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Toxic Psychiatry: Why Therapy, Empathy & Love Must Replace the Drugs, Electroshock & Biochemical Theories of the New Psychiatry

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Prozac, Xanax, Halcion, Haldol, Lithium. These psychiatric drugs--and dozens of other short-term "solutions"--are being prescribed by doctors across the country as a quick antidote to depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other psychiatric problems. But at what cost?

In this searing, myth-shattering exposé, psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin, M.D., break
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published August 15th 1994 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1991)
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Nobeing
This book takes some of the issues Stasz talks around and adds the detail. It carefully deconstructs the genetic and biological basis for so called brain disorders and addictions labelled as mental illness and sets out the reasons why this view is so dominant and dangerous. Science has not found a depression gene or a schizophrenic gene and has failed to show that chemical imbalances or changes in the brain's neural circuitry are a cause as opposed to an effect of our mental ill health. Breggin ...more
Andy
An excellent read ! My complaint is that it's a bit dated and it's taken me so long to get to it. That said, everything contained is still relative, Mr Breggin makes no bones about calling out individual Psychiatrists, Doctors, the American Medical Association and the APA, as well as the Big Pharma companies pushing a drug agenda and poisoning us with the lie that it's help.....
Tree
An interesting perspective on how medicines do not heal your mental illness, just mask it. Best to solve your problems, instead of taking potentially brain-damaging medications.
Emily
Amazing book!!! Am so glad I read this book!
Sandra
I just started to read this book since I'm just about 2/3 done with The Trauma Model by Colin Ross and - I'm getting a little board with Ross's book. Since I just started to read this book all I can comment on is the few parts that I have read. This book was published in 1991. . about 23 years ago.

When you think of psychiatry, you probably think of Schizophrenia. Well, that is what I read on first and let me tell you - the stuff with the shocking the brain thing - it happened more often than yo
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Shane
Medical maverick, Peter Breggin MD, highly opionated, excoriating attacks on the establishment-a real hippie- aligned in the R.D. Laing "sane in a mad world" philosophy. What I really pulled from the book was the description of schizophrenia and other severe illnesses as "psychospiritual" crises. A term I believe I will continue to use...

"Pt preoccupations typically focus on his/her place in the universe, often in an exalted or central role that is highly unrealistic"
Through my own experiences,
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Bruce Gumbert
Good book if you are trying to understand psychiatry issues
Rosie Bernardo
totally amazing. opens up your eyes to the truth of how awful psych meds are and gives you alternatives. If you have kids or know someone on meds, read this book and pass it on.
Keighley Hayes
Would certainly not believe everything in this.. but sheds a lot of light on topics that I do truly believe need to change immediately.
Daver
Too much right now, but good so far and will return to. Got out of it what I could for where I am right now.
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