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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 – 01.09.19

My guest Michael Fontaine is a Professor of Classics who, every time he comes on my radio show, creates an hour of conversation that is incredibly interesting and closely related to modern life. He informs us about homosexuality in ancient times on the part of both adult males and females and about the segregation of the sexes that made romantic love difficult. He describes what Plato’s Symposia were really like (drinking parties). He briefly reads an amazing theory presented by a comedian...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 01.02.19

This January 2, 2019 “Dr. Peter Breggin Hour” is one of my shows I most wish everyone would hear. It’s about “Love in the New Year.” I talk about what love is and what it is not: How love “Wipes clean the slate” and “Reformats our lives.” How “Love centers our mind and heart as one” and how “Love obliterates the familiar limits and restraints within which we have lived and imagined.” Those were snippets I read briefly from an essay which I will be putting up on in my free...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 12.26.18

The last show of 2018 was amazing. Although it was Open Mic Wednesday (the last Wednesday of the month), it became focused on the FDA’s recent rescue of electroshock (ECT) by declaring it so safe that the agency approved it without testing for “drug-resistant depression.” This is a catastrophe, as one of my callers noted, because it unleashes the treatment on so many more people. Currently given to hundreds of thousands, ECT can now be given to tens of millions of people struggling with...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 12.05.18

My guest Sarah Price Hancock survived more than 100 ECT and dozens of psychiatric drugs as well as psychiatric hospitalizations to go on to become a certified rehabilitation counselor. She is an inspiration to the millions of people who have been damaged by psychiatry and need to recreate productive, satisfying lives for themselves. I cannot exaggerate my appreciation of her courage, determination, and intellect, and the spiritual strength demonstrated by her recovery. Of course she still...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 11.28.18

Today is open mic day, devoted to callers, as always on the last Wednesday of the month at 4-5 pm NY time. The focus is on my new blog, “Are Emotional Disorders Really Disorders of Love?” But I also answer some interesting, important questions about psychiatric drug withdrawal. What do you think about my premise that psychological and spiritual health depends on being willing and able to feel and...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 11.21.18

Richard Lawhern PhD became an activist in the field of pain treatment and opiates in response to his wife’s suffering with physical pain. An information analyst by training, he is now among the most scientifically informed and thoughtful individuals in the entire field. Have you been told that over-prescribing doctors are the cause of most addictions and many opioid overdose deaths? No so. Have you heard the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claims that Americans are massively...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 11.14.18

One of my favorite guests and favorite psychologists, Michael Cornwall PhD talks with me and you about the meaning of dreams. Starting with Carl Jung's little-known approach to dreams, which is remarkably practical, we discuss dreams in everyday life and in psychosis from both our perspectives. Michael brings a remarkably informed viewpoint as a person with lived personal experience and as a therapist who has spent decades helping people, including those whom others give up on and push...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 10.31.18

A great show: My last Wednesday of the month open lines for callers, where my audience becomes my guests. I am beginning each of these last-of-the-month shows with a pithy Dr. Breggin's Keys to Life, and do believe that if you put into practice today's advice, it will change your life. Then we go on to several encouraging, hopeful calls from people who have triumphed over psychiatric drugs or helped their family members do so. I also answer a few tough questions about psychiatric drug...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 10.18.18

Pam Popper, PhD, plus two wonderful callers and I, make this an inspiring show all about human purpose. If you're glancing through my archive wanting encouragement, looking for courage, seeking inspiration and direction, or simply wanting to enjoy yourself, join into this wonderful robust conversation about living by principles and finding purposes. Don't forget, you listen live on every Wednesday 4 pm NY Time, and to join on us on the air, you call 888 874 4888.


