Selected scientific papers
This section contains a selection of Dr. Breggin's scientific articles spanning 1964 to the present. They can be arranged chronologically in order to facilitate an overview of his work over the years.
From Prozac to Ecstasy: implications of new evidence for drug-induced brain damage (2001) 01/01/2001
"From Prozac to Ecstacy: The Implication of New Evidence for Drug-Induced Brain Damage." Ethical Human Sciences and Services, 3: 3-5, 2001.
"Practicle Applications: 22 Guidelines for Counseling and Psychotherapy." Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 10, 43-57, 2008.
Harms of Exposure to SSRIs In Utero (2008) 02/10/2010
"Exposure to SSRI Antidepressants In Utero Causes Birth Defects, Neonatal Withdrawal Symptoms, and Brain Damage." Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 10, 5-9, 2008.
"Iatrogenic Helplessness in Authoritarian Psychiatry." In Morgan RF (ed): The Iatrogenics Handbook. Toronto, IPI Publishing Company, 39-51, 1983.
"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 personís 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.
Lobotomies: an alert (1972) 02/01/1972
"Lobotomies: An Alert." (letter) American Journal of Psychiatry 129:98-99, 1972.
Lobotomy (1972) 01/01/1972
"Lobotomy." (co-authored by Daniel Greenburg). Science and Government Report, March 15, 1972, Volume II, No. 2, pp 1-4.
"Neuropathology and Cognitive Dysfunction from ECT." Psychopharmacology Bulletin 22:476-479, 1986.
NIH consensus report highlights controversy surrounding ADHD diagnosis and stimulant treatment(1999) 03/01/1999
"NIH Consensus Report Highlights Controversy Surrounding ADHD Diagnosis and Stimulant Treatment." Ethical Human Sciences and Services, 1:9-11, 1999.
"Parallels Between Neuroleptic Effects and Lethargic Encephalitis: The Production of Dyskinesias and Cognitive disorders." Brain and Cognition 23:8-27, 1993.