My name is Felicia. Well, not really. But for this blog, it is. Mainly, I am using a pseudonym because for now, I wish to protect my work and personal relationships. I want to be able to write freely about personal issues, without compromising or offending anyone. Those who I know can deal with it are following my blog already (or so I hope). This much I can honestly say about myself: I am an artist and writer in my late thirties. The “Getting Off” project is about my gradually weaning off psychiatric drugs. It is intended to become a personal logbook through which I aim to document and to share:
- Which circumstances made me start taking psychiatric drugs in the first place.
- For how long I have been taking them and how they have affected me, both positively and negatively.
- Why I wish to reduce dosage or, if possible, stop taking them altogether in the long run.
- How I set up my dose reduction plan.
- The measures I am taking to ensure my safety.
- My experiences and observations throughout the process of progressive dose reduction.
- The observations of significant others who actively accompany my progress.
- Information gathered from external sources.
Creating a blog on this subject will hopefully help both me and you readers. For me, it will motivate me to be more structured and observant throughout the process of withdrawing. Thereby, I will hopefully be able to recognize both progress and setbacks when they occur, thus improving the odds of being successful and remaining healthy. The latter also implies evaluating whether a complete withdrawal is desirable at all. Depending on my reactions, I might have to be content with a dose reduction for now. Withdrawing from psychiatric medication is not an end in itself, and it is certainly not a sport. The main objective must always be general well-being. If that means I need to remain on a reduced dose, so be it.
As for you, you may be taking psychiatric drugs yourself or be close to someone who does, or maybe you just are interested in psychiatry. Possibly, you are trying to wean off your medications or planning to do so, or maybe someone in your family, a friend or a colleague is. In all of these situations, following my “Getting Off” project can be helpful for you.
In addition to my main objectives, I will be publishing articles on different aspects of mental health, or the lack thereof. Titled “Some Words on…”, these will also be vastly based on my personal experience and research, yet as an appendix I am going to list links to websites, articles and audiovisuals dealing with the topic in a more professional and objective way.
At this point, I have to stress though that this blog is NOT a substitute for one-on-one medical advice. I am not a doctor and also am not qualified to diagnose or to treat anyone. Please also keep in mind that every individual case is unique in background and in development, meaning that what works for me might not work for you, and viceversa. You and I might not even be taking the same substances, let alone the same dose. Getting Off is the documentation of my particular path. I am happy to share it and would be delighted to know that it is useful to you as complementary literature and additional support to whatever situation you are living through right now.
I am very much looking forward to your company.