Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs: A Harm Reduction Approach (Will Hall)

by Neseret on August 16, 2013

Will Hall is the author of  The Harm Reduction Guide To Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs . A survivor of a schizophrenia diagnosis who works as a therapist and teaches internationally on mental diversity, including psychiatric medication.

This video provides basic guidance for anyone considering reducing or coming off psychiatric medications. Will goes in to greater detail and answers many questions regarding psychiatric drugs and the process of coming off them.

You can contact Will at

You can also download The Harm Reduction Guide To Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs for free directly from his website.

Disclaimer: This video is for educational purposes and is not medical advice. While everyone is different, coming off medications, especially abruptly, can sometimes be dangerous. Seek support when possible and use caution.

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Ashleigh August 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm

A very insightful video! I’ve had a couple of experiences over the years coming off of medication for both depression and anxiety and its definitely not fun. :/ I wish I had have had more support from my doctor. Or more information at least. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


Neseret August 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Hi Ashleigh,

There is very little information and support for people who want to come off psychiatric drugs. Physicians and mental health professionals alike tend to believe psychiatric diagnosis is for life. Therefore the assumption is people will require pharmacological treatment on ongoing basis.

Individuals who desire to come off of psychiatric drugs are often viewed as displaying “lack of insight” in to their illness. They are labelled “non-compliant” and sometimes “certifiable” for the same reason.

People feel very much alone in this extremely vulnerable state. Often they will attempt coming off these drugs on their own and will experience withdrawal symptoms. Many are told that they can not get addicted to psychiatric drugs, and so end up believing that the symptoms they experience while withdrawing from the drugs are the return of their illness.

Sometimes that maybe the case but not always. As Will explains coming off of these powerful drugs requires much care and consideration. If it is done right there is a good chance a person will experience very little repercussion in the way of withdrawal symptoms or the return of the illness.

To give people diagnosis for life and not explore their options for treatment is unethical. It is also unethical to push drugs that often give people terrible side effects as a lifetime treatment. Especially when we don’t know the long term effects of these drugs.

I’m really grateful for Will’s video and the excellent information he provides. He has put a face and language to a serious issue that is completely unaddressed in mainstream psychiatry. Glad you found it helpful.

Peace, Love & Gratitude,



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