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Dec 6 at 7:30pm EST

How to Safely Stop Psychiatric Medication

Join this episode of What You’re Craving as Molly connects with Dr. Mark Horowitz. Dr. Mark is a Clinical Research Fellow in Psychiatry North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT), and today he talks about depression, the different symptoms and treatments of this condition, antidepressant withdrawal, and the side effects of discontinuing it too quickly.

With a background that very much matches his line of study today, Dr. Mark has been researching how depression works, what the causes and life experiences associated with it are, and the many health conditions produced by medication withdrawal. Also, according to him, the idea that depression is merely a chemical imbalance is a misconception.

Dr. Mark explains that everyone has gone through some depressive state in their lives, and everyone has or will have depression to some degree. This condition can be caused when our emotional needs are not being met, and everyone is susceptible to this situation. Tune in to understand more about antidepressant withdrawal, the placebo effect, the correlation between depression and weight loss, and much more.

Episode Quotes

  • “You hear these people that have perfect lives but then depression just drops in their lap… I have never met such a person. Everybody that I have met that has been depressed has had clear reasons in their lives.”
  • “It appears that we become depressed as a response to things in our lives.”

About Dr. Mark Horowitz

Dr. Mark Horowitz, MD, Ph.D. is a Clinical Research Fellow in Psychiatry at the National Health Service (NHS) in England, an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow at University College London, and is a training psychiatrist. He has a Ph.D. from King’s College London in the neurobiology of depression and antidepressant action. He runs a clinic in the public health system which helps people to stop antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs. He co-authored the recent Royal College of Psychiatry guidance on ‘Stopping Antidepressants’, and his work informed the recent national guidelines on how to safely stop psychiatric medications. He has written several papers about safe approaches to stopping psychiatric medications including publications in The Lancet Psychiatry, JAMA Psychiatry, and Schizophrenia Bulletin. He has an interest in the rational use of psychiatric medications and how to safely stop them. He has experienced the difficulty of coming off psychiatric medications first hand which has informed much of his work.

Connect with Dr. Mark Horowitz

Website: www.markhorowitz.org

Twitter: @markhoro

About Molly Carmel

Molly is a leading addiction and eating disorder therapist and the founder of the BeaconProgram, which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. She is also the author of ‘Breaking up with Sugar’ and the host of ‘What You’re Craving’ Podcast.

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