Peter Breggin

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(Doctor, Covid-19 dissident)
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Born11 May 1936
Alma materHarvard College, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
SpouseGinger Breggin
Interests • Psychiatry
• Psychosurgery
• Covid-19
Peter Breggin ended psychosurgery in the United States.

Peter Roger Breggin is an American psychiatrist and critic of shock treatment and psychiatric medication and Covid-19 response. In his books, co-written with his wife Ginger, he advocates replacing psychiatry's use of drugs and electroconvulsive therapy with psychotherapy, education, empathy, love, and broader human services.

Psychiatry has a long history of acting as an instrument for psychological, social and political control. When behaving in this manner, organized psychiatry is not meeting the needs of the individual as much as it is controlling the individual in the interest of “society” in the form of the government or other social interests.[1]


In the 1970s Breggin started campaigning against lobotomy and psychosurgery in the western world. Over two decades he worked against what he called a "eugenic federal project at the nation's inner city children". He practiced psychiatry in Washington, DC and Bethesda, Maryland for nearly thirty-five years.[2][3]

In 1972, he founded the Center for the Study of Psychiatry, which was known as the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology until 2011, when it was renamed the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry.[4] In 1979 "Electroshock: Its Brain-Disabling Effects" was published. This was the first medical book that dealt with a critical analysis of this method of treatment as inhuman.[5]

Truthstream Media, interview with Breggin, 25 October 2019 - 'Then They Came For Your Mind: The Untold Story of Psychosurgery'

Defamation lawsuit by Robert Malone

October 30, 2022, Robert Malone filed a defamation lawsuit on against Peter and Ginger Breggin, seeking damages for over $25 million. The lawsuit came after Breggin criticized the concept of mass formation psychosis in depth, a theory championed by Malone, but without even mentioning Malone's name.[6]

Commenting on the lawsuit, Breggin wrote "Why would Dr. Malone make his claim so large — over 25 million dollars? The effect of what he is doing should be obvious. It threatens us with financial ruin and ties up our energies. Does he want to make us too afraid and too exhausted to criticize his public policy theories and his numerous highly destructive attacks on leaders of the health freedom movement?"[7]


Year Title Publisher Notes
2021 Covid-19 and the Global Predators: We are the Prey ‎Lake Edge Press ISBN 978-0982456064
2016 Psychosocial Approaches to Deeply Disturbed Persons Routledge ISBN 1138984167
2014 Guilt, Shame, and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions Prometheus Books (5 Jan. 2015) ISBN 978-1616141493
2014 Talking Back to Prozac: What Doctors Aren't Telling You About Prozac and the Newer Antidepressants Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. ISBN 1497638771
2013 Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and their Families New York: Springer Publishing Company ISBN 978-0826108432
2011 Empathic Therapy by Peter R. Breggin MD, film on DVD Studio: Lake Edge Press
2009 Wow, I'm an American! How to Live Like Our Nation's Heroic Founders Lake Edge Press ISBN 978-0-9824560-1-9
2009 The Conscience of Psychiatry: The Reform Work of Peter R. Lake Edge Press (August 25, 2009) ISBN 978-0982456002
2008 Medication Madness: A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Medications New York: St. Martin's Press ISBN 978-0312363383
2008 Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry: Drugs, Electroshock and the Psychopharmaceutical Complex, Second Edition New York: Springer Publishing Company ISBN 978-0826129345
2007 Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications, Second Edition Cambridge MA: Perseus Books ISBN 978-0738210988
2005 Electroshock Treatment over Four Decades: The Case Against Morgan Foundation Publishers: International Published Innovations ISBN 1885679025
2003 The Central Intelligence Agency Cengage Gale ISBN 0737717262
2002 The Ritalin Fact Book: What Your Doctor Won't Tell You Cambridge: Perseus Books ISBN 978-0738204505
2002 Dimensions of Empathic Therapy Springer Publishing Company
2001 The Anti-Depressant Fact Book: What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, and Luvox Cambridge: Perseus Books ISBN 978-0738204512
2001 Talking Back to Ritalin, Revised Edition Cambridge: Perseus Books
2000 Reclaiming Our Children: A Healing Solution for a Nation in Crisis Cambridge MA: Perseus Books ISBN 978-0738204260
1999 Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How and Why To Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications. Cambridge MA: Perseus Books
1998 The War Against Children of Color : Psychiatry Targets Inner City Youth Common Courage Press ISBN 1567511279
1998 Talking Back To Ritalin Common Courage Press, ME,
1997 Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry: Drugs, Electroshock and the Role of the FDA New York: Springer Publishing Company ISBN 978-0826194916
1997; new paperback edition 2006 The Heart of Being Helpful: Empathy and the Creation of a Healing Presence New York: Springer Publishing Company ISBN 978-0826102744
1997 Enough Is Enough Addison Wesley Publishing Company ISBN 0201328100
1996 Psychosocial Approaches to Deeply Disturbed Persons Haworth Press, NY,
1994 The War Against Children New York: St. Martin's Press
1994 Talking Back to Prozac New York: St. Martin's Press
1992 Beyond Conflict: From Self-Help and Psychotherapy to Peacemaking New York: St. Martin's Press
1991 Toxic Psychiatry: Why Therapy, Empathy and Love Must Replace the Drugs, Electroshock, and Biochemical Theories of the "New Psychiatry" New York: St. Martin's Press
1983 Psychiatric Drugs: Hazards to the Brain New York: Springer Publishing Company
1980 The Psychology of Freedom : Liberty and Love As a Way of Life Prometheus Books, Publishers ISBN 0879751320
1979 Electroshock: Its Brain-Disabling Effects New York: Springer Publishing Company ISBN 978-0826127105
1972 After The Good War: A Love Story New York: Popular Library ISBN 978-0812814927
1971 Crazy from the Sane Carol Publishing Corporation ISBN 0818401028
1962 College Students in a Mental Hospital: Contribution to the Social Rehabilitation of the Mentally Ill New York, Grune & Stratton,
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A Quote by Peter Breggin

Mattias Desmet“We have examined three of the many interviews given by Desmet before his book came out. Each time, he dismisses “conspiracy theories” without elaborating further.
In these three interviews, Desmet does not use psychology to analyze and discredit people who write about conspiracies — that will come out in the book. That makes his book a bait and switch. The back cover of his book has endorsements from several heroes from the freedom movement whom I hold in very high regard, including professionals who have done excellent research and writing about the conspiracies behind COVID-19. I am guessing, and I hope I am right, that my respected colleagues, who are extremely busy, based their endorsements on Desmet’s interviews and his personal contacts with them — and they had no idea what he was going to write in his book about the emotionally disturbed people who make up or believe in “conspiracy theories.” From the number of endorsements from within the freedom movement, Desmet clearly targeted the group.”
23 July 2022