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A common question during psychiatric drug withdrawal is “Can I take supplements and if so, which ones help this?”

Unfortunately, many of us are so sensitive that our delicate systems can’t handle much. Moreover, some supplements can make us worse.

The only supplement I took, or should I say absorbed, during withdrawal was epsom salt baths. I heard many horror stories that it made people’s muscles lock up and caused stiffness and its own withdrawal. However, it felt like it calmed me down like 0.05% and when you are in a severe state, even that 0.05% is worth the risk. At least it was for me. I took these epsom baths several times a week and I felt they were lifesaving.

Remember, we are all different so what can be lifesaving to one, can harm another. This is true.

During the early years of my withdrawal experience, my mind was very vulnerable to suggestions, and after reading in online support forums for over 10 hours a day, I was afraid of EVERYTHING. It wasn’t until I was a few years off that I weighed the decision to take Vitamin D, C, Zinc and others during the coronavirus pandemic. I worried that if I got sick, I would have to take something, probably, but didn’t want to find out all at once. I decided it was time for me to take some supplements and to consider adding others. Here is the system I used to test supplements and my sensitivities:

  • A functional medicine doctor told me that if I wasn’t ready to take supplements yet, that I could just hold them or sleep with them under my pillow. I know that sounds woo woo, but do whatever works when you are terrified of foreign things coming into your body.
  • I found fun flavors of supplements. For example, chewable Vitamin C, Vitamin C and Zinc lozenges.
Angela Peacock

Angela Peacock, MSW served in the U.S. Army for seven years as a communications specialist. She is a mental health advocate, a writer, and a YouTube creator who travels in her campervan across the United States with her service dog Raider, to improve the mental health care system for veterans and civilians alike.