Toxic Psychiatry

Toxic Psychiatry
Author: Peter R. Breggin, M.D.
Publsiher: St. Martin's Griffin
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2015-12-22
ISBN: 1250108721
Category: Health & Fitness
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Toxic Psychiatry Book Excerpt:

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 exposé, 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.

Screening Sandy Hook

Screening Sandy Hook
Author: Deanna Spingola
Publsiher: Trafford Publishing
Total Pages: 600
Release: 2015-02-03
ISBN: 1490754385
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Screening Sandy Hook Book Excerpt:

Most parents would never consider dispensing deadly addictive street drugs to their children but if a trusted physician writes a prescription for an FDA-approved schedule 2 medication for their two-year old based on some questionable mental health screening, those unwary parents do not question or object. Despite side effect warnings, regularly revealed during TV ads, parents frequently fail to take those warnings seriously, perhaps presuming that the side effects are happenstance or rarely occur. Over the decades, because organized psychiatry, represented by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), convened numerous consensus panels that designed hundreds of non-biologically-based disorders for its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) especially suitable for the pill-for-every-ill pharmaceutical industry that conceivably already had many profitable solutions for the disorders, in the pre-production process. The consequences have been disastrous with no discernable end in sight some people taking prescription drugs or withdrawing from them have perpetrated school, mall and public shootings. That is in addition to thousands of suicides that the public never hears about, unless the victim is a well-known public figure like Robin Williams. Just the military-related suicide rate is 8,000 per year untold numbers of these are the result of the psych drug cocktails doled out by psychiatrists working for the VA. The government is big pharmas largest customer. In addition to the homicides and suicides, irreversible brain damage results from drug remedies to temporary problems that might have been easily resolved through compassionate interaction and talk therapy. Despite the claims that drugs were not a factor in the Sandy Hook mass murders, certain circumstances provide a different picture. Adam Lanza, always a unique individual, changed from being a geeky, weird kid to being a mass murderer, not of people his own age, but of beautiful, vulnerable children feeling secure in their classrooms in a sleepy bedroom community in Connecticut.

Brain Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry

Brain Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry
Author: Peter R. Breggin, MD
Publsiher: Springer Publishing Company
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2007-12-17
ISBN: 9780826129352
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Brain Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry Book Excerpt:

From the author of Toxic Psychiatry and Talking Back to Prozac: "Peter Breggin is the conscience of American psychiatry. Once more he updates us on the real evidence with respect to the safety and effectiveness of specific psychiatric medications and ECT. This information is needed by all mental health professionals, as well as patients and families." --Bertram Karon, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Michigan State University, Author of The Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia "Nowhere does false medical thinking do more harm than in the modern psychiatric argument that mental illness is easily diagnosed and then cured by a side-effect free drug. Nowhere is the correct psychiatric thinking more evident than in the books by Peter Breggin."-- William Glasser, MD, psychiatrist, author of Reality Therapy In Brain Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry, renowned psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin, M.D., presents startling scientific research on the dangerous behavioral abnormalities and brain dysfunctions produced by the most widely used and newest psychiatric drugs such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Cymbalta, Effexor, Xanax, Ativan, Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, Strattera, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Geodon, Abilify, lithium and Depakote. Many of Breggin's earlier findings have improved clinical practice, led to legal victories against drug companies, and resulted in FDA-mandated changes in what the manufacturers must admit about their drugs. Yet reliance on these drugs has continued to escalate in the last decade, and drug company interests have overwhelmed psychiatric practice. This greatly expanded second edition, supported by the latest evidence-based research, shows that psychiatric drugs achieve their primary or essential effect by causing brain dysfunction, and that they tend to do far more harm than good. New scientific analyses in this completely updated edition include: Chapters covering every new antidepressant and stimulant drug Twenty new guidelines for how to conduct non-drug therapy A chapter describing how to safely withdraw from psychiatric drugs A discussion of "medication spellbinding," explaining how patients fail to appreciate their drug-induced mental dysfunctions Documentation of how the drug companies control research and the flow of information about psychiatric treatments

Promoting Psychological Wellbeing in Children and Families

Promoting Psychological Wellbeing in Children and Families
Author: Bruce Kirkcaldy
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 315
Release: 2015-06-30
ISBN: 1137479965
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Promoting Psychological Wellbeing in Children and Families Book Excerpt:

Psychology's contribution to health research and clinical practice continues to grow at a phenomenal pace. In this book a global and multidisciplinary selection of outstanding academics and clinicians focus on the psychological well-being and positive health of both children and families in order to 'depathologise' mental disorders.

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal
Author: Peter R. Breggin, MD
Publsiher: Springer Publishing Company
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2012-07-19
ISBN: 082610844X
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Book Excerpt:

This is the first book to establish guidelines and to assist prescribers and therapists in withdrawing their patients from psychiatric drugs, including those patients with long-term exposure to antipsychotic drugs, benzodiazepines, stimulants, antidepressants, and mood stabilizers. It describes a method developed by the author throughout years of clinical experience, consultations with experienced colleagues, and scientific research. Based on a person-centered collaborative approach, with patients as partners, this method builds on a cooperative and empathic team effort involving prescribers, therapists, patients, and their families or support network. The author, known for such books as Talking Back to Prozac, Toxic Psychiatry, and Medication Madness, is a lifelong reformer and scientist in mental health whose work has brought about significant change in psychiatric practice. This book provides critical information about when to consider psychiatric drug reduction or withdrawal, and how to accomplish it as safely, expeditiously, and comfortably as possible. It offers the theoretical framework underlying this approach along with extensive scientific information, practical advice, and illustrative case studies that will assist practitioners in multiple ways, including in how to: Recognize common and sometimes overlooked adverse drug effects that may require withdrawal Treat emergencies during drug therapy and during withdrawal Determine the first drugs to withdraw during multi-drug therapy Distinguish between withdrawal reactions, newly occurring emotional problems, and recurrence of premedication issues Estimate the length of withdrawal

Inscription Diagnosis Deception and the Mental Health Industry

Inscription  Diagnosis  Deception and the Mental Health Industry
Author: Craig Newnes
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2016-04-30
ISBN: 1137312963
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Inscription Diagnosis Deception and the Mental Health Industry Book Excerpt:

The Psy complex governs us all by inscribing, diagnosing and interfering in our lives. This volume takes historical, sociological and psychological perspectives in exploring the complicity of patients, professions and governments with Psy and attempts by all three to constrain the industry's activities.

Pushbutton Psychiatry

Pushbutton Psychiatry
Author: Timothy W. Kneeland,Carol A. B. Warren
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 172
Release: 2002
ISBN: 9780275968151
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pushbutton Psychiatry Book Excerpt:

The history of electroshock in the United States in three historic stages is chronicled as it alternated from an enthusiastic reception in 1940, to a period of crisis in the 1960s, to its resurgence after 1980. Early American experiments with electrical medicine are also examined, while the development of electroshock in America is considered through the lens of social, political, and economic factors, as is the revival of electroshock in recent decades.

DVD Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice

DVD Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice
Author: John Sommers-Flanagan,Rita Sommers-Flanagan
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 552
Release: 2011-01-20
ISBN: 1118045572
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

DVD Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice Book Excerpt:

Learn the various counseling theories through authentic examples led by actual practitioners working with real clients This comprehensive two-DVD set promotes student learning by illustrating each of the counseling theories covered in the textbook Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice, Second Edition by John and Rita Sommers-Flanagan. However, the DVDs can be used in conjunction with this text or as a stand-alone teaching tool in any course covering psychotherapy theories and techniques. Unique in its presentation of real clinicians from a variety of work settings—including school and college counselors—working with actual clients, the DVDs: Feature practitioners and clients who represent ethnic, gender, age, and religious diversity Model how to develop a positive therapeutic relationship from any theoretical perspective Help students not only understand the differences between theories, but also the difference between theory and technique Offer commentary by the authors on how the counselor in the session made decisions from a theoretical perspective as well as why a particular counseling theory was appropriate for the client’s situation Exploring Psychoanalytic, Adlerian, Existential, Person-Centered, Gestalt, Behavioral, Cognitive-Behavioral, Reality, Feminist, Solution-Focused, and Family Systems theories, these two DVDs shed light on these theories in real practice with clients.

Moving Beyond Prozac DSM and the New Psychiatry

Moving Beyond Prozac  DSM  and the New Psychiatry
Author: Bradley Lewis
Publsiher: University of Michigan Press
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2010-02-05
ISBN: 0472025759
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Moving Beyond Prozac DSM and the New Psychiatry Book Excerpt:

"Interesting and fresh-represents an important and vigorous challenge to a discipline that at the moment is stuck in its own devices and needs a radical critique to begin to move ahead." --Paul McHugh, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine "Remarkable in its breadth-an interesting and valuable contribution to the burgeoning literature of the philosophy of psychiatry." --Christian Perring, Dowling College Moving Beyond Prozac, DSM, and the New Psychiatry looks at contemporary psychiatric practice from a variety of critical perspectives ranging from Michel Foucault to Donna Haraway. This contribution to the burgeoning field of medical humanities contends that psychiatry's move away from a theory-based model (one favoring psychoanalysis and other talk therapies) to a more scientific model (based on new breakthroughs in neuroscience and pharmacology) has been detrimental to both the profession and its clients. This shift toward a science-based model includes the codification of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to the status of standard scientific reference, enabling mental-health practitioners to assign a tidy classification for any mental disturbance or deviation. Psychiatrist and cultural studies scholar Bradley Lewis argues for "postpsychiatry," a new psychiatric practice informed by the insights of poststructuralist theory.

