Written by Peter Breggin, MD and David Cohen, PhD in 2007, this book seeks to “expose the shortcomings of psychiatric drugs and to guide patients and doctors through the process of withdrawing from them.” Your Drug May Be Your Problem was the first book written to provide an uncensored description of the dangers involved in taking every kind of psychiatric medication. The book includes a detailed description of the adverse effects and possible withdrawal symptom of every class of psychiatric drugs, including sleeping pills, antipsychotics, tranquilizers, stimulants, mood stabilizers and antidepressants. In a well-researched argument, Breggin and Cohen dismantle the chemical imbalance theory and discuss the problematic nature of the medical model. They offer a step-by-step approach to ending dependence on medication and recommend effective alternative modalities of healing, such as therapy, introspection, and a commitment to spiritual or philosophical ideas.
The 288-page book is available for $14.05.
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