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An Interview with the "Conscience of Psychiatry" Dr. Peter Breggin


Rosenberg: It is obvious from your book that to withdraw people from these drugs requires tremendous resources which are not always available. In addition to the dedication and endurance of the patient, the family, caregivers and therapists will be involved for months and even years. It's clear that patients are given drugs they cannot easily or ever quit and are not necessarily aware of this in the beginning. Though you state these alarming facts in your book, you do not seem unusually angry.

Breggin: When I was younger, I was very angry about the legions of people abused by the psychiatric profession. But the spiritual state of anger is not where I want to be and I do not wish harm to the prescribers giving out these medications. When you look at people like Gandhi, Mandela and Martin Luther King, who are my personal heroes, they present loving models who were connected to God and not vindictive. Anger keeps us rooted in ourselves instead of thinking of others, which is what I try within my limits to do.  END

Martha Rosenberg's first book, Born with a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks, and Hacks Pimp the Public Health is now available as a hardcover and ebook and found in bookstores, libraries and online.