Useful links

For individuals

This page contains useful links to information and resources for individuals about prescribed drug dependence. This includes a brief, anonymised survey set up by the Lived and professional Experience Advisory Panel for Prescribed Drug Dependence, designed for people to give feedback about experiences with stopping or trying to stop antidepressants in the UK.

For prescribers

NICE Guideline: Depression in adults: treatment and management

NICE Guideline: Medicines associated with dependence or withdrawal symptoms: safe prescribing and withdrawal management for adults

The Royal College of Psychiatrists patient information resource on Stopping Antidepressants

For more detailed information on tapering see here.

For psychological therapists

Obtain your free to download copy of the ‘Guidance for Psychological Therapists: Enabling conversations with clients taking or withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric drugs’. This is endorsed by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society (NCPS) amongst others.

For NHS ICS’s or ICBs

Please visit the Lived and professional Experience Advisory Panel for Prescribed Drug Dependence for access to existing resources about services for prescribed drug dependence and a register of people interested in working with the NHS to set up services.

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