John 0.5

The life I would have liked to of had with you.  But I am broken and trying to fix myself on my own, it is hard and I have to fix myself on my own...  I don't even know if you were ever a possibility in reality.  But I had to try and tell you something.. 


Perhaps I need(ed) someone a little emotionally stronger than me to help me put myself back together into a better man.  But  I  don't know what I am really doing any more...


I just felt I had to tell you something.

John 0.4

 Another day , another hour, all my brain does is torment and ponder. 



John 0.3

I walk around with nice clothes on, my hair comed, my mustache trimmed and my face shaved,  yet inside I am a screaming mess,  waiting for something to happen in my environment, someone to cause a fight some where about anything, so I can just finally explode and let all the rage loose, let all my anixety,fear,frustration,worry, hopes and dreams just let loose .. and when the dust settles the blood dries up and everyone gets hauled off... someone stops and asks me , who are you and what happened.

Coming Off Drugs Guide Now In Spanish! Guia Reduccion de Drogas Psiquiatricas Disponible en Castellano!

The Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs, published by The Icarus Project and Freedom Center, is now available in spanish - thanks to the dedicated translation work of Agustina Vidal from Buenos Aires Argentina.
Discontinuación del Uso de Drogas Psiquiátricas: Una Guía Basada en la
Reducción del Daño
, publicado por The Icarus Project y Freedom Center, ha sido traducida al castellano por Agustina Vidal desde Buenos Aires Argentina, miembro de la Asamblea permanente de usuarios del sistema de salud mental.
You can download the guide free online. Puedes decargarla de forma gratuita.
Go to the Resources section to download and read the Guide in spanish.
Vísite la sección de Recursos para bajar y leer la Guía.

Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs and Withdrawal


The Icarus Project and Freedom Center's 52-page illustrated guide gathers the best information we've come across and the most valuable lessons we've learned about reducing and coming off psychiatric medication. Based in more than 10 years work in the peer support movement, this Guide is used internationally by individuals, families, professionals, and organizations, and is available a growing number of translations. Includes info on mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, risks, benefits, wellness tools, psychiatric drug withdrawal, information for people staying on their medications, detailed Resource section, and much more. A 'harm reduction' approach means not being pro- or anti- medication, but supporting people where they are at to make their own decisions, balancing the risks and benefits involved. Written by Will Hall, with a 55-member health professional Advisory Board providing research assistance and more than 50 collaborators involved in developing and editing. The guide has photographs and art throughout, and a beautiful original cover painting by Jacks McNamara. Now in a revised and expanded Second Edition.

Note: the guide is Creative Commons copyright and you have advance permission to link, copy, print, and distribute for non-commercial purposes, as long as you don't alter it and you credit the source.

Download and read the Guide in English.

Download a printer version, with scrambled pages ready to fold into a booklet (print double sided on legal paper, or send to a shop; booklet assembly instructions here).

Download a European printer version in English, with scrambled pages ready to fold into a booklet (print double sided on A4 paper).

You can also order a bound, color cover copy through bookstores.

Read about the making of the first edition and second edition of the Guide.


The Guide is available in the following languages, some also with printer versions:

Spanish - Castellano/Espanol (printer version)

German - Verfügbar Deutsch (printer version)

Greek - Ελληνική

Bosnian - Bosanskom

Croatian - Hrvatski (printer version)

Japanese - 日本で利用可能 (printer version)

Italian - Italiano (printer version)

French - Français (printer version)

Norwegian - Norsk

Czech - Čeština


For more information on coming off psychiatric medication, please see the Icarus coming off forums here,, the UK website, and Will Hall's webpage at

Discontinuación del Uso de Drogas Psiquiátricas: Una Guía Basada en la Reducción del Daño


Esta guía de 40 paginas junta la mejor información que hemos encontrado y las lecciones más importantes que hemos aprendido en Freedom Center y The Icarus Project. No tiene la intención de persuadir a nadie de dejar de tomar su medicación psiquiátrica, sino que apunta a educar a las personas sobre sus opciones si deciden explorar la discontinuación. Se incluye información sobre estabilizadores del ánimo, antipsicóticos,antidepresivos, drogas para tratar la ansiedad, riesgos, beneficios, herramientas para el bienestar, retiro, apoyo a personas que decidan continuar con la medicación, una sección detalladas con recursos y mucho más.Traducción a castellano por Agustina Vidal, de Buenos Aires Argentina, miembro de la Asamblea permanente de usuarios del sistema de salud mental. La guía fue escrita por Will Hall, co-fundador de Freedom Center y co-coordinador de The Icarus Project, con el asesoramiento de 14 profesionales de  la salud, incluyendo enfermeras, médicos, psicólogos y acupunturistas, quienes orientaron la investigación. Más de 20 otros colaboradores del movimiento de sobrevivientes estuvieron involucrados en su desarrollo y edición.  A lo largo de la guía puedes encontrar fotos y arte, y una hermosa tapa con una pintura original de Ashley McNamara.Puedes decargarla de forma gratuita en formato .pdf, y eres libre de descargarla, copiarla y distribuirla. Tambien se venden copias impresas a traves de orders(arroba)theicarusproject(punto)net.Also available in english.

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