Medication Madness: True Stories of Mayhem, Murder, and Suicide Caused by Psychiatric Drugs

Medication Madness: True Stories of Mayhem, Murder, and Suicide Caused by Psychiatric Drugs

by Peter Breggin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312363389

ISBN-13: 9780312363383

Pub. Date: 07/08/2008

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312363383
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
07/08/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.42(h) x 1.27(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: These Are True Stories     1
Killing the Pain-and Almost the Cop     5
What Is Medication Spellbinding?     18
The Toothless Watchdog Growls     36
Young Girl Murderers in the Making     56
Doctors Driven Mad by Medication     72
Killing Loved Ones to Save the World     98
Drug-Induced "Happy Faces"     111
Not Quite Twelve Years Old     129
Sleeping Pill Madness     140
Tranquilized Into Violence     156
A Courtroom Christmas Story     163
A Vicious Addiction     167
He Wanted to Do Better in School     180
Spellbound by Ritalin Addiction     200
Parents Forced to Drug Their Children     211
This Is Not My Daughter     222
Dilemmas and Difficulties in the Role of the Medical Expert     239
Drug Companies on Trial     246
Marketing Myths and the Truth About Psychiatric Medication     269
Spellbound by Drug-Withdrawal Reactions     287
Making Drug Withdrawal as Safe as Possible     293
The Tough Question of Personal Responsibility     311
Choose Your Last Resort Wisely     323
Psychiatric Medications by Category     335
What Else Can You Do?     341
Notes     343
Bibliography     361
Index     377
About the Author     383

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