Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry

Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry is a magazine focusing on Psychology

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 3, 2007

Confronting Risk about Antidepressants for Children
I first met Dr. Peter Breggin in 1992 when he gave a workshop in Reno, Nevada, on the toxicities of psychotropic medications. The workshop was cosponsored by the Reno V.A. Medical Center and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the...
Creating an Onion: Alternatives to Biopsychiatry
To simplify her task, when God made onions, she probably started with the inner core and worked outward. However, she could have also started with the outer skin and worked inward. Even if you are not God, it might not matter which way you start, as...
Guidelines, Tramlines, and Faultlines
It would be irrational to want our health care providers to practice in accordance with anything other than the best possible evidence. Given this, it seems entirely sensible to have expert panels regularly assess the current state of the controlled...
Healing the Hurting Soul: A Survival Manual for the Black Sheep in Every Family
Healing the Hurting Soul: A Survival Manual for the Black Sheep in Every Family. Louis Wynne. Charleston, SC: Booksurge (www.booksurge.com). 2007, 126 pp., $15.99 (paperback).Louis Wynne's book Healing the Hurting Soul proves that good things do come...
Introduction: Festschrift for Peter Breggin, MD
It is not insignificant that, at the point of the 10th anniversary of our peer-reviewed journal, Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, we celebrate the accomplishments and influences of our founder, Peter Breggin, MD. Dr. Breggin, together with his...
Norm Reference as It Applies to Abilities and Disabilities: Reflections of a Former State-Government Official
In 1682, in a document called Fundamental Laws of the Province of Pennsylvania, William Penn provided the first educational law of what was to become the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:All persons having children shall cause such to be instructed in reading...
Peter Breggin
In 1994-1995 I had a year off between the end of my clinical psychology master's program and the beginning of my doctoral program. I took this opportunity to read the works of several critics of mainstream theories in psychiatry and psychology. Among...
The Breggin Impact
As we move through life, many people knowingly and unknowingly influence our journey. Peter R. Breggin impacted my life in a significant way. In 1995 he came to George Washington University to speak to a graduate student seminar in counseling. At the...
The First Document about the Killing of Mental Patients
Many years ago, Peter Breggin and I visited Germany together and spent time talking to each other and to other scholars about the killing of mental patients during the Second World War. We both spoke in Cologne at a conference, "Medicine Without Compassion"...
The New Anecdotes
This article deals with the interpretation and clinical implications of findings from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of antidepressant drug efficacy. It will also deal with a related issue, namely the differential response of journals to articles...
The Use of Hallucinations in the Treatment of Psychotic Patients
"No one understands hallucinations."The speaker might have been a psychiatrist or psychologist, but, in fact, he was a patient. Patients like to say that.But hallucinations are simply wide-awake dreams, readily understandable by Freud's psychology of...
Understanding Psychotropic Drug Action: The Contribution of the Brain-Disabling Theory
The brain-disabling theory of psychiatric drug action is one of Peter Breggin's main contributions to our understanding of the nature of psychiatric drugs. It provides a clear and readily accessible explanation for the action of psychiatric drugs, both...