Charles Whitfield, MD is doing some important and critical work in researching the effects of pharmaceuticals in psychiatry. I linked to his paper Psychiatric Drugs as Agents of Trauma not too long ago and have since been in communication with him and he sent me the below to post. This is a book that is well-regarded by others who study these issues many of whom my readers will be familiar.
You can purchase it on Amazon.
You May NOT Be Mentally Ill
Misdiagnosed and Mistreated with Drugs that don’t work well or make you worse
Important information withheld from you by the Drug Industry, Psychiatry, Government, and others
Psychiatry today is not as advertised, as bestselling author Charles Whitfield describes in this scientifically accurate new book. It exposes the pseudo science behind modern biological psychiatry that misdiagnoses people who have painful emotional, psychological and behavioral symptoms as being “mentally ill” and then mistreats them with toxic psychiatric drugs that don’t work well or make them worse. Dr Whitfield blows the whistle on and names the culprits that promote bio-psychiatry for profit and control and explains why and how to avoid their mind- and body- manipulations. Most of these culprits are the “Bigs,” which include Big Pharma, Big Government, Big Insurance, Big Academia and Big Professional groups (as the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness). Each of the Bigs promotes and supports the misdiagnosis and mistreatment of what they call “mental illness,” which Dr Whitfield documents is instead the painful effects of repeated childhood and later trauma, which he explains in some detail. Throughout he describes how this major problem has developed and how to heal from it.
This book is a remarkable and cutting edge summary of facts, psychological skills and wisdom that combines the best healing principles of trauma psychology with holistic psychiatry. Dr. Whitfield explains in some detail how the reader can use practical and proven non-drug techniques and recovery aids to handle their psychological, emotional and behavioral symptoms. Caution: This book contains an indictment of the psychiatric drug industry and an enlightening exposure of their dogma for the people who are taking these brain disabling drugs and those who care for them. —Peter R. Breggin, MD, psychiatrist, Author of Medication Madness, Ithaca, NY
I have known Charles Whitfield for 20 years and believe that this is the most telling and powerful of his several books on mental health and recovery. As a longtime psychology professor and clinician I am impressed with how clearly and concisely he describes what causes the emotional, behavioral and relationship pain for those labeled as “mentally ill” and then what works best to heal their problems. He also tells the truth about how and why psychiatric drugs don’t work well and too often make people worse. Highly recommended. —Randy Noblitt, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology, The California School of Professional Psychology
Dr Charles Whitfield outlines in clearly written language how pharmaceutical companies and the medical industrial governmental complex shepherd people into treatments that may not help them and may even hurt them. The over use of psychotropic medications is one of the big stories of our time. — Doug Bremner MD, author of “Before You Take That Pill: Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad for Your Health” Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology Emory University School of Medicine
Available for purchase on Amazon.