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How to Contact Peter R. Breggin, M.D.

Phoning or faxing Dr. Breggin’s office provides the most direct way of communicating with him:

   Phone: 607-272-5328 or 5354
   Fax: 607-272-5329

Professional and business contacts should phone and leave a message on the answering machine.

Questions and inquiries can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . A member of Dr. Breggin’s office staff will read the email and respond.

Dr. Breggin apologizes in advance for his inability to respond to every inquiry about referrals, medications, and individual problems.

Dr. Breggin’s four most recent books are the best source of overall information about his views and cover a wide variety of subjects:

Medication Madness (2008) vividly portrays dozens of real-life case histories of people driven toward mayhem, murder and suicide by psychiatric drugs. The theme of medication spellbinding is intertwined with each of the stories. Most of these cases are taken from Dr. Breggin’s legal or forensic work, and some are taken from consultations and his clinical practice. All of them are sufficiently detailed to be used as case studies for severe adverse drug effects on the brain, mind and behavior; but they are written as interesting stories.

The book concludes with guidelines for living drug-free. After writing books for more than forty years, Dr. Breggin believes that Medication Madness is one of his most interesting, well-written and exciting book.


Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry (2008) is the most complete presentation of Dr. Breggin’s comprehensive and detailed scientific views with analyses of many topics including:

  • Medication spellbinding
  • The Brain-Disabling Principle of Psychiatric Treatment
  • Specific Drug Categories, Including ADHD stimulant drugs, antidepressant drugs, benzodiazepines antianxiety drugs and sleeping medications, antipsychotic drugs, bipolar drug, and mood stabilizers.
  • Adverse drug effects caused by every type of psychiatric drug
  • Adverse effects of ECT
  • ADHD and the drugging of children
  • The failure of the FDA
  • Drug company negligence and product liability
  • How to more safely withdraw from psychiatric drugs
  • Alternative psychosocial approaches
  • Guidelines for effective psychotherapy

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and their Families (2013). The first half of this book presents the latest data concerning harm done by every category of psychiatric drugs: stimulants for children; benzodiazepine tranquilizers for anxiety and insomnia; antidepressants for depression and anxiety; mood stabilizers for bipolar disorder; and antipsychotic drugs. All categories of psychiatric drugs can cause serious harm to the brain, including shrinkage of brain tissue and cell death seen on MRI and other scans and dementia documented on neuropsychiatric testing. Long-term, psychiatric drugs do far more harm than good.

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal also discusses basic principles of how drugs cause Medication Spellbinding and Chronic Brain Impairment (CBI). The second half of the book discusses withdrawal reactions associated with every class of drug and then presents a team approach to psychiatric drug withdrawal involving collaboration within a team of prescriber, therapist, family and patient or client.

Guilt, Shame and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions (2014) is a scientific self-help book. It presents a new theory of how our most punishing, painful emotions developed through biological evolution, and how we can do without them in modern life, instead living by positive emotions and values.


Peter R. Breggin, MD
101 East State Street, #112

Ithaca, New York 14850
By Appointment Only
Phone: 607-272-5328
Fax: 607-272-5329




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.