The Rights of Children and Parents In Regard to Children Receiving Psychiatric Diagnoses and Drugs. Children & Society, 28, (2014) pp. 231-241
Peter R. Breggin, MD
Based on the author's extensive clinical, forensic and research experience, this article addresses the scientific and moral question of whether it is ever in the best interests of a child to be given a psychiatric drug. The focus is on the diagnosis Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and stimulant drugs, and on the diagnosis Bipolar Disorder and antipsychotic (neuroleptic) drugs. The conclusion is that we should work towards a prohibition against giving psychiatric drugs to children, and instead focus on safe and effective alternative ways of meeting the needs of children within their families, schools and society. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and National Children's Bureau.
Psychiatric drug-induced Chronic Brain Impairment (CBI): Implications for longterm treatment with psychiatric medication. International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, 23: 193-200.
Peter R. Breggin, MD
Abstract: Understanding the hazards associated with long-term exposure
to psychiatric drugs is very important but rarely emphasized in the
scientific literature and clinical practice. Drawing on the scientific
literature and clinical experience, the author describes the syndrome of
Chronic Brain Impairment (CBM) which can be caused by any trauma to the
brain including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), electroconvulsive therapy
(ECT), and long-term exposure to psychiatric medications. Knowledge of
the syndrome should enable clinicians to more easily identify long-term
adverse effects caused by psychiatric drugs while enabling researchers
to approach the problem with a more comprehensive understanding of the
common elements of brain injury as they are manifested after long-term
exposure to psychiatric medications. Treatment options are also
A Misdiagnosis, Anywhere. The New York Times, Oct 13, 2011.
The drugging of children for A.D.H.D. has become an epidemic. More than 5 million U.S. children, or 9.5 percent, were diagnosed with A.D.H.D. as of 2007. About 2.8 million had received a prescription for a stimulant medication in 2008. ...
Intoxication Anosognosia: The Spellbinding Effect of Psychiatric Drugs, Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry
, 8, 201-215, 2006.
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.