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 The sedative-like effects of epinephrine 01/03/1970
"The Sedative-like Effect of Epinephrine." Archives of General Psychiatry 12:255-259, 1965.
file icon Psychosurgery for political purposes (1975) 01/01/1975
"Psychosurgery for Political Purposes." Duquesne Law Review 13:841-862, 1975.
file icon Empathic self-transformation in therapy (2002) 01/01/2002
"Empathic Self-Transformation in Therapy." Excerpt from Dimensions of Empathic Therapy , P. Breggin, G. Breggin and F. Bemak, editors. Springer Publishing Company, pp. 177 - 189, 2002.
file icon Psychopharmacology and human values (2003) 01/01/2003
"Psychopharmacology and Human Values." Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 43: 34-49, 2003.
file icon Should the use of neuroleptics be severely limited? (1994) 02/01/1996
"Should the Use of Neuroleptics Be Severely Limited?" In S.A Kirk and Susan D. Einbinder P (ed): Controversial Issues in Mental Health. Boston: Allyan and Bacon, 1994, pp 146-152. Reprinted in Changes: An International Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy 14:62-66 March 1996.
file icon The return of lobotomy and psychosurgery 01/01/1982
"The Return of Lobotomy and Psychosurgery." Reprinted with a new introduction in Edwards RB (ed): Psychiatry and Ethics. Buffalo, Prometheus Books, 1982. Originally published in the Congressional Record , February 24, 1972, E1602-E1612. First reprinted in Quality of Health Care-Human Experimentation: Hearings Before Senator Edward Kennedy's Subcommittee on Health, US Senate, Washington, D.C., US Government Printing Office, 1973.
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 Psychiatry's role in the holocaust (1993) 01/01/1993
"Psychiatry's Role in the Holocaust." International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine 4:133-148, 1993. Adapted from a paper delivered at "Medical Science Without Compassion" in Cologne, Germany and published in the conference proceedings.
file icon TBI, PTSD, and Psychiatric Drugs: A Perfect Storm for Aberrant States 05/08/2014

“TBI, PTSD, and psychiatric drugs. A perfect storm for causing abnormal mental states and aberrant behavior.” In Brock, H. and Else, R.C. (Eds). The Attorney’s Guide to Defending Veterans in Criminal Court. Minneapolis, MN: Veterans Defense Project. Chapter 10, pp. 251-264, 2014.


Peter R. Breggin, MD


Recent years have seen a marked increase in the prescription of psychiatric drugs to activity duty military personnel and to veterans. Until the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, soldiers were rarely if ever sent into combat while taking psychiatric drugs, but now it is commonplace, and may occur in 20% or considerably more of combat troops. Nearly all soldiers returning from combat with psychiatric diagnoses will be placed on multiple psychiatric drugs and maintained on them during treatment at the VA.

file icon Suicidality, violence, and mania caused by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors 01/01/2004
"Suicidality, Violence and Mania Caused by Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs): A Review and Analysis." International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, 16: 31-49, 2003/2004. Originally published in Ethical Human Sciences and Services, 5:225-246.
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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.