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Peter Lehmann
Brave New Psychiatry

(= Schöne neue Psychiatrie)

CoverCover2 volumes, soft cover, together 944 pages, 89 illustrations. Berlin: Peter Lehmann Publishing 1996. Published only in the German language! Out of print. Vol. 1 | Vol. 2
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A two-volume book, that reveals the risks of psychiatric drugs as well as the risks of electroshocks ruthless and easy to understand. With advices how to withdraw responsible.

The two-volume new publication addresses primary to the treated persons and their relatives und enables them a grounded and independent decision: taking psychiatric drugs in spite of considerable risks for the health—or better not. If already a damage is done, then the proof should be made easier, that it was caused by the treatment. Workers in the psychosocial system can use the book as manual and work of reference.
Antidepressants, lithium, neuroleptics, tranquilizers, psychostimulants and carbamazepine are given to more and more human beings—especially to women, children and the elderly—in increasing doses and in combinations that have effects not to calculate. Though a critical knowledge about their dangers is more important than ever. This is concerning the new types of tranquilizers, antidepressants and neuroleptics, too.

A chapter by its own is dedicated to the potential of dependence on these substances as well as to advices how to come down.

Photo of Peter LehmannThe Author

The author is a qualified educationalist and specialist-book-writer and in the board of different associations, for example PSYCHEX (Switzerland) and the German Bundesverband Psychiatrie-Erfahrener (Association of [ex-] users and survivors of psychiatry). Since January 1997 he is chair of the European Network of (ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. For the two books he made a thorough investigation of 2500 medical, psychological and pharmacological books and articles. But no background knowledge is necessary for the reading of his two books. "Brave New Psychiatry" replaces his book of success "Der chemische Knebel" (The Chemical Gag), which was published 1986 and particularly re-published 1990 and 1993. More about Peter Lehmann

Additional information to "Brave New Psychiatry"

Tranquilizers (Lorazepam, Valium etc.), lithium, antidepressants (Faverin, Prozac etc.), neuroleptics (Compazine, Haldol etc.), carbamazepine (Tegretol etc.) and psychostimulants (Ritalin, Tradon etc.) are used more and more in the psychiatric and medical system, especially in the general medicine and the paediatrics. Since 1985 the trend steadily goes away from tranquilizers and towards antidepressants and neuroleptics.

In Germany on average 70% of all psychiatric drugs are administered to women, with increasing age in rising tendency. Every seventh psycho-pill is swallowed by children less than twelve years old. 15% of all children and adolescents and 25% of all adults are considered as mentally disturbed, so they are possible consumers. Nothing points out that the situation outside of Germany is fundamentally different.

Normally the treated persons do not receive information about the probable, the possible and the not-excludable risks. They do not know, that some substances had to be withdrawn from the drug-market in the one countries, but are sold without restriction in the other countries, for example penfluridol (brand names: Cyperon, Flupidol, Longoperidol, Longoran, Micefal, Semap) as a possible carcinogen, remoxipride (Roxiam) because of blood damage, and triazolam (brand names: Apo-Triazo, Dumozolam, Halcion, Novidorm, Novodorm, Novo-Triolam, Nuctane, Nu-triazo, Rilamir, Somniton, Songar, Triasan, Triazoral) in connection with amnesia and black-outs. If people want to have full information on the risks, which are connected with the administration of psychiatric drugs and electroshocks, they have to give serious thoughts to their mechanisms and effects, especially when doctors' interests in full information leave much to be desired.

»Brave New Psychiatry« consists of two volumes, which are enclosed particularly.

Peter Lehmann: "Brave New Psychiatry", Vol. 1: "Wie Chemie und Strom auf Geist und Psyche wirken" (= "How chemistry and electricity work on mind and psyche")

400 pages, 35 illustrations, ISBN 3-925931-09-0 / 978-3-925931-09-3. Berlin: Peter Lehmann Publishing 1996. Out of print

In the centre of attention in this volume are the many and diverse risks and damages in the psychic and mental system. Main topics are: drug-caused emotional impoverishment, changing of the personality, depression, desperation, suicide, confusion, delirium and psychotic states; disturbances of the senses, memory, concentration, sleep and dreams; self-trials of doctors; animal experiments.

In a special chapter Leonard Roy Frank, the US-American expert on damages of electroshocks, shows the negative effects (especially loss of memory) of this disputed method.

With an extensive register and 1102 sources from all over the world.

Peter Lehmann: "Brave New Psychiatry", Vol. 2 "Wie Psychopharmaka den Körper verändern" (= "How psychiatric drugs change the body")

544 pages, 54 illustrations, ISBN 3-925931-10-4 / 978-3-925931-10-9. Berlin: Peter Lehmann Publishing 1996. Out of print

In the centre of attention here are the psychiatric drugs' short-term, medium-term and long-term risks and damages, which find expression in the muscle and autonomic system, for example as—partly life-dangerous—muscle-cramps, movement-disorders, genetic damages, harms to the liver, heart and sexual-organs.

A chapter by its own is dedicated to the potential of dependence on theses substances. Its special status is caused by the fact, that their administrators—with the exception of tranquilizers—deny their potential of dependence. They conceal possible withdrawal-symptoms, rebound-phenomenons, supersensibility-reactions of the receptors as well as possible irreversible drug damages and change the definitions into symptoms-alteration: for example chronic anxiety after long-term administration of antidepressants or tranquilizers, states of confusion after withdrawal from lithium and chronic psychosis after administration of neuroleptics. Prudent advices, how the risk of relapse can be reduced and how withdrawal-effects can be mitigated, balance this volume.

With an extensive register, too, and 1677 sources from all over the world.