Psychiatric drugs are much more dangerous than many consumers and even physicians realize. All of these drugs produce numerous serious and potentially fatal adverse reactions, and most are capable of causing withdrawal problems that are emotionally and physically distressing. Some produce powerful physical dependence and can cause life-threatening withdrawal problems.
Although this is the first book to describe in detail why and how to stop taking psychiatric drugs, it is not intended as a substitute for professional help. Especially when psychiatric drugs have been taken in large doses for prolonged periods of time, experienced clinical supervision may be useful and even necessary during the withdrawal process.
This book is intended for anyone who is thinking about starting or stopping psychiatric drugs. It may also be useful to people who are taking psychiatric medications without any immediate intention of stopping. In addition, it is meant for anyone who has friends or loved ones who are taking these drugs.
Many professionals who are involved with the prescription or monitoring of medication may also find this book useful. The chapters that follow contain basic information about drug hazards and drug withdrawal of which many medical doctors may be unaware—including even those physicians who frequently prescribe psychiatric drugs.
A Warning Concerning the Use of Psychiatric Drugs
Introduction: What Is Your Ultimate Resource?
1 Psychiatric Drugs—Much Easier to Start Than to Stop
2 The Limits of Psychiatric Drugs
3 Your Drug May Be Your Problem—But You May Be the Last to Know
4 Adverse Effects of Specific Psychiatric Drugs
5 Personal and Psychological Reasons for Not Using Psychiatric Drugs
6 Why Doctors Tell Their Patients So Little
7 Plan Your Drug Withdrawal
8 How to Stop Taking Psychiatric Drugs
9 Withdrawal Reactions from Psychiatric Drugs
10 Withdrawing Your Child from Psychiatric Drugs
11 Understanding Your Therapist’s Fears About Nonuse of Drugs
12 Guidelines for Therapists Who Do Not Advocate the Use of Psychiatric Drugs
13 Psychological Principles for Helping Yourself and Others Without Resort to Psychiatric Medications
Appendix A: Bonks for Further Information
Appendix B: How to Contact the Authors
Appendix C: The International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology