdrawal symptoms from psychiatric medications like antidepressants can look like
41:20 The power of awareness & acceptance + how our experiences can shape us & help us grow
45:00 Research on how common withdrawal effects from medications are
47:16 , 54:13 How to safely withdraw from psychiatric medications
58:53 Why we should be careful when it comes to drugs like esketamine
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