This interview and the impact of Dr Joanna Moncrieff’s study is HUGE and needs to be heard by as many people as possible, so please listen to and share the interview:
In this episode, Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, a Professor of Psychiatry at University College London is on the VibeSpace Mental Health Podcast to talk about the ground breaking study conducted by her and her team surrounding the misinformation that a “chemical imbalance” is a cause of depression.
You can read the article in The Guardian and the study here:
It was an incredibly inspiring and empowering interview, which can provide guidance to patients who are currently taking pharmaceutical medication to help manage their mental health and may be experiencing horrible side effects or worse still withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop taking them…
I invite you to ensure you have a pen and paper to hand and take some notes, when you listen to the interview once it is live, as you will have a strong proposal to go and speak with your GP to begin weaning yourself off them!
Under no circumstances does VibeSpace Mental Health or Dr. Joanna Moncrieff advise you to stop taking any medication WITHOUT seeking the advice from your GP or mental health support team.
These medications are very physically and psychologically addictive and you will experience terrible withdrawal symptoms. I speak from experience, believe me!
A potential good strategy to explore with your GP is “tapering” or “stair-casing.” This is gradually reducing your dosage over a prolonged period of time, to reduce the withdrawal symptoms. Your GP or psychiatrist will be able to advise you further…
Joanna, (as she preferred to be called in the interview) made a couple of recommendations for further reading:
Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche – Ethan Watters
Harm Reduction Guide to Coming off Psychiatric Drugs & Withdrawals – Will Hall & The Icarus Project –
The Ashton Manual – Prof. Heather Ashton
Stopping Antidepressants – Royal College of Psychiatry
Dr. Joanna Moncrieff’s website:
And UCL profile
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