Guilt, Shame and Anxiety
Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions
By Peter Breggin, M.D.

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PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY: "This engrossing self-help guide … conveys empathy and maintains a clear, conversational tone while spelling out his prescriptions for overriding destructive
impulses in a variety of real-world situations."





Dr. Peter Breggin’s newest book, Guilt, Shame and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions can help you to triumph over and transcend your worst and most disheartening emotions in order to live a happier, more fulfilling life. Order now for $16 and you will be among the first to get Dr. Breggin’s new Guilt, Shame and Anxiety (list price $19) along with a free bonus copy of his Antidepressant Fact Book--as long as the supply lasts.


Dr. Breggin’s new book will show you how to identify, to reject and to triumph over your self-defeating, painful emotions and to transcend them with more positive feelings and better approaches to life. Imagine your life when you leave guilt, shame, anxiety, chronic anger or emotional numbness behind and exercise your emotional freedom!

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If you think that nothing new can be written about the human condition, you have a surprise waiting for you. Guilt, Shame, and Anxiety is a book of breathtaking originality. It is filled with unique insights and innovative procedures that can transform our lives, relationships, and worldviews.


Stanley Krippner, PhD, Professor of Psychology Saybrook University, Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Humanistic Psychology, Division 32, American Psychological Association, 2013


From the first page, I felt an emotional response that brought me to tears, knowing this is a book we all have been waiting for.  It is for every one of us who hourly have emotions we struggle with. It's a great testament to humanity, a groundbreaking work in wisdom and conceived in love.

Michael Cornwall, PhD, Jungian/Laingian Therapist, Esalen Conference Leader, and blogger on Mad in America

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Overcoming Our Most Painful and Disabling Emotions


Guilt, Shame and Anxiety offers a wholly new unified understanding of guilt, shame and anxiety as negative legacy emotions that have no role in our mature lives. It offers the three steps to emotional freedom—toward a life where you will give more to yourself and to everyone you touch.


This book shows you that your negative emotions actually have nothing to do with who we really are. They were built into us by biological evolution, and we certainly had nothing to do with that. Then they were elicited, directed and amplified in childhood, usually before we can even remember, and we had nothing to do with that either. Guilt, shame and anxiety are literally “prehistoric” because they were built in by evolution and driven home in childhood when we had little memory or understanding of what was going on.


As adults, guilt, shame and anxiety serve no useful purpose. They are prehistoric and even stone-age in origin. We can learn to identify them, to reject them, and to replace with sound values and loving relationships. This book can help you to transform your life to a new psychological and spiritual level, one more satisfying than you may have ever imagined for yourself and your loved ones.


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Breggin captures the essence of the human condition by intrinsically intertwining wisdom, insight, empathy, and brilliance. A must read for those seeking a fundamental understanding of how negative emotions impact parenting practices and developmental outcomes in children


Jeanne Stolzer, Ph D, Professor of Child Development, University of Nebraska- Kearney



Peter Breggin has long been doing important work in his critique of the medical model of "mental illness." Now he is taking on another challenge that is equally important: replacing the biomedical models with social/emotional ones, with emphasis on the degree of empathy and social connectedness that binds us together as human beings.


Thomas J. Scheff, PhD, Professor of Sociology, University of California-Santa Barbara.  Author, Bloody Revenge and coauthor, Emotions and Violence.



A new theory on negative emotions lies in these pages. Is it provocative and even startling at times. If you take it in, it will change your life, and your view of yourself and your relationships. It arises from Breggin's nearly 80 years of life experiences -- scientific, clinical, and personal. It culminates in a very personal reflection on the primacy of love, and the possibility that every person can become a source of love. It is beautiful, poetic, and inspiring.

Douglas Smith, MD, Psychiatrist, Alaska


Peter Breggin is perhaps the most compassionate and empathic person I have ever met and what amplifies his brilliance and impact is that as a leading expert on the medical side of psychiatric suffering, he could take so many points of view that would be less than the greatness that exudes in his immense ability to convey understanding and explanation of conditions that could otherwise be treated in dismissive, cold and clinical ways. 

This book reflects the depth of his compassion and the breadth of his empathy. Dr. Breggin is an amazing man on an amazing mission to defy current medical wisdom with a wisdom that is sacred and comes from a most loving heart and a most brilliant mind.

