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Brain-disabling treatments in psychiatry : drugs, electroshock, and the psychopharmaceutical complex / Peter R. Breggin, MD.

Breggin, Peter Roger, 1936-
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Presents the latest scientific information on potential brain dysfunction and dangerous behavioral abnormalities produced by the most widely used drugs including Prozac, Xanax, Halcion, Ritalin, and lithium. The new edition concludes with two entirely new chapters on treatment--one on how to safely withdraw from psychiatric drugs and the other about psychosocial and educational approaches to very disturbed people, including 20 guidelines for therapy.


New York : Springer Publishing Company, [2008]

Physical description

xxx, 546 pages ; 24 cm


2nd ed.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (p. 463-526) and index.


The brain-disabling, spellbinding effects of psychiatric drugs -- Deactivation syndrome (chemical lobotomy) caused by neuroleptics -- neuroleptic-induced anguish, including agitation, despair, and depression -- Severe and potentially irreversible neurological syndromes (tardive dyskinesia and neuroleptic malignant syndrome) caused by neuroleptics -- Neuroleptic-induced neurotoxicity, brain damage, persistent cognitive deficits, dementia, and psychosis -- Recent developments in antidepressant label changes -- Antidepressant-induced mental, behavioral, and cerebral abnormalities -- Lithium and other drugs for bipolar disorder -- Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for depression -- From attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to bipolar disorder : diagnosing America's children -- Stimulant-induced brain damage, brain dysfunction, and psychiatric adverse reactions -- Antianxiety drugs, including behavioral abnormalities caused by Xanax and Halcion -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) : drug company advocates -- Drug company deceptions -- How to more safely stop taking psychiatric drugs -- Failed promises, last resorts, and psychotherapy.


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