Background: Deprescribing, or the active reduction or elimination of psychiatric medications,
requires close collaboration between physician and patient.
Purpose: This article outlines the use of shared decision making, peer support, and relapse prevention
strategies as key elements of successful deprescribing in people with psychiatric disorders
who are interested in decreasing or stopping psychiatric medications. Drawing from existing
literature and a recovery oriented care perspective, specific recommendations to create appropriate
contexts for deprescribing including collaborative relationships, social support and rehabilitation
Conclusion: Deprescribing as an intervention requires care coordination and preplanning to provide
the best supports for the person in recovery.