Howard Glasser, Creator, The Nurtured Heart Approach
Chairman of the Board, Children's Success Foundation


This engrossing self-help guide from psychiatrist Breggin (Guilt, Shame, Anxiety) relies on a speculative account of how human evolution still affects our emotional well-being today. Breggin’s premise is that many emotional problems stem from the conflict between two central human impulses rooted in evolution: the need for intimacy and a propensity for aggression. He goes on to argue that the three titular emotions served early humans by bridging these two impulses, inhibiting the most incendiary emotions so that familial and societal relationships could survive. By this reasoning, those people with the highest capacity for self-restraining emotions were those who survived and passed on their genes. Breggin thus intends to help readers free themselves of these no longer necessary, negative “legacy” emotions. Criticizing the main run of self-help tomes as inconclusive, Breggin claims that it is indeed possible to willfully oust guilt, shame, and anxiety from our emotional repertoires. He proceeds to show how negative legacy emotions are exacerbated by developments in language and childhood trauma. Breggin conveys empathy and maintains a clear, conversational tone while spelling out his prescriptions for overriding destructive impulses in a variety of real-world situations.

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Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal
A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists,
Patients and their Families
By Peter Breggin, M.D.

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Springer Publishing Co. 2013


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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. Now we need to focus on how to stop taking psychiatric drugs and to replace them with more person-centered, empathic approaches. The goal is no longer drug maintenance and stagnation; the goal is recovery and achieving well-being.


My new book, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Families, responds to a citizen rebellion that demands, “Help us get off these drugs!” It also encourages a professional revolution among concerned therapists who want to reject the idea of enforcing “patient compliance.”


It’s time for therapists—psychologists, nurses, social workers, family therapists, and counselors—to stop pushing their clients and patients to take psychiatric drugs that cause brain damage, harm the body, and shorten their patients’ lives. In Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal, therapists will learn about psychiatric drugs to actively participate with patients and families in the medication decision-making process.


The book provides a new roadmap for prescribers, therapists, patients and their families that will enable patients to taper off their drugs and achieve emotional and physical recovery and well-being. At the same time, it provides an improved treatment approach for all patients regardless of whether they are taking psychiatric drugs.


Prescribers of psychiatric drugs should welcome much greater participation of therapists, patients, and their families in decision-making about psychiatric drugs. This new emphasis on patient partnership and well-being will greatly increase awareness of adverse psychiatric drug effects and facilitate patients withdrawing before the harm becomes irreparable. It will improve the prescriber’s overall satisfaction and effectiveness as a service provider.


Some therapists have told me they are afraid of being sued if they offer opinions or participate in psychiatric-drug decision making. In my extensive forensic experience, this almost never happens, and I know of no such successful suit against a therapist. Instead, the highest level of professional ethics requires the therapist to confront the risks and dangers associated with their patients’ psychiatric drugs.


There is now so much scientific evidence proving that psychiatric drugs damage the brain and overall health and lifespan, that the major concern should be “How to stop taking psychiatric drugs.”  It can be dangerous and even agonizing to stop, and people need to take charge of the process and no longer let prescribers like psychiatrists, general practitioners, and pediatricians dictate to them how long they or their children need to stay on drugs. 


Up to now, professionals—when agreeing to withdraw patients from drugs—have withdrawn them at their own predetermined rate and often much too abruptly. This book explains and illustrates a Person-Centered Collaborative Partnership that focuses on the patient’s feelings and needs throughout the withdrawal process.


Therapists are often the first to realize that their patients are overly or unnecessarily medicated but they have been discouraged from voicing their opinions or discussing them with their clients or patients. They have also been discouraged from participating in medication decision-making and have been urged or mandated to enforce medication compliance. This book offers a new pathway for therapists to participate in an active patient and family partnership, along with the prescriber. It begins with a review of the dangers associated with psychiatric drugs and then describes and illustrates the process of person-centered withdrawal and mental health recovery, often with the collaboration of the therapist and family.


Patients often come to me wishing to withdraw from psychiatric drugs but are terrified because their previous prescribers, if agreeing to drug withdrawal, have withdrawn them much too rapidly and without regard for their suffering in the process. Nothing is more important than the patient’s sense of control over the process and the timing of withdrawal.


At a time when scientific research is demonstrating the harm from long-term drug exposure, the proposed new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) will be pushing for increasingly widespread drug prescription. The mental health field needs to reverse itself by vastly increasing emphasis on psychiatric drug withdrawal and drug-free recovery.


This model for a patient-centered collaborative team approach not only transforms drug withdrawal but mental health treatment in general with its greater emphasis on the patient partnership and well-being. Its approach transforms treatment for all mental health clients and patients. The book is especially vital for the treatment of dependent children and adults, individuals struggling from emotional crises and serious mental turmoil, the elderly, and anyone with compromised judgment and cognitive ability.


The Person-Centered Collaborative Partnership approach ushers in a new era of patient- and family-centered treatment. It offers a whole new level of drug-free recovery and enhanced well-being. The goal is no longer a drug-induced holding pattern, but genuine physical and psychological recovery and growth.





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Empathic Therapy
A Psychotherapy Training Film (on DVD)
By Peter Breggin, M.D.

This 5-part 4 hour film is offered for $39.95

Dr. Breggin’s Empathic Therapy training film will help you to bring out the best in yourself so that you can bring out the best in others. With his genuine and profoundly engaging style of psychotherapy, Dr. Breggin shows how to relate to patients and clients in a manner that engenders trust, mutual understanding, and the opportunity for recovery and growth.

Rather than offering a new school of psychotherapy, Dr. Breggin’s film aims to enhance your own style of psychotherapy. Instead of “burn out,” look forward to every session and to improving your experience throughout your career.

The film demonstrates that empathic therapies are the best approach to the full spectrum of potential patients, including psychotic, suicidal and violent individuals. The emphasis on empathy can also be applied to your personal relationships.

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The Conscience of Psychiatry:
The Reform Work of Peter R. Breggin, MD

Edited by the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology
Lake Edge Book, Ithaca, New York
475 powerful pages

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The Conscience of Psychiatry is a biographical tribute to Dr. Breggin’s professional career that draws on more than fifty years of media excerpts and more than seventy new contributions from professionals in the field. The result is not only the story of his principled, courageous confrontations with organized psychiatry, drug companies, and government agencies—it is also a probing critique of the psychopharmaceutical complex.
Medication Madness
The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases
of Violence, Suicide and Murder
by Peter Breggin, M.D.

Now in paperback!

St. Martin's Press 2008
  Medication Madness reads like a medical thriller, true crime story, and courtroom drama; but it is firmly based in the latest scientific research and dozens of case studies. The lives of the children and adults in these stories, as well as the lives of their families and their victims, were thrown into turmoil and sometimes destroyed by the unanticipated effects of psychiatric drugs.  In some cases our entire society was transformed by the tragic outcomes.

    Many categories of psychiatric drugs can cause potentially horrendous reactions.
Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Xanax, lithium, Zyprexa and other psychiatric medications may spellbind patients into believing they are improved when too often they are becoming worse.  Psychiatric drugs drive some people into psychosis, mania, depression, suicide, agitation, compulsive violence and loss of self-control without the individuals realizing that their medications have deformed their way of thinking and feeling.  
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Brain-Disabling Treatments in PsychiatryBrain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry (2008):
Drugs, Electroshock, and the Psychopharmaceutical Complex


By Peter Breggin, M.D.
Hardback Published by Springer Publishing Co.



Renowned psychiatrist Peter Breggin documents how psychiatric drugs and electroshock (ECT) disable the brain. He presents the latest scientific information on potential brain dysfunction and dangerous behavioral abnormalities produced by the most widely used drugs including Prozac, Xanax, Halcion, Ritalin, and lithium.


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The Heart of Being HelpfulThe Heart of Being Helpful:
Empathy and the Creation of a Healing Presence

by Peter Breggin, M.D.

Paperback published 2006 by Springer Publishing Company


Dr. Breggin illustrates the importance of developing a therapeutic bond, or healing presence, between helping professionals and their clients. He provides useful vignettes, case studies, and personal insights to help beginning and experienced therapists develop more empathy in therapeutic relationships.


"After years of detailing the myths and abuses of biopsychiatry, Peter Breggin comes full circle. With this profound and often poignant work from his own heart, he puts soul back into psychotherapy."
Kevin McCready, Ph.D., Clinical Director, San Joaquin Psychotherapy Center


"Dr. Breggin passionately captures the heart of psychotherapeutic healing. A prolific and provocative writer, his thoughts are powerful, imaginative, inspirational, and wise. Not only would I recommend this book to professional psychotherapists, but also to the lay reader who will learn the meaning and intricacies of living and loving."
Clemmont E. Vontress, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling, George Washington University
Counselor of the Year
American Mental Health Counselor's Association

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The Antidepressant Fact BookThe Antidepressant Fact Book:
What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa and Luvox
by Peter Breggin, MD
published by Perseus Books, 2001


Known as "the Ralph Nader of psychiatry," Dr. Peter Breggin has been the medical expert in countless court cases involving the use or misuse of psychoactive medications. This unusual position has given him unprecedented access to private pharmaceutical research and  correspondence files, information from which informs this straight-talking guide to the most prescribed and controversial category of American drugs: antidepressants.


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Toxic PssychiatryToxic Psychiatry:
Why therapy, empathy, and love must replace the drugs, electroshock, and biochemical theories of the “new psychiatry.”
by Peter Breggin, M.D.

Paperback published 1991 by St. Martin's Press


Toxic Psychiatry remains Dr. Breggin's most complete overview of psychiatry and psychiatric medication. It has influenced many professionals and lay persons to transform their views on the superior value of psychosocial approaches compared to medication and electroshock.


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ImageTalking Back to Ritalin, Revised :
What Doctors Aren't Telling You About Stimulants and ADHD
by Peter Breggin, M.D.
with a forward by Dick Scruggs, JD
Paperback published by Perseus Books, 2001

Dr. Peter Breggin's book: Talking Back to Ritalin details the side effects and potential problems with Ritalin and other stimulants. It also thoroughly and critically examines the condition and diagnosis of ADHD and ADD, explores the economics and who profits from the diagnosis and the prescribing of stimulants for children, and offers six chapters for parents and other adults on how to help children in their care without resorting to Ritalin or other psychiatric drugs.

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ImageThe Ritalin Fact Book:
What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About ADHD and Stimulant Drugs
by Peter Breggin, MD
Paperback Published 2002 by Perseus Books


This book is the easiest and most direct way to get information on the stimulant drugs including Ritalin, Ritalin SR, Adderall, Adderall XR, Dexedrine, Focalin, Concerta, Metadate ER and Cylert. It contains the latest research on side effects, including permanent brain damage and dysfunction, and guidance on how to help out-of-control children without resort to drugs.

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ImageTalking Back to Prozac

What Doctors Aren't Telling You About Prozac and the Newer Antidepressants

By Peter Breggin MD and Ginger Breggin

Authors Peter R Breggin MD and Ginger Breggin have re-released their seminal book Talking Back to Prozac: What Doctors Aren’t Telling You About Prozac and the Newer Antidepressants with a new introduction and new information about the SSRI antidepressants, including the granddaddy of them all—Prozac.

This is the Breggin book that blew the whistle on the skewed science of the “new” antidepressants, including Paxil, Prozac, Luvox, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, Cymbalta and Wellbutrin.


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Psychosocial Approaches to Deeply Disturbed Persons Psychosocial Approaches to Deeply Disturbed Persons
Peter Breggin and E. Mark Stern, Editors

Cloth published 1996 by Haworth Press, Inc.

“Makes a critical contribution by offering humanistic and caring alternatives for people who have long-standing histories of oppression and maltreatment.”  Fred Bemak , Ph.D., Chairperson for the Department of Counseling and Human Services, The Johns Hopkins University


"A humanist approach to treating 'psychotic' patients focusing on psychological and social therapeutic techniques rooted in the contributors' own practices working with deeply disturbed individuals. The 11 essays discuss contrasting therapeutic approaches, schizophrenic realities and modes of being, hallucinations and terror, communities for psychotic persons, illustrative therapy with schizophrenics, co-counseling, and working with the families of schizophrenic patients...." SciTech Book News, November 1996 


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Beyond ConflictBeyond Conflict: From Self-Help and Psychotherapy to Peacemaking

by Peter Breggin, M.D.

paperback published 1992 by St. Martin's Press

“This book addresses the very core of what it means to be human.”
—Emilio Viano, Ph.D., professor at the School of Public Affairs, The American University


