not to inform doctor when coming off psychiatric drugs, research finds
by Mike George
who do not inform their doctor they are coming off psychiatric drugs
are more likely to succeed than those who do, according to a charity's
people also said they found their GP or psychiatrist to be "not
helpful" in withdrawing from psychiatric drugs, said the report
by mental health charity Mind
report - entitled Coping With Coming Off - documents the experiences
of people trying to withdraw from drugs such as antidepressants
researchers found that 53% of people who tried to withdraw against
the advice of their doctor or without informing their doctor succeeded.
This compared to 44% who succeeded in withdrawal with the knowledge
of their doctor.
report - funded by the Department of Health - stated that people
who tried to come off without telling their doctor usually did so
because they feared coercion or compulsory treatment.
used mental health service user consultants to carry out telephone
interviews of 204 people. These were followed by 45 in depth interviews.
40% of patients saw their doctors as "not helpful" in
coming off, a huge 94% found websites and email groups helpful.
the people interviewed, over half experienced unpleasant effects
when coming off, including anxiety, difficulty sleeping and depression.
report's authors said there should be more funding for services
to support people coming off psychiatric drugs.
Cobb, Mind's policy officer, said: "People who want to come
off their drugs must have their decision respected, and be practically
supported even by professionals who may not agree with them.."
coming off (£5.50 inc. p&p) is available from www.mind.org.uk
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