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Dr. Breggin’s Blog on Natural News

 

Dr. Breggin believes that psychiatric reform cuts across political divisions such as liberal and conservative. He expresses his views on psychiatry and psychotherapy in the media whether or not the specific outlet reflects his own political views. From Thom Hartmann, CNN and Huffington Post on the left to Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Doug Kennedy on the Fox News Channel on the right, Dr. Breggin has appeared on radio and TV shows across the political spectrum. He is grateful to all of these media outlets for caring enough about psychiatric reform to feature his opinions and expertise, and he values the opportunity to blog on Natural News.

 

 

 

 

Stopping the craziness and chaos in America

 

By Peter R. Breggin, MD
October 14, 2013

 

What's going on in America? From the government shutdown to violence in DC perpetrated by out-of-control citizens, we seem to be moving toward chaos. As a psychiatrist, I have documented that psychiatric drugs, especially antidepressants, frequently cause or exacerbate bizarre and violent behavior. The mass murderer at the US Naval Yard had been taking the antidepressant trazodone since August 23, 2013, with a refill on August 28 - 19 days before he went berserk.

 

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Solutions to madness and personal crises

 

By Peter R. Breggin, MD
August 6, 2013

 

There are solutions to madness, psychosis, and personal crises. What I mean by madness is an experience of overwhelming emotional distress that leaves us feeling isolated, abandoned, frightened and helpless. Sometimes we feel it as demoralizing guilt, at other times burning shame or terrifying anxiety, and sometimes all three at once. We may escape into frustration, anger and rage, but beneath always lies fear and helplessness. We may hear voices or see things that others don't experience, or more mundanely tie ourselves in knots with obsessions and compulsions. At the root is always the core human experience of fear and helplessness. In my book Toxic Psychiatry I call it "emotional overwhelm."

 

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Look out when the Left and Right
both empower psychiatry

 

By Peter R. Breggin, MD
April 16, 2013

 

As I predicted in my blogs on Naturalnews.com and on my website, the left and the right have indeed found common ground in wanting to increase the power of psychiatry and the mental health establishment with the goal of preventing gun massacres. But as I've also warned in my reports, psychiatrists have no special ability to identify potentially violent offenders. Even more striking, they have no drugs that prevent violence, but they prescribe many drugs that can cause violence, including antidepressants, benzodiazepines, stimulants, and antipsychotic drugs.

 

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Never again! The real history of psychiatry

 

By Peter R. Breggin, MD
March 19, 2013

 

There have been recent calls for a national Mental Health Registry, and then additional calls to link such a registry to gun licensing. In the dreadful wake of Newtown, both the left and the right and the current US federal administration are demanding that we tighten mental health statutes to make it easier and even mandatory for health care providers including psychiatrists and psychotherapists to incarcerate people on suspicion of perpetrating violence.

 

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Empathic therapy vs. modern psychiatry:
The future of human services

 

By Peter R. Breggin, MD
March 12, 2013

 

Three years ago my wife Ginger and I decided to form the Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education and Living (a nonprofit 501c3). The organization is founded on twin principles of equal importance: First, modern psychiatric theory and practice does more harm than good. Second, all human services, from self-help through therapy and education, must begin with a caring and even loving attitude toward the individual.

 

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Obama executive orders vastly empower psychiatry
while gutting patient rights

 

By Peter R. Breggin, MD
January 17, 2013

 

The history of psychiatry has been one of egregious abuses against its patients. The several-hundred year history of the state mental hospital system is proof of that. Until the states found the giant lockups too expensive and began arbitrarily throwing the inmates out, millions of people were deprived of their liberty and all human amenities, humiliated, abused, and finally tortured with treatments like lobotomy, insulin coma, and shock treatment. The only reason we don't have thousands of lobotomies being perpetrated yearly in America today is that I took several years out of my life to fight against organized psychiatry to stop the return of psychosurgery in the early 1970s.

 

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Sanjay Gupta and Tom Ridge warn about
psychiatric drugs in mass murders

 

By Peter R. Breggin, MD
January 13, 2013

 

For the first time ever, and for a brief moment in time, two knowledgeable and highly credentialed public figures have commented on the fact that psychiatric medications cause violence and must be considered suspect in the case of the Newtown shooter. But then, as if it never happened, and as if psychiatric drugs could not possibly be implicated in violence, the issue was dropped by the media.

 

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WARNING!

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.