Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent

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AuthorHouse, 2005 - Drugs - 420 pages
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-- Are patients aware of the fact that pharmacological therapies stress the brain in ways which may prevent or postpone symptomatic and functional recovery ?


Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent is a critical appraisal of the medications which an estimated 20% of Americans consume on a regular (and sometimes involuntary) basis.

It is the philosophically, epidemiologically, and scientifically supported revelation of how and why psychiatry’s drug therapies have contributed to a standard of care which frequently does more to harm than to cure.

Extensively researched and documented, the book addresses:

-- the process by which psychiatric drugs reach the market
-- the history and philosophy of Evidence Based Medicine

-- the common flaws in research methodologies which negate the validity of the psychiatric RCT (Randomized Controlled Trial)

-- the problem of allostatic load (how drugs stress the body)

-- the history, long term effects, and utility of the drugs used to suppress symptoms of depression, psychosis, inattention and hyperactivity

-- the effectiveness of alternatives to medication

Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent exposes the current crisis in medical ethics and epistemology, and attempts to restore to psychiatry an authentically informed consent to care.

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