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Selected scientific papers

This section contains a selection of Dr. Breggin’s scientific articles spanning 1964 to the present.

 

 

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 […]

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Understanding and Overcoming Guilt, Shame, and Anxiety: Based on Theory of Negative Legacy Emotions (2015)

Chapter 5 of Promoting Psychological Well-Being in Children and Families. Edited by Bruce Kirkcaldy. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Peter R. Breggin I have spent more than half a century as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist trying to understand human suffering. Why does every single one of us come out of childhood suffering […]

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Biological evolution of guilt, shame and anxiety (2015)

Breggin, PR. (2015). The biological evolution of guilt, shame and anxiety: A new theory of negative legacy emotions. Medical Hypotheses 85, 17–24 The theory of negative legacy emotions proposes the first unitary concept for the biopsychosocial function of guilt, shame and anxiety, and seeks their origin in biological evolution and […]

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Presumed Prudence Leaves Children Susceptible to Electroshock (2014)

The Utmost Discretion: How Presumed Prudence Leaves Children Susceptible to Electroshock. Children & Society, 28, (2014) pp. 231-241 Cheryl van Daalen-Smith, Simon Adam, Peter Breggin and Brenda A. LeFrançois This article examines the controversial and largely publicly undocumented practice of administering electroconvulsive therapy (ECT or electroshock) to children who are […]

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The Rights of Children and Parents Regarding Child Diagnosis and Drugging (2014)

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 […]

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Psychiatric drug-induced Chronic Brain Impairment (CBI) (2011)

Psychiatric drug-induced Chronic Brain Impairment (CBI): Implications for longterm treatment with psychiatric medication. International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, 23: 193-200. Peter R. Breggin, MD Abstract: Understanding the hazards associated with long-term exposure to psychiatric drugs is very important but rarely emphasized in the scientific literature and clinical […]

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Antidepressant-Induced Suicide, Violence, and Mania: Risks for Military Personnel (2010)

Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, Volume 12, Number 2, 2010. Peter R. Breggin, MD The newer antidepressants frequently cause suicide, violence, and manic-like symptoms of activation or overstimulation, presenting serious hazards to active-duty soldiers who carry weapons under stressful conditions. These antidepressant-induced symptoms of activation can mimic posttraumatic stress disorder […]

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