November 12: How to talk to your psychiatrist about medication withdrawal

djohnsonDaniel Johnson is a psychiatrist from Raleigh, NC.  He attended college at Davidson, graduating in 1995.  After college he worked in "data management" for two years at a clinical research company as well as working for two years in a hospice house for HIV patients.

He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 2002 and did his residency in psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  He moved to Asheville in 2006 and has worked in several community mental health and hospital settings since then.  He started his private practice in 2010.

This deepened his connection with his patients as he moved outside of the health insurance machine.  He learned more about the difficulties of industry standard pharmacotherapy.  He learned directly from Peter Breggin, MD - sometimes referred to as "the conscience of psychiatry" - about the dangers of psychiatric drugs as well as safe tapering strategies.   His current practice focuses around this work.

Family-to-Family beings Oct. 7

NAMI’s acclaimed Family-to-Family class will be offered in Asheville 6:00 - 8:30 pm on Tuesdays and 1:30 – 4 pm on Saturdays from October 7 to November 15, 2014. Instructors will include Dr. Jim and Sharon Pitts, retired educators, who will teach the Saturday afternoon session of the class that is free to family members and caregivers of adults living with a severe mental illness. These disorders include depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Family-to-Family includes up to date information about medications, communication techniques, handling crises, problem-solving skills, recovery, accessing community support, advocacy, and self-care around worry and stress.

Those who attend F2F gain vital information, insight and understanding of their loved one that many call “life-changing.”Complete details here.