Mar 13, 2017
This week, we talk to
Giovanna from Australia. Giovanna was prescribed
an antidepressant aged 17 and tried many times to withdraw over the
next 23 years. She shares her experiences with us including the
advice and support that she received and her hopes for the
In this episode we
- How Giovanna trusted her doctors
when she was told she had a chemical imbalance and she needed her
antidepressant like a diabetic needs insulin.
- That, at 17, she had no idea
about adverse effects or withdrawal and she was not told about this
by her prescriber.
- That even by missing a single
tablet she suffered withdrawal symptoms but assumed that it was
because she needed the drugs.
- That doctors reinforced several
times the need to stay on the drugs for life.
- That liquid versions are not
available for all antidepressant medications, making withdrawal
even more difficult.
- How Giovanna fears the impact
that withdrawal effects will have on her life, her career and her
- How a Psychiatrist tried to take
her off her medications after 23 years in a single week, leading to
a stay in hospital.
- How Giovanna can use a
compounding pharmacy to prepare solution for her but that it is
- That sometimes all someone wants
is to have their withdrawal issues taken seriously by
- That every other option for
easing mental health difficulties including nutrition, exercise,
socialising etc should be examined before resorting to
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