Books by Dr. Peter R. Breggin, MD


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Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists,
Patients and their Families

This book provides a roadmap for prescribers, therapists, patients and their families that enables patients to taper off their drugs and achieve emotional and physical recovery. It also provides treatment approaches for patients on or off psychiatric drugs.

Medication Madness

The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in
Cases of Violence, Suicide and Crime

Medication Madness reads like a medical thriller and courtroom drama. But it is based on science and dozens of real-life cases. The lives of children, adults, families and victims in these stories were thrown into turmoil and often destroyed by psychiatric drugs.


Guilt, Shame and Anxiety

Understanding and Overcoming
Negative Emotions

Guilt, Shame and Anxiety offers a wholly new unified understanding of guilt, shame and anxiety as negative legacy emotions that have no role in our mature lives. It offers the three steps to emotional freedom—toward a life where you will give more to yourself and to everyone you touch.


Toxic Psychiatry

Written in 1991, Toxic Psychiatry remains Dr. Breggin’s most complete overview of psychiatry and psychiatric medication. For decades it has influenced many professionals and lay persons to transform their views on the superior value of psychosocial approaches compared to medication and electroshock. A classic no bookshelf should be without.


Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry

A comprehensive contemporary scientific reference on brain dysfunctions and behavioral abnormalities produced by psychiatric drugs including Prozac, Xanax, Halcion, Ritalin, and lithium. Dr. Breggin shows that psychiatric drugs achieve their primary or essential effect by causing brain dysfunction.


The Antidepressant
Fact Book

From how antidepressants work to how they treat (or don’t treat) depression and obsessive-compulsive, panic, and other disorders, to their side and withdrawal effects, to what every parent needs to know about antidepressants and teens, The Anti-Depressant Fact Book is up-to-date and easy to read.


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The Ritalin Fact Book

What Your Doctor Won’t
Tell You About ADHD
and Stimulant Drugs

Empathic Therapy

A Psychotherapy Training
Film (on DVD), by
Peter R. Breggin

Wow, I’m An American!

How to Live Life Like Our
Nation’s Heroic Founders

Reclaiming Our Children

A Healing Plan for
a Nation in Crisis

Dimensions of
Empathic Therapy

The Conscience of Psychiatry

The Reform Work of
Peter R. Breggin, MD

Empathic Therapy
Conference, 2011 

Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education & Living

Talking Back to Prozac

What Doctors Aren’t
Telling You about
Prozac And the Newer Antidepressants

The War Against
Children of Color

Psychiatry Targets
Inner City Youth

Your Drug May
Be Your Problem

How and Why
to Stop Taking
Psychiatric Medications

Talking Back
To Ritalin

What Doctors Aren’t
Telling You About
Stimulants and ADHD

The Heart of
Being Helpful

Empathy and the
Creation of a
Healing Presence

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Psychosocial Approaches
to Deeply Disturbed Persons