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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  • 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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Jeff D. on February 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Flash on May 20, 2010
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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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paul Theodorescu on July 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By CustomerCritique on August 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
First, let me state that I think that there is much in the work of Dr. Breggin that is important to read and think about. I would highly recommend anyone become familiar with his work, because his opinions are in the minority in the medical profession and these opinions need to be heard. Many naysayers of Dr. Breggin point out all sorts of problems with his accusations and some of this is warranted, but what is also warranted is Dr. Breggin's ability to point out problems with so-called legitimate research. Let's face it, there IS a crisis in psychiatry. Many people suffer needlessly "trying out" medications that will never cure them, may make them worse, and may not even have an effect. Most, if not all, psychiatric textbooks have this glaring sentence over and over; "we don't really know how this chemical functions in the brain". This fact alone is upsetting when thinking about how millions of children with developing brains are being medicated by compounds that "we don't really know how they work". This way of doing medicine is unacceptable and must be changed. Whether driven by drug company profit motives, or the researcher's grant needs, true answers and cures need to be found for mental illness in order for psychiatry to evolve into a branch of medicine that will finally "first do no harm."

The alarmist nature of Dr. Breggin's work points to someone who is motivated by the nearly insurmountable task of being one of the few to try to take up this mission. Armed with lots of information, this book tries to paint a picture that is very bleak and I do think that there is much truth to this outlook. Nevertheless, the solutions offered here are troublesome at best even if he were correct. His answers to the problem of treatment of mental illness are not that black and white.
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