Medication Madness

A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Medications Peter R. Breggin, M.D.. individual had little or no idea that ... THERE'S AN UNDERSTANDABLE TENDENCY to blame medication madness on the individual rather than on the drug.

Author: Peter R. Breggin, M.D.

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781466823952

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 400

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Medications for everything from depression and anxiety to ADHD and insomnia are being prescribed in alarming numbers across the country, but the "cure" is often worse than the original problem. 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 behaviors. As a psychiatrist who believes in holding people responsible for their conduct, the weight of scientific evidence and years of clinical experience eventually convinced Dr. Breggin that psychiatric drugs frequently cause individuals to lose their judgment and their ability to control their emotions and actions. Medication Madness raises and examines the issues surrounding personal responsibility when behavior seems driven by drug-induced adverse reactions and intoxication. Dr. Breggin personally evaluated the cases in the book in his role as a treating psychiatrist, consultant or medical expert. He interviewed survivors and witnesses, and reviewed extensive medical, occupational, educational and police records. The great majority of individuals lived exemplary lives and committed no criminal or bizarre actions prior to taking the psychiatric medications. Medication Madness reads like a medical thriller, true crime story, and courtroom drama; but it 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. In some cases our entire society was transformed by the tragic outcomes. Many categories of psychiatric drugs can cause potentially horrendous reactions. Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Xanax, lithium, Zyprexa and other psychiatric medications 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. This book documents how the FDA, the medical establishment and the pharmaceutical industry have over-sold the value of psychiatric drugs. It serves as a cautionary tale about our reliance on potentially dangerous psychoactive chemicals to relieve our emotional problems and provides a positive approach to taking personal charge of our lives.

Medication Madness

Reveals potential links between psychiatric medication and dangerous abnormal behaviors including suicide, emotional breakdowns, and violent acts; in a cautionary guide that argues that patients are rendered unaware of their mental ...

Author: Peter Roger Breggin

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 031256550X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 404

View: 846


Reveals potential links between psychiatric medication and dangerous abnormal behaviors including suicide, emotional breakdowns, and violent acts; in a cautionary guide that argues that patients are rendered unaware of their mental deteriorations and have become victims of the medical establishment. Reprint.

B chner and Madness

Madness and Medicine krank - hafte Zufälle ' ( Kant 1917 : 254 ) ( emotions are after all morbid contingencies ) . However , he acknowledges that certain emotions , especially those involved in laughter and weeping , might contribute to ...

Author: James Crighton

Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press

ISBN: UOM:39015050288631

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 318

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Dramatist Georg Buchner was a qualified medical doctor, primarily a neurologist, fascinated by psychiatry, then in its infancy. This study evaluates Buchner's portrayal of insanity in relation to the medical opinion of his time, and to contemporaneous literary treatments of the same subject in German. It provides a wide range of documentary evidence unfamiliar to literary scholars to reveal the full originality and accuracy of Buchner's insights.

Medicine Madness and Social History

Also by Roberta Bivins ACUPUNCTURE , EXPERTISE AND CROSSCULTURAL MEDICINE ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE ?: ... Technology and Medicine COMPANION TO MEDICINE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY ( editor with Roger Cooter ) Medicine , Madness and Social ...

Author: Roy Porter

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: UVA:X030254633

Category: History

Page: 320

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Honoring and extending the work of historian Roy Porter, this volume offers lively, accessible and often topical chapters presenting orginal research on the social history of medicine, madness and the Enlightenment.

Mind forg d Manacles

Yet his statement also meant a thumbs - down for medication . Madness seemed hardly responsive to drugs . 167 Traditional remedies were . harsh and indiscriminate . In so far as madness could be cured , it would not be through medicine ...

Author: Roy Porter

Publisher: Burns & Oates

ISBN: UOM:39015012533587

Category: History

Page: 412

View: 949


This book is an exploration of the attitudes towards, and treatments for, madness in the age before the mass asylum and the emergence of the psychiatric profession.

Brain Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry

This incapacity lies at the heart of spellbinding effects of drugs and is one of the main reasons that patients continue ... Fourth , extreme spellbinding produces medication madness in which the individual feels driven or compelled to ...

Author: Peter R. Breggin


ISBN: NWU:35558005637778

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 546

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Secrets of Becoming a Priority Patient

a Most of us believe that we know how to use medications wisely , both overthe - counter and prescription . We believe this because it looks simple . ... How do we survive such ' medication madness ' ? The following keys will help you ...

Author: Ronald S. Baigrie

Publisher: Sudbury, Ont. : Medical School for Patients

ISBN: 0973222603

Category: Self-Help

Page: 232

View: 618


An empowering book designed to create Priority Patients who will not only survive, but who will master the currently fragmented Canadian health care system. It will help them transform their doctor/patient relationships into partnerships. This book includes many step-by-step instructions and lists, as well as a bonus section designed to help patients create their own health care diary. SEL000000

Talking Back to Prozac

They explain what Prozac is and how it works, and they take a hard look at the real story behind today’s most controversial drug: The fact that Prozac was tested in trials of four to six weeks in length before receiving FDA approval The ...

Author: Peter R. Breggin

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781497617483

Category: Psychology

Page: 352

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A psychiatrist takes a critical look at this SSRI and newer medications that are among the most frequently prescribed drugs in America. Prozac. Millions of Americans are on it. And just about everyone else is wondering if they should be on it, too. The claims of the pro‐Prozac chorus are enticing: that it can cure everything from depression (the only disorder for which Prozac was originally approved) to fear of public speaking, PMS, obesity, shyness, migraine, and back pain—with few or no side effects. But is the reality quite different? At what price do we buy Prozac‐induced euphoria and a shiny new personality? Psychiatrist Peter Breggin, MD, and coauthor Ginger Ross Breggin answer these and other crucial questions in Talking Back to Prozac. They explain what Prozac is and how it works, and they take a hard look at the real story behind today’s most controversial drug: The fact that Prozac was tested in trials of four to six weeks in length before receiving FDA approval The difficulty Prozac’s manufacturer had in proving its effectiveness during these tests The information on side effects that the FDA failed to include in its final labeling requirements How Prozac acts as a stimulant not unlike the addictive drugs cocaine and amphetamine The dangers of possible Prozac addiction and abuse The seriousness and frequency of Prozac’s side effects, including agitation, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, loss of libido, and difficulty reaching orgasm The growing evidence that Prozac can cause violence and suicide The social and workplace implications of using the drug not to cure depression but to change personality and enhance performance Using dramatic case histories as well as scientific research and carefully documented evidence, the Breggins expose the potentially damaging effects of Prozac. They also describe the resounding success that has been achieved with more humane alternatives for the treatment of depression. Talking Back to Prozac provides essential information for anyone who takes Prozac or is considering taking it, and for those who prescribe it.

The Written Reader

In the usual post-Freudian economy, the mother is hated for her status as cheerful accomplice to the hurtful patriarchy, or she refuses that role and lapses into a resistant despair of drugs, madness, suicide. As Rosa, one narrator, ...

Author: Elizabeth Anne Oman


ISBN: UCAL:C3405056


Page: 466

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