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Monthly Archives: April 2008

22 Guidelines for Counseling and Psychotherapy (2008)

Breggin, PR (2008). Practicle Applications: 22 Guidelines for Counseling and Psychotherapy. Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 10, 43-57, 2008. This article describes 22 principles for the conduct of therapy or counseling, most of which are also applicable to all human relationships. The creation of a safe space and a caring, trustworthy relationship is essential to […]

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Report to JCAHO on physical restraints

Principles for the Elimination of Restraint An ICSPP Report Prepared by Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Director for The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations This report is offered in response to the Joint Commission’s request of February 18, 1999 for ICSPP’s recommendations on “restraint use and therapeutic holding.” This report focuses on two […]

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Involuntary Intoxication Suit

Assault Charges Dismissed on Grounds of Involuntary Intoxication with Psychiatric Drugs   A twenty-five year old Virginia man, charged with assault against the police, was acquitted today on the grounds of involuntary intoxication with psychiatric drugs. Dr. Peter Breggin testified that the patient’s seven prescribed psychiatric medications produced an intoxication that would have impaired anyone’s […]

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Jury awards $635,000 in ECT suit

In June 2005 in Columbia, South Carolina, a jury awarded $635,000 in a malpractice suit against a psychiatrist who referred a patient for electroshock treatment. The hospital had previously settled for a small amount and the doctor who administered the treatment was not found negligent. The plaintiff, Peggy Salters, is a former nurse who lost […]

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$2 million award in TD case

Jury Awards $1.3 Million in Tardive Dyskinesia Case — Appeals Court Raises Award to $2 Million Dr. Breggin Testified for the Plaintiff   A tardive dyskinesia malpractice case in Baton Rouge, Louisiana resulted in a jury award of more than $1.3 million dollars on March 14, 1997.  The case was appealed by the defendants but […]

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$2 million Award in Tardive Dyskinesia Case

Jury Awards $1.3 Million in Tardive Dyskinesia Case Appeals Court Raises Award to $2 Million Dr. Breggin Testified for the Plaintiff A tardive dyskinesia malpractice case in Baton Rouge, Louisiana resulted in a jury award of more than $1.3 million dollars on March 14, 1997.  The case was appealed by the defendants but in a […]

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$6.7 million verdict in Risperdal TD case

  On May 26, 2000, a jury in the circuit court of Philadelphia awarded $6.7 million to a patient afflicted with tardive dyskinesia caused by the neuroleptic (“antipsychotic”) drug Risperdal (generic name, risperidone).  In Liss vs. Doeff, the jury found the psychiatrist negligent in his treatment of Mrs. Elizabeth Liss.  The case is among the […]

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