- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Icarus Project; 1 edition (December 4, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0980070929
- ISBN-13: 978-0980070927
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs 1st Edition
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From the Author
We wanted -- and I think succeeded in creating -- a guide that would accurately represent psych drug risks and benefits fairly, without falling into simplistic pro- or anti- camps. We wanted to give essential lessons about how the coming off process works, without acting like we could predict what people would go through or provide any kind of definite blueprint for action. We wanted to counter pharmaceutical propaganda and psychiatric myths, but also avoid just putting out our own counter-propaganda. We had to distill years of experience, testimony, stories, insights, lessons, and crucial wisdom gained from hundreds of individual peer counseling connections Icarus and Freedom Center have made. We wanted to explore the helpfulness of meds for some people in the same discussion as we explored the harm of meds for others. We needed to cover complicated issues like biology and genetics accurately, and gather the most state-of-the-art research in a very politicized and confusing area of science. We had to ensure the factual information was all backed up and air-tight (thanks to the British survivor movement for their help in this), and fearlesslessly swim against the brain-disorder mainstream belief system, while also not making any claims we couldn't support with solid sources. We had to truly create new language for things rarely discusssed before, including new ideas like "diverse-ability" and "mad maps." We needed to include reference to the key works that have come before this guide, works that were our stepping stones. And we needed it all to look beautiful, consistent with the message that creativity is at the heart of so much of "madness."
About the Author
Will Hall is a co-founder of the award-winning Western Massachusetts peer-run support and activism community Freedom Center, is on the staff collective of The Icarus Project, and has worked as a consultant for Mental Disability Rights International's campaign in Argentina. Diagnosed with schizoaffective schizophrenia, Will relies friendships, holistic healthcare, yoga and meditation for his wellness, rather than psychiatric medications. He considers his ongoing experience with madness to be a 'diverse-ability,' not a disability, that is intertwined with trauma but has strong creative and spiritual aspects.
Will is producer and host of the weekly radio program Madness Radio; Voices And Visions From Outside Mental Health, broadcast on community radio stations in Massachusetts and Alaska as well as available online and as a podcast. He has written recently for Adbusters and Turning Wheel: A Journal of Engaged Buddhism, and has been interviewed in the New York Times, Forbes magazine, and on National Public Radio.
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So be prepared to do some of the homework on your own, letting this pamphlet just be your starting point. Psychiatrists chained to their prescription pad get no respect from their clients. Clients whose primary status with their disability income is due to a psychiatric labelling may jeopardize their check if no longer considered disabled. It is a real fog of an issue and I wish the author had gone into greater depth to clear up some of the muddle? If you are into this issue at all you definitely need to have a copy of this in your possession.Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs