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The Antidepressant Fact Book : What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, And Luvox - Peter Breggin

The Antidepressant Fact Book

What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, And Luvox

Paperback Published: 21st June 2001
ISBN: 9780738204512
Number Of Pages: 226

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Known as "the Ralph Nader of psychiatry," Dr. Peter Breggin has been the medical expert in countless court cases involving the use or misuse of psychoactive medications. This unusual position has given him unprecedented access to private pharmaceutical research and correspondence files, information from which informs this straight-talking guide to the most prescribed and controversial category of American drugs: antidepressants. From how these drugs work in the brain to how they treat (or don't treat) depression and obsessive-compulsive, panic, and other disorders; from the documented side and withdrawal effects to what every parent needs to know about antidepressants and teenagers, The Anti-Depressant Fact Book is up-to-the minute and easy-to-access. Hard-hitting and enlightening, every current, former, and prospective antidepressant-user will want to read this book.

A Reader Alertp. xiv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvi
Introduction: Drug Facts You Cannot Get Anywhere Elsep. 1
Too Little Skepticismp. 2
Unique Sources of Informationp. 3
Getting Inside the Drug Companiesp. 4
Hiding the Factsp. 6
Quietly Settling the Casesp. 7
The Meaning and Purpose of Depressionp. 9
The Most Common Causes of Depressed Feelingsp. 10
Mired Down in Depressed Feelingsp. 11
The Special Vulnerability of Depressed Childrenp. 12
When Nothing Helpsp. 13
Not a Diseasep. 14
Even Whole Culturesp. 15
Depression Occurs in a Contextp. 16
Selling "Depression" as a Diseasep. 17
The "Official" Definition of Depression and Antidepressantp. 18
Unanswered Questionsp. 20
Damaging the Brain with SSRI Antidepressantsp. 27
The Myth That Millions of Users Are Living Proof of a Drug's Safetyp. 29
Closely Related Drugsp. 29
How SSRIs Workp. 30
The Nature of Serotoninp. 30
Limits of the Serotonin Theoryp. 31
The Complexity of the Serotonin Systemp. 31
Disrupting the Serotonin Systemp. 32
The Brain Fights Backp. 34
Evidence for Permanent Damage and Dysfunction from SSRIsp. 35
More Evidence for SSRI-Induced Brain Damagep. 36
Drug Company Responses to the Danger of Permanent Damagep. 38
Looking for the Critical Researchp. 39
Anticipating the Nature of Permanent Dysfunctionp. 41
Dangerously Stimulating the Brain and Mind with Antidepressantsp. 43
No Scientific Doubtp. 45
All of the SSRIsp. 45
The Stimulant Profilep. 46
Causing Maniap. 47
Burying the Mania Threatp. 50
Hiding the Truth from the Beginningp. 52
Deciding to Cover Up the Stimulating Effectsp. 53
Dissent Within the FDAp. 55
Summing Up the Stimulant Patternp. 56
The Insidious Danger of Akathisiap. 58
Variability in Patient Reactionsp. 59
Multiple Additional Risks When Taking SSRI Antidepressantsp. 62
Lemonade out of Lemonsp. 62
Common Adverse Reactions in the Bodyp. 64
Cardiovascular and Bleeding Problemsp. 64
More Prozac Problemsp. 66
Extrapyramidal Reactions and Tardive Dyskinesiap. 67
Fertility, Pregnancy, and Nursingp. 69
Pituitary Gland Dysfunctionp. 70
Throughout the Bodyp. 71
How SSRI Antidepressants Can Ruin Love and Family Lifep. 72
Impairing Our Self-Perceptionp. 74
Love and the Brainp. 74
The Mechanism of SSRI Sexual Dysfunctionp. 75
SSRI Indifferencep. 76
Depression and Suicide Caused by Antidepressantsp. 77
The FDA Knew from the Beginningp. 79
Learning from Science and Clinical Experiencep. 80
Many Drugs Cause Depressionp. 81
Antidepressants, Mania, and Depressionp. 82
Prozac-Induced Suicidep. 83
More Evidence from Drug Company Data Confirming Antidepressant-Induced Suicidep. 85
The "Smoking Gun"p. 86
Driving Patients to Suicide with Akathisiap. 87
Additional Reports Confirming Antidepressant-Induced Suicidalityp. 88
Seeking a Suicide-Free Prozacp. 89
Making People More Depressed with Antidepressantsp. 90
The Mechanism of Causing Depression and Suicidep. 91
Antidepressants Do Not Prevent Suicidep. 92
Criminal Behavior and Violence Caused by Antidepressantsp. 93
Playing at Being "The Saint"p. 93
Taking Care of the Dogp. 96
Ending in Physical Violencep. 98
A Natural Desire to Hold People Responsiblep. 100
Antidepressants, Mania, and Violencep. 101
The Danger of Agitated Depressionp. 102
FDA Recognition of Drug-Induced Violencep. 103
Drug Mechanisms for Causing Violencep. 104
Epidemiological Evidence from the FDAp. 105
Dangerous Drug Interactions and a Genetic Vulnerability to Severe SSRI Toxicityp. 107
The Serotonin Syndrome: Much too Much of a Supposedly Good Thingp. 107
