089: Ask David: How fast can I taper off my psychiatric medications?

“How fast can I taper off my psychiatric medications?”

In this podcast, David and Fabrice answer five intriguing questions submitted by listeners:

  1. Joshua: How can I cope with panic attacks during job interviews?
  2. Dan: I feel traumatized by criticisms from my boss at work. what can I do?
  3. Susan: How fast can you taper off of anti-anxiety drugs and antidepressants?
  4. Ross: What if a patient who’s been the victim of trauma or abuse asks for a male therapist? Isn’t this a form of avoidance? Should patients be matched to therapists based on gender? Isn’t it best to avoid the situations that trigger you?
  5. Sumit: I think I have “endogenous depression.” Can TEAM-CBT help me? Or will I have to rely on medications? What is endogenous depression?

If you have a question, make sure you email david and we will try to answer your question on an upcoming Ask David Podcast!

Fabrice and I hope you like our Feeling Good Podcasts, and also hope you can leave some positive comments for us and five star ratings if you like what we’re doing!


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Coming in June! One of my best two-day workshops ever!

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“Scared Stiff: Fast, Effective Treatment for Anxiety Disorders”

A two-day workshop Sponsored by Jack Hirose & Associates

June 4 -5, 2018 Calgary, Canada

 June 6 – 7, 2018 Winnipeg, Canada

Mike Christensen and several others will be joining me at both locations to help out with supervision of the small group exercises. You’ll LOVE this workshop and you’ll learn TONS of powerful techniques to treat every type of anxiety. You’ll learn how to heal your clients and your own feelings of insecurity and self-doubt as well!

I greatly appreciate your support, and hope you will continue to spread the word about TEAM-CBT and www.feelinggood.com. i am trying hard to reach as many people as possible with my free programming and blogs designed to help individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, and habits and addictions, as well as the therapists who treat them!




2 thoughts on “089: Ask David: How fast can I taper off my psychiatric medications?

  1. Hi David and Fabrice, another excellent podcast. I love how well you two interact, with your complementary personalities. I loved it when David starts going off on the nipple-less t-shirt interview and Fabrice is saying “I am having trouble picturing that”, when what I think he was really thinking was “I do not want to picture that”! Or am I doing some ill-advised mind reading? Anyway, my question is this:

    When I first started listening to your TEAM approach, I thought it was literally a team approach, having two counselors/psychologists interacting with the patient at the same time. Now I know better what TEAM means, but do you think a team TEAM approach is good? I notice that many of your podcast/facebook sessions will have two or more therapists working together. Do you think that provides more benefits than standard one on one therapy. Are there any drawbacks to a team TEAM approach? Thanks!

    • Thanks, TJ, good question, thanks. Usually, TEAM is done with one therapist, and usually I am doing it that way. But when I teach, I like to engage with a co-therapist, as that can make for a richer therapeutic and training and learning experience for those who are watching. And as I age and mellow a little, I find I really enjoy hanging out with folks and working together as a TEAM team! All the best, david

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