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Coming off psychiatric drugs

Explains issues faced when coming off medication, how to approach it, techniques for gradual reduction, possible withdrawal symptoms and how to tell the difference between withdrawal and relapse.

Mind's services

  • Mind's helplines provide information and support by phone, email and webchat.
  • Local Minds offer face-to-face services across England and Wales. These services includes talking therapies, peer support and advocacy.
  • Side by Side is our supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Other organisations
Information on benzodiazepines and Z drug sleeping pills, including addiction, withdrawal and detailed dosing schedules.

Bipolar UK

0333 323 3880
Information and support for people affected by bipolar disorder, hypomania and mania.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Professional body for talking therapy and counselling. Provides information and a list of accredited therapists.

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
Lists complementary healthcare practitioners.

electronic medicines compendium (emc)
Provides patient information leaflets and summaries of drug characteristics.

Hearing Voices Network
Information and support for people who hear voices or have other unshared perceptions, including local support groups.

Mad in America
Publishes articles about different aspects of psychiatric medication.

No Panic

0300 7729844
Provides a helpline, step-by-step programmes, and support for people with anxiety disorders.

PostScript 360

0117 966 3629
Information and support for those coming off tranquillisers and sleeping pills. Formerly known as Battle Against Tranquillisers (BAT).

Rethink Mental Illness

0300 5000 927
Provides support and information for anyone affected by mental health problems, including local support groups.

Seroxat & SSRI User Group
For people who are taking or withdrawing from paroxetine (Seroxat).

Surviving Antidepressants
Online peer support for people withdrawing from antidepressants.

The Icarus Project
American project which publishes a guide to coming off psychiatric drugs.

Turning Point
Health and social care services in England for people with a learning disability. Also supports people with mental health problems, drug and alcohol abuse or unemployment.

This information was published in July 2016.

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