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Psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin, MD believes you can make a marvelous life. Great guests, callers, and conversations to inspire you.

Psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin, MD believes you can make a marvelous life. Great guests, callers, and conversations to inspire you.
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Psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin, MD believes you can make a marvelous life. Great guests, callers, and conversations to inspire you.




The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 08.14.19

This the 4 appearance of journalist and scientist Patrick Hahn on the Dr. Peter Breggin Hour. He is an extraordinary analyst of the history of psychiatry and its current manifestations. His new book, Madness and Genetic Determinism has a much broader and more dramatic sweep than the title suggests. We talk about the era of Moral Therapy, Fried Fromm-Reichmann and Chestnut Lodge, and Loren Mosher’s Soteria House, as well as the utter failure of psychiatric genetics. This is a show that anyone...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 08.07.19

Scientist Thomas Moore joins me to talk about psychiatric drugs both in a very general way about why they do so little good and so much harm, and in very specific ways about drugs that affect the neurotransmitter GABA including Ambien, Sonata, and Lunesta, as well as Lyrica and Neurontin and all the benzodiazepines. Find out if there is such a thing as sleep driving and sleep sex caused by Ambien and similar drugs. If you or a loved one are taking these sedative drugs for sleep or anxiety or...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 08.01.19

On Open Mic Wednesday, always the last Wednesday of the Month, I spend the first 15 minutes talking about suffering in relationship to love. I spoke off the “top of my head” and the “bottom of my heart.” Then I talked with six interesting callers about difficult matters in life such as recovery from medication injury, psychiatric drug withdrawal, how to help a grown son who stopped years of psychiatric drugs all at once, and how to help a fifteen year old son who has been hospitalized and...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 07.24.19

The martyrdom of America’s children is the theme of this hour. I begin without a guest describing the great new documentary HBO film, “I Love You, Now Die,” about the Michelle Carter case—the 17-year-old girl who supposedly texted her boyfriend to death and got convicted of murder. The HBO film is worth watching for the insights it gives into the horror that so many young people go through growing up today, from psychiatric diagnoses and drugs to the isolation of social media which separates...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 07.17.19

Once again Jeffrey Masson and I have a drama filled show about both psychoanalysis and psychiatry, and how both in different ways have betrayed the trust given them by society and by their patients. Jeff provides intimate details about his discovery that Freud, and then his psychoanalyst daughter named Anna Freud, hid the truth that women were being abused by men. Instead, they told their patients and the world the lie that the abuse of children never happened and was all a fantasy called...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 07.10.19

A magnificent conversation with journalist and scientist Robert Whitaker, author of Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic. Bob and I unleash our imaginations and thoughts over the range of psychiatric issues from the way the drug companies and organized psychiatry have imposed an entirely false narrative on the world to how doctors end up telling life-destroying lies to their patients like “you have a biochemical imbalance and need drugs.” This Dr. Peter Breggin Hour will inspire you to...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 07.03.19

My guest Jeffrey Masson PhD may be the greatest writer ever about the emotions of animals. What Jane Goodall is to chimpanzees in the wild, Jeff is to our dogs and to the whole broad spectrum of animal life in relationship with human life. Always science based, he writes artistically about their relationships with us. Today’s show is all about animals and especially about dogs and what we as a species have learned from our co-evolution with them. What emotions do they have that we share? Do...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 06.19.19

July 11, 2019 is World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day or W-BAD. My guest is Wayne Douglas, co-founder of the event. You will learn more about these dangerous, addictive drugs that are still widely prescribed beyond their recommended guidelines, often causing addiction, and frequently leaving long-term users with permanent cognitive problems. They can contribute to suicide and violence. Wayne Douglas may inspire you to find a group in your city to join in spreading life-saving information about...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 06.12.19

Probably my most impassioned discussion of The Psychiatric Abuse of Children with guest psychotherapist Michael Cornwall, PhD adding experience and grounding, as well as wisdom. And we introduce my first major reform project in years, to be directed by Michael through our nonprofit Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy. The FDA has approved using a TENS machine called Monarch to delivery electrical “stimulation” to the frontal lobes of children to treat ADHD. It is actually electrical...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 05.22.19

