Toxic Psychiatry: Why Therapy, Empathy and Love Must Replace the Drugs, Electroshock, and Biochemical Theories of the "New Psychiatry"

Front Cover
Macmillan, Aug 15, 1994 - Health & Fitness - 480 pages
1 Review

Prozac, Xanax, Halcion, Haldol, Lithium. These psychiatric drugs--and dozens of other short-term "solutions"--are being prescribed by doctors across the country as a quick antidote to depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other psychiatric problems. But at what cost?

In this searing, myth-shattering exposť, psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin, M.D., breaks through the hype and false promises surrounding the "New Psychiatry" and shows how dangerous, even potentially brain-damaging, many of its drugs and treatments are. He asserts that: psychiatric drugs are spreading an epidemic of long-term brain damage; mental "illnesses" like schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety disorder have never been proven to be genetic or even physical in origin, but are under the jurisdiction of medical doctors; millions of schoolchildren, housewives, elderly people, and others are labeled with medical diagnoses and treated with authoritarian interventions, rather than being patiently listened to, understood, and helped.

Toxic Psychiatry sounds a passionate, much-needed wake-up call for everyone who plays a part, active or passive, in America's ever-increasing dependence on harmful psychiatric drugs.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

Toxic psychiatry: why therapy, empathy, and love must replace the drugs, electroshock, and biochemical theories of the "new psychiatry"

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Breggin, director of the Center for the Study of Psychiatry and author of Psychi atric Drugs: Hazards to the Brain (Springer Pub., 1983), describes his latest book as "the culmination of a lifetime of ... Read full review

Contents

What Is Psychiatry?
1
Schizophrenic Overwhelm and Neuroleptic
18
Suppressing Schizophrenic Overwhelm
47
The Miracle Drugs Cause the Worst
68
The Biology and Genetics
92
Depressive and ManicDepressive
119
Understanding the Passion of Depressive
121
The Biology of Depressive and Manic
140
Suppressing the Passion of Anxiety
240
Women Children the Homeless and
267
Suppressing the Passion of Children with
293
Suppressing the Passion of Women
316
Psychiatry and the PsychoPharmaceutical
344
Psychotherapy and Psychosocial Programs
373
Groups to Join Periodicals to Subscribe
411
Notes
425

Suppressing Depressive and Manic
150
Shock Treatment Is Not Good for Your
184
Anxiety Overwhelm and the Minor
217

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1994)

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., is a leading critic of psychiatric drugs and the psychopharmaceutical complex. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Case Western Reserve Medical School, and was formerly a teaching fellow at Harvard Medical School and a full-time consultant with the National Institute of Mental Health. He is the director of the Center for the Study of Psychiatry and has been in the full-time practice of psychiatry in Bethesda, Maryland, since 1968. Dr. Breggin is the author, with Ginger Ross Breggin, of Talking Back to Prozac and The War Against Children.

Bibliographic information