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The Anti-Depressant Fact Book

by Peter R. Breggin, M.D.

What your doctor won’t tell you about Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, and Luvox.

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Prozac: Panacea or Pandora?

by Ann Blake Tracy

This book is the product of five years of intensive research, and the cases of approximately 1000 patients on a long-term basis. Learn more than professionals about the SSRI antidepressants . . . safe methods to get off drugs, stay off, and take control of life . . . if you know someone on PROZAC, ZOLOFT, PAXIL, LUVOX, SERZONE, EFFEXOR, ANAFRANIL, FENFLURAMINE (Fen-Phen and Redux), DESERYL, MERIDIA, or any other drug designed to increase Serotonin, you and they both need the information contained in this book.

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Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher

by Gwen Olsen

Gwen Olsen learned firsthand the danger that lurks in every American’s medicine cabinet, working for 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry. But her most poignant education came when Gwen’s niece committed suicide by setting herself on fire – after having been on a witches brew of medications.

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Prescription For Madness

by Joy Hancock

A powerful, heart wrenching story of a family whose lives are turned upside down when their oldest child, Christopher, is diagnosed with a mental illness at the age of sixteen. After Christopher starts a six month regime of anti-depressants and anti-psychotic medications the reader will be swept away as the family walks and then runs with Christopher as he rages, becomes increasingly violent, suicidal and ultimately committed to psychiatric hospitals.

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The Myth of Mental Illness

by Thomas S. Szasz

Szasz is a foremost authority in the field of psychiatry and one of its most bold and insightful critics. Mental illness is a metaphor (metaphorical disease). The word “disease” denotes a demonstrable biological process that affects the bodies of living organisms (plants, animals, and humans). The term “mental illness” refers to the undesirable thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of persons. Classifying thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as diseases is a logical and semantic error, like classifying the whale as a fish. As the whale is not a fish, mental illness is not a disease. Individuals with brain diseases (bad brains) or kidney diseases (bad kidneys) are literally sick. Individuals with mental diseases (bad behaviors), like societies with economic diseases (bad fiscal policies), are metaphorically sick. The classification of (mis)behavior as illness provides an ideological justification for state-sponsored social control as medical treatment.

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The Medicalization of Everyday Life: Selected Essays

by Thomas S. Szasz

Defining “medicalization” as the perception of nonmedical conditions as medical problems and nondiseases as diseases, Thomas Szasz has devoted much of his career to exposing the dangers of “medicalizing” the conditions of some who simply refuse to conform to society’s expectations. Szasz argues that modern psychiatry’s tireless ambition to explain the human condition has led to the treatment of life’s difficulties and oddities as clinical illnesses rather than as humanity revealed in its fullness. This collection of impassioned essays, published between 1973 and 2006, chronicles the author’s long campaign against the orthodoxies of psychiatry.

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Psychiatry: The Science of Lies

by Thomas S. Szasz

For more than half a century Thomas Szasz has devoted much of his career to a radical critique of psychiatry. His latest work, “Psychiatry: The Science of Lies”, is a culmination of his life’s work: to portray the integral role of deception in the history and practice of psychiatry.

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The Manufacture of Madness: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement

by Thomas S. Szasz

In this seminal work, Dr. Szasz examines the similarities between the Inquisition and institutional psychiatry. His purpose is to show “that the belief in mental illness and the social actions to which it leads have the same moral implications and political consequences as had the belief in witchcraft and the social actions to which it led.”

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The Heart Too Long Suppressed

by Carol Hebald

From the author: It is my aim that readers might recognize similar choices in themselves, or in loved ones, who have succumbed to the seeming certainty that there are none. … Finally, I question the widely-held belief that schizophrenia is a brain disease. Hospital records indicate no biomedical condition underlay mine. I am an exception, others exist. Why, despite us, is the international psychiatric community so eager to embrace this latest “definitive” theory? Is it because it lets them, patient families who foot their bills, and patients themselves, off the hook insofar as responsibility for the illness is concerned? This implicit, if not explicit, question lies at the heart of my book.

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Psyched Out: How Psychiatry Sells Mental Illness and Pushes Pills That Kill

by Kelly Patricia O’Meara

This is an in-depth investigation into the fraud of psychiatric diagnosing and the dangerous, potentially life-threatening adverse reactions connected to the prescription mind-altering drugs used as “treatment.”