Beyond Conflict

Beyond Conflict
Author: Peter R. Breggin
Publsiher: Palgrave Macmillan
Total Pages: 292
Release: 1995-01-15
ISBN: 9780312123314
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beyond Conflict Book Excerpt:

An explanation of the common principles of conflict resolution on every level discusses self-help, psychotherapy, and family therapy and discloses the impact and origins of guilt and anxiety.

Your Drug May Be Your Problem

Your Drug May Be Your Problem
Author: Peter Breggin,David Cohen
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2007-09-07
ISBN: 073821180X
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Your Drug May Be Your Problem Book Excerpt:

When first published in 1999, Your Drug May Be Your Problem was ahead of its time. The only book to provide an uncensored description of the dangers involved in taking every kind of psychiatric medication, it was also the first and only book to explain how to safely stop taking them. In the time elapsed, there have been numerous studies suggesting or proving the dangers of some psychiatric medications and even the FDA now acknowledges the problems; more studies are under way to determine their long-term and withdrawal effects. In the meantime, this book continues to be ever relevant and helpful. Fully updated to include study results and new medications that have come to market, Your Drug May Be Your Problem will help countless readers exert control over their own psychiatric treatment.

Electroshock Healing Mental Illness

Electroshock   Healing Mental Illness
Author: Stony Max Fink Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology Emeritus State University of New York
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 176
Release: 1999-06-23
ISBN: 0198028091
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Electroshock Healing Mental Illness Book Excerpt:

Electroshock therapy has long suffered from a controversial and bizarre public image, effectively removing it as a treatment option for many patients. In Electroshock, Max Fink, M.D., draws on 45 years of clinical and research experience to argue that ECT is now a safe, painless, and sometimes life-saving treatment for emotional and mental disorders. Dr. Fink traces the development of ECT from its discovery in 1934 followed by widespread use for two decades, to the 1950s when it was largely replaced by the introduction of psychotropic drugs, to its revival in the past twenty years as a viable treatment. He provides actual case studies of patients who have been treated with ECT and illustrates that many disorders--such as depression, mania, catatonia, and schizophrenia--respond well to it. As he explains the whole procedure from preparation to recovery, we see what the patient experiences. Fink also shows how anesthesia and muscle relaxation have refined ECT, minimizing discomfort and reducing risks to a level far lower than those experienced by patients using psychotropic drugs routinely prescribed for the same problems. Clarifying the many misconceptions surrounding ECT, Electroshock is an excellent sourcebook for patients, their families, and mental health professionals.

Contemporary Issues in Couples Counseling

Contemporary Issues in Couples Counseling
Author: Patricia A. Robey,Robert E. Wubbolding,Jon Carlson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2012-05-04
ISBN: 1136794220
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Contemporary Issues in Couples Counseling Book Excerpt:

Contemporary Issues in Couples Counseling explores the most difficult issues that people in the helping professions face when treating couples and provides concrete solutions for addressing them effectively. Using the revolutionary choice theory and reality therapy approaches to couples counseling, the book shows clinicians how to combine a relationship-based approach with the pragmatism of cognitive-behavior therapies. Both experienced and beginning clinicians will find Contemporary Issues in Couples Counseling ideal for helping clients focus on the here and now, not the past, and for creating treatment plans that meet clients' individual needs while also addressing the needs of their partners.

The Ritalin Fact Book

The Ritalin Fact Book
Author: Peter Breggin
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2009-04-30
ISBN: 0786747293
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ritalin Fact Book Book Excerpt:

Known as the "Ralph Nader of psychiatry," Peter Breggin has been the medical expert in countless civil and criminal cases involving the use or misuse of psychoactive medications. This unusual position has given him unprecedented access to private pharmaceutical research and correspondence files, access that informs this straight-talking guide to the most-prescribed and controversial class of psychoactive medications prescribed for children. From how these drugs work in the brain to documented side and withdrawal effects, The Ritalin Fact Book is up-to-the-minute and easy-to-access. With its suggestions for non-prescriptive ways to treat ADD and ADHD, it is essential reading for every parent whose child is on or who has been recommended psychoactive medication.

