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Old 07-20-2012, 03:53 PM
 
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2-3 years ago i read a book about overprescribed psychiatric medications. the book focused on really extreme cases where the patient would be driven insane and commit crimes like murder and grand theft with no apparent motive. the focus of the book was on the malpractice cases and defense arguments that followed. in every case the patient was prescribed some ridiculously high dose/crazy combo of meds like klonopin, xanax, prozac, etc.

i remember one specific case where a successful doctor was the overmedicated patient. he felt compelled to steal construction equipment from a nearby construction site. he did this several times and parked the vehicles in his driveway or yard, with no financial incentive. another example in the very beginning was about a girl who fantasized of killing her mother after starting some anti-depressant. i dont think she ever did- this was just an example they used to get into their argument.

does anyone know what book im talking about? ive been googling but given that i dont remember the title or the names of any authors i'm stumped. i think it was relatively new when i read it, but not super new. maybe 3 years old. i dont know if it was a popular book or not. i picked it up randomly at the library when i was researching malpractice

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Old 07-21-2012, 10:02 AM
 
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If you search google.com and include the word "book" in the search along with unique words you remember from the book, you will find various pages which mention books along those lines.

With that said, search google.com for the following words and click on the links. Maybe one of those will name the title you are looking for...

book overprescribed psychiatric drugs
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