Children’s Issues in Psychiatry

Dr. Breggin continues to devote a considerable amount of time and energy to stopping the psychiatric drugging of children and to offering better alternatives through improved family life, education, and community. He critiques the medication and diagnosing of children (most especially the diagnosing of ADHD) and offers better approaches in many of his books, including Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry (2008), the Ritalin Fact Book (2002), Talking Back to Ritalin (revised, 2001), and the Antidepressant Fact Book (2000). Reclaiming Our Children starts with an analysis of what happened surrounding the mass murders at Columbine High School and then looks toward solutions within the family, schools and community.


Medication Madness (July 2008) tells the stories of several children Dr. Breggin helped rescue from medication toxicity by going to court on their behalf.


In The Heart of Being Helpful Dr. Breggin addresses therapy and counseling with children, and the importance of childhood in forming the grown adult’s outlook on life.


In The War Against Children of Color he and Ginger Breggin criticise racist psychiatric programs aimed at the control of inner city children, as well as a psychosurgery project that mutliated the brains of children as young as five at a Mississippi medical center in the 1970s.


In the section titled “Stimulants and ADHD” are several of Dr. Breggin’s articles critical of psychiatric medicating and diagnosing of children.


Dr. Breggin’s BLOG contains his most recent thoughts and observations on the psychiatric diagnosing and drugging of children in America.



The Rights of Children and Parents Regarding Child Diagnosis and Drugging

The Rights of Children and Parents In Regard to Children Receiving Psychiatric Diagnoses and Drugs. Children & Society, 28, (2014) pp. 231-241 Peter R. Breggin, MD Based on the author’s extensive clinical, forensic and research experience, this article addresses the scientific and moral question of whether it is ever in the best interests of a […]

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A Misdiagnosis, Anywhere

A Misdiagnosis, Anywhere. The New York Times, Oct 13, 2011.   The drugging of children for A.D.H.D. has become an epidemic. More than 5 million U.S. children, or 9.5 percent, were diagnosed with A.D.H.D. as of 2007. About 2.8 million had received a prescription for a stimulant medication in 2008. … BregginADHDaMisdiagnosisAnywhere102011NYT.pdf

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Pregnant mothers should not take SSRI antidepressants

originally posted on Dr. Breggin’s blog at the Huffington Post  On June 28, 2007 more than 250 headlines around the world promised that SSRI antidepressants (such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, and Celexa) are safe for pregnant mothers and their developing babies. “Mom’s Antidepressant Use Poses Little Danger to Baby,” heralded the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Antidepressants […]

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