Melissa Bond: Journey to the Edge of Madness


Melissa Bond

Melissa Bond is a narrative journalist and poet. In the years of her dependence on benzodiazepines, Melissa blogged and became a regular contributor for Mad in America. ABC World News Tonight interviewed her for a piece in January 2014. Melissa is a respected writer on the perils of over-prescribing benzodiazepines and has been featured on PBS Story in the Public Square, Radio West, the podcasts Risk!, IGNTD, and Psychology Unplugged. The Salt Lake Tribune and the New York Post have both done features on her book Blood Orange Night, her memoir about becoming dependent upon and then withdrawing from benzodiazepines. 

We talk about…

  • Melissa's descent into prescription benzodiazepine dependence
  • What her insomnia looked like
  • How she knew her symptoms were more than momma exhaustion
  • What her withdrawal from benzodiazepines looked like
  • How her struggle impacted her marriage
  • What her mental health looks like today 
  • Why you should never cold turkey your psych meds
  • What literature says about benzodiazepines
  • Why everyone needs to read Anatomy of an Epidemic
  • Why you need to know what stopping benzodiazepines can look like

More from Melissa Bond…

Visit her website

Hangout with her on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok

Buy her book, Blood Orange Night (When you purchase from this link, you help support The Courageously.u Podcast)

Mentioned in this episode…

Episode 24: Psychiatric Drugs and the Rise of Mental Illness with Robert Whitaker

Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker (When you purchase from this link, you help support The Courageously.u Podcast)

The Ashton Manual

Dr. Chris Winter's website (sleep expert)

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