James is someone with experience of prescribed drug dependence who went on to create a popular podcast called Let’s Talk Withdrawal, which aimed to share both expert views and the lived experience of those who have taken and withdrawn from a range of psychiatric drugs. Since July 2017, James has hosted and produced the Mad in America podcast, which interviews leading figures in the field of psychiatry, psychology and those with lived experience of the psychiatric system. James has been campaigning for the UK introduction of “Tapering Strips” to help patients withdraw safely from their medication – launching a petition which has gathered more than 8,000 signatures to date.
Prescribing antidepressants or other psychotropic medications is a very common response to those visiting their doctor with mental health concerns. However, behind the media headlines lie many stories of people who have encountered difficulties with the drugs, including problems of dependence and difficult withdrawal experiences. Stevie Lewis and James Moore both have lived experience of taking and withdrawing from antidepressant drugs and have been campaigning for more awareness of the issues and more support for those who struggle with the drugs we use in mental health.