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 10.10.18

Today my guest is psychiatrist Penar Miski, MD. In a longer than usual intro, I share many exciting events including the settlement of an important ECT suit. I also describe another settlement of a tardive dyskinesia (TD) case. TD is the dreadful disorder of abnormal movements caused by antipsychotic drugs, which often masquerade as antidepressants, bipolar drugs, mood stabilizers and even sleeping aids. Penar is the wonderful psychiatrist who teaches my on-line course Why and How to Stop...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 10.03.18

Peter Gøtzsche, MD is among the bravest, most ethical and scientifically motivated doctors in the history of medicine and psychiatry. As a result, he is now under attack by the organization he helped found, the Cochrane Collaboration, whose purpose in more honorable days was to raise published medical research to a higher ethical and scientific standard. Peter Gøtzsche is too busy responding to the attack to come on my radio show this Wednesday October 3, 2018, so instead I am replaying...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 09.26.18

An hour that could change you, helping you climb into the light of a worthwhile life. My audience becomes my guests, with greater callers for the entire hour. We talk not only about the harm from psychiatric drugs and electroshock, but how to overcome their negative effects upon you and your family. We explore how to create a good life. The Dr. Peter Breggin hour is every Wednesday from 4-5 pm NY time. You can listen live on or on the PRN.FM Ap. You can call in from anywhere in...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 09.19.18

A rousing hour with my friend and professional partner, Pam Popper, PhD about the state of medicine and psychiatry, conflicts of interest, the on-line course I teach through her organization (Wellness Forum Health), my new video courses that are coming out, and our upcoming conference November 8-10 in Columbus, Ohio. Listen to the show and get Pam’s direct phone and email to learn about our work together. This is a show that is flat out interesting, and Pam is totally inspiring. You can...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 09.12.18

With psychologist Michael Corrigan, a very strong show about what do children really need! Michael is a researcher, teacher and author who has devoted his professional life, as well as his family life, to caring for children. Michael’ focus is on what can we do about the dreadful plight of foster care children who get drugs instead of real help? I chime in on the nature of that real help. Foster children need the very same thing that more fortunate children need—loving, informed parents...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 09.06.18

A wonderful show with someone you really should get to know: Educator Denise Herrenbruck, who this week received the Fifth Honored Guest Blogger Award. She tells the story of her father and his tragic outcome at the hands of geriatric psychiatry; but it's much more than that. It's about the inspiring place of love and relationship in our lives and the changing expressions of those vital elements at different stages of our lives. Together Denise and I read some dialogue between her and...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 08.29.18

Today was Open Lines Friday where my audience becomes my guest and listeners call in to comment and to ask questions. Today my callers focused on recovery from medications. What do we need for ourselves to enhance recovery after we’ve been off psychiatric medications for months or years? How long does recovery take? How much exercise is enough? What about counseling or diet? Guest callers contributed good ideas, encouragement and inspiration. Remember that the show is live every Wednesday at...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 08.22.18

Today my audience was my guest and we had many wonderful callers. Many were informative, some were challenging, and several were deeply touching as people shared their struggles and I tried to offer comfort and direction. I am getting to like this format better and better. I now have a dedicated email for the radio show, Listen to this hour and email me how you liked it and how it might be improved. This is becoming my new direction. I’ll continue to have official...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 08.15.18

This was open mic hour where you, my marvelous listening audience, get a chance to tell your story and to ask questions. Today we had many very uplifting stories and many interesting and important questions. I offer the best I can in the way of advice, direction and encouragement. Although I've often taken calls like this on other people's radio shows, this was my first show of its kind. It was such a success with so many callers that I’m planning another purely call-in show for Wednesday...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 08.09.18

Where are all the young psychiatrists? Well, they are beginning to express themselves. My guest is psychiatrist Pinar Miski, MD, who teaches my live on-line course, “Why and How Stop Taking Psychiatric Drugs,” which you can find Pinar brings serious clinical experience as a psychiatric consultant on medical wards and also as a person knowledgeable in the field of nutrition. She offers a caring, straightforward and sound approach to helping people that may help you...


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 08.02.18

My guest today is Dr. Ayo Maat, a pastoral counselor and unrelenting activist in Chicago’s inner city. In a far-ranging discussion we look at what people living in poverty and disability in the inner cities really need. We also describe our mutual efforts in the 1990s that successfully stopped a racist eugenic federal program in the United States, including Chicago. Some of what you discover may be surprising as we learn from Dr. Maat ‘s extensive experience as a reformer confronting...