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Medication Madness - A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Drugs
Peter Breggin MD
St. Martin's Press 2008

Dr Breggin has been active as a medical expert for 40 years and has testified in court (USA) an estimated 70 times and has consulted in many more cases that have been settled out of court in the USA and Canada.

He has been the medical expert in large number of product liability cases involving SSRI antidepressants, tranquilizers, antipsychotic drugs and stimulants. As a medical expert he has unprecedented access to pharmaceutical research and correspondence files sequestered inside drug companies. The information from these usually secret files has informed his books and articles.

Dr Breggin's legal work is vividly and dramatically recounted through dozens of cases in this book which is firmly based in the latest scientific research and dozens of case studies. The lives of the children and adults in these stories, as well as the lives of their families and their victims, were thrown into turmoil and sometimes destroyed by the unanticipated effects of psychiatric drugs.

Many categories of psychiatric drugs can cause potentially horrendous reactions. These drugs may spellbind patients into believing they are improved when too often they are becoming worse. Psychiatric drugs drive some people into psychosis, mania, depression, suicide, agitation, compulsive violence and loss of self-control without the individuals realizing that their medications have deformed their way of thinking and feeling.

Medication Madness is a fascinating, frightening and dramatic look at the role that psychiatric medications have played in fifty cases of suicide, murder, and other violent, criminal and bizarre behaviours. Medication Madness raises and examines the issues surrounding personal responsibility when behaviour seems driven by drug-induced adverse reactions and intoxication.

Selling Sickness - How Drug Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients
Ray Moynihan and Alan Cassels
ISBN: 0800554455

Roy Moynihan is one of the world's leading health writers. His work has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Melbourne Age, the Australian Financial Review, the British Medical Journal, the Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine.
Alan Cassels is a Canadian researcher and writer who works on drug policy issues.

Using their dominating influence in medical science, drug companies are marketing fear in order to redefine human illness. In alliance with company-friendly doctors and sponsored patient groups, the all-powerful pharmaceutical industry is helping to widen the very definitions of disease, in order to expand markets for their drugs.

'Selling Sickness' reveals how the ups and downs of daily life are being re-defined into mental disorders and common complaints are being transformed into frightening conditions. Shyness is now 'Social Anxiety Disorder', PMS is a psychiatric illness called PMDD, and active children now have ADHD.

As more ordinary people are being turned into patients drug companies are reaping the profits and moving ever closer to having a customer base that consists of nearly the entire population.

Prozac Backlash: Overcoming the Danger of Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Other Antidepressants with Safe, Effective Alternatives
Joseph Glenmullen M.D>

Harvard Medical School's Dr Joseph Glenmullen documents the ominous long-term side effects associated with these and other serotonin-boosting medications.

These side-effects can include neurological disorders, sexual dysfunction in up to 60% of users, and a decrease of anti-depressant effectiveness in about 35% of long term users; debilitating withdrawal symptoms including visual hallucinations, electric shock-like sensations in the brain, dizziness, nausea and anxiety.

Dr Glenmullen's research and riveting case studies shed light on the direct link between these drugs and suicide and violence.

Written by a doctor with impeccable credentials, 'Prozac Backlash' is filled with compelling and sometimes heart-rending stories and is thoroughly documented with extensive scientific sources. It is both provocative and hopeful, a sound, reliable guide to the safe treatment of depression and other psychiatric problems.

Creating Mental Illness
Allan V. Horwitz

"This work is at once an accomplished social history and an original contribution to the literature on social and biological bases of mental illness. It should be of interest to specialists as well as to a substantial number of scholars in psychiatry and the history of medicines." Barry Glassner, author of The Culture of Fear.

"Creating Mental Illness is a compelling and provocative book. Allan Howitz's point of departure is the enormous change that has occured over the past twenty-five years in psychiatry conceptions of mental illness. Why did this change occur? Are the new conceptions valid? What are the consequences of these new conceptions for people's lives? What answers Horwitz provides derive from disciplined reasoning. They will stir you and change the way you think about this major cultural change we have all experienced." Bruce Link, Columbia University.

How did psychological problems generated by social conditions come to be considered disease? Horwitz's rigorous and insightful history of psychiatry's move to diagnostic categories of mental illness answers this and other fascinating questions about conceptions of mental illness. I highly recommend this book. John Mirowsky, Ohio State University.

Deprived of Our Humanity
Lars Martensson, M.D
ISBN: 2-88462-039-7

'Deprived of Our Humanity' brings to light an immense human disaster. Neuroleptic drugs have replaced surgical lobotomy. These drugs act as a trap. As a result, millions of people live permanently lobotomised. In this book neuroleptic survivors and doctors make the case against these horrible drugs.

This book is a collection of essays in easy to understand language. The book explains what neuroleptic drugs are, how they work, and their effects on the brain. It also contains information about how to taper off and stop taking neuroleptic drugs safely.

We learn about one woman's experience in coming through psychosis without drugs and emerging after several years of support as a whole and well person, a survivor. This book tells us how 'schizophrenia' can be prevented. It makes a case that neuroleptic drugs should be banned, and talks about the human rights of patients.

A quote from page 136: "Today, if we dare ask the welfare state for even temporary help, relief, asylum, for ouselves or for somebody we care about, and thus turn to a psychiatric or related medical institution, the fact is that - as a condition of help - we have to give up control of what is done to the brain in our own or our loved ones' head. This is an intolerable condition of help. It must be reversed by clear laws."

