April 11, 1998

Psychotherapy in emotional crises without resort to psychiatric medication (1998)

Breggin, PR (1997). Psychotherapy in Emotional Crises without Resort to Psychiatric Medications. The Humanistic Psychologist 25(1), 2-14.

ABSTRACT: Mental health professionals are being pressured to rely upon the medical model, including psychiatric diagnosis and medication. But there are many reasons not to tum to psychiatric drugs in emotional crises, including their impact on the brain and mind, and their disempowering effect on the morale of clients and therapists alike. Meanwhile, there are sound, empathic psychotherapy principles for helping clients in severe, acute distress. This article presents the case for therapists relying upon these psychotherapeutic interventions instead of drugs in dealing with emotional crises and emergencies.