“Intoxication Anosognosia: The Spellbinding Effect of Psychiatric Drugs,” International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, 19, 3-15, 2007. ABSTRACT: Why do so many individuals persist in taking psychoactive substances, including psychiatric drugs, after adverse mental and behavioral effects have become severe and even disabling? The author has previously proposed the brain-disabling principle of psychiatric treatment […]
Over the years as a psychiatrist I’ve evaluated innumerable cases of individuals who have been driven over the edge by psychiatric drugs. Many of these men, women and children were evaluated for legal cases but others were not. When I was re-evaluating about a hundred of these real-life stories for my latest book, Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide and Crime, I began to see a pattern that I call medication spellbinding. Technically, the new scientific concept is called intoxication anosognosia: not knowing that you are intoxicated.
A Review of Dr. Breggin’s Medical Expert Experiences Dr. Peter Breggin often acts as a psychiatric and medical expert or as a consultant in criminal, malpractice, product liability and class action suits. This page presents a list of over 70 of his more interesting and successful trials and settlements. In greatly updating this legal page in […]
Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a complex neurological disorder caused by antipsychotic (neuroleptic) drugs. It has many variations and afflicts both muscle control and mental processes. Among those given antipsychotics, TD occurs in very high rates in all age groups and is usually persistent and irreversible.
Breggin (2016). Rational Principles of Psychopharmacology for Therapists, Healthcare Providers and Clients. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy The Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy invited me to do an overview article about my work in the field of psychopharmacology and psychiatric drugs, including my critique of adverse drug effects (side effects). My peer-reviewed report came out in […]
A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and their Families, by Peter Breggin, MD. Nothing in the field of mental health will do more good and reduce more harm than encouraging withdrawal from psychiatric drugs. The time is past when the focus in mental health was on what drugs to take for what disorders.
Almost exactly one year ago, my wife Ginger and I, and a number of friends and colleagues, began to form the Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education & Living. We also began to plan its first annual Empathic Therapy Conference, scheduled to take place shortly on April 8-10, 2011 in Syracuse, New York.
of Peter Breggin, M.D., 1954 to the Present Many of Dr. Breggin’s accomplishments as a reformer are documented in detail in The Conscience of Psychiatry: The Reform Work of Peter R. Breggin, M.D. (2009). This biographical tribute to Dr. Breggin’s work draws on more than half-a-century of media and more than 70 special contributions from […]
The newer antidepressants including Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, and Lexapro commonly cause some degree of over-stimulation. The effects are not unlike those of cocaine and amphetamine, and both the Prozac-like drugs and the stimulants impair function of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Some of the other newer antidepressants, including Effexor, Serzone, Cymbalta and Wellbutrin […]
Psychiatric medications Books by Dr. Breggin on psychiatric drugs: Nearly all of Dr. Breggin’s books deal with psychiatric medications. They attempt to demonstrate that these psychoactive substances too often do more harm than good and that better alternatives are available. At the same time, they provide critical evaluations of contemporary biological psychiatry and its dependence […]