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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The book was written in 1991, but the reader can obtain more recent information on specific drugs from Dr. Breggin's more recent books, especially his new medical text Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry (Second edition, Springer Publishing Company, New York, 2008). Together these two books, Toxic Psychiatry and Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry, provide the broadest coverage of Dr. Breggin's critique of psychiatry. The Heart of Being Helpful provides the most readable and detailed discussion of his approach to psychotherapy.



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.