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Wikipedia explains Breggin’s unique position in the following 5 paragraphs:

An Early Critic of SSRI Antidepressants

In the early 1990s, Breggin pointed out the problems with research methodology in the research of SSRI antidepressants. Similarly, he was insisting that SSRIs could cause violence and suicide in the early 1990s, and critiquing the FDA for their handling of the situation. In 2005, the FDA began requiring "black-box" warnings on SSRIs warning of an association between SSRI use and suicidal behavior in children.[3] In 2006, the FDA expanded the warnings to include adults taking Paxil (since Paxil is associated with a higher risk of suicidal behavior as compared to placebo[4]). These policy actions have been taken approximately 15 years after Breggin first warned the public about these dangers.

Much contemporary work that is critical of SSRI medications is seemingly derivative of Breggin's research and advocacy, although he is rarely cited in the psychiatric literature. The book Prozac Backlash, a critique of SSRIs by Harvard psychiatrist Joseph Glenmullen, is a primary example. In contrast to Breggin's early work on Prozac, which was largely ignored, Glenmullen's book was widely praised by high-profile media sources.[5] A comparison of Breggin's work with Glenmullen's finds many similarities, a perception addressed by Peter Breggin in a subsequent book, The Antidepressant Fact Book:

   "Glenmullen's (2000) scientific analysis of how SSRIs can cause suicide, violence, and other behavioral aberrations is essentially the same as my earlier detailed hundreds of media appearances, and my testimony in court cases that Glenmullen also had available. Glenmullen also interviewed my wife and coauthor Ginger Breggin for his book and was sent research documents from our files that he was otherwise unable to obtain. Dissapointingly, in his book, Glenmullen literally expurgates our contribution, never mentioning my origination of the ideas he was espousing and never acknowledging my efforts...Nonetheless, his book provides a service..."[6]

Glenmullen has never countered Breggin's assertion and they both presented at the annual conference of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology in Queen, NY in 2004.

A prominent Irish psychiatrist working in Britain, David Healy, is now well-known for publicly warning of the risk that SSRIs can induce suicidal or violent behavior. He first published on this subject many years after Peter Breggin was unequivocally warning of the link between SSRIs, violence and suicide...



More books by Peter Breggin:


Read reviews of Talking Back to Prozac.

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The Anti-Depressant Fact Book.

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The Ritalin Fact Book.

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Toxic Psychiatry.

Is Peter Breggin
the conscience of psychiatry or an alarmist?

Dr. Breggin’s website

Read Dr. Breggin’s web page about: “Psychiatric Drug Adverse Reactions (Side Effects) and Medication Spellbinding.”

Learn what he has to say about: “Violence and suicide caused by antidepressants.”

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