Post Acute Withdrawal Recognition And Research In Psychiatry (People Are Suffering)

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Logan Berman
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People who have mental illness and those who do not, are in a conundrum regarding as prescribed psychiatric medications. As a patient myself with Panic Disorder, I have seen very little recognition for a phenomenon called Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). When I was in hospital, a research hospital, not a single doctor, researcher, nurse, or pharmacist had any idea what I was enduring. I felt very isolated and defeated, making my mental health worse as a result. I am unable to work, drive, basically do anything a functioning member of a society can. This has lasted years and still does. This Syndrome is devastating, long, torturous and probably the largest unknown in any field of medicine. Since there is no objective test for this, there needs to be research. There needs to be less prescribing until a bio marker or genetic abnormality is found due to some patients or people having a poorer prognosis before they even initiated treatment. I have witnessed countless people and patients endure this only to be placed back on their current medication regime with new medication added. I have witnessed thousands of people wrongfully placed on Benzodiazepines, which in turn, have ruined their lives. Benzodiazepines need to be a thing of the past, full stop. It boggles my mind how this is not being treated with the severity as it should. 

The current enigma. The brain and nervous system are adapting to chronic administrations of pharmacology which are not totally understood. This is no ones fault, the brain is extremely complex. Keep in mind this withdrawal is not an addiction, craving, or abuse of or for pharmacology. There are countless support groups online to help people successfully wean themselves off medication that may have been wrongly prescribed to them. This needs to change as a moral obligation to patients suffering from mental illness and those falsely placed on them. It is not the patients responsibility to fix something which we have very little control of. The anxiety remedies that were deemed revolutionary in the 1950s are turning out to be an iatrogenic epidemic that are going to outpace opiates. The state can not afford it and patients are struggling to live within the state. Suicide and disability rates are at an all time high in America, as such, Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) from going off psychiatric drugs, benzodiazepines, antidepressants, ext, needs to be in the DSM and thoroughly research due to its prolonged course of years. This is effecting thousands of people which will result, and is resulting, in disability and increase risk of suicide.

Here are advocate groups and documentations regarding Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) from prescribed psychiatric drugs.

The Benzodiazepine Medical Disaster

The Ashton Manual

The Benzodiazepine Information Coalition

Benzo Buddies

Surviving Antidepressants

My Personal Story

Should Protracted Withdrawal From Drugs Be In The DSM?

Nobody is going to pour truth into your brain. It’s something you have to find out for yourself. -Noam Chomsky.