The International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal (

The institute, located in Göteborg, was registered as a charity on 1 Sept 2017.


The International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal (IIPDW) was created to respond to a glaring need in mental health: to develop ways for helping people withdraw from psychiatric drugs.

Mental health has failed to provide support to people who want to reduce or withdraw from their psychiatric drugs. Often, people are simply told it is a bad idea, and thus are left to try to reduce or withdraw without the support they need.

Indeed, although psychiatric drugs have been prescribed for over 100 years, there is little research that has been conducted on how to withdraw from these drugs. Most of the withdrawal studies that have been conducted have involved abrupt drug withdrawal, and even in studies where the drugs were more gradually withdrawn, there was no effort to identify the needed supports.

The mission of our institute is to bring together practice-based knowledge and research data to fill in this gap. Our goal is to gather such knowledge and disseminate it to patients, family members, professional helpers, professional organizations, and throughout society.

Seminar om udtrapning af psykofarmaka
Hotel Nyborg Strand 16. marts 2018



Help for psychiatric drug withdrawal/ Hjælp til udtrapning af psykofarmaka

you can find advice and guidance about how to withdraw from psychiatric drugs and a list of therapists who may help you.

Her kan du finde råd og vejledning om, hvordan man trapper ud af psykofarmaka og en liste over behandlere, der gerne vil hjælpe dig.

Premiere on “Diagnosing Psychiatry”

22 October 2017 at 7 p.m.

This autumn a new documentary, “Diagnosing Psychiatry,” will shed light on the scientific career and efforts of Professor Peter C. Gøtzsche in changing the field of psychiatry. It portrays the uphill battle Peter experiences when he, supported by the patients, advocates for a more humane psychiatric practice, with very little use of psychiatric drugs, no forced treatment, and a main focus on psychotherapy.

The film is produced and directed by Anahi Testa Pedersen, an independent filmmaker, who has been working on the project for over four years. It focuses not only on Peter’s work but also on Pedersen’s own reflections and experiences as a mental health patient.

Buy a ticket here.