May 29, 2008


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          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.