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By Psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin, MD


This is Dr. Breggin’s personal blog site where he puts selected essays. Dr. Breggin also blogs or writes columns on the following three widely read sites:,, and You can search for him by name on these websites.


Breaking News About the Oregon Shooter

By Peter R. Breggin, MD October 5, 2015 A screenshot of the Facebook of the Oregon shooter, taken by a colleague of mine before the site was taken down, has the following comment from the shooter: “Chris Harper Mercer, August 16: I have a pill bottle with like five types of pills mixed in. I […]

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Are all psychiatric drugs too unsafe to take?

  by Peter R. Breggin, MD Psychiatric drugs are more dangerous than you have ever imagined. If you haven’t been prescribed one yet, you are among the lucky few. If you or a loved one are taking psychiatric drugs, there is hope; but you need to understand the dangers and how to minimize the risk. […]

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Antidepressant Trazodone In Naval Yard Gun Massacre

by Peter R. Breggin, MD September 18, 2013 This brief analysis is offered in response to information that the Navy Yard mass murderer, Aaron Alexis, was taking the antidepressant trazodone. Alexis was reportedly started on trazodone for sleep on August 23, 2013 at the Veterans Administration (VA) clinic in Providence and refilled on August 28 […]

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Never again! The real history of psychiatry

By Peter R. Breggin, MD March 19, 2013 There have been recent calls for a national Mental Health Registry, and then additional calls to link such a registry to gun licensing. In the dreadful wake of Newtown, both the left and the right and the current US federal administration are demanding that we tighten mental […]

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Scrutinizing violence’s ties to antidepressants

By Peter R. Breggin, MD January 19, 2013 Huge efforts have been made by the pharmaceutical industry to prevent the public and the health professions from knowing that antidepressant drugs can cause violence and suicide. Joe Wesbecker had threatened his co-workers in the past, but had never been violent. In 1989, Wesbecker was placed on […]

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Psychiatry Has No Answer to Gun Massacres

By Peter R. Breggin, MD December 22, 2012   The Newtown tragedy has sent us searching for answers to mass killings. There are many important questions to be addressed, such as “Is tighter gun control feasible and consistent with the Second Amendment?”, “Can we prevent so much teen exposure to violent games and movies?”, “Would […]

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