More than the Liver Can Handlep. 108
A Missing Enzyme in the Liverp. 109
More than the Plasma Proteins Can Containp. 110
Special Dangers of Treating Children with SSRIsp. 112
Growing Numbers of Children on SSRIsp. 113
Hazards to the Child's Brainp. 113
The Vulnerability of Children to Adverse Reactionsp. 114
Confusing the Issue of Drug-Induced Mania in Childrenp. 115
SSRIs and School Shootersp. 116
Scientific Reports Linking SSRIs to School Shootingsp. 117
Allowing the Prescription of Unauthorized Drugs to Childrenp. 119
Evidence for the Usefulness of SSRIs for Childrenp. 120
A Situation Entirely Out of Controlp. 120
Forcing Parents to Drug Their Childrenp. 121
Withdrawal Problems When Stopping Antidepressantsp. 123
How Drugs Cause Withdrawal Reactionsp. 123
An Example from a Non-Prescription Drugp. 124
Lack of Physician Awarenessp. 124
Rebound Versus Withdrawalp. 125
Interdose Withdrawalp. 126
Withdrawal from the Older "Tricyclic" Antidepressantsp. 126
SSRI Withdrawal Symptomsp. 127
The Most Common SSRI Withdrawal Problemsp. 127
The Most Dangerous SSRI Withdrawal Reactionsp. 128
Differences in Withdrawal Reactions Among SSRIsp. 128
The Danger of Irreversible Withdrawal Reactionsp. 130
Anticipating How You Might React to Withdrawalp. 130
How to Handle Withdrawal from SSRIsp. 131
Ten Principles for Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugsp. 131
Physical Conditions That Cause or Worsen Depressionp. 134
The Elusive Biochemical Imbalancep. 135
Physical Disorders That Can Cause Depressionp. 136
Medications as the Cause of Depressed Feelingsp. 137
Psychiatric Drugs Known to Cause or Worsen Depressionp. 137
Some Recreational Drugs That Can Cause Depressionp. 139
Medical Disorders That Commonly Cause Depressionp. 139
The Importance of a Good Medical Evaluationp. 142
Diet and Depressionp. 142
No Such Thing As an Antidepressantp. 144
Reviewing All the Recent FDA Studiesp. 144
Drug Company Tricksp. 145
More Evidence That Antidepressants Do Not Workp. 146
Growing Recognition of Drug Company Influencep. 147
The Myth That Drugs Are Tested on Thousands of People Before They Are Approvedp. 148
The Myth That Millions of Users Are Living Proof of a Drug's Efficacyp. 148
SSRIs as Panaceap. 149
The Limits of FDA Approvalp. 151
From Lobotomy to Electroshock and Brain Stimulationp. 153
Stopping Psychosurgery on Little Childrenp. 155
Taking on the Harvard Surgeonsp. 156
Deep Brain Stimulationp. 157
Causing Insanityp. 158
Trying to Stop Shock Treatmentp. 159
Electrical Closed-Head Injuryp. 159
The Targets of Shock Treatmentp. 160
Failing to Tell the Truthp. 160
Scientific Evidence for Brain Damage and Dysfunction from Shockp. 161
The Promotional Campaign for Shock Treatmentp. 163
ECT for Suicide Preventionp. 164
Committing Violence Under the Influence of Shock Treatmentp. 164
What Should Be Done About Shock Treatment?p. 165
Transcranial Stimulationp. 166
Light Therapyp. 166
Your Doctor's Conditionp. 167
The Safety and Efficacy of Natural Remediesp. 168
The Usefulness of Some "Alternative" Treatmentsp. 169
St. John's Wortp. 169
Other Remediesp. 171
How Drug Companies Can Deceive the Courts, the Medical Profession, and the Publicp. 173
Caught in the Middle of a Fixp. 175
Withholding Evidence from Their Own Expertp. 175
The Testimonyp. 175
The Jury Verdictp. 177
The Final Outcomep. 177
My Own Reactionsp. 178
The Growing Impact of Drug Companiesp. 179
The Role of the Federal Governmentp. 180
How to Overcome Depression: Suggestions for Patients and Therapists Alikep. 182
The Moral Context of Therapyp. 183
Drugs Versus Therapy and Lifep. 184
Psychotherapy for Depressionp. 185
What to Expect from the Therapy Relationshipp. 186
The Effect of Depression Personal Relationshipsp. 187
The Effect of Depressing Therapy Relationshipsp. 188
Identifying Depressing Relationshipsp. 190
Helping Very Depressed Peoplep. 191
Welcoming the Depressed Feelingsp. 192
Dealing with Emotional Emergenciesp. 194
Expressing My Views on Drugs to Patientsp. 195
A Few Words for Therapistsp. 196
The Importance of Limiting the Therapy Relationshipp. 196
Love Is Not Enoughp. 197
The Importance of Relationshipp. 198
The Challenge of Being an Ethical Person and Therapistp. 199
Doctors Who Practice Drug-Free Therapyp. 200
The International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychologyp. 201
Ethical Human Sciences and Servicesp. 203
Notesp. 205
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 218
About the Authorp. 226
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ISBN: 9780738204512
ISBN-10: 073820451X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 21st June 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.68 x 12.62  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1