Peter Lehmann / Craig Newnes (Eds.)
Doctors, including psychiatrists, prescribe antidepressants, neuroleptics ("antipsychotics"), mood stabilizers, tranquilizers and psychostimulants all over the world, and, in most cases, without providing information about the risks of taking them and problems when stopping, for example, adverse effects, tolerance formation, bodily and psychological dependence and withdrawal symptoms. Nor they tell people about ways to avoid or minimize the risks.
This volume presents a collaboration of users and survivors of psychiatry (ex-patients), professionals, researchers, lawyers, and academics around the world committed to helping people understand the potential harm (including drug dependence) that prescribed psychotropic drugs can cause and how to safely reduce or stop taking them. The chapters include individual accounts of people who discontinued their prescribed psychotropic drugs, information about withdrawal groups, research data (especially about antidepressants and neuroleptics) and a commitment to safe withdrawal that will offer hope to many people; those who want to help and those who want to withdraw.
Contributions by Volkmar Aderhold, Paulo Amarante, Peter Breggin, Tatiana Castillo-Parada, Mary Ellen Copeland, Anna Emmanouelidou, Fernando Freitas, Jim Gottstein, Peter Groot, Swapnil Gupta, Marina Langfeldt, David Richman, Olga Runciman, Jann Schlimme, Trudy Slaght, Jim van Os, Robert Whitaker, Martin Zinkler and many more.
Millions of individuals have been prescribed psychiatric drugs, but many
discover that these drugs physically and psychologically
do more harm than good, and then, seeking strategies for safe withdrawal,
they discover that shockingly few doctors understand the science behind
these drugs' actions. In a sane world, Withdrawal from Prescribed Psychotropic
Drugs would be required reading for medical school students and prescribing
physicians, but nonprofessionals need not wait for a saner world, as comprehending
this book requires no advanced degree.
Lehmann & Newnes' excellent anthology looks at the real evidence and
brings vital knowledge to where pharma's profit-driven healthcare research
refuses to go. People can and do live better lives without psychiatric
medication: here's how.