Peter R. Breggin, M.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice in Ithaca, New York, where he treats individuals, couples, and families with children. He is a strong advocate for psychological, social, and educational services that encourage the values of independence, responsibility, gratitude, and love.Learn more about Dr. Breggin's work at his professional website www.Breggin.com.
Dr. Breggin is a graduate of Harvard and the Case-Western Reserve School of Medicine. He is a former Teaching Fellow at Harvard Medical School and a former full time consultant at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
He has taught at numerous universities including the George Mason University Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, the Johns Hopkins University Department of Counseling, and most recently as a Visiting Scholar at SUNY Oswego’s Department of Education in Upstate New York, the region where he and his wife Ginger have lived since late 2002.
.Dr. Breggin is the founder of the nonprofit Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy. The Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education and Living is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by Peter R. Breggin MD for professionals and non-professionals who want to raise ethical and scientific standards in psychology and psychiatry. The board of directors, advisory council and membership include professionals in many fields spanning psychology, counseling, social work, nursing, psychiatry, and other medical specialties, neuroscience, education, religion, and law, as well as concerned advocates, families and laypersons.
He is the author of dozens of scientific articles and more than twenty books. His most recent popular book is Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide, and Crime (2008, now in paperback). His most recent medical book is Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Their Families (2013). Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry: Drugs, Electroshock and the Psychopharmaceutical Complex (2008) is his best selling comprehensive medical book and reference. Some of his other well-known books include Talking Back to Prozac(with Ginger Breggin, 1994) and Toxic Psychiatry(1991).
A new book, The Conscience of Psychiatry: The Reform Work of Peter R. Breggin, MD (2009), is sponsored and edited by the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology (ICSPP). It brings together hundreds of testimonials and media reports spanning more than fifty years to document and demonstrate Dr. Breggin’s reform career.
Dr. Breggin and his views have been covered innumerable times in all major print media and nearly all major radio and television sources. Print media include Time, Newsweek, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, People, Psychology Today, and Human Events. He has been heard or seen on radio and television across the political spectrum include Oprah and Larry King Live many times, 20/20, 60 Minutes, Nightline, Hannity and Colmes, Hannity’s America, Rush Limbaugh, The O’Reilly Factor, Lars Larson, and Laura Ingraham.
With his unique combination of psychological and political commentary, Dr. Breggin presents a regular radio report on the national syndicated talk show Savage Nation. It is heard on 250 stations. He also writes a blog on Huffingtonpost.com. All his radio reports and blogs can be found on his website: www.breggin.com.
For additional information, please visit Dr. Breggin's professional site www.breggin.com