Psychiatrist and author, founder of The International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology

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Peter Breggin - Libertarian
Advocates for Self-Government


Thanks Tom Cruise, by Peter Breggin, The Huffington Post, 17 Jul 2005
"On June 25, 2005 Tom Cruise did the unthinkable on TV. ... he criticized psychiatry and drew attention to its genuine flaws and failings. ... Tom said that psychiatry had a long history of abusing people, including electroshock. He said that antidepressants can only 'mask the problem' and that 'these drugs are very dangerous.'"
Why We Consent to Oppression: Self-suppression paves the way for political suppression, by Peter Breggin, Reason, Sep 1977
Examines the questions posed by La Boétie in his "Discourse" from a psychological perspective, particularly how childhood self-suppression leads most adults to more easily accept government oppression
"'Why in the world do people consent to their own enslavement?' asks Murray Rothbard in his introduction to a new edition of Etienne La Boetie's The Politics of Obedience. Rothbard is not posing a new question but is summing up La Boetie's dismay over the individual's willingness to submit to tyranny. La Boetie's classic was written more than four centuries ago, but the question it raises has seldom been answered to anyone's satisfaction. By focusing upon the cowardly failure of the individual, La Boetie shifts his political inquiry into the realm of psychology."

Books Authored

Talking Back to Ritalin: What Doctors Aren't Telling You About Stimulants and ADHD
    by Peter Breggin, Jan 1998
Related Topic: Children
The Anti-Depressant Fact Book: What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, and Luvox
    by Peter Breggin, Jul 2001
Toxic Psychiatry: Why Therapy, Empathy, and Love Must Replace the Drugs, Electroshock, and Biochemical Theories of the "New Psychiatry"
    by Peter Breggin, Aug 1991
  • ISBN 000637803X: Hardcover, HarperCollins Publishers, 1993
  • ISBN 0312059752: Hardcover, St Martins Press, 1991
  • ISBN 0312113668: Hardcover, St. Martin's Griffin, 1994
Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications
    by Peter Breggin, Sep 1999