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Your Drug May Be Your Problem, Revised Edition: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications

Your Drug May Be Your Problem, Revised Edition: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications [Kindle Edition]

Peter Breggin , David Cohen
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When first published in 1999, Your Drug May Be Your Problem was ahead of its time. The only book to provide an uncensored description of the dangers involved in taking every kind of psychiatric medication, it was also the first and only book to explain how to safely stop taking them. In the time elapsed, there have been numerous studies suggesting or proving the dangers of some psychiatric medications and even the FDA now acknowledges the problems; more studies are under way to determine their long-term and withdrawal effects. In the meantime, this book continues to be ever relevant and helpful. Fully updated to include study results and new medications that have come to market, Your Drug May Be Your Problem will help countless readers exert control over their own psychiatric treatment.

About the Author

Dr Peter Breggin is the author of a dozen books including Talking Back to Prozac and The Antidepressant Factbook. He lives in Ithaca, New York. David Cohen, PhD, is a professor of social work at Florida International University. He lives in Miami Beach, Florida.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 669 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0738210986
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 Rev Upd edition (7 Sep 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SAV6SI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #235,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars giving choice through truth 9 Nov 2004
This a must read for anyone who may wish to consider stopping taking psychiatric medication or wishes to be more informed about such drugs in general. There are few books around which give insight into how to stop taking psychiatric drugs and this is the best. On many occassions when people have stopped taking psychiatric drugs, they have become ill, often this is blamed on an underlying mental illness such as depression or schizophrenia and psychiatrists offer convincing arguments about the efficency of drugs to their patients, which helps establish a system of psychiatric slavery. Breggin and Cohen present the view that withdrawal or discontinuation of psychiatric drugs can in fact cause serious withdrawal syndromes, which in fact may mimic mental illnesses, such as psychosis or depression and some possible consequences of withdrawal may even cause death. It is of course vital to be properly informed about stopping any such medication and this book gives good information, whilst recommending clinical supervision, though this may not have to be from a psychiatrist.
Highlighted is the lack of open and honest research by drug companies and their inflated claims about their products. This is especially topical as it has recently come to light that Glaxo kept quiet information which showed seroxat to be no more effective than a placebo, whilst having potential for serious side effects. The way in which certain drugs, the neuroleptics, have and are used as chemical restraints, is also themed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! 4 Aug 1999
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I'm a normally functioning working woman with usual pressures from job, children, etc., and I'm amazed to see how quickly my doctor has rushed to prescribe drugs for any complaints I voiced. Xanax, Valium, Zoloft... Try to get off them once you're on them and your doctor doesn't believe that they're making things worse! I found this book to be a true revelation and wish it had been around before I got started with drugs, when all I needed was some understanding -- and maybe a vacation. With age and maturity, I've realized that anxiety and depression are also the price to pay for life's joys and accomplishments. This book brings a really refreshing perspective, and is packed full of information that I've read nowhere else. This is a must-read for anybody who's been handed a prescription for psychiatric drugs.
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This is the perfect book for anyone who wonders why she or he feels WORSE -- whether emotionally or physically -- when using psychiatric drugs like Prozac or lithium. Both easy to understand and thoroughly researched, "Your Drug May Be Your Problem" explains why the drugs are dangerous, how to safely stop using them, and how to deal with emotional crises without resorting to drugs. In a culture in which psychiatric drugs are pushed by everyone from the White House down to the neighborhood elementary school, this book is a refreshing change. I WISH I'd had the information contained in this book six years ago when doctors put me on a nightmarish regimen of psychiatric drugs. All in all, a fascinating and enlightening read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A view from within 20 Mar 2008
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I bought this book due to experiencing first hand resistance from Doctors in regards to looking at psychiatric medication as a cause for worsening symptoms in patients. It's absolutely true that most Doctors will view symptoms such as agitation and aggression as a factor of the illness instead of due to a side-effect of the medication. I thoroughly agree with the Authors that if a patient deteriorates after receiving treatment then the treatment should be assessed first however I encounter barriers from both the Doctors and often my colleagues too. Doctors will perform a whole series of blood tests and scans to ascertain a cause before even considering side-effects, this is a costly approach. Most Doctors will use the argument that these side-effects are rare in the belief that for some reason that excludes their patients, I specialise in Elderly care and it's well documented that side-effects are more common in the Elderly and Children.

The reason I only gave the book 4 stars is because I felt that the focus on Psychiatric drugs exclusively could give the impression that other drugs do not have similar side-effects. 30% of side-effects relating to general medicines are neuro-psychiatric. Proton-pump inhibitors for example can cause both depression and psychotic symptoms. I believe it would be useful in a future edition of the book to add a chapter on the psychiatric risks associated with non-psychiatric medications.

Also the Authors suggested that Physical restraint may be preferable to medication restraint. I disagree with this because with physical restraint a patient continues to be agitated and suffering the symptoms, the physical restraint approach doesn't alleviate the mental suffering and can place tremendous stress on the patient.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great exposee of pharmeceutical drug use in mental health.
Published 2 months ago by Fiona Milligan
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening.!
I purchased this book whilst taking 'Psychotropic Drugs'. It certainly opened my eyes to certain problems I was having whilst being prescribed several different medications for... Read more
Published 7 months ago by hippychic
4.0 out of 5 stars Self Help
Read a few times, and helpful to me in my circumstances. Very biased. I did follow some guidelines in the book.
Published 9 months ago by A. M. Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars The hidden truth about psychiatric medications
I have read some of the books written by Dr Breggin, including the previous editions of this one and I am now reading his latest book "Brain Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry". Read more
Published 18 months ago by acidtest
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
Over the last 20 years I have taken many of the drugs mentioned in this book. I have suffered with side effects and have long term kidney problems caused by one drug. Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2010 by MollyP
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the book I needed to help my friend
This book is a very useful one. It shows the dangers of psychiatric drugs, points out to the obvious fact that they seldom help you, and make you see your grief as something you... Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2010 by ProfJackmann
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener
An informative and very readable book which raises some serious questions about the use of anti depressants and anti psychotic drugs as well as making you think a little more about... Read more
Published on 16 July 2009 by J. Tucker
3.0 out of 5 stars Your Drug May NOT Be Your Problem
There are many good things about this book which could hugely benefit anyone trying to come off a psychiatric medication. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2008 by S. Witkowski-Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must-read for independent thinkers.
In a culture so brainwashed with the Doctor as Deity myth, it's time we started thinking critically about the sources of information we rely so heavily on where our minds and... Read more
Published on 2 Sep 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Alternative
This is an excellent book for professionals and patients alike. The authors provide an important guide for those seeking to get off psychiatric drugs. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 1999
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