Toxic Psychiatry: Why Therapy, Empathy and Love Must Replace the Drugs, Electroshock, and 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., breaks through the hype and false promises surrounding the "New Psychiatry" and shows how dangerous, even ...

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Overview

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., breaks through the hype and false promises surrounding the "New Psychiatry" and shows how dangerous, even potentially brain-damaging, many of its drugs and treatments are. He asserts that: psychiatric drugs are spreading an epidemic of long-term brain damage; mental "illnesses" like schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety disorder have never been proven to be genetic or even physical in origin, but are under the jurisdiction of medical doctors; millions of schoolchildren, housewives, elderly people, and others are labeled with medical diagnoses and treated with authoritarian interventions, rather than being patiently listened to, understood, and helped.

Toxic Psychiatry sounds a passionate, much-needed wake-up call for everyone who plays a part, active or passive, in America's ever-increasing dependence on harmful psychiatric drugs.

Issuing a passionate, much-needed wake-up call for everyone who plays a part in America's ever-increasing dependence on harmful psychiatric drugs, a psychiatrist breaks through the hype and false promises surrounding the "New Psychiatry" and shows how potentially dangerous, even brain-damaging, many of its drugs and treatments are.

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"Dr. Breggin is the conscience of American psychiatry. The truths he tells are important not only for patients and professionals, but also for the general public. Definitely a 'must read'; even more important, a 'must think about.'"—Bertram P. Karon, Ph.D., author of Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia

"Much of today's psychiatric science is based on wish, myth, and politics. Breggin addresses this self-serving pseudoscience head-on."—Loren Mosher, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Former Chief of the Center for Studies of Schizophrenia, The National Institute of Mental Health

"Peter Breggin is the leading voice in this country exposing psychiatry's betrayal of the most fundamental essence of what it means to be human. In this Drug Age, read this book before your next dose."—Eileen Walkenstein, M.D., psychiatrist and author of Beyond the Couch, Don't Shrink to Fit, and Your Inner Therapist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312113667
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 390,773
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., is a leading critic of psychiatric drugs and the psychopharmaceutical complex. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Case Western Reserve Medical School, and was formerly a teaching fellow at Harvard Medical School and a full-time consultant with the National Institute of Mental Health. He is the director of the Center for the Study of Psychiatry and has been in the full-time practice of psychiatry in Bethesda, Maryland, since 1968. Dr. Breggin is the author, with Ginger Ross Breggin, of Talking Back to Prozac and The War Against Children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2003

    The fringe of psychiatry

    Before I criticize this book, it should be said that Breggin really seems to care about psychiatry and wants to help people. That said, this book is a little bit loony- Breggin has taken such an extreme stance against biochemical treatment of mental illness that he almost can't be taken seriously. He's so far from objective, that eventually the discerning reader may just stop listening. I suppose people should read this book anyway, as it may change their perspective a bit. I just think Breggin would be more credible if he didn't force his way into such a ridiculously extreme position.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2000

    Enlightening...

    This book absolutely changed the way I think about the medical/psychiatric treatment of mental dis-ease with drugs and ECT. I cannot stress enough how passionately I feel about this book!!! It seems the American way for a quick fix for the treatment of mental illness is proving itself less than heroic. I wish I could thank Dr. Breggin for writing this book, and would recommend it to everyone who is now taking, or is considering taking psychiatric drugs. If nothing else, you will see that you do not have to blindly swallow what you are fed by media and marketing companies, and at least feel secure in making a more educated decision about your well being.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 1999

    A Must-Read

    A great book. A terrific resource. Breggin lucidly challenges the pharmaceutical and psychiatric industries in America to tell the truth about their products. Drugs are not the answer to every problem and as a Johns-Hopkins psychiatrist with Harvard training, Breggin is fully qualified to ask the questions. Every American is affected by the bio-psychiatric industry, and every American should know the facts that Breggin makes plain in Toxic Psychiatry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2006

    A Must-Read For Everyone With A Mind & Heart!

    This is a brilliant and wonderful book by a doctor with the compassion of an angel. If more doctors were like him the healthcare system would be in much better shape, and no one would forget the _care_ in healthcare. I can't say enough good things about Dr. Breggin, he is truly a gift to humanity. You owe it to yourself to read his books, for he truly cares for all people and understands that drugs do not solve people's problems- people who care about others solve people's problems. As Dr. Breggin so wisely says, there is no 'quick fix' to our problems that doesn't carry unexpected consequences, often terrible ones. However, he elucidates a new way to deal with problems and conflicts based on loving, caring, and respecting all people, even those tagged 'insane'. He's often called 'the conscience of modern Psychiatry' and with this book , it's easy to understand why. I can't recommend this book too highly for anyone and everyone alive today. Everything I've read by him has been brilliant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2004

    There is still hope for Americans who feel the best way to curing a problem is through toxication. I am a student who beleive that the mind has power over all things. Particularly, the mind itself. The mind can heal itself, not psychiatric drugs.

    I was always a beleiver in human and the power we have over our behavior. All it take is the recognition of our issues and the willingness to address them in a manner that doesn't add to the issue. When I heard about this book: 'Toxic Psychiatry' I didn't care how much it cost, I had to get it. As a student of Behavioral health, and my experience working with the psychiatric population, I see first hand the pain,and the non-loving ways in which these patients health are view by caregivers. It hurts my heart, because they are treated in ways that lead them to feel that is what they are. Thanks for Dr. Breggin's bold honesty. His faith and genuine need to perpetuate giving and wanting what is the very nature of what psychiatry is about. thanks for your openness and sharing with those who are broad-sided by the numbness those toxic pills brings to the spirits of mankind. You are with true integrity because you choose mankind over popularity in your vocation. God bless you! and as a student in humanity, I am pleased with your venture to help make mankind whole and human again.

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