Peter Breggin

Peter Roger Breggin (born May 11, 1936) is an American psychiatrist and critic of shock treatment and psychiatric medication. In his books, he advocates replacing psychiatry's use of drugs and electroconvulsive therapy with psychotherapy, education, empathy, love, and broader human services.

Breggin is the author of many books critical of psychiatric medication, including ''Toxic Psychiatry'', ''Talking Back to Prozac'' and ''Talking Back to Ritalin.'' His most recent book, ''Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry'', discusses his theory of medication spellbinding (in which patients are said to do worse after treatment but fail to see this or recognize why), the adverse effects of drugs and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), the hazards of diagnosing and medicating children, Breggin's theory of a "psychopharmaceutical complex", and guidelines for psychotherapy and counseling.

Breggin now lives in the Finger Lakes, Central New York and practices psychiatry in Ithaca, New York. Provided by Wikipedia
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