Let's Talk Withdrawal: the truth about antidepressant drugs and mental health
About This Show
Let’s Talk Withdrawal, a new weekly podcast discussing antidepressants and the issues surrounding them. Hear real experiences of antidepressant treatment including withdrawal and tapering and experts tell us what it's really like within the modern mental healthcare system. Come and join us to listen to stories from around the world that are sometimes shocking, sometimes inspirational but always fascinating and enlightening. Hear the real story of the drugs used for anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses and the brave people who struggle with them. For more information go to www.jfmoore.co.uk to contact me email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Episode 27 Elaine talks about her experiences with antidepressant and stimulant drugs, her withdrawal and how she felt judged rather than helped by psychiatry
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This week we interview Elaine who has taken antidepressant and stimulant drugs for anxiety issues such as OCD. She describes her experiences with the drugs, how she approached her withdrawal and describes feeling humiliated and judged by her psychiatrists rather than helped. In this episode we discuss: How Elaine came to be taking Prozac for anxiety issues How she became troubled by anxious thoughts and fears while in college That she stopped Prozac cold turkey after one year of use because she felt it stopped working That Elaine then tried a range of different drugs but with no relief until settling on Zoloft How Elaine was afraid to stop the drugs in case her symptoms came back and felt that she needed the drugs How a family move and motherhood put such strain on Elaine that she felt that her condition was deteriorating That she felt that it was like a ritual humiliation seeing her doctors How a nurse practitioner suggested that Elaine attended an out-patient mental health clinic and Elaine was shocked at how she was treated, particularly by the psychiatrist That the psychiatrist seemed more interested in compliance rather than progress being made How Elaine started to research for herself and found personal accounts that resonated with her own experience of trying to stop the drugs That Elaine was on a stimulant drug for a short time but that too stopped working That Elaine is now struggling to withdraw from 150 milligrams of Effexor by counting her beads to reduce by approximately 10% per month Elaine describes electric shock sensations that feel like a buzzing or tingling How doctors continue to give out advice that can be harmful when it comes to withdrawal from psychiatric drugs, particula