Risks in Taking Psychiatric Medications


Assess the documented risks of taking psychiatric medications by watching video interviews/presentations by reputable MDs, progressive psychiatrists, and researchers. You will gain access to resources for effective alternatives to meds, and further education. Resources include info on finding the kind of psychiatrist you want to work with. (3 hours, 25 min. to complete)


This course will help you:

  • Assess the value of psychiatric medications
  • Understand why we continue to rely on psychiatric medications
  • Offer qualified reasons not to over-rely on these medications
  • Discover resources for making informed decisions about psych meds
  • Learn about some effective alternatives to psych meds
  • Become more “integrative”–as a consumer or a provider

Time: At your convenience

Location: Online


Follow 4 chapters in sequence or as you wish, cherry pick what interests you.  You’ll watch engaging videos, have a little reading, and discuss  with other students and the facilitator, if you wish.  You’ll enjoy an interlude with a comedian—Laughter is, after all, the best medicine.

The vids you will see of  influential MDs, researchers, and psychiatrists  are leading us away from drive-thru psychiatry (relying too heavily on psych meds) to a more effective, humane way of overcoming mental health problems.

Dr Bragdon has created a thoughtful interweaving of information –mostly in vids–to help you  be able to find an integrative psychiatrist to assist with optimizing mental health and not over-relying on psych meds.  This means you don’t have to sort out this complex field on your own, spinning through google and youtube.


    1. Introduction

    2. Risks of Prescription Drugs: 

  • Peter Goetzche, MD
  • David Healy, MD: What People Experience on Psych Meds
  • Robert Whitaker: Longterm Outcome of Anti-Psychotics and Effective Alternatives to Meds
  • Peter Breggin, MD: Spell Binding is Not Just for Witches
  • Help with Withdrawal from Meds: Mad in America Resources

    3. Taming the Dragons of Autism and ADHD

  • Labeling ADHD Like Crazy
  • What is ADHD: A Disease? Set of Behaviors? Symptoms of Nutritional Needs?

     4. How to Find a Referral or Acquire Training

 risksFacilitator: Emma Bragdon, PhD 

is the Founder/Director of Integrative Mental Health for You, IMHU.org.  She was licensed as a Marriage, Family, Child Therapist in 1988 and has been involved with teaching complementary therapies for 45 years.  She has written 7 books and co-produced two documentary films. EmmaBragdon.com

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