Models of Madness
Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Schizophrenia.
Edited by John Read (Director, Clinical Psychology, Psychology Dept., The University of Auckland), Loren Mosher (Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California in San Diego), Richard Bentall (Professor of Experimental Clinical Psychology, Manchester University).

Models of madness summarises the research showing that hallucinations and delusions are understandable reactions to life events and circumstances rather than symptoms of a biologically-based illness or genetic predisposition.
23 international contributors, from a range of disciplines including service users:

  • Critique the 'medical model' of madness

  • Examine the dominance of the 'illness' approach to understanding madness, from historical and economic perspective

  • Document the adverse role of drug companies

  • Outline a range of research-based psychosocial treatment approaches

  • Identify the urgency and possibility of the prevention of psychosis

'Models of Madness' promotes a more humane and effective response to treating severely distressed people that will prove essential reading for all those who work in, use, manage or research mental health services.

Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs
Peter Lehmann
Shrewsbury (UK) 2004 ISBN: 0-9545428-0-0 / 1-891408-98-4

In "Coming off Psychiatric Drugs" 28 people from Australia, New Zealand, England, USA, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, Serbia & Montenegro, Sweden and Switzerland write about their experiences with withdrawal.

Additionally, eight professionals, working in psychotherapy, medicine, psychiatry, social work, natural healing and even a runaway-house, report on how they helped in the withdrawal process.

"The book has a provocative message, life-experiences sometimes differ from scientific agreements. The book is based on the personal experiences of (ex)-users and survivors of psychiatry and the few professionals helping people to come off psychiatric drugs. So it is a good place to begin the discussion. The book should be available in each medical practice, in each therapeutic ward, in each patients' library." (Pirkko Lahti, President of the World Federation for Mental Health).

The Antidepressant Fact Book
Peter R Breggin M.D. 2001

Author of 'Talking Back to Prozac' and 'Your Drug May Be Your Problem' - What your Doctor won't tell you about Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, and Luvox.

Millions of people take Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Luvox, Bu-Spar, Effexor and other antidepressants without knowing that:

  • They cause chemical imbalances in your brain
  • They can make you more depressed and sometimes suicidal
  • They can diminish your sexual function and drive you to bizarre actions, and even increase violence.
  • They can produce dangerous withdrawal reactions when you abruptly stop taking them.

From how antidepressants work in the brain and how they treat (or don't treat) depression and obsessive-compulsive, panic, and other disorders to their little-known side and withdrawal effects and the disturbingly compromised FDA drug approval process, this invaluable guide presents the documented facts that your Doctor might not know or think to tell you. Straight talking, and up-to-the-minute, 'The Antidepressant Fact Book' will help you make your own informed health decisions; it is the book you must read before you fill your prescription.

Your Drug May Be Your Problem - How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications
Peter R. Breggin M.D. and David Cohen, Ph.D 2007
ISBN: 0-7382-0184-7

Peter R. Breggin and David Cohen openly challenge the expedient multi billion dollar chemical cartel head on, by presenting the latest scientific evidence on the terrible physical and psychological toxicities that irrevocably accrue from the most ubiquitously prescribed drugs such as Prozac, Ritalin to Valium. In lay language, Breggin and David Cohen introduce a common sense approach to the elimination of prescribed neurotoxic substances and provide viable alternatives. This book exposes the shortcomings of psychiatric drugs and guides patients through the process of withdrawing from them.

Ground breaking and empowering, 'Your Drug May Be Your Problem' offers readers what they have long sought; a medically and psychologically sound program for freeing themselves from psychiatric drugs, emphasising throughout the importance for patients to keep control over the withdrawal process. This book could be a life saver.

Toxic Psychiatry
Peter R Breggin M.D. St Martin's Press New York 1991

This new book, with its revelations is a winner! Written by an eminent psychiatrist, who is acknowledged as an expert lecturer and author on psychiatric issues, it is in simple, easy to read language which will be readily understood by 'the professional', and of equal importance, also by lay readers.

The aim of Dr Peter Breggin's book is to expose what is happening in psychiatry and to reveal that there is a far better way of treating our unfortunate fellow beings.

'Toxic Psychiatry' is written by an understanding psychiatrist who believes the mentally afflicted are real persons, human beings, or souls in struggle, who are worthy of something better than treatment by the drug and electroshock method.

Talking Back to Prozac
Peter R Breggin M.D. and Ginger Ross Breggin 1995
What doctor's aren't telling you about today's most controversial drug.

The War Against Children
Peter R Breggin M.D. and Ginger Ross Breggin

How the drugs, programs and theories of the psychiatric establishment are threatening America's children with a medical 'cure' for violence.

A Harvard-trained psychiatrist and former full-time consultant at NIMH, Dr Breggin's private practice is in Ithaca, New York, where he treats adults, couples, and families with children.

Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry: Drugs, Electroshock and the Role of the FDA
Peter R Breggin M.D. 2008

This book by renowned psychiatrist Peter Breggin documents how psychiatric drugs and electroshock disable the brain. He presents the latest scientific information on potential brain dysfunction and dangerous behavioural abnormalities produced by most widely used drugs including Prozac, Xanax, Halcion, Ritalin and Lithium.

David Cohen Ph.D. Professor of Social Services, University of Montreal said, "Once more, Dr Breggin updated us on the real evidence with respect to the safety and effectiveness of the range of specific psychiatric medications and ECT. This information is needed by all health professionals, as well as patients and families, but it is never completely available in textbooks or drug advertising."

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