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.
"How GlaxoSmithKline Suppressed Data on Paxil-Induced Akathisia: Implications for Suicidality and Violence", Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 8, 91-100, 2006.
"Court Filing Makes Public My Previously Suppressed Analysis of Paxil's Effects." Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 8, 77-84, 2006.
"Parallels Between Neuroleptic Effects and Lethargic Encephalitis: The Production of Dyskinesias and Cognitive disorders." Brain and Cognition 23:8-27, 1993.
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.
"Neuropathology and Cognitive Dysfunction from ECT." Psychopharmacology Bulletin 22:476-479, 1986.
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.
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.
Lobotomies: an alert (1972) 02/01/1972
"Lobotomies: An Alert." (letter) American Journal of Psychiatry 129:98-99, 1972.
"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.
"Iatrogenic Helplessness in Authoritarian Psychiatry." In Morgan RF (ed): The Iatrogenics Handbook. Toronto, IPI Publishing Company, 39-51, 1983.