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The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 09.11.19

My guest Patrick Hahn and I focus on psychosis and so-called schizophrenia:   Is it a disease?   Is it genetic?  Is it biological?  Or are severe psychiatric disorders a normal human response to early trauma, neglect and deprivation.  Do the drugs work?   Are there better alternatives for helping people who received the more severe psychiatric diagnoses?   Patrick has an enormous fund …

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The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 08.28.19

This open  mic Wednesday, which is always the last show of the month, turned into an extraordinary interview with my first caller.  I began the hour talking about the importance of self-determination, autonomy, independence, personal sovereignty and the dreadful “R—Word,” responsibility.   I described how all of us are tempted to let others take over at times while we lapse into some degree of …

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The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 08.21.19

A kind, gentle and thoughtful conversation with Beatrice Birch, an art therapist who founded Inner Fire, a non-drug, small residential “proactive healing community” in Vermont.  Her program’s mere existence makes me hopeful!   Beatrice has a caring, spiritual approach based on love which is, I am sure, the heart of healing.   She leaves behind the psychiatric framework, identifying participants as “guides” and “seekers.”  True healing comes through …

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The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 08.14.19

This the 4th 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.  …

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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 …

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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 …