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    By: Peter Breggin

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    Drugs and Electroconvulsive Therapy: the Truth and the Better Alternatives.

    Are you or people you know being given any of these drugs?: Prozac, Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Rivotril, Elavil, Tofranil, Haldol, Melleril, Largactil, Moditen, Clozaril, lithium.

    There is no convincing evidence to support the claims of the medical-pharmaceutical establishment that "mental illnesses" - such as schizophrenia, depression, manic-depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder or attention deficit disorder - are physical or genetic and can be cured by drugs or ECT. The truth, says Dr Peter Breggin, is that, while these treatments fund, justify and lend medical authority to the psychiatric industry, millions of people - schoolchildren, housewives, the elderly, victims of childhood abuse, "problem adolescents" and so on - are not being told that the "miracle" cures they are being prescribed are much less effective and more dangerous than they realise.

    In this groundbreaking book, psychiatrist Peter Breggin draws on his scientific research to expose in detail, and with carefully documented evidence, exactly what the potentially damaging effects are that the patients of psychiatry are not being informed about. Dr Breggin goes on to describe the resounding success that has been achieved with more humane alternatives for the treatment of both mild and severe psychological distress - talking therapy, guidance, family therapy, rehabilitation and the teaching of coping skills - over the last twenty years.

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