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Reclaiming Our ChildrenReclaiming Our Children:
A Healing Plan for a Nation in Crisis
by Peter Breggin, MD

Dr. Breggin was motivated to write Reclaiming Our Childre by witnessing , along with millions of other Americans, the events surrounding the shootings at Columbine High School as they unfolded  first on television and then in the print media.   Dr. Breggin’s book begins with a description and analysis of these tragic events in Littleton, Colorado, and then moves on to examine our government’s response at the White House Conference on Mental Health.   He criticizes biological psychiatry and psychiatric drugs as a solution to the suffering and rebelliousness of America’s children. He also presents strong evidence that psychiatric drugs commonly cause psychoses and aggression in children, and that they probably contributed to individual cases of school violence.


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Wow, I'm an American!
Wow, I’m an American!
How to Live Like Our Nation’s Heroic Founders
By Peter R. Breggin, M.D.

Glossy Paperback 250 pages
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At a time when the values of the Founding Mothers and Fathers are threatened as never before, Wow, I’m an American! revitalizes the American spirit.

Wow, I’m an American! is meant for the entire family—straightforward enough to interest teens and original enough to enlighten and re-inspire adults with America’s basic values of freedom, responsibility, gratitude and love.

No other book so imaginatively captures the essence of what makes America great, while showing how to apply these principles to living our everyday lives. A resource for those of us who want to share our values with upcoming generations while reaffirming for ourselves what America really stands for—freedom and responsibility under God!

Written in the spirit that simplicity is the test of truth and usefulness, Dr. Breggin’s words can inspire the entire family to understand and to live like our Founding heroes.

“I have read the book and enjoyed it. It ties it all together as a sort of ‘primer’ on the founders, their sacrifices and what they bequeathed to us and makes clear that now it's up to us. A good message on our heritage, our luck in being born here and the need to take responsibility for our own lives, happiness and futures.

A good Christmas present for teens and anyone who hasn't studied or would like to re-familiarize himself with our heritage and the giants that created this country.”

- David Keene, Chairman, American Conservative Union

"Takes a fresh new approach to American history that will give you a deeper appreciation of the people who founded our nation and how to apply their beliefs to your everyday life."

- William Glasser, M.D., psychiatrist and author of Reality Therapy and Choice Theory



2011 Empathic Therapy Conference DVD set for sale!




The first ever Empathic Therapy Conference, held April 8-10, 2011, was a terrific success with exciting, informative and innovative speakers from around the world including:




Peter R. Breggin, MD: What is Empathic Therapy


Alberto Fergusson MD: Guided Self-Rehabilitation of Psychotic Street People


Howard Glasser: Inspiring Greatness


Richard Gottlieb MSW: Psychotherapy for People with Traumatic Brain Injuries or Stroke


Mathy Downing, Karl Protil JD, Peter Breggin MD and others: Personal, Legal and Medical Perspective of Psychiatric Drug Tragedies


Kathryn Douthit PhD: Therapeutic Approaches to people with Dementia


And many more speakers. Just $79 for over 14 hours of video from one of the most highly praised conferences ever held. 


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War Against Children of ColorThe War Against Children of Color:
How the drugs, programs, and theories of the psychiatric establishment are threatening America’s children with a medical ‘cure’ for violence.
  by Peter Breggin, M.D.
co-authored with Ginger Ross Breggin
Updated paperback published in 1998

In 1992, Dr. Peter Breggin and Ginger Ross Breggin inspired a national campaign against the proposed federal "Violence Initiative," that aimed at identifying inner-city children with alleged defects that would make them violent when they reached adulthood. Many of the research plans, which are still in operation, involve searching for a "violence gene," finding "biochemical imbalances," and intervening in the lives of schoolchildren with psychiatric drugs. This book is an updated version of the Breggin's 1994 The War Against Children, with a new chapter that includes information on the federally funded fenfluramine studies done on inner city boys.


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Most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, sometimes including life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems. In short, it is not only dangerous to start taking psychiatric drugs, it can also be dangerous to stop them. Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should be done carefully under experienced clinical supervision. Methods for safely withdrawing from psychiatric drugs are discussed in Dr. Breggin's new book, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients, and Their Families.