Your Drug May be Your Problem: How and why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications

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Perseus, 2000 - Psychology - 272 pages
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The first book to guide patients and doctors through the process of withdrawing from psychiatric drugs.. Psychiatric drugs are prescribed to more than twenty million Americans but can these drugs do more harm than good?While a doctor may take fifteen minutes to determine the need for a psychiatric drug, the patient may end up taking it for months, years, or a lifetime. We deserve to know the dangers in advance -including the difficulties we may encounter when trying to withdraw. Your Drug May Be Your Problem is the only book to provide an up-to-date, uncensored description of the dangers involved in taking every kind of psychiatric medication, and it is the first and only book to explain how to coordinate a safe withdrawal from them.

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In psychiatric circles today, being anti-drug has become a countercultural stance. This rebellious review of psychiatric drugs argues that patients should be better informed before starting or ... Read full review

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Obviously, the authors of this particular book have never had a child with a mental illness. If they did they would not speak of all psychiatric medicines in such a negative light. My bipolar daughter has had numerous suicide attempts, hospitalizations, self injury wounds, etc. since the age of eleven. She is fifteen now, and the only reason she is finally able to go to school and socialize with peers is due to her medications. It may have been a long, hard road in getting the right diagnosis and med cocktail, but I truly believe she would not be alive today if not for her medication. Although she still may relapse occasionally (when her lithium level gets low), she is a million times better on her medicine than she ever was before medication. I believe the authors should spend less time dwelling on the POSSIBLE side effects of these medications and focus more on the benefits of these medicines. Psychiatric medications can save lives! 

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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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