This hour with my guest, author Jeffrey Masson PhD, was so stunning, I am going to do a series of shows with him, much as I did in 2015. Jeffrey shook the psychoanalytic world when his book Assault on Truth showed that Freud knew that his patients had been sexually abused but hid the truth to further his career. Then, having been trained as a psychoanalyst, he took on the entire psychotherapy establishment, observing that no one can be taught empathy and that licensing professional talkers...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 05.15.19

One day before this Dr. Peter Breggin Hour, marvelous psychologist Michael Cornwall PhD sent me information about a device newly approved by the FDA to pass electric current through the brains of children to treat them for supposed ADHD. The laudatory hooey written by the FDA, which you will hear on the show, is beyond belief. The entire study lasted only 4 weeks with a mere 30 or so children being afflicted with the Orwellian device. Nonetheless, within the four weeks, children were already...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour –05.08.19

This radio program brings together leaders in the reform movement in North America to abolish electroshock treatment (ECT). This Saturday May 12 at noon in Toronto at Queens Park, there is a shock protest and a hunger strike taking place against ECT. This amazing hour begins with my interviewing Bonnie Burstow, PhD, a leading Canadian, researcher, teacher and writer in criticizing psychiatric oppression. She is joined by Connie Neil, an 80-year-old Canadian shock survivor who plans to...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour –05.01.19

Today, Wednesday, May 1st, is your introduction to a remarkable psychiatrist on The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour. I am often asked, “Are there any other psychiatrists like you?” By psychiatrist like me, they usually mean psychiatrists who care so much about their patients that they do psychotherapy and avoid giving them drugs. They might also mean a psychiatrist who will fight for patient rights. Well, there are not enough psychiatrists like that, but they do exist and more and more of them are...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 04.25.19

This was Open Mic Wednesday, the last Wednesday of the month. I start out addressing the fact that psychiatric drugs are neurotoxins. Then I open the mic to six callers in a row who present very challenging problems in their lives or the lives of family members, often complicated by the psychiatric drugs they are taking or took in the past. No miracles, but you get a good idea about the direction and encouragement I give people when they or their family members are stuck in a bad place and...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 04.17.19

My guest today is the “Best of the Best,” Commander in the US Navy, Mary Neal Vieten, PhD. This psychologist directs a most extraordinary program to help active duty and retired warfighters to reconsider psychiatric medications, to deal with trauma and other blocks to success, and to achieve new goals for themselves. Especially impressive to me is the thoroughness with which she has dispatched the medical model and all the lingo associated with it in order to remove all stigma and to focus...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 04.10.19

The second in a row of two great radio hours with Jeanne Stolzer, PhD as my guest talking across a broad range of extremely controversial issues including the biological basis of gender differences, the reality of male abuse of women, and the backlash about toxic masculinity that is crushing the identity of boys and men. We emphasize the importance of shared values that defy the concepts of diversity and encourage a unity of basic beliefs in responsibility, mutual respect and love. Society...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 04.04.19

A very challenging show, with my brilliant and enthusiastic guest Jeanne Stolzer, PhD., an award-winning teacher. It is filled with unorthodox but scientific ideas that do not yield to political correctness. About the differences between women and men built into our bodies by physical evolution, passed on by our genes, and then affected by family and society and our own individuality. How these differences were used by men in very recent millennia to develop patriarchal societies that...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 03.27.19

A very good Open Mic Wednesday, which takes place every last Wednesday of the month at 4 pm NY time. The number to call from anywhere is 888 874 4888. Today, calls varied from how to live life without drugs to surviving as a good therapist in professional communities that push drugs. I also talk about the secrets to life. The last Wednesday of the month focuses on callers, but you can call my talk radio show at 888 874 4888 at 4 pm NY time any Wednesday while you listen to the show on...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 03.20.19

My guest is British psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff for whom I have deep respect for remaining a caring, pioneering professional and a writer of important books while participating in “the system,” in this case the National Health Service of Great Britain. We examine the differences between US and British psychiatry, especially the seemingly greater opportunity for divergent opinions and at times improved care in the British system, which none the less remains deeply flawed and damaging. We...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 03.13.19

An absolutely amazing show with guest and friend Pam Popper, physician and nutritionist, as we discuss our reactions on returning from the recent conference in Denmark inaugurating Peter Gøtzsche’s brand new Institute for Scientific Truth. I conceived of the Institute and conference to bolster Peter’s morale after I learned that he was coming under such heavy attack from the European medical and scientific establishment that he would probably lose his academic and medical positions, as he...