Peter Lehmann (Ed.)
The first book in the world about the issue of successfully coming off psychiatric drugs primarily addresses people in treatment who decide to withdraw. It also addresses their relatives and therapists. Millions of people are taking psychiatric drugs, such as Haloperidol, Prozac, Risperidone or Zyprexa. For them, detailed accounts of how others came off these substances without ending up once again in the doctor's office are of fundamental interest.
In this manual, 28 former psychiatric patients from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Serbia & Montenegro, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA write about their experiences with withdrawal. Additionally, eight professionals, working in psychotherapy, medicine, psychiatry, social work, natural healing and even in a runaway-house, report on how they help in the withdrawal process.
Prefaces by Judi Chamberlin, Pirkko Lahti, Loren R. Mosher and Peter Lehmann. The chapters: The Decision to Withdraw · Withdrawal without Pharmacogenic Problems · Coming off Step by Step · Counterweights · To Withdraw with Professional Help · Better Sometimes than Forever · Professional Support · The Time After
"This book is a must read for anyone who might consider taking or no longer taking these mind altering legal drugs and perhaps even more so for those able to prescribe them." (Dr. med. Loren R. Mosher [1933-2004], Soteria Associates, August 26, 2002)
"The book has a provocative message: Life-experiences sometimes differ from scientific agreements. Based on the personal experiences of (ex-) users and survivors of psychiatry and the few professionals who assist people to come off psychiatric drugs, the book is a good place to open the discussion. The book should be available in every medical practice, in every therapeutic ward, in every patient library." (Pirkko Lahti, President of the World Federation for Mental Health 2001-2003, August 19, 2002)Withdrawal from Prescribed Psychotropic Drugs (edited in 2022 together with Craig Newnes); Alternatives beyond Psychiatry, edited in 2007 together with Peter Stastny; ebook in 2022). More about Peter Lehmann