In this highly politicized season, is there something we can all agree upon?
I think so. From the political left or right, we should be able to come
together around the idea that it’s bad to use psychiatric drugs to control
Dr. Breggin writes on the 2008 FDA warning on anti-seizure medications prescribed
off-label as mood-stabilizers.
The front cover of the May 26, 2008 Newsweek has a banner headline, "Growing Up
Bipolar" with a split-face photograph of a ten-year-old boy. The headline
should have read, "Victim of Psychiatric Assault."
A Stanford University study described in the May 24-25, 2008 Wall Street Journal by
reporter Jonathan Kaufman has shown that nearly one in ten of 11th graders take
stimulants like Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta without a prescription.
Dr. Breggin’s latest book, Medication Madness, reads like a medical thriller,
true crime story, and courtroom drama; but it is firmly based in the latest
scientific research and in dozens of case studies. The lives of the children
and adults in these stories, as well as the lives of their families and their
victims, were thrown into turmoil and sometimes destroyed by the
unanticipated effects of psychiatric drugs. More than fifty true-life tales of
violence, suicide, and crime.
The new second edition of Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry is a thorough and
up-to-date presentation of Dr. Breggin’s overall critique of modern psychiatry, including
the latest medications and treatments. It describes general principles for the safe withdrawal
from psychiatric drugs with specific examples of withdrawal problems related to
each type of psychiatric medication, including antidepressants, tranquilizers,
stimulants, mood stabilizers and neuroleptic (antipsychotic) drugs. And
for interested professionals, patients and clients, it presents guidelines for how
to conduct psychotherapy and counseling without resort to psychiatric
drugs, even for the most emotionally distressed people.