The major part of the book is dedicated to the negative effects of harmful medication in the brain, human behavior and the human mind. This topic is noteworthy because it makes citizens pay attention to the central role of self-responsibility and self-determination in an individual’s life. Breggin and Cohen (2009) argue that psychoactive medication induces brain dysfunction. Thus, lives are often at stake from addiction to emotional crisis and madness. The danger becomes worse when combined with confusing messages from the society concerning drugs.
According to Breggin (2008) individuals are encouraged to use these drugs because public healthcare programs are underfunded. The need is even more acute due to the loss of the HOMs that are cost effective, as well as, overreliance on ineffective and risky medication in the same class according to the WHO standards. In addition, there is an insufficient understanding of neurobiology and overreliance on the authority, for instance, drug manufacturers overworked and politically influenced US FDA. There are cases of poor diagnosis leading to inappropriate drug prescriptions. This condition may be coupled with poor assessment of a patient’s neurochemical imbalances with a victim who may not understand his or her condition. Other factors include the poor monitoring that allows victims to stay on wrong medications for many days, and the failure to observe the patients’ medical records and other medications to avoid the use of life-threatening drugs.
Doctors put patients on psychiatric medications when treating mental disorders. The numbers of patients are constantly increasing because many people worldwide, including children and older people, are diagnosed with psychiatric medication. Examples of mental disorders include post-traumatic stress, anxiety, attention deficit, depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Some of the psychoactive medication includes antidepressants that cause emotional anesthesia, euphoria, and numbing. An individual may feel artificial relief caused by emotional suffering. The antipsychotic drug disrupts the frontal lobe function and makes an emotionally distressed patient to be less able to feel, thus becoming more submissive. Mood stabilizers are used to slow down the overall functions of the brain to dampen an individual’s emotions and vitality. The Benzodiazepines are used to suppress the overall brain function. It causes temporary relief of anxiety or tension due to reduced mental function. Furthermore, stimulants are mostly used to blunt spontaneity and enhance obsessive behaviors in infants to make them less energetic, less creative and obedient, as well as less social. The result of using these drugs affects the individual and society. For instance, a parent or a class teacher can misinterpret the effects as improvements, whereas they indicate brain and mind dysfunction. Children are prescribed these drugs because they impair their spontaneity and make them more compulsively obedient.
In conclusion, medication madness leads an individual to underestimate the level of his or her drug-induced mental impairment. In addition, it makes a victim fail to realize that the drug contributed a role in the changes, mental state or behavior. An individual may think that the drug has no negative impact on human life or even that it has positive effects. Consequently, individuals typified by drug-induced mania or euphoria believe that they are functioning normally. The truth is that the drug causes brain and mind impairment that may lead to compulsively destructive behavior. Medication madness mostly affects people who are prescribed to use psychiatric drugs. Thus, the book provides a reason why most patients prefer non-psychiatric and psychiatric drugs, despite the fact that these drugs pose more danger than good to their lives. These drugs worsen an individual’s overall mental condition and cause potentially irreversible harm to a victim’s brain. In the long run, psychiatric drugs disrupt the normal processes of thinking and feeling, making a victim less able to deal effectively with daily life challenges.