Toxic Psychiatry: Why Therapy, Empathy & Love Must Replace by Peter R. Breggin

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By Peter R. Breggin

Publish yr note: First released 1991

Prozac, Xanax, Halcion, Haldol, Lithium. those psychiatric drugs--and dozens of alternative temporary "solutions"--are being prescribed by way of medical professionals around the kingdom as a brief antidote to melancholy, panic illness, obsessive-compulsive sickness, and different psychiatric difficulties. yet at what cost?

In this searing, myth-shattering exposé, psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin, M.D., breaks in the course of the hype and fake delivers surrounding the "New Psychiatry" and indicates how risky, even very likely brain-damaging, a lot of its medicinal drugs and coverings are. He asserts that: psychiatric medicines are spreading an endemic of long term mind harm; psychological "illnesses" like schizophrenia, melancholy, and nervousness illness have by no means been confirmed to be genetic or maybe actual in starting place, yet are lower than the jurisdiction of docs; thousands of schoolchildren, housewives, aged humans, and others are classified with clinical diagnoses and handled with authoritarian interventions, instead of being patiently listened to, understood, and helped.

Toxic Psychiatry sounds a passionate, much-needed serious warning call for everybody who performs an element, energetic or passive, in America's ever-increasing dependence on destructive psychiatric medicines.

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Physicians often disagree about the exactness of these prescribed schedules; therefore, clients can become confused. In addition, clients may be unsure which aspects of the medication or treatment regime are most important (Airaksinen, Ahonen, & Enlund, 1993). When clients first begin taking medication, they are often confused about instructions to decrease or increase their dosage depending on their feelings or symptoms. In such cases, clients often do not trust their own feelings and may either take too much or too little medication.

For example, 95% of the body’s serotonin (5-HT) is processed within the digestive tract (Arden & Linford, 2009). Although the exact relationship is not known, we do know there is a connection between certain neurochemicals and specific feelings, thoughts, and emotions. For example, much attention has been paid to serotonin over the last 10–15 years. Its relationship with depression and anxiety has captured the interest of many professionals as well as the lay community. Research suggests serotonin is a relatively simple neurochemical that appears vital to the brain’s regulation of many bodily functions such as sleep, appetite, muscular activity, breathing, and blood circulation.

The professional’s role in understanding, relating, and recommending the best course of action for a client based on the client’s individual reaction to medication is an essential part of the intervention process. It is also wise not to consider medications as cure-alls for health or mental health issues. For example, after Prozac (flouxetine) was developed to treat depression it became the gold standard for treatment, and over 20 million prescriptions are written annually, making it the third most commonly prescribed antidepressant in the United States.

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