Children’s Issues in Psychiatry

Dr. Breggin continues to devote a considerable amount of time and energy to stopping the psychiatric drugging of children and to offering better alternatives through improved family life, education, and community. He critiques the medication and diagnosing of children (most especially the diagnosing of ADHD) and offers better approaches in many of his books, including Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry, the Ritalin Fact Book, Talking Back to Ritalin, and the Antidepressant Fact Book. Reclaiming Our Children starts with an analysis of what happened surrounding the mass murders at Columbine High School and then looks toward solutions within the family, schools and community.

Medication Madness tells the stories of several children Dr. Breggin helped rescue from medication toxicity by going to court on their behalf.

In The Heart of Being Helpful Dr. Breggin addresses therapy and counseling with children, and the importance of childhood in forming the grown adult’s outlook on life.

In The War Against Children of Color he and Ginger Breggin criticise racist psychiatric programs aimed at the control of inner city children, as well as a psychosurgery project that mutliated the brains of children as young as five at a Mississippi medical center in the 1970s.

In the section titled “Stimulants and ADHD” are several of Dr. Breggin’s articles critical of psychiatric medicating and diagnosing of children.

Dr. Breggin’s BLOG contains his most recent thoughts and observations on the psychiatric diagnosing and drugging of children in America.



The Trouble With ADHD

Published in The Washington Post Magazine, June 17, 2011 It’s a struggle for Andrew Fraser just to be here. He is sitting politely in the dining room of a Silver Spring church, where each Thursday morning all 36 students at the tiny Quaker middle school Andrew attends gather for silent […]

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The Rights of Children and Parents Regarding Child Diagnosis and Drugging (2014)

The Rights of Children and Parents In Regard to Children Receiving Psychiatric Diagnoses and Drugs. Children & Society, 28, (2014) pp. 231-241 Peter R. Breggin, MD Based on the author’s extensive clinical, forensic and research experience, this article addresses the scientific and moral question of whether it is ever in […]

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The psychiatric drugging of toddlers

Ethical Human Sciences and Services Vol. 2 No. 2 (2000). Editorial. Prescriptions of Ritalin and of various antidepressants for children as young as two is on the rise, even though the drugs are not FDA approved for use in children, and, indeed, have been shown to have particularly severe adverse […]

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Pregnant Mothers Should Not Take SSRI Antidepressants

On June 28, 2007 more than 250 headlines around the world promised that SSRI antidepressants (such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, and Celexa) are safe for pregnant mothers and their developing babies. “Mom’s Antidepressant Use Poses Little Danger to Baby,” heralded the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Antidepressants pose low birth defect risk,” claimed Boston Globe. The New York Times ran with the Associated Press’s article titled “Antidepressants Not Big Risk for Defects.” The Wall Street Journal’s coverage was titled “Reassurance on Antidepressants in Pregnancy.” The day before the news stories broke, the Centers for Disease Control spun the news in advance with a press release headlined, “New Study Finds Few Risks of Birth Defects from Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy” (CDC Division of Media, 2007).

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