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Re: Talking Back to Prozac

Posted by Elizabeth on August 6, 1999, at 3:12:55

In reply to Re: TALKING BACK TO PROZAC, posted by Andy on August 5, 1999, at 16:53:52

I got bored with _TBTP_ really fast, but I've heard Breggin speak; he came to Harvard and plugged his books last fall. (Just for the record, he was invited by an undergraduate student group, not by anyone affiliated with the medical school.) He's not very bright, as you can probably tell from reading his book. He just sort of stood there and went "duh" when I asked him a couple of fairly straightforward questions. (As I recall, he didn't know a thing about atypical antipsychotics and couldn't explain why it was safe for my dad to be on 4 different antihypertensives, since his "arguments" about why antidepressants haven't "really" been shown to work would apply just as well to other drugs. There are a million other holes in his arguments.)

Breggin claims that he has "cured" people with talk therapy. I suspect he's actually not a very good therapist...spends too much time talking back, not enough time listening in the first place. He seems like he would be the sort of therapist who invalidates and belittles patients.




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