Mental Health Survival Kit and Withdrawal from Psychiatric Drugs:: A User's Guide

Mental Health Survival Kit and Withdrawal from Psychiatric Drugs:: A User's Guide

by Peter C. Gtzsche
Mental Health Survival Kit and Withdrawal from Psychiatric Drugs:: A User's Guide

Mental Health Survival Kit and Withdrawal from Psychiatric Drugs:: A User's Guide

by Peter C. Gtzsche



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This book can help people with mental health issues to survive and return to a normal life. Citizens believe, and the science shows, that medications for depression and psychosis and admission to a psychiatric ward are more often harmful than beneficial. Yet most patients take psychiatric drugs for years. Doctors have made hundreds of millions of patients dependent on psychiatric drugs without knowing how to help them taper off the drugs safely, which can be very difficult. The book explains in detail how harmful psychiatric drugs are and gives detailed advice about how to come off them.
You will learn:

  • why you should not see a psychiatrist if you have a mental health issue
  • that psychiatric drugs are addictive
  • that the biggest lie in psychiatry is the one about a chemical imbalance being the cause of psychiatric disorders
  • that psychiatric diagnoses are unscientific and that doctors disagree widely when making diagnoses
  • that psychiatric drugs can lead to permanent brain damage
  • that psychiatric drugs should never be stopped abruptly because withdrawal reactions can be dangerous
  • why psychotherapy and other psychosocial interventions should be preferred over drugs
  • why you should generally not believe what doctors tell you about psychiatric disorders and their treatment
  • why volunteers have found the book so important that they have translated it into French, Portuguese and Spanish

"Peter Gøtzsche's new book meets patients' need to get tools on how to deal with psychoactive drugs and, above all, not to start them. Gøtzsche is very clear about the role of GPs in medicalizing grief, misfortune, opposition, and bad luck. In this he finds the American emeritus professor of psychiatry and chairman of the DSM-III committee, Allen Frances, at his side. Both Gøtzsche and Frances have repeatedly stated that psychoactive drugs should not be prescribed by GPs because they lack experience in their use. And above all, unhappiness, grief, and bad luck are not signs of brain disorders, they belong to daily life." Additionally, Gøtzsche reveals that most psychoactive drugs do not work – 'they might only achieve statistically significant differences compared to placebo, but that's not what patients need.'"
-- Dick Bijl, former GP, epidemiologist, and current president of the International Society of Drug Bulletins.
"Peter C. Gøtzsche wrote this book to help people with mental health problems survive and return to a normal life. His book explains in detail how psychiatric drugs are harmful and people are told how they can safely withdraw from them. It also advises on how people with mental health problems can avoid making a 'career' as a psychiatric patient and losing 10 or 15 years of their life to psychiatry. You will find precious material to help plan and accompany this process of liberation from psychiatry."
-- Fernando Freitas, PhD, Psychologist, Full Professor and Researcher at the National School of Public Health (ENSP/FIOCRUZ). Co-editor of Mad in Brazil
"In this work, addressed to people affected by the risk of being caught in the system of attention to mental health issues, Dr. Gøtzsche succinctly exposes, without beating about the bush, the damage caused by psychiatric medications, demonstrates that their widespread use is not based on evidence, which is mainly driven by commercial pressures that have nothing to do with the recovery of patients, and present safe ways to dispose of them, always gradually and under supervision of trustworthy people to minimize the syndrome of abstinence and successfully overcome all the difficulties that the process involves."
-- Enric García Torrents, writing for Mad in Spain
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Product Details

BN ID: 2940160909240
Publisher: Institute for Scientific Freedom
Publication date: 12/10/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Professor Peter C Gøtzsche graduated as a Master of Science in biology and chemistry in 1974 and as a physician 1984. He is a specialist in internal medicine; worked with clinical trials and regulatory affairs in the drug industry 1975-83, and at hospitals in Copenhagen 1984-95. With about 80 others, he co-founded the Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 (the founder is Sir Iain Chalmers), and established the Nordic Cochrane Centre the same year. He became professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the University of Copenhagen and has been a member of the Cochrane Governing Board twice. He now works freelance. Became visiting Professor, Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University in 2019. Founded the Institute for Scientific Freedom in 2019.
Gøtzsche has published more than 75 papers in “the big five” (BMJ, Lancet, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine and New England Journal of Medicine) and his scientific works have been cited over 150,000 times.
Gøtzsche has an interest in statistics and research methodology. He has co-authored the following guidelines for good reporting of research:
• CONSORT for randomized trials (,
• STROBE for observational studies (,
• PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (, and
• SPIRIT for trial protocols (
Gøtzsche is Protector for the Hearing Voices Network in Denmark.
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