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It is suggested that the sections giving general information should where possible be read in full, whilst readers might selectively read information relating to specific classes of drugs in sections 4 and 5, depending on which they are most likely to encounter, or on an as-needed basis.

This guidance aims to empower and support conversations often already taking place between therapists and their clients. Therapists will need to decide for themselves whether, and to what extent, they wish to use this guidance in the context of their therapeutic work. These decisions will depend on their theoretical modality, practice setting and the individual needs of the client. The client’s agency, as always, should be supported and respected at all times. Clients should be encouraged to discuss withdrawal from prescribed psychiatric drugs with a knowledgeable prescriber who can give medical advice, oversee and manage any withdrawal process appropriately. While this guidance advocates the importance of informed client choice based on full information about potential benefits and risks, it does not advocate therapists telling their clients to take, not take, stay on or withdraw from psychiatric drugs. These matters should be left to the prescriber and client to decide.

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