Baylissa Frederick is the author of Recovery and Renewal: Your Essential Guide to Overcoming Dependency and Withdrawal from Sleeping Pills, Other ‘Benzo’ Tranquillisers and Antidepressants
She is a benzo survivor and is one of the many lovely people who has helped me greatly over the years. I wrote about the lovely cycle of peers helping one another recently. … [click on title to read the rest]
This blog owes much of its success and influence to the great authors who chose to share their work here. Below are just a few of the more prolific contributors. There are links to their blogs or websites in the body of the posts where you can get more information about each author. There were … Continue reading Guest authors
Benzodiazepines are prescribed primarily for anxiety and/or sleep issues. They are a highly problematic class of drug. Most people are not told the risks involved when they are first prescribed. This page provides information on the risks of taking benzodiazepines. It also offers information and resources for freeing oneself from benzodiazepine dependence. Although all psychiatric … Continue reading Benzodiazepine info, news, resources and recovery stories
The title from the ProPublica article from the other day was too good to not highlight and share. What does it mean that we are, indeed, a nation under sedation? I think it means we are not awake to what is going on around us in far too many ways and that we’d better take heed. I’m just sharing a link to the article and then cutting and pasting my benzo page below it. The benzodiazepine information page takes a critical look at the prescribing of benzodiazepines and offers suggestions about how one might free themselves if one already takes and is perhaps addicted to the drugs. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
The archives of this blog now span over ten years. They are a record of a time in my life when I was learning and transforming at a rate unlike any other time in my life. I say this as a way of disclaimer. In the earlier years of this blog I am processing shock and … Continue reading Monica: healing documented
I’ve always found Bliss’ voice incredibly lovely to listen to. She is the perfect narrator for a guided meditation and she knows exactly what folks are going through in severe protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal syndromes because she’s been there and healed. This meditation is good for anyone, whether unwell or not. It’s a lovely introduction to being mindful in the body.
Powerful, guided, mindfulness meditation to help you maintain a calm and positive attitude and to keep you grounded and relaxed. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
The truth is that far too often MDs are not only untrained in helping folks come off psych drugs, they also don’t know how to recognize serious withdrawal issues. Just as Baylissa speaks about in the video. It makes for a very dangerous situation. A lot of folks are told that their very serious withdrawal issues are psychiatric and not real.
I’m now going to cut and paste an old post about this phenomena that includes some suggestions about how one might go about finding a doctor to work with if one decides they’d like to come off psychiatric drugs. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
As Baylissa clearly says above, withdrawal syndromes can be equally devastating for both SSRI/SNRI users and benzo users. Often times this is not understood. I’ve also seen people have severe issues that are also similar with the so-called mood stabilizers as well as the neuroleptics. All the psychiatric drugs, even though they have different mechanisms of action when it comes to their (so-called) therapeutic intent, challenge the nervous system in ways that can cause broad and systemic problems upon withdrawal and even simply after long-term use. The autonomic nervous system disregulation that results hence creates similar protracted issues in the user regardless of drug.
We see the most documentation of these issues with the SSRIs and benzos. Benzodiazepine drugs have the longest history and so this phenomena is more frequently recognized with benzos. The neuroleptics and mood stabilizers have the least literature and documentation but it’s clear that they too have very serious issues. Lamictal, a anti-seizure drug used as a “mood stabilizer” clearly causes very serious issues. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
One of the most challenging and frustrating aspects of withdrawal is that feeling of being misunderstood, unsupported and isolated. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
yes! coming into relationship with the wonder that is this body has been a miracle…and, just as with all relationships, one that has it’s up and downs in understanding…. thank you Baylissa! … [click on title for the rest of the post]