Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs

A Guide for Informed Consent
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  • Published: July 2005
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  • Pages: 420
  • Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9781420867428
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-- Are patients aware of the fact that pharmacological therapies stress the brain in ways which may prevent or postpone symptomatic and functional recovery ?


 Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent is a critical appraisal of the medications which an estimated 20% of Americans consume on a regular (and sometimes involuntary) basis.

 It is the philosophically, epidemiologically, and scientifically supported revelation of how and why psychiatry’s drug therapies have contributed to a standard of care which frequently does more to harm than to cure.

 Extensively researched and documented, the book addresses:

 -- the process by which psychiatric drugs reach the market
-- the history and philosophy of Evidence Based Medicine

 -- the common flaws in research methodologies which negate  the validity of the psychiatric RCT (Randomized Controlled Trial)

 -- the problem of allostatic load (how drugs stress the body)

 -- the history, long term effects, and utility of  the drugs used to suppress symptoms of depression, psychosis, inattention and hyperactivity

 -- the effectiveness of alternatives to medication

 Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent exposes the current crisis in medical ethics and epistemology, and attempts to restore to psychiatry an authentically informed consent to care.






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