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Read More About Psych Meds and Their History

Mad in America by Robert Whitaker

Award-wining author Whitaker has published the most insightful and sensible of all book on psychotropic medications: what they are, what they do and do not do, and the political-economic-bureaucratic struggles that cause their overuse.

Pharmageddon by David Healy

How commercial interests have taken over nearly all psychotropic drug research, with the result that “evidence-based medicine” has become, for psychiatric drugs, largely a form of marketing, with “evidence” assembled not by researchers but by drug company ghostwriters, and the original data kept secret so that its validity cannot be checked.

The Truth About The Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us And What To Do About It by Marcia Angell

The title tells it all. Dr. Angell, a former editor of what was America’s foremost medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine, provides a clear, succinct, and comprehensive overview of how America’s pharmaceutical industry malfunctions for everyone except its executives and financiers. She explains how the problem is, at its base, political.

The Center Cannot Hold by Ellen R. Sakys

In this moving memoir by a professor of law, she describes her many years of recovery from schizophrenia, recovery that she believes would have been impossible without antipsychotic and other psychotropic medications. Anyone who believes that antipsychotic drugs have no function except to sedate troublesome people should read this book.

Instant Psychopharmacology by Ronald J. Diamond

A handbook for physicians. We do not endorse this book but list it as a source of basic information on types and uses of psychotropic drugs. It is not unknown for publications of this type to be ghostwritten by contractors for pharmaceutical manufacturing interests.

Instant Psychopharmacology for Children and Adolescents by M.T. Witovsky

Medicating Young Minds by Glen Elliott

Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids by Timothy Wilens

Helping Parents, Youth and Teachers Understand Medications for Behavioral and Emotional Problems by Mina Dulcan

The Explosive Child: A New Approach to Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated and Chronically Inflexible Children by R.W. Greene

Unconditional Care by Ken Berrick and John Sprinson

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