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Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide, and Crime Paperback – May 26, 2009
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?Following his landmark book Talking Back to Prozac, psychiatrist Breggin follows up by arguing against what he calls the ?spellbinding? effects of psychiatric medications, and he doesn't mean ?spellbinding? as praise. His point is that all psychiatric drugs are dangerous; he describes how these medications can compromise brain function, resulting in bizarre, even violent behavior. Breggin, a former staffer at the National Institute of Mental Health who has testified in liability suits against pharmaceutical companies, cautions that consumers should thoroughly examine the drug labels for side effects as a precaution for such drugs as stimulants, antidepressants, tranquilizers, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers. The tragic cases of beleaguered patients detailed here are troubling. Breggin joins the growing group of experts who argue that the FDA is ?more dedicated to serving the drug companies than consumers,? relying on doctored or incomplete evidence and botched tests. Breggin's assertion that psychotropic drugs induce rather than treat brain imbalances is controversial, but this book is a reasoned look at these drugs, which have come under increasing scrutiny in the media as well as medical world.??Publishers Weekly
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This book satisfies my question. They were "spellbound" by the drugs themselves: by the pharmacological properties of the drugs themselves and by the professionals who convinced them that the drugs were going to help.
It is easy to prove to an objective person that psychiatric drugs are unsafe and useless; the data are compelling, even overwhelming. But I now understand that the person taking these drugs is and cannot be objective about the drugs. This is quite helpful to me clinically.
I recommend ALL of Dr. Breggin's books; this is one of his most rigorously researched, persuasive, and conclusive yet.
This book is a necessity for every family's book shelf and should be a mainstay for every person who practices in any of the Mental Health Professions. It is a book that will also be enlightening for those who practice Mental Health Law. It addresses the myths regarding treatment with psychiatric medications. The evidence is clearly documented, indicating that taking such medications can be very harmful to patients and can devastate the lives of family members and friends who love and care for them.
Peter Breggin, M.D. is a Harvard-educated, main-stream psychiatrist and expert witness, who dares to proclaim that "the emperor has no clothes." He explodes the claim that those who are diagnosed with a mental illness must take medication to correct a chemical imbalance. Rather, taking such medications indeed induces a chemical imbalance in one's brain.
This book is written with clarity and empathy. It reads easily for both laymen and professionals.It truly may very well be the most important book written in this century about mood altering medications and the dire effects on the mental and physical health of those who take them.Read more ›
There is probably no other psychiatrist in this country more knowledgeable about the lengths the drug companies will go to in order to profit off the sale of ineffective and harmful psychiatric drugs through the massive misdiagnosing of people as mentally ill.
Likewise, there is probably no other psychiatrist more knowledgeable about how far the same companies will go to cover up their wrongdoings when people are injured by their products.
Consequently, in Medication Madness Dr Beggin has provided the whole story of how the entire nation has been conned for the past 20 years and the resulting toll on human lives and society as a whole.
He leaves no stone unturned. Starting with the corruption involved in the clinical trials used to get the new generation of psychiatric drugs FDA approved to the recruitment of the so-called "opinion leaders" to publish bogus studies to sway the minds of prescribing physicians in every field of medicine to the victims left in the aftermath.
Some of the most damning chapters in the book give the details of how the legal system allowed the drug makers to keep the evidence of harm hidden for nearly two decades while they quietly settled cases out of court and made obscene profits off products they knew were causing great injury to millions of people.
This book should be required reading for not only consumers but for every doctor who is even thinking about prescribing psychiatric drugs.
OpEd News columnist
If one thinks about it, prior to the introduction of the first "SSRI" antidepressants we virtually never had students shooting up schools. Now it occurs all too often and when the truth has come out these anti-depressants are almost always implicated. In Medication Madness, Dr. Breggin presents an unassailable case that these drugs cause such actions.
Dr. Breggin uses the term Medication Madness to refer to the effects of psychiatric drugs on those taking them. I would suggest it is also just as applicable to our society, which is suffering from Medication Madness by having such a large percentage of people taking these very powerful drugs. It is my hope that this book becomes a blockbuster and helps our society come to its senses in the use of these drugs.
In the interest of full-disclosure, Dr. Breggin and I have been allies for years against the oppressive forces of involuntary psychiatry and the medicalization of human suffering and he has some extremely kind words to say about me in the book.
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Absolutely awesome. Completely in touch with the effects of drugs and how to treat people humanely.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is depressing to read how psyciatry have. been pushers of drugs to destroy our brains.Every shrink should read it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nils Simonson
Very enlightening. Breggin makes a convincing case against the overuse of psychiatric drugs.Published 13 months ago by gerald sullivan
A Psychiatrist Exposes exactly how medication can do more harm than good much of the time & why even though these things are known by mostly all psychiatrists they are still... Read morePublished 13 months ago by MyrtleSue
Amazing, accurate, HONEST, book that discusses topics that mainstream media is SO AFRAID to even touch on. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Wellesley James