The need for specialised withdrawal services

Learning objectives: At the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:

  • List the prevalence and severity of withdrawal symptoms in psychiatric drugs
  • Explain the implications of prescribers being misinformed about these issues
  • Explore and consider joining efforts to instigate specialised services.

Some research references from the presenter:

READ, J., MONCRIEFF, J., HOROWITZ, M. (2023). Designing withdrawal support services for antidepressant users: Patients’ views on existing services and what they really need. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 161, 298-306.

READ, J. (2022). The experiences of 585 people when they tried to come off antipsychotic drugs. Addictive Behaviors

WHITE, E., READ, J., JULO, S. (2021). The role of Facebook Groups in the management, and raising of awareness, of antidepressant withdrawal: Is social media filling the void left by health services? Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, 11, 1-18.

READ, J. (2020). How common and severe are six withdrawal effects from, and addiction to, antidepressants? The experiences of a large international sample of patients. Addictive Behaviors, 102, 106157.

HENGARTNER, M., DAVIES, J., READ, J. (2019). Antidepressant withdrawal – the tide is turning. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 29, e52.

DAVIES, J., READ, J. (2019). A systematic review into the incidence, severity and duration of

antidepressant withdrawal effects: Are guidelines evidence-based? Addictive Behaviours, 97, 111-121.