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The Antidepressant Solution: A Step-by-Step Guide to Safely Overcoming Antidepressant Withdrawal, Dependence, and “Addiction”

by M.D. Joseph Glenmullen M.D.

A step-by-step guide to safely overcoming antidepressant withdrawal, dependence, and “addiction”. The Antidepressant Solution provides the information you and your doctor need to ensure your comfort and safety whenever you start an antidepressant, change the dose, or go off the drug.

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Overcoming ADHD Without Medication: A Guidebook for Parents and Teachers

by Association for Natural Psychology

A practical guidebook on how parents and teachers can help children overcome symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD – without stimulants or other medication.

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How to Get Off Psychoactive Drugs Safely

by James Harper

The Road Back: How to Get Off Psychoactive Drugs Safely is a step-by-step manual written for the patient or physician. It details how to taper off antidepressants, benzodiazepines, anti-psychotics, and ADHD type medications.

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Deeds of Trust

by Alesandra Rain

Alesandra was a successful international business woman who began having symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, seizures and depression. The root cause was misdiagnosed, leading to a ten year addiction to multiple prescriptions including Klonopin, Ambien, Restoril, Effexor, Norco, Sinequan and OxyContin. Unable to locate a program, she quit cold turkey and suffered horrifying withdrawals.

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The Truth About the Drug Companies

by Marcia Angell

The American pharmaceutical industry needs to be saved, mainly from itself, and Dr. Angell proposes a program of vital reforms, which includes restoring impartiality to clinical research and severing the ties between drug companies and medical education. Written with fierce passion and substantiated with in-depth research, her book is a searing indictment of an industry that has spun out of control.

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Escape from Psychiatry

by Clover

Greene has gone through solitary confinement, restraints, psychiatric drugging and forced electroshock, over and over… Clover’s experiences, and her magnificent recovery, would make a stirring film, with elements of drama, triumph, spirituality, romance and love. By the end I was in tears, as all the pieces of her amazing life came together. Clover’s story must be told.

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Pharmageddon

by David Healy

This searing indictment, David Healy’s most comprehensive and forceful argument against the pharmaceuticalization of medicine, tackles problems in health care that are leading to a growing number of deaths and disabilities. Healy, who was the first to draw attention to the now well-publicized suicide-inducing side effects of many anti-depressants, attributes our current state of affairs to three key factors: product rather than process patents on drugs, the classification of certain drugs as prescription-only, and industry-controlled drug trials.

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Let Them Eat Prozac: The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression (Medicine, Culture, and History)

by David Healy

Prozac. Paxil. Zoloft. Turn on your television and you are likely to see a commercial for one of the many selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on the market. We hear a lot about them, but do we really understand how these drugs work and what risks are involved for anyone who uses them?

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The Antidepressant Era

by David Healy

When we stop at the pharmacy to pick up our Prozac, are we simply buying a drug? Or are we buying into a disease as well? The first complete account of the phenomenon of antidepressants, this authoritative, highly readable book relates how depression, a disease only recently deemed too rare to merit study, has become one of the most common disorders of our day–and a booming business to boot.

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Your Drug May Be Your Problem, Revised Edition: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications

by M.D. Peter Breggin

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.

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Bitter Pills: Inside the Hazardous World of Legal Drugs

by Stephen Fried

We take our medicines on faith. We assume our doctors are well-informed, our drug companies scrupulous, our FDA diligent—and our medications safe. All too often we’re wrong. Just how wrong is documented in this critically acclaimed portrait of the international pharmaceutical industry by one of our most highly respected investigative journalists.

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Making Us Crazy: DSM: The Psychiatric Bible and the Creation of Mental Disorders

by Herb Kutchins

Making Us Crazy is a powerful and challenging book which forces us to question the labels which are now commonly imposed on us by the American bible of mental syndromes.

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Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

by Robert Whitaker

In this astonishing and startling book, award-winning science and history writer Robert Whitaker investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of disabled mentally ill in the United States tripled over the past two decades? Every day, 1,100 adults and children are added to the government disability rolls because they have become newly disabled by mental illness, with this epidemic spreading most rapidly among our nation’s children. What is going on?

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Unhinged: The Trouble with Psychiatry – A Doctor’s Revelations about a Profession in Crisis

by Daniel Carlat M.D.

