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Bruce E. Levine
Bruce E. Levine, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, and his latest book is Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite (Chelsea Green Publishing, April 2011). Dr. Levine, also the author of Surviving America's Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2007), has been in private practice since 1985 and has presented talks and workshops to diverse organizations throughout North America. He is also the author of Commonsense Rebellion: Taking Back Your Life from Drugs, Shrinks, Corporations, and a World Gone Crazy (Continuum, 2003), and he has authored the chapter "Troubled Children and Teens: Commonsense Solutions without Psychiatric Drugs or Manipulations" for Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry (Peter Lehmann Publishing, 2007). Dr. Levine has been a regular contributor to and AlterNet, CounterPunch, and Z Magazine, and his articles and interviews have been published in numerous other magazines. He is an editorial advisor for the Icarus Project/Freedom Center Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs and on the editorial advisory board of the journal Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry.

Entries by Bruce E. Levine

Who's a "Menace to Society"? Journalist or Leading Psychiatrist?

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 9:30 AM

On April 26, 2015, Jeffrey Lieberman, former president of the American Psychiatric Association, stirred up controversy by calling investigative journalist Robert Whitaker a "menace to society" on CBC radio because Whitaker, in his book Anatomy of an Epidemic, had challenged...

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The Politics of Suicide and Depression

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 11:20 AM

In November of 2014, the U.S. government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a press release titled "Nearly One in Five Adult Americans Experienced Mental Illness in 2013." This brief press release provides a snapshot of the number of Americans who are suicidal, depressed, and...

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Unique Upcoming Film Festival Organized by Mad in America

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 6:19 PM

Mad in America's International Film Festival will encourage us to think anew about the nature of what is commonly called "mental illness" and its treatments. The festival will run from October 9-12, 2014, in Arlington, Massachusetts (Boston vicinity).

I have had a chance to preview some of...

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NIMH Director Rethinks Standard Psychiatric Treatment for Schizophrenia

(9) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 3:48 PM

The director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) now recognizes what treatment reform activists have been talking about for years: People diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychoses are a diverse group who need diverse approaches. NIMH director Thomas Insel recently acknowledged:

It appears that what...
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The Green Shadow Cabinet and a Mental Health Declaration of Independence

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 10:26 AM

The Green Shadow Cabinet, launched in spring 2013, is led by 2012 Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein. Its purpose is to provide an ongoing opposition and alternative voice to the dysfunctional U.S. government -- and to demonstrate what a government of, by, and for the people (rather...

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The Systemic Crushing of Young Nonconformists and Anti-Authoritarians

(5) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 12:10 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

"To be a hero," says Philip Zimbardo in his talk The Psychology of Evil, "you have to learn to be a deviant, because you're always...

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DSM-5: Science or Dogma? Even Some Establishment Psychiatrists Embarrassed by Newest Diagnostic Bible

(5) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 10:32 AM

After the American Psychiatric Association (APA) approved the latest version of its diagnostic bible, the DSM-5, psychiatrist Allen Frances, the former chair of the DSM-IV taskforce and currently professor emeritus at Duke, announced, "This is the saddest moment in my 45-year career of practicing, studying and teaching psychiatry"...

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Voting: Transcending the Wedge Issue That Divides Democracy Activists

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 3:20 PM

I don't vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, 'If you don't vote, you have no right to complain,' but where's the logic in that? ... You...
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New Guide: A Sane Approach to Psychiatric Drugs

(13) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 4:56 PM

Millions of people believe that psychiatric medications have saved their lives, while millions of others report that their psychiatric medications were unhelpful or made things worse. All this can result in mutual disrespect for different choices. I can think of no better antidote for this polarization than the recently revised,...

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When the World Outlawed War: David Swanson's New Book

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 11:58 AM

David Swanson, since serving as press secretary in Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign, has emerged as one of the leading anti-war activists in the United States. Swanson is not satisfied with just stopping current U.S. wars. In his previous book War is a Lie, Swanson made the case for the...

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Liberation Psychology and the Occupy Movement

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 9:50 AM

While the term liberation psychology is less commonly known in the United States than in Latin America, the spirit of liberation psychology has been embraced by U.S. Occupy participants.

Liberation psychology, unlike mainstream psychology, questions adjustment to the societal status quo, and it energizes oppressed people to resist all injustices....

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Battle for Brooklyn Makes Oscar Short List, Thanks to Occupy Movement

(5) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 4:13 PM

The 2011 Oscar documentaries short list is in, and the good news is that Battle for Brooklyn -- snubbed earlier this year by many major film festivals -- is on that list. The Occupy movement has made Battle for Brooklyn impossible to ignore.

Battle for Brooklyn asks:...

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The Missing Piece in the Battle for U.S. Democracy

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 1:03 PM

Activists routinely become frustrated when truths about lies and oppression don't set people free to take action. But as a clinical psychologist who has worked with abused people for more than 25 years, it does not surprise me to see that when we as individuals or as a society eat...

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The Myth of U.S. Democracy and the Reality of U.S. Corporatocracy

(34) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 4:42 PM

Polls show that on the major issues of our time -- the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Wall Street bailouts and health insurance -- the opinion of We the People has been ignored on a national level for quite some time. While the corporate media repeats the myth that the United...

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Phil Ochs, Tom Paine, And There But for Fortune

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 9:00 AM

In the 1960s, singer/songwriter/revolutionary Phil Ochs was sometimes described as "Tom Paine with a guitar." Without regard for political correctness, both Paine and Ochs confronted all illegitimate authorities and hypocrisy. America paid them both back by marginalizing them at the end of their lives and ignoring them for decades following...

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Confronting Bigots Intolerant of Alternative Mental Health Treatment

(37) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 3:07 PM

"Webster's Dictionary" defines bigot as "a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion." Despite the success of alternative mental health treatments for many people, there still exists bigotry against these approaches.

For many self-defined "ex-mental health patients," "mental health treatment consumers," and "psychiatric survivors"...

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Psychologists Profit on Unending U.S. Wars by Teaching Positive Thinking to Soldiers

(6) Comments | Posted July 22, 2010 | 1:55 PM

While U.S. military psychiatrists are prescribing increasing amounts of chill pills, America's psychologists are teaching soldiers how to think more positively about their tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever else they are next ordered to kill the bad guys and win the hearts and minds of everyone else.

The U.S....

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Psychiatric Drugs and Poor Kids

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 2:35 PM

Children covered by Medicaid are far more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic drugs than children covered by private insurance, and Medicaid-covered kids have a higher likelihood of being prescribed antipsychotics even if they have no psychotic symptoms. This is reported in the May19, 2010 Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA)...

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Are Psychiatric Drugs Contributing to Mental Illness Disability?

(75) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 10:50 AM

Investigative reporter Robert Whitaker's Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America (Crown Publishers, April 2010) is the most important book on psychiatric treatment in a generation. I have been in practice for over 25 years and have read hundreds of...

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Sharp Rise in U.S. Military Psychiatric Drug Use and Suicides

(3) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 6:33 PM

One in six service members is now taking at least one psychiatric drug, according to the Navy Times, with many soldiers taking "drug cocktail" combinations. Soldiers and military health care providers told the Military Times that psychiatric drugs are "being prescribed, consumed, shared and traded in combat zones."...

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