A Rumor of Empathy

A Rumor of Empathy
Author: Lou Agosta
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 217
Release: 2015-06-05
ISBN: 1317575334
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Rumor of Empathy Book Excerpt:

Empathy is an essential component of the psychoanalyst’s ability to listen and treat their patients. It is key to the achievement of therapeutic understanding and change. A Rumor of Empathy explores the psychodynamic resistances to empathy, from the analyst themselves, the patient, from wider culture, and seeks to explore those factors which represent resistance to empathic engagement, and to show how these can be overcome in the psychoanalytic context. Lou Agosta shows that classic interventions can themselves represent resistances to empathy, such as the unexamined life; over-medication, and the application of devaluing diagnostic labels to expressions of suffering. Drawing on Freud, Kohut, Spence, and other major thinkers, Agosta explores how empathy is distinguished as a unified multidimensional clinical engagement, encompassing receptivity, understanding, interpretation and narrative. In this way, he sets out a new way of understanding and using empathy in psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice. When all the resistances have been engaged, defences analyzed, diagnostic categories applied, prescriptions written, and interpretive circles spun out, in empathy one is quite simply in the presence of another human being. Agosta depicts the unconscious forms of resistance and raises our understanding of the fears of merger that lead a therapist to take a step back from the experience of their patients, using ideas such as "alturistic surrender" and "compassion fatigue" which are highlighted in a number of clinical vignettes. Empathy itself is not self-contained. It is embedded in social and cultural values, and Agosta highlights the mental health culture and its expectations of professional organizations. This outstanding text will be relevant to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists who wish to make a contribution to reducing the suffering and emotional distress of their clients, and also to trainees who are more vulnerable to the professional demands on their capacity for empathic listening. Lou Agosta, Ph.D. teaches empathy in systems and the history of psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. He is the author of numerous articles on empathy in human relations, aesthetics, altruism, and film. He is a psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago, USA. See www.aRumorOfEmpathy.com

Psychiatric Hegemony

Psychiatric Hegemony
Author: Bruce M. Z. Cohen
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 241
Release: 2016-11-21
ISBN: 1137460512
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Psychiatric Hegemony Book Excerpt:

This book offers a comprehensive Marxist critique of the business of mental health, demonstrating how the prerogatives of neoliberal capitalism for productive, self-governing citizens have allowed the discourse on mental illness to expand beyond the psychiatric institution into many previously untouched areas of public and private life including the home, school and the workplace. Through historical and contemporary analysis of psy-professional knowledge-claims and practices, Bruce Cohen shows how the extension of psychiatric authority can only be fully comprehended through the systematic theorising of power relations within capitalist society. From schizophrenia and hysteria to Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder, from spinning chairs and lobotomies to shock treatment and antidepressants, from the incarceration of working class women in the nineteenth century to the torture of prisoners of the ‘war on terror’ in the twenty-first, Psychiatric Hegemony is an uncompromising account of mental health ideology in neoliberal society.

Narrative Psychiatry

Narrative Psychiatry
Author: Bradley Lewis
Publsiher: JHU Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2011-03-01
ISBN: 0801899796
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Narrative Psychiatry Book Excerpt:

Nothing short of a call to rework the psychiatric profession, Narrative Psychiatry advocates taking the inherently narrative-centered patient-psychiatrist relationship to its logical conclusion: making the story a central aspect of treatment.

Borderline Personality Disorder New Perspectives on a Stigmatizing and Overused Diagnosis

Borderline Personality Disorder  New Perspectives on a Stigmatizing and Overused Diagnosis
Author: Jacqueline Simon Gunn,Brent Potter
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 159
Release: 2014-11-17
ISBN: 1440832307
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Borderline Personality Disorder New Perspectives on a Stigmatizing and Overused Diagnosis Book Excerpt:

This book is an ideal resource for general readers who want a clear understanding of people suffering with chaotic emotions, and for clinicians treating patients for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). • Provides a historical exploration of how the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder emerged • Explains what causes Borderline Personality Disorder • Presents case vignettes that give readers an unprecedented look into the lived experience of persons suffering from emotional chaos

Doing Psychiatry Wrong

Doing Psychiatry Wrong
Author: René J. Muller
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 148
Release: 2013-03-01
ISBN: 1136822992
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Doing Psychiatry Wrong Book Excerpt:

The prospect that the psychiatric profession has hurt rather than helped many of its patients is incredibly disheartening; however, wrong diagnoses and improper treatment are all too common errors within the field. Author René Muller presents a revealing look into how psychiatry has failed a great majority of patients, all the while recognizing the valiant efforts made by psychiatrists who maintain their integrity and serve their patients well. The result is an enlightening critique of the profession—one that pits criticism of psychiatry's current biological reduction and exaggerated promises against the accumulated wisdom of a profession that has struggled for a century and a half to understand and help those with mental illness.

The Medicalization of Psychotherapy

The Medicalization of Psychotherapy
Author: Sylvia Olney
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 236
Release: 2015-04-08
ISBN: 0739197037
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Medicalization of Psychotherapy Book Excerpt:

This book is an ethnographic account of the practice of clinical psychology under the auspices of the reductionism of biomedicine. Sylvia Olney uses Peircean linguistic analyses to naturalize consciousness by validating the dimensions of mind and intention to restore psychotherapy to its place as a significant healing art.