Antidepressant Fact Book What Your Doctor Won't Tell You about Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, and Luvox

ISBN-10: 073820451X

ISBN-13: 9780738204512

Edition: 2001

Authors: Peter R. Breggin
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Description: From how these drugs work in the brain, how they treat (or don't treat) depression and obsessive-compulsive, panic, and other disorders to their side and withdrawal effects, this guide presents the facts that your doctor may not have told you.

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/12/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

A Reader Alert
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Drug Facts You Cannot Get Anywhere Else
Too Little Skepticism
Unique Sources of Information
Getting Inside the Drug Companies
Hiding the Facts
Quietly Settling the Cases
The Meaning and Purpose of Depression
The Most Common Causes of Depressed Feelings
Mired Down in Depressed Feelings
The Special Vulnerability of Depressed Children
When Nothing Helps
Not a Disease
Even Whole Cultures
Depression Occurs in a Context
Selling "Depression" as a Disease
The "Official" Definition of Depression and Antidepressant
Unanswered Questions
Damaging the Brain with SSRI Antidepressants
The Myth That Millions of Users Are Living Proof of a Drug's Safety
Closely Related Drugs
How SSRIs Work
The Nature of Serotonin
Limits of the Serotonin Theory
The Complexity of the Serotonin System
Disrupting the Serotonin System
The Brain Fights Back
Evidence for Permanent Damage and Dysfunction from SSRIs
More Evidence for SSRI-Induced Brain Damage
Drug Company Responses to the Danger of Permanent Damage
Looking for the Critical Research
Anticipating the Nature of Permanent Dysfunction
Dangerously Stimulating the Brain and Mind with Antidepressants
No Scientific Doubt
All of the SSRIs
The Stimulant Profile
Causing Mania
Burying the Mania Threat
Hiding the Truth from the Beginning
Deciding to Cover Up the Stimulating Effects
Dissent Within the FDA
Summing Up the Stimulant Pattern
The Insidious Danger of Akathisia
Variability in Patient Reactions
Multiple Additional Risks When Taking SSRI Antidepressants
Lemonade out of Lemons
Common Adverse Reactions in the Body
Cardiovascular and Bleeding Problems
More Prozac Problems
Extrapyramidal Reactions and Tardive Dyskinesia
Fertility, Pregnancy, and Nursing
Pituitary Gland Dysfunction
Throughout the Body
How SSRI Antidepressants Can Ruin Love and Family Life
Impairing Our Self-Perception
Love and the Brain
The Mechanism of SSRI Sexual Dysfunction
SSRI Indifference
Depression and Suicide Caused by Antidepressants
The FDA Knew from the Beginning
Learning from Science and Clinical Experience
Many Drugs Cause Depression
Antidepressants, Mania, and Depression
Prozac-Induced Suicide
More Evidence from Drug Company Data Confirming Antidepressant-Induced Suicide
The "Smoking Gun"
Driving Patients to Suicide with Akathisia
Additional Reports Confirming Antidepressant-Induced Suicidality
Seeking a Suicide-Free Prozac
Making People More Depressed with Antidepressants
The Mechanism of Causing Depression and Suicide
Antidepressants Do Not Prevent Suicide
Criminal Behavior and Violence Caused by Antidepressants
Playing at Being "The Saint"
Taking Care of the Dog
Ending in Physical Violence
A Natural Desire to Hold People Responsible
Antidepressants, Mania, and Violence
The Danger of Agitated Depression
FDA Recognition of Drug-Induced Violence
Drug Mechanisms for Causing Violence
Epidemiological Evidence from the FDA
Dangerous Drug Interactions and a Genetic Vulnerability to Severe SSRI Toxicity
The Serotonin Syndrome: Much too Much of a Supposedly Good Thing
More than the Liver Can Handle
A Missing Enzyme in the Liver
More than the Plasma Proteins Can Contain
Special Dangers of Treating Children with SSRIs
Growing Numbers of Children on SSRIs
Hazards to the Child's Brain
The Vulnerability of Children to Adverse Reactions
Confusing the Issue of Drug-Induced Mania in Children
SSRIs and School Shooters
Scientific Reports Linking SSRIs to School Shootings
Allowing the Prescription of Unauthorized Drugs to Children
Evidence for the Usefulness of SSRIs for Children
A Situation Entirely Out of Control
Forcing Parents to Drug Their Children
Withdrawal Problems When Stopping Antidepressants
How Drugs Cause Withdrawal Reactions
An Example from a Non-Prescription Drug
Lack of Physician Awareness
Rebound Versus Withdrawal
Interdose Withdrawal
Withdrawal from the Older "Tricyclic" Antidepressants
SSRI Withdrawal Symptoms
The Most Common SSRI Withdrawal Problems
The Most Dangerous SSRI Withdrawal Reactions
Differences in Withdrawal Reactions Among SSRIs
The Danger of Irreversible Withdrawal Reactions
Anticipating How You Might React to Withdrawal
How to Handle Withdrawal from SSRIs
Ten Principles for Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs
Physical Conditions That Cause or Worsen Depression
The Elusive Biochemical Imbalance
Physical Disorders That Can Cause Depression
Medications as the Cause of Depressed Feelings
Psychiatric Drugs Known to Cause or Worsen Depression
Some Recreational Drugs That Can Cause Depression
Medical Disorders That Commonly Cause Depression
The Importance of a Good Medical Evaluation
Diet and Depression
No Such Thing As an Antidepressant
Reviewing All the Recent FDA Studies
Drug Company Tricks
More Evidence That Antidepressants Do Not Work
Growing Recognition of Drug Company Influence
The Myth That Drugs Are Tested on Thousands of People Before They Are Approved
The Myth That Millions of Users Are Living Proof of a Drug's Efficacy
SSRIs as Panacea
The Limits of FDA Approval
From Lobotomy to Electroshock and Brain Stimulation
Stopping Psychosurgery on Little Children
Taking on the Harvard Surgeons
Deep Brain Stimulation
Causing Insanity
Trying to Stop Shock Treatment
Electrical Closed-Head Injury
The Targets of Shock Treatment
Failing to Tell the Truth
Scientific Evidence for Brain Damage and Dysfunction from Shock
The Promotional Campaign for Shock Treatment
ECT for Suicide Prevention
Committing Violence Under the Influence of Shock Treatment
What Should Be Done About Shock Treatment?
Transcranial Stimulation
Light Therapy
Your Doctor's Condition
The Safety and Efficacy of Natural Remedies
The Usefulness of Some "Alternative" Treatments
St. John's Wort
Other Remedies
How Drug Companies Can Deceive the Courts, the Medical Profession, and the Public
Caught in the Middle of a Fix
Withholding Evidence from Their Own Expert
The Testimony
The Jury Verdict
The Final Outcome
My Own Reactions
The Growing Impact of Drug Companies
The Role of the Federal Government
How to Overcome Depression: Suggestions for Patients and Therapists Alike
The Moral Context of Therapy
Drugs Versus Therapy and Life
Psychotherapy for Depression
What to Expect from the Therapy Relationship
The Effect of Depression Personal Relationships
The Effect of Depressing Therapy Relationships
Identifying Depressing Relationships
Helping Very Depressed People
Welcoming the Depressed Feelings
Dealing with Emotional Emergencies
Expressing My Views on Drugs to Patients
A Few Words for Therapists
The Importance of Limiting the Therapy Relationship
Love Is Not Enough
The Importance of Relationship
The Challenge of Being an Ethical Person and Therapist
Doctors Who Practice Drug-Free Therapy
The International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology
Ethical Human Sciences and Services
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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