Peter Breggin

The aim of health promotion is to foster healthy environments at individual, physical and social levels in order to proceed beyond the traditional healthcare and public health sector. For instance, man has used mood altering drugs for many years. Mood altering drugs are used to treat symptoms of mental impairment in medical research. They make patients feel better so that they can perform their functions. However, mood altering drugs work differently for different individuals. Some patients achieve impressive results; hence they only need them for a short time.

Psychiatric drugs produce quick surges of a neurotransmitter called dopamine, which when released to the brain makes patients feel pleasure. However, mood altering drugs are neurotoxic and have many side effects to the brain; hence there is a need to understand which class these drugs belong to. Breggin has provided an insight into the effects of mood altering drugs in his book Medication Madness, by stating that all psychiatric drugs are harmful to human health. The book describes how these medications can affect brain functions and cause violent behavior such as murder. The book shows that therapeutic effects caused by mood altering drugs are a result of drug-induced mental disabilities. It is a valuable book because it enlightens the society against fake beliefs concerning the safety of medicare fraternity and the role of medication in human life. Most people believe that medical practitioners would never provide medication that may cause serious harm to human life or even cause death.

Medication Madness is a biological condition. (Breggin, 2008) explained that children or adults subjected to psychiatric drug are more likely to develop a diverse range of mental reactions such as depression, mania, and suicidality. These conditions have been proven repeatedly in clinical trials that involved all kinds of psychoactive drugs. Therefore, psychoactive drugs cause madness. Furthermore, the FDA-approved labels for these drugs often indicate that they are harmful to human health because they lead to agitation, anxiety, hostility, suicidality, as well as depression caused by hallucinations, delusions, and psychosis. This holds true for most psychiatric drugs and for most non-psychiatric drugs, as well as certain antibiotics that affect the brain.

Medication spellbinding is a concept that unifies the theme that describes many cases of otherwise self-controlled individuals who are spellbound after using psychiatric drugs, leading them to execute bizarre acts, such as murder and suicide. According to Hammersley (2008), drugs have been used by mankind to reduce pain; thus, if mood altering drugs did not exist most people would not have relief of miseries caused by depression and other psychological problems. Drugs such as cocaine, cannabis and amphetamines have been popularly used as medicines in the past. Therefore, the merits and demerits of medicine clearly depend upon the substance offered, such as medicine, dose, what it is supposed to treat, and its side effects. However, Medication Madness is a book that provides caution to consumers to evaluate the drugs to ascertain their side effects. Mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, stimulants, antidepressants, and tranquilizers should be evaluated since they are more dedicated to profiting the drug companies than consumers. The effects of psychiatric drugs have led to numerous debates due to the assertion that they induce rather than treat brain imbalances.



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