Peter Lehmann (Ed.)

Coming off Psychiatric Drugs: Successful withdrawal from neuroleptics, antidepressants, lithium, carbamazepine and tranquilizers

Peter LehmannPrint edition, soft cover · English language · 352 pages · 21 x 15 x 1.7 cm, ISBN 978-0-9545428-0-1, 978-0-9788399-0-1, 978-1-891408-98-4. · Peter Lehmann Publishing 2004 · Instantly deliverable
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About the Book

The first book in the world about the issue of successfully coming off psychiatric drugs primarily addresses people in treatment who decide to withdraw. It also addresses their relatives and therapists. Millions of people are taking psychiatric drugs, such as Haloperidol, Prozac, Risperidone or Zyprexa. For them, detailed accounts of how others came off these substances without ending up once again in the doctor's office are of fundamental interest.

In this manual, 28 former psychiatric patients from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA write about their experiences with withdrawal. Additionally, eight professionals, working in psychotherapy, medicine, psychiatry, social work, natural healing and even in a runaway-house, report on how they help in the withdrawal process.

Prefaces by Judi Chamberlin, Pirkko Lahti, Loren R. Mosher and Peter Lehmann.

The chapters: The Decision to Withdraw · Withdrawal without Pharmacogenic Problems · Coming off Step by Step · Counterweights · To Withdraw with Professional Help · Better Sometimes than Forever · Professional Support · The Time After

"This book is a must read for anyone who might consider taking or no longer taking these mind altering legal drugs and perhaps even more so for those able to prescribe them." (Dr. med. Loren R. Mosher [1933-2004], Soteria Associates, August 26, 2002)
"The book has a provocative message: Life-experiences sometimes differ from scientific agreements. Based on the personal experiences of (ex-) users and survivors of psychiatry and the few professionals who assist people to come off psychiatric drugs, the book is a good place to open the discussion. The book should be available in every medical practice, in every therapeutic ward, in every patient library." (Pirkko Lahti, President of the World Federation for Mental Health 2001-2003, August 19, 2002)

Peter LehmannThe Editor

Peter Lehmann, D. Phil. h.c., is a certified pedagogue, independent publisher, author, freelance activist in Berlin, and Associate of the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal. Since 1979, he regularly speaks on and publishes in the field of alternatives beyond psychiatry, support in coming off psychiatric drugs, and safeguarding human rights of people with psychiatric diagnoses. He was co-founder and, until 2010, for many years board-member of the European Network of (ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. In 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and in 2011, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by the President of Germany. English publications include, Withdrawal from Prescribed Psychotropic Drugs (edited in 2023 together with Craig Newnes); Alternatives beyond Psychiatry, edited in 2007 together with Peter Stastny; e-book in 2022). More about Peter Lehmann