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May 11, 2018 by Will Hall | Journal of Humanistic Psychology

Psychiatric Medication Withdrawal: Survivor Perspectives and Clinical Practice

Abstract

As patient/survivor movements continue to challenge reductionist
biological views mental health and psychosis, there is rising skepticism
toward psychiatric medications and growing interest in withdrawal and
alternatives. This new perspective also calls for a rethinking of reductionist
assumptions about psychiatric medications themselves. General medical
patient experience with collaborative decision making for other conditions
has broad implications for psychiatric drug withdrawal, and by recognizing
psychiatric medications as psychoactive substances, addiction science also
suggests a central role for social context and therapeutic common factors
in medication withdrawal response. New understandings of madness and
medications support an emerging reconsideration of what constitutes
the very definition of “health,” where measuring the absence of disease
symptoms gives way to a systems-based focus on self-management, social
relationships, and adaptability.

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