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Brain Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry: Drugs, Electroshock, and the Psychopharmaceutical Complex 2nd Edition

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"Peter Breggin has written the definitive text for professionals and the public alike who really want to know the hazards, inadequacies and illusions of psychopharmacology. This book will be a foundation for those who specialize in medication-free treatment." -Kevin F. McCready, PhD Clinical Director, San Joaquin Psychotherapy Center "This book proves once again that Peter Breggin truly is the 'conscience of American psychiatry.' Breggin shows that the brain-disabling hypothesis of organic psychiatric treatments is overwhelmingly confirmed by clinical experience and the scientific literature. With astounding numbers of elderly, adults, and children on prescribed psychoactive drugs, Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry should be required reading for all medical interns, practicing physicians, and mental health professionals." -David Cohen, PhD Professor of Social Services, University of Montreal"

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"Peter Breggin has written the definitive text for professionals and the public alike who really want to know the hazards, inadequacies and illusions of psychopharmacology. This book will be a foundation for those who specialize in medication-free treatment."
-Kevin F. McCready, PhD, Clinical Director, San Joaquin Psychotherapy Center

"This book proves once again that Peter Breggin truly is the `conscience of American psychiatry.' Breggin shows that the brain-disabling hypothesis of organic psychiatric treatments is overwhelmingly confirmed by clinical experience and the scientific literature. With astounding numbers of elderly, adults, and children on prescribed psychoactive drugs, Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry should be required reading for all medical interns, practicing physicians, and mental health professionals."
-David Cohen, PhD, Professor of Social Services, University of Montreal

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company; 2 edition (December 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082612934X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826129345
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Counterintuitive in an age when the "chemical imbalance" mythology of emotional problems is commonly accepted as fact, this updated work by Breggin demonstrates that psychiatrists have sold the public a bill of goods. People taking or sanctioning the taking of psychiatric drugs do not realize that much of the perceived good from these agents derives from the emotional blunting that they cause in the brain. Patient stop complaining, families don't have to listen to it, and doctors feel empowered. Little do they know that the drugs often cause the very problems they are supposed to treat.

As a practicing psychologist, I believe people attribute positive outcomes to various drugs for reasons other than dulled emotions. Placebo (what Breggin calls enhanced placebo) reactions, victimization, and withdrawl/rebound problems also can lead patients to believe that the drugs are helping. As a recent example of the latter, the Northern Illinois shooter was said to be coming off his medication when he killed several students. This doesn't mean he needed his medication any more than a nicotine addict in withdrawl needs his stimulant.

The best aspect of the new material in this book is material on how to safely withdraw from drugs. Patients will be hard-pressed to find a doctor to help them do this.

Even if this book upsets your preconceived notions about organized psychiatry, knowing the truth about drug safety and efficacy will "set you free." That the research evidence against drugs has not been completely suppressed by the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry is itself amazing.
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After years of dealing with and caring for a spouse who had fallen victim of prescription writing psychiatrists, I was immediately drawn to this publication when I found it referenced. Dr. Breggin confirmed what I had been suspecting for months, if not years; my spouse was no better off for all the drugs prescribed...and she had become a non-functioning person as a result of taking those drugs. The author details the terrible side effects of commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs, and points out how the prescribers, psychiatric MD's, routinely ignore and fail to warn the patient and the patient's family of the downsides and long-term ineffectiveness of those drugs. Dr. Breggin gives specific examples and references to commonly prescribed psychiatric medications, elaborates on details of their testing and approval processes, and offers proof that the drugs are often more harmful than effective and that they tend to create the very symptoms that the patient is trying to eleviate. He also points out that the prescribers never accept responsibility for a patient not recovering, and consequently they just change medications or add additional drugs to the "cocktail" when symptoms persist. After digesting the information in the book, we have developed a plan for withdrawing my spouse from the drugs while maintaining a relationship with the psychiatrist currently
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Peter Breggin's book is a difficult one to read for a person that is taking Wellbutrin, Prozac and clonazapam daily and over 20 electroshock treatments just to control depression. His book hit right on the mark what was happening to me. Starting out with the death of my son and a little SSRI and when that didn't work the dosage and type of drugs and procedures just kept increasing, but I was feeling worse and worse. I cut the Wellbutrin in half and discontinued the Prozac on my own which was very difficult, I have a ways to go and after 19 years on these drugs it will take a while longer to get out of my system.
The highly renowned doctor tries to warn people of the dispensing of this drug on such a routine basis, and with no knowledge of when or how to stop. This, of course is not including all doctors, but psychiatrists and primary care physicians prescribe them for way too many maladies and never do tell you when the time is right to stop. Dr. Breggin opened my eyes to this very real problem and others that I don't have room to mention and tells many tales of the abuse of antidepressant drugs and when these drugs may be helpful for a short amount of time. He also names the drugs that are the most difficult to withdraw from.
I am lucky because I read the book even in the zombie-like state I was in, and took action to come back to being human again. I cannot thank him enough for this book, and others he has written on the subject ,and the many people he has helped.This really should be read by anyone on antidepressant medication and those contemplating whether to start them.
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This book is comprehensive, referenced, it is a solid indictment of modern psychiatry.

The basic premise of the book is that current psychiatric treatments (ie: drugs and ECT) are:
-Not evidence based (ie: they don't work). Ex: Antidepressants have no efficacy over placebo in double blind trials.
-Psychiatric drugs are dangerous. Breggin provides AMPLE evidence for this.
-Psychiatric works by lobotomizing patients. The evidence that antipsychotics work in this manner is very convincing.

The first chapter where Breggin explains concepts like patient dependency and "spell-binding" are really enlightening.

The chapter on how to withdraw from psychiatric drugs (ie: how to taper there use) is very enlightening.

I would love to hear Peter Breggin's thoughts on:

-The notion of spell-binding, isn't it somewhat circular reasoning? I definitely see the usefulness, though.
-SSRIs for anxiety disorders
-Anticonvulsivants for bipolar disorder (he mentions Depakote only briefly)

Paul 3rd year medical student
paultheo2004@yahoo.ca
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