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.
 
 

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file icon A Case of Fluoxetine-induced Stimulant Side Effects with Suicidal Ideation... 01/02/1992
Breggin, P.R. (1992). A Case of Fluoxetine-induced Stimulant Side Effects with Suicidal Ideation Associated with a Possible Withdrawal Syndrome ("Crashing").  International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, 3, 325-328.
file icon The return of ECT 01/01/1992
"The Return of ECT." Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health, 3 (March#1), 12-17, 1992.
file icon Brain damage, dementia and persistent cognitive dysfunction associated with neuroleptics (German) 03/30/1990
"Brain damage, dementia and persistent cognitive dysfunction associated with neuroleptics: Evidence, Etiology, Implications." Journal of Mind Behavior, 11:425-464, 1990. German Edition
file icon Brain damage, dementia and persistent cognitive dysfunction associated with neuroleptics (1990) 01/01/1990
"Brain damage, dementia and persistent cognitive dysfunction associated with neuroleptics: Evidence, Etiology, Implications." Journal of Mind Behavior 11:425-464, 1990.
file icon The three dynamics of human progress 01/01/1989
"The Three Dynamics of Human Progress: A Unified Theory Applicable to Individuals, Institutions and Society." Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry 21:(Nos. 1-3)97-123, 1988-89.
file icon Precious the crow (1987) 01/01/1987
"Precious the Crow." Voices (Journal of the American Academy of Psychotherapists) 23:32-42, Summer, 1987.
file icon Neuropathology and cognitive dysfunction from ECT (1986) 01/01/1986
"Neuropathology and Cognitive Dysfunction from ECT." Psychopharmacology Bulletin 22:476-479, 1986.
file icon Neuropathology and Cognitive Dysfunction From ECT (1985) 01/01/1985

Breggin, P.R. (1985). Neuropathology and Cognitive Dysfunction From ECT. Electroconvulsive Therapy, Consensus Development Conference, NIMH, June 10-12.


ECT always produces some degree of immediate brain damage and mental dysfunction, and frequently the patient never fully recovers. Permanent brain damage from ECT is demonstrated through clinical evaluations, psychological tests, EEG studies, CAT scans, human autopsy studies, and research on the effect of electrical current on the brain as well as through a variety of animal studies.

file icon Electroshock therapy and brain damage: the acute organic brain syndrome as treatment (1984) 01/01/1984
"Electroshock Therapy and Brain Damage: The Acute Organic Brain Syndrome as Treatment." Behavior and Brain Sciences 7:24-25, 1984.
file icon Iatrogenic helplessness in authoritarian therapy (1983) 02/01/1983
"Iatrogenic Helplessness in Authoritarian Psychiatry." In Morgan RF (ed): The Iatrogenics Handbook. Toronto, IPI Publishing Company, 39-51, 1983.
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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.