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The following account is from an individual who candidly and unashamedly shares his personal experience of psychosis and recovery from same......

For those who are interested in learning more, this individual has shared the chronicle of his breakdown and recovery via youtube:
[*] Part 1: The Start of the Journey
[*] Part 2: Where Am I?
[*] Part 3: Handcuffed
[*] Part 4: Exit Strategy
[*] Part 5: Are You Ready?
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Number 5 seems to have been removed by the user.
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pachyderm: Number 5 seems to have been removed by the user.

I'm not certain why he might have chosen to do so but I do recall that the fifth video included a message that others who could identify with his personal experience should feel free to contact him. From what I understand, he received a lot of e-mail as a result. Perhaps he has chosen to remove it for that reason.

Meanwhile, Sean also crafted two new videos which may be of interest to those who are interested in exploring the "spiritual" aspects of their own experience:
[*] What Psychiatrists Don't Know About Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia - Part I
[*] What Psychiatrists Don't Know About Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia - Part II

It should be noted that some people may be uncomfortable with this individual's experience of psychiatric care. It should also be borne in mind that his experience was very distressing and negative. I, personally, have had a somewhat more positive experience of psychiatry but I would not be willing for a moment to suggest that anyone should not be able to express their own experience. What I really enjoy about Sean's videos however, is his candor, honesty and sincere desire to share his own experience so that others may benefit.



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A psychologist once diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia has helped launch a website advising people how to withdraw from psychiatric drugs.
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I've been enjoying this blog of late: Recovery From Schizophrenia & Other Psychotic Disorders



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A reader of my blogs shared the following resource with me: askapatient.com. The askapatient website rates prescription drugs on a 1 - 5 scale. It also allows consumers (not doctors or pharmaceutical companies) to share their personal experiences with prescription drugs including side effects, whether or not they felt the drug was personally helpful and if they would recommend the drug to others.

For example, entering the trade name "Prozac" in the search engine brought up 489 patient reviews and an overall rating of 3.4.

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Key to ratings for prozac: (ratings are sorted by date; click column heading to change display order)
5-Very Satisfied: this medicine cured me or helped me a great deal.
4-Satisfied: this medicine helped.
3-Somewhat Satisfied: this medicine helped somewhat.
2-Not Satisfied: this medicine did not work to my satisfaction.
1-Dissatisfied: I would not recommend taking this medicine.

Individual consumer reports are listed below the overall rating.

Source: askapatient: Prozac



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The askapatient site will be useful for those who are currently taking prescription drugs or considering taking them. Although everyone will respond somewhat different, the askapatient site can help consumers determine if a drug will be helpful for them and identify troublesome side effects.

In addition to consumer ratings, the website also offers a wealth of information in regard to drug information, patient rights and legal assistance and reports such as this one which lists all antipsychotic medications and links directly to their ratings.

Overall, a terrific resource. The home link is here: askapatient.com



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I thought I'd already included this link but apparently not...

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Making sense of coming off psychiatric drugs - mind.org

Why are so many people taking these drugs?
Current psychiatric medical opinion encourages doctors to treat problems they have been taught to regard as 'illnesses' with medication. This means that if you have a psychotic episode, your doctor is likely to treat you with antipsychotic drugs (also known as neuroleptics or major tranquillisers) as quickly as possible. If you are diagnosed with schizophrenia or another psychotic condition, you might be prescribed antipsychotics for life; if the diagnosis is manic depression (bipolar disorder) you might be on lithium or other mood stabilisers for the foreseeable future.

You're likely to do slightly better if your problem is anxiety or depression. Doctors won't usually expect you to need medication for very long. No one should be taking a minor tranquilliser such as benzodiazepine, to treat anxiety, for more than four weeks continuously. However, some doctors still think that a person with depression needs ongoing antidepressants, in the same way that a person with diabetes needs insulin. This is a poor comparison. Diabetes is a physical condition with clear causes that are well understood. Insulin is a natural hormone with a very specific role in the body, and shouldn't be considered a drug. Taking it by injection causes few side effects. The same is not true of any psychiatric drug.

Experts are still not sure about the role of psychiatric drugs in controlling moods, emotions and other aspects of the life of the mind. We don't know how they interact with life events and other environmental factors. The most problematic group of psychiatric drugs, the antipsychotics, developed simply because they were seen to work. On the basis that these drugs seemed to have a helpful effect, a key theory about psychosis the 'dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia' was constructed. In other words, the drugs were not developed to meet an error of chemical activity in the brain that was already identified, and there is still argument about whether this theory is correct. (See below for information about brain chemicals.)

The pharmaceutical industry has always been very active in encouraging doctors to use their products, and society, in general, puts pressure on people to use medication. Much of the media, through ignorance, still circulates the mistaken idea that mental health service users who decide to stop taking their medication are putting society at risk. Doctors in Western Europe and America tend to be cautious about helping patients find other ways of coping with their mental health problems. It's rare to find doctors who are willing to take a different approach or help people withdraw, and who are well enough informed to support them in this. Your doctor may be anxious that if you stop taking your medication, there will be nothing to put in its place and that you will become ill again. (See What sort of support should I look for?)

Read the full article here: Making Sense of Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs



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i go to schizophrenia.com for my loved one. i don't know if it's the best site but i use it regularly. i do find however that this forum has a more active community as far as getting input from others.
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SE, it is me Thecat. I'm going to watch your videos when I get time. I've begun reading again now that I'm on geodon. I'm going to borrow the power of myth dvds from my mom.

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The site that I have gain the most insight from is Mahoney's. He has his whole book posted there. Warning though !!! the material at this site can be very ego unfriendly so don't go here if you have a hair trigger.
Maybe just forward this link to Kempf's paper to your psychiatrist or psychotherapist. Ask them to pay attention to the phrases " psychological miracles " & " social recovery with insight " Best wishes, Shoe
http://www.schizophrenia-thebeardedl...com/kempf.html
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I came across this link in my latest batch of wanderings. It may be helpful to those who cannot afford the medications they identify as helpful to them: http://buckeyepsych.wordpress.com/2009/02/22/cant-afford-your-psychiatric-medications-try-these-programs/



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