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Madness and Genetic Determinism: Is Mental Illness in Our Genes?

July 12, 2019

A century of research in the field of psychiatric genetics has produced no credible evidence of a strong genetic component to so-called “mental illnesses,” no findings that help the human condition in any way, and in fact has caused great harm by diverting attention away from the well-established causes of these conditions, which have their roots in child sexual abuse and other adverse childhood experiences. 

Ancient Wings

March 17, 2020

My essay on the origin of insect wings has been selected for the Adelaide Literary Award Anthology 2019

The Decapitation of Care by David Healy, M.D.

March 06, 2020

After climbing upward steadily for centuries, life expectancy in the Western world has stalled, and in the United States has actually dropped, for five years in a row. This is big news – as big as global warming.

Is Mental Illness in Our Genes?

February 18, 2020

My talk at the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry Annual Meeting in Baltimore, 12 October 2019.

Another Kind of Madness by Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D.

January 20, 2020

A son's moving tribute to his father

The Real Myth of the "Schizophrenogenic Mother"

January 10, 2020

The real myth of the schizophrenogenic mother is the idea that psychiatrists ever seriously promoted the idea that mothers are solely responsible for schizophrenia in their children. And this myth has for too long been used as a straw woman to divert attention from serious discussion of the role of abuse and trauma in the genesis of schizophrenia and other types of mental distress, and to promote biological explanations and pharmacological interventions for these conditions instead.

Uncle Walter

November 01, 2019

I know that we are all supposed to pretend that we are going to live forever, that death is this rare and preventable anomaly, but you know something? I think hanging in there until sixty-five was enough for Uncle Walter. He’d seen a lot of this world, both the good and the bad, and I think he was just ready to meet The Man Upstairs.

The Four Domains of Mental Illness by Rene J. Muller, Ph.D.

October 27, 2019

Psychiatry has hit a dead end. This book points the way forward. 

Does Baltimore Really Need Personalized Medicine?

October 21, 2019

In a city where three hundred people — most of them young black males – die every year by gunfire, in which the mortality rate for black babies is twice that of white ones, schools are closing early because of lack of air conditioning, and too many citizens dwell in rodent-infested hellholes, is “personalized medicine” really what we need?

Hereditary Madness? The Genain Sisters' Tragic Story

October 17, 2019

Like the story of the Kallikak Family, the sad tale of the Genain Sisters was intended to illustrate the primacy of heredity, but instead it ended up revealing much more about its chroniclers than its purported subjects. 

Schizophrenia and Suicide

September 23, 2019

In what other branch of medicine have outcomes gotten worse since the Nineteenth Century?

Mental Health Inc. by Art Levine

September 20, 2019

Some of our most vulnerable populations are being ruthlessly exploited by an industry that seemingly has abandoned all pretense of adhering to the maxim “Do no harm.”

Pharmageddon: A Nation Betrayed by Stephen A. Sheller, Esq.

September 15, 2019

A top-drawer litigator lays it on the line. 

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour 10 September 2019

September 10, 2019

My appearance on the Dr. Peter Breggin Hour on the Progressive Radio Network 10 September 2019

The Emperor's New Drugs by Irving Kirsch, Ph.D.

September 10, 2019

This book is indispensable reading for anyone interested in the drug companies -- and, to paraphrase Aristotle, you may not be interested in the drug companies, but that won't stop the drug companies from taking an interest in you. 

Cure Your Child with Food by Kelly Dorfman, M.S., L.N.D.

September 05, 2019

In this book, licensed nutritionist and dietician Kelly Dorfman offers a plethora of case histories of parents who reported stunning success in treating a wide assortment of childhood maladies – everything from recurring ear infections and skin rashes to ADHD and childhood bipolar disorder – by eliminating junk food and replacing it with a wholesome nourishing diet and carefully selected supplements.

When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home by Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D.

September 02, 2019

This year’s incoming college freshmen cannot even remember a time when their country has not been at war. Thousands of our best and brightest young men and women are coming home physically and/or emotionally shattered, and what is their country doing to help them? All too often, all the wrong things.

Healing Neen by Tonier Cain

August 29, 2019

From the beginning, Tonier Cain had the deck stacked against her. She might easily have ended up in an institution, or an early grave, were it not for the grace of a trauma-informed therapist who finally asked her "What happened to you?"

 

In an era in which psychology and psychiatry finally are waking up to the role of trauma in the genesis of those conditions called "mental illnesses," this book is indispensable reading -- the side of the story that all too often goes untold.

Are Your Genes to Blame for Mental Illness?

August 22, 2019

Is mental illness really just a matter of bad luck in the genetic lottery?

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour 14 August 2019

August 20, 2019

My appearance on the Dr. Peter Breggin Hour on the Progressive Radio Network 14 August 2019

The Cutting Crew

August 19, 2019

The rain was coming down in buckets. I was standing up in the bed of a pickup truck while my co-worker Sean was handing tools to me, one by one, as thunder roared and lightning crackled around us.

​How did I get here?

Antidepressants and Our National Suicide Epidemic

August 06, 2019

We no longer teach young people wisdom, temperance, fortitude, and justice. Instead we encourage them to see themselves as fragile creatures whose brains can go haywire for any reason, or no reason at all. Then we tell them they have the “disease” of depression and ply them with drugs with a known link to worsening depression and suicidality going back for decades.

Trauma and Madness in Mental Health Services by Noel Hunter, Psy. D.

July 28, 2019

A devastating critique of biological psychiatry and a compassionate alternative

Fearless Investigative Reporter David Daleiden is on the Hook for a $195K Fine

June 18, 2019

Hidden camera stings have been used to uncover animal abuse in factory farmsindustrial-scale pill mills, and child sex predators. If Daleiden loses in the California courts, this could have a chilling effect on freedom of the press reaching far beyond the boundaries of this one case.

The Washouts

June 14, 2019

“Morning, Ray.”
           

It’s six o clock in the morning. Sunrise is still a ways off. Ray barely looks up from the pump engine he’s bent over like some kind of medieval hunchback. “Mornin’ Pat,” he drawls. 

Final Solution for Depression

April 30, 2019

Have you heard about the new cure being touted for so-called “treatment resistant” depression? This remedy is 100 percent effective in ending depressive symptoms, for good.

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