Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry: Drugs, Electroshock, and the Role of the FDA

Overview

In this book, 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 behavioral abnormalities produced by the most widely used drugs, including Prozac, Xanax, Halcion, Ritalin, and lithium.

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Overview

In this book, 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 behavioral abnormalities produced by the most widely used drugs, including Prozac, Xanax, Halcion, Ritalin, and lithium.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826194916
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter R. Breggin, MD, is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and former full-time consultant at NIMH. He is in private practice in Ithaca, New York, and the author of dozens of scientific articles and more than twenty books. Some of his many books include Toxic Psychiatry, Talking Back to Ritalin, The Antidepressant Fact Book, and The Heart of Being Helpful: Empathy and the Creation of a Healing Presence, and, with co-author Ginger Breggin, Talking Back to Prozac. His most recent publications include Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide, and Crime (2008) and Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry: Drugs, Electroshock and the Psychopharmaceutical Complex, Second Edition (SPC, 2008). Dr. Breggin is the founder and director of The Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education and Living (www.EmpathicTherapy.org) His professional website is www.breggin.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgments
• The Brain-Disabling Principles of Psychiatric Treatment
• Deactivation Syndrome (Chemical Lobotomy) Caused by Neuroleptics
• Neuroleptic-Induced Anguish, Including Agitation, Despair, and Depression
• Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, Tardive Dyskinesia, Tardive Dystonia, and Tardive Akathisia
• Neuroleptic-Induced Brain Damage, Persistent Cognitive Deficits, Dementia, and Psychosis
• Antidepressants, Including Prozac-Induced Violence and Suicide
• Lithium and Other Drugs for Bipolar Disorder
• Electroshock for Depression
Stimulants and Other Drugs for Children, Including an Analysis of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
• Antianxiety Drugs, Including Behavioral Abnormalities Caused by Xanax and Halcion
• Drug Companies and the Food and Drug Administration: Failed Mandates

Bibliography

Index

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