I checked my mailbox in my apartment today and Phil Lawrence’s documentary about his withdrawal experience with Paxil (Seroxat/Aropax) had arrived as promised. Firstly, I would like to thank Phil for sending me a copy of his documentary for review. Thank you Phil, very kind of you.

Phil Lawrence is a courageous and brave documentary film maker. He had been taking Paxil for a number of years and he had decided that the Paxil treatment wasn’t doing him any good anymore. He was originally prescribed it for anxiety but for a long time It was making him feel emotionally “Numb”. He decided he wanted off it, so during a tapering regime, he thought it would be a good idea to document his withdrawal experience.

It is difficult for me to review this documentary without getting emotionally involved. I myself was once in Phil’s difficult position. I was prescribed Seroxat in 1998 for depression. For almost 4 years I was dependent on Seroxat, I could not stop it, and if i missed a dose, I would experience what I can only describe as a complete and utter collapse of my nervous system. I would get severe shaking, my eyes would roll around my head, I would sweat profusely, and my mind  felt like it was on fire, my emotions in turmoil. This was a severe withdrawal, but I didn’t realize it at the time. There was little information available about Seroxat (Paxil) around, I was left in the dark. It took me 9 months to get over the withdrawal symptoms of Seroxat and a number of years more before I felt in any way recovered.

When I finally decided to quit, I had no idea the sheer horror that I would experience. Phil Lawrence, and many hundreds of thousands of others have experience that horror, the horror of SSRI withdrawal is worse than heroin or cocaine or crack. Yet, these drugs are legal, and they are prescribed to some of the most vulnerable people in society.

This is a disgrace.

Phil had tried to get interviews from the APA (American Psychiatric Association) and other organizations who peddle SSRI’s, but none would take part in his film. I find this extremely telling. The Psychiatric community has long colluded with the pharmaceutical industry in covering up the side effects and withdrawal symptoms of SSRI’s and psychiatric drugs in particular. It is no surprise to me that they didn’t want to take part in his documentary. But what I will say is…

Psychiatry is an absolute disgrace.

There are some good interviews in Phil’s documentary with some of the big names in psychiatric drug awareness; Peter Breggin, Robert Whitaker and David Healy are all included.

These men are heroes.

Phil Lawrence was prescribed Paxil for 10 years. I was prescribed it for almost 4. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for Phil. Based on my own experience. I experienced absolute torture and hell. Phil must have experienced worse.

Phil’s courage is extremely humbling.

“Numb’ documents Phil’s experience of Paxil tapering and the harrowing effects of how this dangerous drug impacts upon his him, his wife and family. This is the untold story of SSRI addicts. The tears, sorrow,heartbreak and pain that family members go through when they watch a loved one disintegrate in front of their very eyes from Seroxat withdrawal.

GSK should be deeply ashamed of themselves.

Phil’s documentary is an inspiring and courageous account of an experience which happens to many thousands of people every day. Paxil (Seroxat) and other SSRI’s can be extremely dangerous, there are thousands of SSRI stories which will never be told. Many people have been driven to suicide and homicide from the sinister affects of these debilitating drugs. SSRI drugs can be lethal.

Anyone who seeks to be educated on what to expect when a doctor or psychiatrist prescribes them an anti-depressant needs to watch this documentary. Be warned and be aware. These happy pills can push you over the edge.



7 thoughts on “Phil Lawrence : “Numb” : Groundbreaking Documentary on Paxil (Seroxat/Aropax) Withdrawal

  1. Interestingly my husband has been invited onto a “patient participation group” at our surgery and he’s been to one meeting already, although I have already lent my doctor a book ages ago (Coming off Antidepressants by Joseph Glenmullen which got me on the right track) I don’t think they got it. Husband is planning to raise the issue at this group, along with my blog, and now I’m thinking maybe he should take the “Numb” documentary as well to back it all up.

  2. I would love to see this documentary, is it being shown on TV? One day, when I feel able to, I plan to write down everything I have been experiencing over the past couple of years whilst coming off prozac. Everybody who plans to take an SSRI or knows someone who plans to take them, needs to know exactly what the consequences are and can then make an INFORMED CHOICE.

  3. i received my copy last week.

    Very good documentary.

    Brilliant that Phil is helping to raise awareness about the dangers of SSRIS’ and trying to withdraw from them.

    I would recommend for anyone who is currently on a SSRI or thinking of tapering to watch this doc.

  4. I was placed on Paxil for digestive issues 6 years ago. Kicking it is more difficult than I ever could have imagined. That last shot of him crying is where I’ve been for a week. You become detached and your heart breaks the same way you might if your best friend was hit by a while walking across the street next to you. I’ve tried kicking it under three doctors, all of whom said that they would never prescribe it to any of their patients. Almost three weeks without. I keep waiting for things to get easier. It couldn’t come soon enough.

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