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Dr. Breggin’s Homepage and Miscellaneous Blogs

Dr. Peter Breggin currently blogs on Mad in America. These are older miscellaneous blogs that appeared on Huffington Post, on Breggin.com, and elsewhere.

Lithium in Your Drinking Water? A New Delivery System for Psychiatric Drugs?

“Lithium: The Gift That Keeps Giving in Psychiatry” is the headline for a panel at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).  The psychiatrists tout the value of this prescription neurotoxin—including as a natural cure found in drinking water. This drug is FDA-approved to suppress manic episodes and it is also prescribed without FDA approval to level depression and to prevent suicide, all of which lacks a sound scientific basis.

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Could your psychiatric drug cause Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)?

Without knowing it, your psychiatric drug, and some nonpsychiatric drugs, could be exposing you to the risk of tardive dyskinesia (TD). The disorder is rampant and causes tragic injuries. In February of this year, I was the medical expert in a $1.5 million jury verdict on behalf of a child who will be tortured and disabled for the remainder of his life by the tardive dyskinesia induced by Risperdal and Zyprexa.

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$1.5 Million Award in Autistic Child Tardive Dyskinesia Legal Case

On Feb. 11, 2014, a Chicago jury awarded $1.5 million to an autistic child who developed a severe case of tardive dyskinesia and tardive akathisia while being treated by psychiatrists with Risperdal and then Zyprexa between 2002 and 2007. The drug-induced disorder was diagnosed when he was 15 years old and by then had become disabling and irreversible.

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The Lobotomists Are Back!

Researchers at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada have published a new study of current psychosurgery at their facility, but the project suffers from most of the unconscionable defects associated with the abusive practice of lobotomy in the 1950s. In the U.S., I know of only two places, Harvard and Brown, where they at least put on a show of conducting a genuine experimental protocol with multiple “safeguards” for informed consent and patient rights.

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