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Peter Breggin

$1.5 Million Award in Autistic Child Tardive Dyskinesia Legal Case

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

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 whi...

The Lobotomists Are Back!

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Researchers at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada have published a new study of current psychosurgery at their facility, but the project suffers...

The End of the American Household and Healthy Childrearing

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 08.23.2013 | Impact
Dr. Peter Breggin

Increasing numbers of individuals feel unable or unwilling to make the commitment to take on the tough jobs of maintaining a marriage, raising a family and building a career.

What Lance Armstrong and Bernie Madoff Have in Common

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 01.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

What do Lance Armstrong and Bernie Madoff have in common? Are they a different species from each other and from us? No, they are all too human. Like many of us, they want to be superhuman. The difference? They feel driven and entitled to go for it at any cost.

Jury Awards $1.5 Million in Suicide Malpractice Suit

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

A Syracuse, N.Y. jury has awarded a $1.5 million medical malpractice verdict to the family of a man who committed suicide. I was the medical expert for the family.

Today's Greatest Mental Health Need: Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Programs

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 10.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Instead of persisting in pushing psychiatric drugs, health professionals and organizations around the world would do far more good by developing and supporting programs for psychiatric drug withdrawal.

Inside Psychiatry: Anxiety Over Antipsychotic Drugs

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 09.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Richard A. Friedman notes in a recent New York Times article that by any standards, atypical antipsychotics are overprescribed. But he leaves out two groups that are especially vulnerable to abuse by these chemical agents: the elderly and children.

Soaring Numbers of Children on Powerful Adult Psychiatric Drugs

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 08.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

A recent blog of mine described how unethical and illegal drug company activities have driven the prescription of antipsychotic drugs to children. Now the "success" of this campaign has been documented in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Psychiatry: Start Listening to Your Patients and Their Families

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 08.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

On the face of it, medication compliance makes sense. Patients should take their medications as instructed and families should ensure that they do. But is it that simple?

Drug Companies Drive the Psychiatric Drugging of Children

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 07.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

The health professions would do far more good stopping the drugging of children than continuing or increasing it. Ethical professionals need to work toward removing children from psychiatric drugs.

Drug Company GlaxoSmithKline Puts American Values to Shame

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 07.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

The capacity of government and its citizens to sue entities such as pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline for fraudulent practices is a necessary part of the checks and balances needed to restrain personal and corporate greed.

$3 Billion in Fines for Illegal Marketing of Paxil, Wellbutrin and Other Drugs

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 07.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Although it is encouraging to see the legal system to some degree catching up with drug company malfeasance, there are a number of problems with the criminal and civil cases brought by the Department of Justice against drug companies.

New Study Confirms Electroshock (ECT) Causes Brain Damage

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 04.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

A new study shows ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) causes brain damage? That's not what you will find in the many promotional press releases published in the mainstream media.

Benzos and Other Sleep Medications: Deadly and Unnecessary

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 03.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

In my experience as a psychiatrist, nearly everything we call a psychiatric symptom or problem, including insomnia, is in reality a signal that we have to face a new challenge in life.

Xanax Facts and Whitney Houston

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 02.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Reports that Xanax and other benzos are not usually lethal when taken alone are vastly misleading. Xanax is rarely taken alone. Why? Because as much or more than any other prescribed drug, Xanax causes medication spellbinding.

Judge Sentences Teenager In Prozac Murder Case

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.08.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

The judge's opinion is a landmark legal confirmation of the scientific fact that the newer antidepressants like Prozac, including the SSRI and SNRI antidepressants, can cause violence and even murder.

Hasan, Fort Hood, and the Need to Reassert, "Wow, I'm an American!"

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peter Breggin

The military failed to protect itself from Major Nidal Hasan. Why? Because it has been neutered by the shame and guilt engendered by political correctness.

A Psychiatric Drug Story of Tragedy and Triumph

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

people need to know how lifesaving it can be when health professionals dare to be honest about the hazards of psychiatric drugs and the value of empathic therapeutic approaches.

The Hazards of Psychiatric Diagnosis

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Psychiatric diagnoses seem to give us important information about ourselves and our emotional ills. In reality, psychiatric diagnosing is a kind of spiritual profiling that can destroy lives.

Our Psychiatric Civilization

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

We're so obsessed with psychiatry that patients devote themselves to adjusting their diagnoses and drugs, instead of addressing their lives.

Congressional Hearings On Antidepressant-Induced Suicide In The Military

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry continue to have a stranglehold on the treatment of active duty soldiers who become stressed.

Stimulus Packages and Prozac: The Unintended Consequences of Intervention

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dr. Peter Breggin

Artificial interventions by know-it-all psychiatrists with their drugs, or know-it-all politicians with their economic bromides can never improve upon the activities of individual human beings pursuing their interests and their ideals in a free society.

Scientists as Liars: From Global Warming to Biological Psychiatry

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dr. Peter Breggin

Scientists who speak for massive establishments easily gain a headlock on the media and a stranglehold on public opinion. But despite their claims, they don't have a monopoly on the truth.

The Real Thanksgiving Day -- Our Presidents Explain

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peter Breggin

By looking at what our most revered presidents have said about the meaning of Thanksgiving, we can get a better idea of the purpose of our national holiday.

Antipsychotic Drugs, Their Harmful Effects, and the Limits of Tort Reform

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

There are many problems within our legal system that could benefit from reform. But so-called tort reform has already gone too far.