Peter R. Breggin MD is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and former Consultant at NIMH and for the FAA. He is known as “The Conscience of Psychiatry” for his many decades of successful efforts to reform the mental health field. His work provides the foundation for modern criticism of psychiatric diagnoses and drugs, and it also leads the way in promoting more caring and effective therapies. His research and educational projects have brought about major changes in the FDA-approved Full Prescribing Information, or labels, for dozens of antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs. He continues to educate the public and professions about the tragic psychiatric drugging of America’s must vulnerable citizens including women, children, and the elderly.
Dr. Breggin’s earliest reform efforts in the 1970s brought an almost complete stop to lobotomy and psychosurgery in the Western World. Then in the 1990s, he and his wife Ginger prevented a federal eugenics project on the nation’s inner-city children. Both his anti-lobotomy and their anti-eugenics campaigns are described in his book co-authored with Ginger, The War Against Children of Color, as well as in many scientific articles.
Dr.Breggin has authored more than 70 scientific articles and more than twenty books, including medical books and bestsellers including:
Talking Back to Prozac (with Ginger Breggin): What Doctors Aren’t Telling You About Today’s Most Controversial Drug
Toxic Psychiatry: Why Empathy, Therapy, and Love Must Replace the Drugs, Electroshock, and Biochemical Theories of the ‘New Psychiatry’
Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicideand Crime
TheHeart of Being Helpful: Empathy and the Creation of a HealingPresence
Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry: Drugs, Electroshock and the Psychopharmaceutical Complex, Second Edition.
Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and their Families
Guilt, Shame and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions
Alert 83: 02/10/19: Part III of VIII of Dr. Peter Breggin’s Inspired Interview about his Lifelong Reform: “Personally Confronting the Dismaying Politics of Psychosurgery: From Racism to Totalitarianism”
Alert 74: 12/25/18 : FDA Betrays Its Trust Again with a Christmas Gift to the Shock Docs—But Why? An astonishing new film may contain the secrets to why atrocities like this get such unyielding government support.
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Alert 33: 02/26/18 : Psychiatrist Says: More Psychiatry Means More Shootings. In late September 2016, a few days after Nikolas Cruz turned 18 and became old enough to buy a gun, the Department of Children and Families sent one or more investigators to Cruz’s home. What happened is unbelievable!
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Guilt Shame and Anxiety
Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions
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The Untold Story Behind the Suicide by Texting Trial
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A psychotherapy training film
5 parts, 4 hours (on DVD)
With his genuine and profoundly engaging style of psychotherapy, Dr. Breggin shows how to relate to patients and clients in a manner that engenders trust, mutual understanding and the opportunity for recovery and growth.
Most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, including life-threatening emotional and physical reactions. So it is not only dangerous to start 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 book: Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Their Families.
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