Dr. Breggin appeals to counsellors and other mental health professionals, protesting the systematic drugging of children.
International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine 13 (2000).
A careful review of the Multimodal Treatment Study for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (the 'MTA Study') reveals serious methodological flaws that undermine its scientific validity.
"The Sedative-Like Effect of Epinephrine," Arch Gen Psych Vol 12 (1965).
Recent findings have created the need for a review of the literature concerning epinephrine-induced behavioral depression and for an evaluation of the possible mechanisms and clinical implications.
Risks and Mechanism of Action of Stimulants. NIH Consensus
Development Conference on Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder, November 16-18, 1998.
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 understanding of how psychiatric drugs actually “work.” Instead of enforcing authoritarian “medication compliance” in obedience to the prescriber’s orders, informed therapists and healthcare providers have an ethical duty to provide scientific information about the real effects of psychiatric drugs. Instead of naively accepting whatever the doctor prescribes to them, consumers need to educate themselves about all medications, but especially about psychiatric ones, which are consistently misrepresented and oversold.
"Psychostimulants in the treatment of children diagnosed with ADHD: Risks and mechanisms of action," International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine 12 (1999).
"NIH Consensus Report Highlights Controversy Surrounding ADHD Diagnosis and Stimulant Treatment," Ethical Human Sciences and Services, Vol 1 No 1 (1999).
"Intoxication Anosognosia: The Spellbinding Effect of Psychiatric Drugs", Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 8, 201-215, 2006.
ABSTRACT: Why do so many individuals persist in taking psychoactive substances, including psychiatric drugs, after adverse mental and behavioral effects have become severe and even disabling? The author has previously proposed the brain-disabling principle of psychiatric treatment that all somatic psychiatric treatments impair the function of the brain and mind. Intoxication anosognosia (medication spellbinding) is an expression of this druginduced mental disability. Intoxication anosognosia causes the victim to underestimate the degree of drug-induced mental impairment, to deny the harmful role that the drug plays in the person’s altered state, and in many cases compel the individual to mistakenly believe that he or she is functioning better. In the extreme, the individual displays out-of-character compulsively destructive behaviors, including violence toward self and others.
Examining the hazards of stimulant therapy (Ritalin and amphetamine) in children.