Feb 22, 2023
Today we are joined by Dr. Mark Horowitz, a clinical research
fellow in psychiatry and Co-Founder of Outro Health, an online
clinic providing specialized support for those who want to safely
stop using psychiatric drugs. Join us as we explore the
deprescribing movement and discuss how to take charge of your
mental health by making informed decisions with your healthcare
providers. With Dr. Horowitz's expertise and personal experience,
you'll learn about the benefits of deprescribing and gain valuable
insights on how to feel empowered throughout your mental health
journey. Tune in now to start your journey towards a happier,
- “A part of medicine, not just psychiatry, should be using
medications or interventions such that the benefits outweigh the
harms, and if that changes, then the medication should be stopped,”
- Most people (even doctors) have been told and believe that
depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. If you
believe that, why would you stop a medication? Mark shares his
research on depression and serotonin, and tells us why mental
illness is not all about the chemicals in our brain, but about our
lives as a whole.
- 95% of studies on drugs are funded by the manufacturers of
those drugs. “They clearly have an interest in studies that show
when to start drugs and much less of an interest in when to stop
drugs,” Mark says.
- How much of this is in our control as patients? How do we make
sure we’re receiving the best care from our healthcare providers?
Tune in to hear Mark’s candid answers!
- Surprisingly, the place Mark received the most useful advice on
safely stopping/weaning off antidepressants was peer support
websites. That was a big reason why Outro is inspired by peer
- Chase and Mark share tips and insights on how to better
understand your mental health so you can be more educated,
informed, and empowered to make decisions with your healthcare