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Inspiration and recovery: Laura Delano, psychiatric survivor and activist, tells her story of healing and resilience


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In this video, Laura Delano, psychiatric survivor, activist, and founder of Inner Compass Initiative and The Withdrawal Project, shares her story of being patiented, psychiatritized, misdiagnosed, and polydrugged from the age of 13 and for the next 14 years.

 

At age 27, Delano got off the drugs and consequently went into severe withdrawal for years. She has long since healed and now leads a full life, and remains dedicated to educating about safe tapering practices and the possibilities of post-psychiatric care. 

 

Delano is currently working on a memoir, slated for publication in Fall 2024. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtGVKkGLoEc

 

 

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

August 2021 - 2mg melatonin   August 1, 2022 - 1mg melatonin   March 31, 2023 - 0mg melatonin

2024 supplements update: electrolyte blend in water sipped throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil blend w/ morning meal (incl. vit. A+D+E); calcium; vitamin C+zinc

 

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house

 

I am not a medical professional; this is not medical advice. 

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