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Mental health consumers, like all consumers, have the right to evaluate critically the services, treatment, and products they receive. Whether that critical evaluation is part of an organized patient rights movement (such as the “mad pride” movement) or an individual effort, it is part of a general push by consumers and their advoctaes towards agency and true decision-making power.
From Greek ψῡχή, psȳkhē, “breath, life, soul”; φάρμακον, pharmakon, “drug”; and -λογία, -logia, this is the study of drug-induced changes in mood, sensation, thinking, and behavior. Psychopharmacology is central to psychiatry as it is practiced professionally in the Western world.
Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a traumatic event. When that trauma leads to posttraumatic stress disorder, damage may involve physical changes inside the brain and to brain chemistry, which damage the person’s ability to adequately cope with stress.
A daunting and often dangerous process typically unsupported or downright discouraged by psychiatrists and trained medical “professionals” (though there are, of course, those rare gems who see the value in letting a human being make his own choices about wellness) — here are a few resources to inform you about the process.
DISCLAIMER: These are not to be taken as medical advice — please find a professional who does support you if you are considering attempting withdrawal.