Mental Health Survival Kit and Withdrawal from Psychiatric Drugs
A User's Guide
This book can help people with mental health issues to survive and return to a normal life. Citizens believe, and the science shows, that medications for depression and psychosis and admission to a psychiatric ward are more often harmful than beneficial. Yet most patients take psychiatric drugs for years. Doctors have made hundreds of millions of patients dependent on psychiatric drugs without knowing how to help them taper off the drugs safely, which can be very difficult. The book explains in detail how harmful psychiatric drugs are and gives detailed advice about how to come off them.
You will learn:
why you should not see a psychiatrist if you have a mental health issue
that psychiatric drugs are addictive
that the biggest lie in psychiatry is the one about a chemical imbalance being the cause of psychiatric disorders
that psychiatric diagnoses are unscientific and that doctors disagree widely when making diagnoses
that psychiatric drugs can lead to permanent brain damage
that psychiatric drugs should never be stopped abruptly because withdrawal reactions can be dangerous
why psychotherapy and other psychosocial interventions should be preferred over drugs
why you should generally not believe what doctors tell you about psychiatric disorders and their treatment
why volunteers have found the book so important that they have translated it into French, Portuguese and Spanish
"Peter Gøtzsche's new book meets patients' need to get tools on how to deal with psychoactive drugs and, above all, not to start them. Gøtzsche is very clear about the role of GPs in medicalizing grief, misfortune, opposition, and bad luck." -- Dick Bijl, former GP, epidemiologist, and current president of the International Society of Drug Bulletins.
"Peter Gøtzsche has written a very personal account of his battle to get the institution of psychiatry to accept that its drugs are not the 'magic pills' they are made out to be. Every medical practitioner who prescribes them, and every person who takes them, should read this book and be warned." -- Niall McLaren, author of Anxiety: The Inside Story
"Peter Gøtzsche wrote this book to help people with mental health problems survive and return to a normal life. His book explains in detail how psychiatric drugs are harmful and people are told how they can safely withdraw from them." -- Fernando Freitas, PhD, Psychologist, National School of Public Health (ENSP/FIOCRUZ). Co-editor of Mad in Brazil