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Peter R. Breggin M.D.

Managed care receives blame for overmedications

[the following is reprinted from the Houston Chronicle] Therapists just use drugs to treat patients, some say By MARK SMITH Copyright© 1997 Houston Chronicle The emergence of managed mental health care is adding fuel to a long-simmering debate over the place of medication in psychiatric treatment. Some psychiatrists charge that health maintenance organizations and other […]

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Human Freedom versus Psychiatric Coercion and Involuntary Treatment

In 2016, Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD wrote a marvelous blog “Abolishing Forced Treatment in Psychiatry is an Ethical Imperative” on MadinAmerica.com. Dr. Gøtzsche’s words inspired me to write a blog with my latest thoughts and observations on psychiatric coercion and to develop this page starting with my earliest publications all the way back to 1964 […]

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Guidelines for Empathic Therapy

by Peter R. Breggin, MD International Director Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education & Living www.empathictherapy.org With guidance from Executive Director Ginger Breggin and Members of the Advisory Council including Bart Billings PhD, Doug Bower PhD, Joanne Cacciatore PhD, Mathy Downing, Thomas Cushman PhD, Dorothy Cassidy MEd, Nadine De Santo EdS, Pamela Glasner, […]

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Dr. Breggin’s best overview Critique of psychiatric drugs

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 […]

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Dr. Peter Breggin’s Media

Dr. Breggin has been filmed innumerable times on major-network television, at conferences, before Congress, and by many independent filmmakers. Here are links to specific categories: I. Dr. Breggin’s Simple Truths. A series about psychiatry covers topics such as the myth of biochemical imbalances, the deception behind the ADHD diagnosis, dangers of stimulant drugs for children, […]

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Rational Principles of Psychopharmacology (2016)

Breggin, PR. (2016). Rational Principles of Psychopharmacology for Therapists, Healthcare Providers and Clients. J Contemp Psychother 46:1–13. Because the epidemic dispensing of psychiatric drugs is based on misinformation, it is important for all health professionals, consumers, and most citizens (including patients and their family members) to have a more rational understanding of how psychiatric drugs […]

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