- Paperback: 578 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Uk Paperback Edition edition (2 July 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 000637803X
- ISBN-13: 978-0006378037
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 3.1 x 12.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Toxic Psychiatry. Drugs and Electroconvulsive Therapy: The Truth and the Better Alternatives: Why Therapy, Empathy and Love Must Replace the Drugs, ... Biochemical Theories of the New Psychiatry Paperback – 2 Jul 1993
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I bought it for research for a book I'm writing, as I gave my copy away some years ago to someone who needed it.
We need more books like this to help a lay person understand what drugs are being administered in the mental health area , especially.
As it is, it comes across as being very politically incorrect (I don't usually consider that a criticism, but in this case I make an exception) and dated in many respects. I suppose that science (or alleged or pseudo-science, as the authors contend here) is particularly vulnerable to the passage of time - more so than other academic disciplines. It would be an interesting exercise to compare psychiatry today and psychiatry 25 years ago - point by point.
But it is in a curious kind of limbo. Old enough to be 'old hat' and scientifically largely discredited and/or superannuated, but not old enough to appeal to historians. Its only USP is perhaps that it is an early adopter of the anti-psychiatry creed.
Here are some examples of Toxic's current marginalization:
(1) Psychiatric patients are called "non-conforming people" and "few" (in the foreword) and their behaviour is labelled as being "strange", without apparent irony. Obviously, they are no longer "few" and, moreover, it could be argued that this generation IS conforming BECAUSE it takes so many psychiatric medications! Mental patients' behaviour being described in such a casually pejorative way would also raise eyebrows today.
(2) Also in the foreword it is stated that "psychiatry is NOT a popular medical speciality" (my capitals). Well, this has turned on its head in 20 years - psychiatry is the most lucrative of specialities and probably one of the, if not the, most popular. Probing the mind, whether via psychology or psychiatry (or sociology or economics for groups), is in vogue right now and has been for at least a decade.Read more ›
I particularly liked his critical approach to genetic theories of mental illness, these types of theories have received a lot of attention and popular support, indeed when I was a psychiatric nursing student we were led to believe that it was a fact that schizophrenia was a genetic illness, when in fact there is no proof to support this theory.
So few people question the claims of the psychiatric establishment, we live in an age when anti-depressants such as Seroxat ( a sister drug to Prozac) are being prescribed for the relief of shyness! Breggin makes the point that bio-chemical quick fixes, far from being the panacea for all our mental/emotional afflictions may in fact be exacerbating these conditions and leading on to further mental decline, and that these drugs do indeed represent a toxic threat to our minds and bodies. His plea for a more compassionate system of care, based on empathy and understanding should be heeded.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this because I'm a Psychologist that doesn't believe in the medicalisation of disorders that have not been proven to get better when taking such medications. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Yet another excellent book by Peter R Breggin MD. about the dreadful effects of the use of antipsychotics or neuroleptics drugs, antidepressants, stimulants, minor tranquillizers... Read morePublished on 28 May 2014 by Carla Carmichael Homeopathy
Breggin is one of the two most prominent heroes of the opposition to psychiatry movement, who has been campaigning against tortures in the name of psychiatry since the fifties of... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2011 by MeTZelf
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