In 2016, Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD wrote a marvelous blog “Abolishing Forced Treatment in Psychiatry is an Ethical Imperative” on MadinAmerica.com. Dr. Gøtzsche’s words inspired me to write a blog with my latest thoughts and observations on psychiatric coercion and to develop this page starting with my earliest publications all the way back to 1964 […]
by Peter R. Breggin, MD International Director Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education & Living www.empathictherapy.org With guidance from Executive Director Ginger Breggin and Members of the Advisory Council including Bart Billings PhD, Doug Bower PhD, Joanne Cacciatore PhD, Mathy Downing, Thomas Cushman PhD, Dorothy Cassidy MEd, Nadine De Santo EdS, Pamela Glasner, […]
Therapists throughout the world have been empowered by Dr. Peter Breggin to work with their clients and patients in more empathic, enjoyable, and less authoritarian ways. They have also been encouraged to trust their personal intuition and understanding that psychiatric diagnoses and drugs do more harm than good, and that an honest relationship comes first. […]
Psychiatric thinking and practice, fueled by drug company money, has undermined our traditional understanding of life—that each of us is capable of pursuing life, liberty and happiness. We no longer believe that every human being has the inherent capacity to develop self-understanding and to take charge of our emotions. We no longer believe that with effort we can overcome painful feelings and learn to live by positive emotions and values.
SIMPLE TRUTHS ABOUT PSYCHIATRY A video series by Peter R. Breggin, MD In July 2012, Dr. Breggin began releasing a video series dealing with important aspects of psychiatry, psychology and mental health. The series titled Simple Truths about Psychiatry The presentations are lively and to the point, and have been very popular. Further information on […]
Psychiatric drug-induced Chronic Brain Impairment (CBI): Implications for longterm treatment with psychiatric medication. International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, 23: 193-200. Peter R. Breggin, MD Abstract: Understanding the hazards associated with long-term exposure to psychiatric drugs is very important but rarely emphasized in the scientific literature and clinical practice. Drawing on the scientific […]
Antidepressant-Induced Suicide, Violence and Mania: Implications for the Military Read Dr. Breggin’s written testimony here. It was also published thereafter in the peer-reviewed Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry. On February 24, 2010, the Veterans Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, Chaired by Rep. Bob Filner (D-San Diego) held hearings entitled “Exploring the Relationship […]
“Intoxication Anosognosia: The Spellbinding Effect of Psychiatric Drugs,” International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, 19, 3-15, 2007. 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 […]