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Just a quick FYI:

 

I just read on Robert Whitaker's website that the non-profit he founded, The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, is having its second symposium on September 30th and October 1st in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The topic of the symposium will be mental health treatments for children and adolescents, an emotional topic for me and I'm sure others on this board.

 

It seems the symposium is open to the general public. If anyone here is interested in attending, contact Gina Nikkel, at gina@mentalhealthexcellence.org, or 503-930-0349.

Been on SSRIs since 1998:

1998-2005: Paxil in varying doses

2005-present: Lexapro.

2006-early '08: Effexor AND Lexapro! Good thing I got off the Effexor rather quickly (within a year).

 

**PSYCHIATRY: TAKE YOUR CHEMICAL IMBALANCE AND CHOKE ON IT!

APA=FUBAR

FDA=SNAFU

NIMH=LMFAO

 

Currently tapering Lexapro ~10% every month:

 

STARTING: 15 mg

11/7/10: 13.5 mg

12/7/10: 12.2 mg

1/6/11: 10.9 mg

2/3/11: 9.8 mg

3/3/11: 8.8 mg

4/1/11: 7.8 mg

4/29/11: 7 mg

5/27/11: 6.4 mg

6/24/11: 5.7 mg

7/22/11: 5 mg

8/18/11: 4.5 mg

9/14/11: 4 mg

10/13/11: 3.6 mg

11/9/11: 3.2 mg

12/7/11: 2.6 mg

1/3/12: 2.1 mg

2/2/12: 1.8 mg

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The Foundation has a new Web site: http://www.femhc.org

 

Their slogan is The Foundation for Excellence in Health Care: The New Mainstream. !!!!!

 

and a good selection of papers http://www.femhc.org/ResourceLibrary/Articlespapers.aspx (hmmmm....looks like Robert Whitaker's references).

 

On the Articles & papers page, at the bottom of the right side column, there are white papers that came out of FEMHC's first symposium in February 2011. One is The Evidence Base for Antidepressants. The authors, Dr. Jonathan Betlinski and Dr. Deaunne Denmark, addressed to some extent the confounding effect of withdrawal syndrome on discontinuation studies.

 

Still -- I believe this paper still understates the extent to which withdrawal syndrome has contaminated statistics of so-called relapse. I hope to discuss this with Gina Nikkel.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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HOW did I miss this? Simply amazing. I've been waiting for this website for MONTHS.

 

Awesome. Just awesome.

 

PS: HEY! David Healy is on the Board of Directors! Awesome!

Been on SSRIs since 1998:

1998-2005: Paxil in varying doses

2005-present: Lexapro.

2006-early '08: Effexor AND Lexapro! Good thing I got off the Effexor rather quickly (within a year).

 

**PSYCHIATRY: TAKE YOUR CHEMICAL IMBALANCE AND CHOKE ON IT!

APA=FUBAR

FDA=SNAFU

NIMH=LMFAO

 

Currently tapering Lexapro ~10% every month:

 

STARTING: 15 mg

11/7/10: 13.5 mg

12/7/10: 12.2 mg

1/6/11: 10.9 mg

2/3/11: 9.8 mg

3/3/11: 8.8 mg

4/1/11: 7.8 mg

4/29/11: 7 mg

5/27/11: 6.4 mg

6/24/11: 5.7 mg

7/22/11: 5 mg

8/18/11: 4.5 mg

9/14/11: 4 mg

10/13/11: 3.6 mg

11/9/11: 3.2 mg

12/7/11: 2.6 mg

1/3/12: 2.1 mg

2/2/12: 1.8 mg

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