The Antidepressant Fact Book and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $15.95
  • Save: $2.36 (15%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it Monday, April 21? Order within and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Good | Details
Sold by SaniOne
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Eligible for FREE Super Saving Shipping! Fast Amazon shipping plus a hassle free return policy mean your satisfaction is guaranteed! Good readable copy. Worn edges and covers and may have small creases. Otherwise item is in good condition.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Anti-Depressant Fact Book: What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, and Luvox Paperback


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$13.59
$3.88 $0.01

Frequently Bought Together

The Anti-Depressant Fact Book: What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, and Luvox + Your Drug May Be Your Problem, Revised Edition: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications + Toxic Psychiatry: Why Therapy, Empathy and Love Must Replace the Drugs, Electroshock, and Biochemical Theories of the "New Psychiatry"
Price for all three: $43.36

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (July 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073820451X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738204512
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., is the author of a dozen books, including Talking Back to Prozac and The Antidepressant Factbook. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

I want to know the "hows" and the "whys", not the "whats".
BoomCookie
I was a bit skeptical at first reading this book but after reading it everything made sense.
T. HA
Dr. Breggin is specific about what these drugs do to the body.
Pat Goltz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

211 of 230 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lloyd Ross on July 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
This comprehensive book about anti-depressant medications picks up where Talking Back To Prozac left off. Dr. Breggin, through his vast personal experience and research as a medical expert in legal cases against the drug manufacturers, as well as his carefully documented research into the psychopharmacology of anti-depressants provides us with a great deal of information that is available no where else.
Although quite disturbing to read, The Anti-depressant Fact Book is so well written and so clear that it is appropriate reading for the mental health professional as well as for the general public. Dr. Breggin discusses the meaning and purpose of depression as an emotional response to things, people, and situations in our lives, rather than as a biochemical disease in our brains. He points out that depression also reflects the contrasting desire in us that we have to live a more creative, meaningful life. This is in sharp contrast to the majority of the psychiatric community who sees depression as an imbalance of brain chemicals that must be corrected by drugs.
Dr. Breggin explains in detail how the anti-depressant medications work, with special emphasis upon the selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors, (SSRIs') like Zoloft, Paxil, and Prozac. He carefully explains how the SSRI's block the reabsorbing of the brain chemical seratonin, causing an excess amount of it to accumulate in the spaces between neurons both in the brain and elsewhere. He goes on to explain how the brain then tries to fight back from this chemical assault by permanently eliminating receptors. This process is called "die-back" and results in sub-sensitivity of the receptors, better known as down regulation, leading to permanent dysfunction.
Dr.
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
80 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Ann Ueda on November 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a good, general overview of the "other side" to commonly prescribed anti-depressants (which are far too frequently prescribed without much concern or interest in the actual good or bad they might do, IMHO), then this is your book. Well-researched, well argued, well analyzed. This should be the 1st book you reach for, if your doctor or psychiatrist recommends Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, or Luvox. Dr. Breggin does focus on the negative effects (higher rates of suicide and violence, increases in depressive feelings, criminal behavior, and dangerous drug interactions to name a few) and he is clearly not a strong proponent of the prescribing or taking of these strong drugs. But this is exactly the kind of person you want out there, providing you with this type of information that you would otherwise NOT get. Think about it: the TV and magazine ads and articles about these "wonder drugs," your doctor(s), your friends who are already on these drugs, those crappy little "warning" labels printed up by the pharmaceutical companies and included with your prescription--how many of them fully discuss these other effects or even admit that they exist? But now you will know about them, and you will be in a much better place to make a fully informed, wise choice about the course of your medical treatment for depression. That alone is invaluable. Now it can be yours for the price of this book. Yes, these drugs can help some people. But please make sure you know the "other side" of the story, too.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
94 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Volpsych on April 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
Dr. Breggin is clearly biased against psychotropic medication, but to discount his work on that basis is a mistake. He is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist with impeccable credentials, and his education and training led him to the beliefs he now holds. I find his writing and his views extremist: what it comes down to is a "blank slate" philosophy where environment is all that matters, not inborn traits. However, this is a helpful counterargument to the current biomedical model of mental illness where environment is irrelevant. Both views are too simplistic, as any thinking clinician will tell you that mental illness is almost always multiply determined, i.e. caused by several factors. People are not born depressed, but may become depressed over events in their lives; the genetic part involves how much it takes to make one depressed (or manic, or schizophrenic, or whatever illness it may be).
Your physician will not give you the information in this book. Breggin will not tell you how beneficial medication can be. Take the information from both sides so you can make an informed decision before accepting serious, long-term medication.
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
66 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Chell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 30, 2001
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Breggin's attack on serotonin-enhancing drugs claimed to be "anti-depressants" should be seen as a valuable cautionary in an environment which, due to the power of the drug-makers and the billions of dollars at stake, tends to promote them as "happy pills." More controversial are his claims that depression is not a "disease" and that the use of antidepressant medications can cause irrevocable brain damage. The present-day tendency of calling numerous human problems "diseases" can, as Breggin asserts, discourage human solutions. On the other hand, if the problem is "hereditary," it may not be so amenable to common-sense, willful, "humane cures" as Breggin claims. Moreover, the assertion concerning brain damage places him on relatively safe ground, since the widespread use of Prozac is scarcely more than 10 years old.
Breggin touches on but fails to develop some important points. He suggests, for example, that the AARP is more interested in serving the big drug companies than helping its members but then drops the point. Certainly just as disturbing as the numerous prescriptions of antidepressants to patients motivated by a television ad to seek instant happiness is the indiscriminate prescription of antipsychotics to the elderly, especially in nursing homes where "behavioral problems" are an issue.
In short, Breggin has covered this ground before. He's David going up against Goliath, a brave Lilliputian challenging the likes of Eli Lilly, and he doesn't let us forget it for an instant, reminding us of his credentials and past battles at every opportunity. Many of the "facts" he provides in this book are no more than the warnings of side-effects that are listed in the instructions coming with the medication.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search
ARRAY(0x9e2003d8)