Here is an excerpt from Dr. Peter Breggin, a well educated, highly respected psychiatrist who is testifying against so many prescription drugs--especially antidepressants. Neuroleptics (antipsychotics)
In 1973, psychiatrist George Crane gained the attention of the medical community by disclosing that many, and perhaps most, long-term neuroleptic patients were developing a largely irreversible, untreatable neurological disorder, tardive dyskinesia. The disease, even its mild forms, is often disfiguring, with involuntary movements of the face, mouth or tongue. Frequently, the patients grimace in a manner that makes them look "crazy", undermining their credibility with other people. In more severe cases, patients become disabled by twitches, spasms, and other abnormal movements of any muscle groups, including those of the neck, shoulders, back, arms and legs, and hands and feet. The muscles of respiration and speech can also be impaired. In the worst cases, patients thrash about continually. Growing evidence indicates that these drugs also produce tardive psychoses that are irreversible and more severe than the patients' prior problems. In children, permanent behavioral or mental disorders frequently develop as a result of the drugs. Furthermore, drug withdrawal often causes a rebound of the anticholinergic neurotransmitter system, resulting in a flu-like syndrome that includes emotional upset, insomnia, nausea and vomiting. Many patients find themselves unable to stop taking the drugs, suggesting that we should consider them as addictive. Articles on neuroleptics and their side effects Should the use of neuroleptics be severely limited? The Menninger Clinic case: Patient dies in clinical trial of antipsychotic drug Brain damage, dementia and persistent cognitive dysfunction associated with neuroleptic drugs (PDF) Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, Tardive Dyskinesia, Tardive Dystonia, and Tardive Akathisia (PDF) Parallels between Neuroleptic Effects and Lethargic Encephalitis (PDF) $1.6 million TD verdict $6.7 million awarded by jury in Risperdal® TD case Jury awards $1.3 million to TD victim: Appeals judge ups award to $2 million, citing Dr. Breggin's testimony TD case settled after Dr. Breggin's testimony
Landmark victory in first Canadian TD case
The following books by Dr. Peter Breggin contain further information on neuroleptic medication
Medication Madness Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry Your Drug May Be Your Problem
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WARNING! Most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, sometimes including life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems. In short, it is not only dangerous to start taking psychiatric drugs, it can also be dangerous to stop them. Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should be done carefully under experienced clinical supervision. Methods for safely withdrawing from psychiatric drugs are discussed in Dr. Breggin's books, Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry: Drugs, Electroshock and the Psychopharmaceutical Complex (New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2008) and Medication Madness: A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Medications (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2008).
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