An Anti-Psychiatry ReadingList
(books - alphabetically)

Louise Armstrong, And They Call It Help: The Psychiatric Policing of America's Children (Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., Reading, Mass., 1993).  This book documents how widespread unjustified psychiatric commitment is in America, particularly of adolescents.

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., The Anti-Depressant Fact Book, (Perseus Books, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2001). book review

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Reclaiming Our Children: A Healing Solution for a Nation in Crisis (Perseus Books, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2000)  book review

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., and David Cohen, Ph.D., Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Drugs (Perseus Books - Reading, Massachusetts, 1999)  book review

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Talking Back to Prozac (St.Martin's Press, New York, 1994)

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Toxic Psychiatry (St. Martin'sPress, New York, 1991)

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Psychiatric Drugs: Hazards to the Brain (Springer Pub. Co., New York, 1983).  This book cites irrefutable evidence of harm, including permanent brain damage, from psychiatric drugs.

Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Electroshock: It's Brain-Disabling Effects (Springer Pub. Co., New York, 1979). This book cites irrefutable evidence of brain damage from psychiatry's electric shock treatment.

Judi Chamberlin, On Our Own: Patient Controlled Alternatives to the Mental Health System (Hawthorn Books, Inc., New York,1978).  This book by long-time antipsychiatry activist Judi Chamberlin includes many insightful criticisms of psychiatry in addition to offering advice about organizing alternatives to psychiatry that can be helpful to troubled people.

Lee Coleman, M.D., The Reign of Error: Psychiatry, Authority, and Law (Beacon Press, Boston, 1984)

Joseph Glenmullen, M.D., Prozac Backlash - Overcoming the Dangers of Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Other Antidepressants with Safe, Effective Alternatives (Simon & Schuster, New York, 2000).

Janet & Paul Gotkin, Too Much Anger, Too Many Tears: A Personal Triumph Over Psychiatry (HarperPerennial, New York,1992). This autobiography by a psychiatric patient and her husband shows how she and many others have been harmed by psychiatry.

Margaret A. Hagen, Ph.D., Whores of the Court: TheFraud of Psychiatric Testimony and the Rape of American Justice (Regan Books/HarperCollins, New York, 1997).  In addition to showing why psychiatrists and psychologists should not be recognized as expert witnesses in court, this book includes a very effective critique of so-called psychotherapy.

Don D. Jackson, M.D., Myths of Madness - New Facts for Old Fallacies (Macmillan 1964).  book review

Kittrie, Nicholas N., The Right To Be Different:Deviance and Enforced Therapy (Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore:1971).

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Ph.D., Against Therapy (Atheneum, New York, 1988)

Colin A. Ross, M.D., and Alvin Pam, Ph.D., Pseudoscience in Biological Psychiatry - Blaming the Body (John Wiley & sons, Inc., New York, 1995)  book review

Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., Law, Liberty, and Psychiatry (Syracuse Univ. Press, Syracuse, N.Y., 1989)

E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., The Death of Psychiatry (Chilton Book Company, Radnor, Pa., 1974).

Elliot S. Valenstein, Ph.D., Blaming the Brain: TheTruth About Drugs and Mental Health (Free Press, New York,1998).  This book shows the errors that underlie belief in biochemical theories of so-called mental illness and in the effectiveness of psychiatric drugs.

Ethan Watters & Richard Ofshe, Therapy's Delusions: The Myth of the Unconscious and the Exploitation of Today's Walking Worried (Scribner, New York, 1999)  book review

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