The Ritalin Fact Book: What Your Doctor Won't Tell You about ADHD and Stimulant Drugs

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Known as the "Ralph Nader of psychiatry," Peter Breggin has been the medical expert in countless civil and criminal cases involving the use or misuse of psychoactive medications. This unusual position has given him unprecedented access to private pharmaceutical research and correspondence files, access that informs this straight-talking guide to the most-prescribed and controversial class of psychoactive medications prescribed for children. From how these drugs work in the brain to documented side and withdrawal ...
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The Ritalin Fact Book: What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About Adhd And Stimulant Drugs

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Overview

Known as the "Ralph Nader of psychiatry," Peter Breggin has been the medical expert in countless civil and criminal cases involving the use or misuse of psychoactive medications. This unusual position has given him unprecedented access to private pharmaceutical research and correspondence files, access that informs this straight-talking guide to the most-prescribed and controversial class of psychoactive medications prescribed for children. From how these drugs work in the brain to documented side and withdrawal effects, The Ritalin Fact Book is up-to-the-minute and easy-to-access. With its suggestions for non-prescriptive ways to treat ADD and ADHD, it is essential reading for every parent whose child is on or who has been recommended psychoactive medication.
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Written to provide adults the information they need to make informed choices about the medications they use and those they give their children, this book explains how stimulants work and identifies their limitations and potential harms. It also scrutinizes the ADHD diagnoses and provides alternative treatments. Breggin is a psychiatrist. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738204505
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 762,428
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., is the author of a dozen books, including Talking Back to Prozac and The Antidepressant Factbook. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables ix
Acknowledgments xi
The Stimulant Drugs xiii
Be Informed xv
Introduction: Facts Unavailable Anywhere Else xvii
Part I Understanding Stimulant Medication 1
Chapter 1 A Factual Antidote to Stimulant Drug Misinformation 2
Chapter 2 A Child's Journey Through Psychiatric Diagnoses and Drugs 4
Chapter 3 Of Cages and Creativity--How Stimulants Work 16
Chapter 4 How Stimulants Cause Psychiatric Disorders 30
Chapter 5 How Stimulants Harm the Child's Brain 43
Chapter 6 How Stimulants Harm the Child's Body 53
Chapter 7 How Stimulants Cause Withdrawal, Addiction, and Abuse 67
Chapter 8 How to Withdraw from Stimulants 77
Chapter 9 Do Stimulants Really Help with "ADHD"? 85
Chapter 10 Do Antidepressants and Other Drugs Help with "ADHD"? 92
Chapter 11 Do "Alternative Treatments" Help with "ADHD"? 107
Chapter 12 The Ultimate Source of Misinformation 112
Part II Understanding and Improving ADHD-Like Behaviors 121
Chapter 13 The Real Nature of "ADHD" 122
Chapter 14 The Real Nature of "Learning Disorders" 137
Chapter 15 Why "ADHD" Should Not Be Considered a Disability 147
Chapter 16 How to Provide Guidance in the Family 152
Chapter 17 How to Help Out-of-Control Children 161
Chapter 18 How to Provide Guidance in the Classroom and Other Groups 175
Chapter 19 When the School Says Your Child Has a Problem 189
Chapter 20 Getting Worse Before It Gets Better 195
Chapter 21 After September 11--A Better Future for Our Children 201
Notes 205
Bibliography 215
Index 225
About the Author 235
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2008

    Dr. Breggin hits the nail on the head

    Dr Breggin is one of the few psychiatrists willing to go up against the powerful $600 billion medical/psychiatric complex that sends out over 100,000 drug pushers 'reps'. The diagnosis of ADHD and childhood bipolar are little more than excuses to drug children into submission, without any knowlege of long term risks and consequences. After 6 years of learning from painful experience that psychiatric drugs range from ineffective to destructive, I suggest reading Dr. Breggins books before your children become dependent on these 'medications'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2002

    One Trick Pony

    Its a shame that someone can put add "Dr." to their name and publish a book and suddenly they have some claim on legitimacy. The fact that "Dr." Breggin is simply taking advantage of the fear and worry that exists over ADHD, is evidenced by the outrageous claims he makes, such as: drugs used to treat ADHD have serious side effects like psychosis. If you read this, please do yourself a favor and get a second opinion. Ask a healthcare provider you trust about the real risks and benefits of medication. Just take a look at his other books for sale, Breggin is a one-trick pony, and an embarrassment to his profession.

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