Psychiatrist Daniel Carlat exposes deeply disturbing problems plaguing his profession, revealing the ways it has abandoned its essential purpose: to understand the mind, so that psychiatrists can heal mental illness and not just treat symptoms. As he did in his hard-hitting and widely read New York Times Magazine article “Dr. Drug Rep,” and as he continues to do in his popular watchdog newsletter, The Carlat Psychiatry Report, he writes with bracing honesty about how psychiatry has so largely forsaken the practice of talk therapy for the seductive—and more lucrative—practice of simply prescribing drugs, with a host of deeply troubling consequences.

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The Power to Harm

by John Cornwell

Using case documents, interviews and his own coverage of the trial, the author recreates the tragic events – a story embedded in the crises of blue-collar life in takeover America. He also offers a new perspective on the genesis of violence, on the tears in America’s societal safety net that only pharmacology now seems to fill, and on the struggle, in labs and law courts over the definition of identity itself.

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Blaming the Brain: The Truth About Drugs and Mental Health

by Elliot Valenstein

In his award-winning, meticulously researched, and elegantly written history of psychosurgery, “Great and Desperate Cures”, Elliot Valenstein exposed the great injury to thousands of lives that resulted when the medical establishment embraced an unproven approach to mental illness. Now, in “Blaming the Brain” he exposes the many weaknesses inherent in the scientific arguments supporting the widely accepted theory that biochemical imbalances are the main cause of mental illness.

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The Shooting Drugs – Prozac and its Generation Exposed on the Internet

by Donna Smart

This book was written by a Prozac survivor. While taking Prozac for PMS, she thought she was doing great, and defended it wholeheartedly — until her world came tumbling down around her. After months of vivid, terrifying hallucinations, breaking up her idyllic marriage, and ruining a long-term, successful career — she came face to face with the reality that Prozac had been the culprit all along. It destroyed everything of importance in her life. She searched for help and talked to many doctors, but discovered they were just puppets for the drug companies. They were all chanting the same chant that the drug companies profiting most from these drugs wanted them to say: “Prozac is a safe drug — so safe it should be added to the public water supply”! This attitude kept the author, like so many other SSRI victims, from receiving knowledgeable help about the serious side effects of SSRI drugs.

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From Placebo to Panacea: Putting Psychiatric Drugs to the Test

by Seymour Fisher

With the latest generation of psychoactive drugs, has pharmacology at last triumphed over mental illness? A close look at world scientific literature would suggest otherwise. The sobering truth is that many claims about the efficacy of drug therapies for everything from depression to schizophrenia have been exaggerated. What, then, accounts for the inflated confidence clinicians and the lay public alike often have in the new generation of “wonder drugs”? Find out in From Placebo to Panacea.

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Talking Back To Prozac

by Peter R. Breggin, M.D.

Learn: *What Prozac’s label won’t tell you. *Cases of sexual dysfunction from Prozac, especially in men. *The truth about serious and life-threatening reactions. *If Prozac can lead to violence, murder, or suicide. *The panic and anxiety Prozac can cause–not cure. *What Prozac has in common with cocaine and amphetamines. A book that tells you the truth behind its testing and its potentially frightening side effects.

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Diary of a Legal Drug Dealer

by Kay Carlson

Former pharmaceutical sales rep. turned whistleblower K.L. Carlson is included in the documentary film Making a Killing. In this revealing book she gives you the inside view of the pharmaceutical industry. The power they wield and the death and injury they cause will shake you to your core. Carlson tells you the real score and how to protect yourself and your family from the industry that is the greatest threat to healthcare.

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It’s Black and White

by Mary & Richard Rensberry

“It’s Black and White” is a turtle quest for the ages. It is a timely, true to life tale about QuickTurtles™  and their courageous quest to alter the future of what is happening in their school. It is a compelling story for parents, children and teachers, alike. We are all concerned about the health, safety and well-being of children and our modern society in which we reside. “It’s Black and White” offers an entertaining perspective on how to keep the light on in the human spirit. It is the one true alternative in this dark age of pharmaceutical giants and psychiatric misnomers, their pervasive dumbing down of innocence and passion through the over-prescribing of psychotropic medications. “It’s Black and White” is an overwhelming victory for the soul.

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