Survey Seeks Respondents to Understand the Process of Coming off of Psychiatric Medications


week Live & Learn launched a research study on the experience of

people labeled with mental disorders who have tried to stop taking

psychiatric medications. This project

-- the Psychiatric

Medication Discontinuation/Reduction (PMDR) Study

-- aims to understand the process of coming off psychiatric medications in order to better support those who choose to do so.

Read more about

the study

Go to the survey


Have you come off, or tried to come off, psychiatric medications in the past five years?

We want to know about

your experience!

The goal of this project is to understand the process of coming off psychiatric medications. 

What helps or prevents people from stopping their psychiatric medications?

Sometimes people who take psychiatric medications choose to stop taking

it. When people choose to come off medications, they may struggle to

find the information or support they need. Providers who want to help

often lack evidence to guide people. Your responses

to this survey will help better support people coming off psychiatric

medications. We will share the results in public reports and

presentations, as well as academic journals.

Who can participate?

Adults ages 18+ in the United States who meet the following criteria:

  • Labeled

    with a psychiatric diagnosis, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective

    disorder, schizophreniform disorder, psychosis NOS, bipolar disorder I,

    bipolar disorder II, bipolar disorder NOS, major

    depressive disorder. 

  • In the last five years, took prescribed psychiatric medications for at least nine months before trying to come off them.
  • Had a goal to completely stop taking one or two medications in the past five years.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people of color and people who have experienced poverty. 


Please share this announcement widely. 

You can help move the science forward!


The survey can be accessed at:
Read more at:


If you would like to participate:


you will complete a screening questionnaire. If you are eligible, you

will continue to the survey. It will take you about

20 to 30 minutes to complete the survey. Your answers will be

anonymous. Your answers will be combined with others' when we report


The survey will ask you about: 

•    Your motivation for stopping medications.

•    Supports you used.

•    How you feel about stopping medication.


Take the survey:



Laysha Ostrow, PhD

Project Director

About the PMDR Project and Team:

All of the people working on this project have personal experience with

psychiatric treatment and coming off psychiatric medications. The

project is funded by the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health

Care. You can read more: