Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent is a critical appraisal of the medications which an estimated 20% of Americans consume on a regular (and sometimes involuntary) basis.
It is the philosophically, epidemiologically, and scientifically supported revelation of how and why psychiatry's drug therapies have contributed to a standard of care which frequently does more to harm than to cure.
Extensively researched and documented, the book addresses:
-- the process by which psychiatric drugs reach the market
-- the history and philosophy of Evidence Based Medicine
-- the common flaws in research methodologies which negate the validity of the psychiatric RCT (Randomized Controlled Trial)
-- the problem of allostatic load (how drugs stress the body)
-- the history, long term effects, and utility of the drugs used to suppress symptoms of depression, psychosis, inattention and hyperactivity
-- the effectiveness of alternatives to medication
Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent exposes the current crisis in medical ethics and epistemology, and attempts to restore to psychiatry an authentically informed consent to care.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is fascinating and was hard to put down. Written by a professional in a way that the layman can understand it explodes myths from the pharmaceutical industry. Every professional involved in mental health should be made to read it. Those in Government who approve drugs would learn a lot from it.
When 'holistic types' and angry parents write something critical of biological psychiatry, it is unfortunately easy to dismiss. When a physician with Dr. Jackson's credentials, insight, clarity, and sound reasoning produces a tome like this, it is impossible to dismiss. Dr. Jackson has first-hand experience in the field of biological psychiatry and uses it plus her impressive knowledge of research methods to mount a solid critique of biological psychiatry. Her refreshing reliance on common sense--rather than esoteric medical methods--is going to create an even greater rift in the psychiatric field. I predict that more physicians are going to lay down their sad biological theories and begin to incorporate a sounder, more human understanding of emotional and psychological pain. It is not a n exaggeration to say that Dr. Jackson's book will be a blessing to all who hurt.