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Episode Info: This week, we talk to Holly Higgins. Holly shares her own experiences of the psychiatric system and psychiatric drugs, how she approached withdrawal from the drugs and talks about how she became a nutritional therapy practitioner. Holly now supports others in managing their mental health using nutrition and her excellent website Pills to Paleo provides a wide range of helpful resources for those that want to improve their mental health without resorting to psychiatric drugs. In this episode we discuss: Holly's difficult childhood experiences that led to low mood and anxiety issues How, at 25, Holly experienced a breaking point leading to intense anxiety and experiencing irrational thoughts and panic attacks That between the therapist, a social worker and a psychiatrist, Holly was diagnosed with 10 different mood disorders and medicated with psychiatric drugs How Holly was told medication would be a 'life jacket' and that she would need to take the drugs for the rest of her life That Holly spent the most time on Zoloft, Lamictal and Xanax, an SSRI antidepressant, a mood stabiliser and a Benzodiazepine How Holly felt excited because she believed that the drugs would help her out of a very bad place and they would treat her diagnosed mood disorders That Holly bought into the idea that she was 'broken and that her brain chemistry was out of balance How the medical professionals downplayed adverse effects and that Holly feels that there was no informed consent because she was given so little information about the drugs That Holly's treatment journey felt like a rollercoaster in that every time the drugs stopped working, the psychiatrist responded by increasing the dosage or adding another medication How that combination of drugs, taken at high dosages made Holly feel very unwell, her mood flatlining and leading to weight gain and losing her libido, which in turn affected her self confiRead more ยป

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