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The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour

Summary: Psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin, MD believes you can make a marvelous life. Great guests, callers and conversations to inspire you.

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 The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 01.09.19 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:40

My guest Michael Fontaine is a Professor of Classics who, every time he comes on my radio show, creates an hour of conversation that is incredibly interesting and closely related to modern life.  He informs us about homosexuality in ancient times on the part of both adult males and females and about the segregation of the sexes that made romantic love difficult.  He describes what Plato’s Symposia were really like (drinking parties).  He briefly reads an amazing theory presented by a comedian at the Symposia about the theory of human split-aparts searching for wholeness.  We talk movingly about dogs and faithfulness in ancient and modern times.  As he does every time he is on my show, Michael came up with a new example of ancient literature ridiculing psychiatric pretensions.   He joins me in talking about romantic love in our time and the loneliness of young people on college campuses, something he is trying to create solutions for.  Michael Fontaine is a fountain of kindness, wisdom and intellectual entertainment.  For background on the show, see my website,, the section on Frequent Alerts, for my two new blogs on love, “How Love Can Reformat Our Lives” and “Are Emotional Disorders Really Disorders of Love?”  Remember, 4-5 pm on Wednesdays, you can listen live on and call in live at 888 874 4888.

 The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 01.02.19 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:06

This January 2, 2019 “Dr. Peter Breggin Hour” is one of my shows I most wish everyone would hear.  It’s about “Love in the New Year.”  I talk about what love is and what it is not: How love “Wipes clean the slate” and “Reformats our lives.” How “Love centers our mind and heart as one” and how “Love obliterates the familiar limits and restraints within which we have lived and imagined.”  Those were snippets I read briefly from an essay which I will be putting up on in my free Frequent Alerts within the next few days.   My final unexpected caller was my friend Pinar Miski, a psychiatrist who helps to teach my most intensive course.  On the air, she added her own marvelous perspective on expanding love beyond personal relationships to creativity, nature, art and basically all of existence.  From every caller, we get the message not to confuse love with lost or painful relationships, or with the corruption of too many institutions that claim to promote love.  You can make love the center of your life.  Please give this show a chance to improve your life.  Listen to it on the archive.  And remember, you can call in and talk with me live every Wednesday 4-5 pm New York time at 888 874 4888 while you simultaneously listen to it live on

 The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 12.26.18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:32

The last show of 2018 was amazing.  Although it was Open Mic Wednesday (the last Wednesday of the month), it became focused on the FDA’s recent rescue of electroshock (ECT) by declaring it so safe that the agency approved it without testing for “drug-resistant depression.”  This is a catastrophe, as one of my callers noted, because it unleashes the treatment on so many more people.  Currently given to hundreds of thousands, ECT can now be given to tens of millions of people struggling with grief and hopelessness (“depression”) who get worse rather than better on psychiatric drugs.   But why would the federal government through the FDA save such a horrendously damaging treatment?  The explanation, I suggest on the air, may be found in an astonishing new movie, The Minds of Men, which examines the history of federal support for “treatments” such as electroshock and lobotomy.  The movie by two young filmmakers, Aaron and Melissa Dykes, presents a huge amount of information that was previously unknown to me about government and foundation involvement in funding mind control over many decades. We already knew that the CIA had funded horrendous ECT experiments on unknowing patients in Canada and we already knew about my discovery of Justice Department funding psychosurgery experiments.  But the Minds of Men researches far more deeply into this dark past which surely remains with us in the present—maybe even driving the FDA’s rescue of ECT.  The covert government did it before—why would it stop supporting ECT now?

 The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 12.05.18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:34

My guest Sarah Price Hancock survived more than 100 ECT and dozens of psychiatric drugs as well as psychiatric hospitalizations to go on to become a certified rehabilitation counselor.  She is an inspiration to the millions of people who have been damaged by psychiatry and need to recreate productive, satisfying lives for themselves.   I cannot exaggerate my appreciation of her courage, determination, and intellect, and the spiritual strength demonstrated by her recovery.   Of course she still has injuries, but they have not stopped her from having a good life and, indeed, from fighting back effectively as a reformer in the field of mental health.   This is a favorite show of mine, made so by the wondrous Sarah Price Hancock, who shows us how to surmount some of the worst trauma routinely inflicted on Americans--psychiatric treatment.  

 The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 11.28.18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:17

Today is open mic day, devoted to callers, as always on the last Wednesday of the month at 4-5 pm NY time. The  focus is on my new blog, “Are Emotional Disorders Really Disorders of Love?”  But I also answer some interesting, important questions about psychiatric drug withdrawal.  What do you think about my premise that psychological and spiritual health depends on being willing and able to feel and express love, and to receive it as well?  A related premise is that all good therapies and all good routes to a better life depend on becoming a greater source of love and a more able recipient of love.  I know I’m going “out on a limb,” but it is a limb on the tree of life.   Listen to the show every Wednesday at 4 pm live on, call in live to ask a question or to give an opinion on 888 874 4888.  And find the archive for past shows on 

 The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 11.21.18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:17

Richard Lawhern PhD became an activist in the field of pain treatment and opiates in response to his wife’s suffering with physical pain.  An information analyst by training, he is now among the most scientifically informed and thoughtful individuals in the entire field. Have you been told that over-prescribing doctors are the cause of most addictions and many opioid overdose deaths?   No so. Have you heard the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claims that Americans are massively over-prescribed addictive pain-killing medications?  The CDC is wrong.  Do you fear the harmful effects of opiates more than you fear psychiatric drugs?  You’ve been misled.  This is a fascinating and highly informative interview packed with information you are not likely to get anywhere else.   Listen to my interviews and commentaries every Wednesday at 4-5 pm NYT time on and call in live to ask questions or offer opinions on 888 874 4888.

 The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 11.14.18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:33

One of my favorite guests and favorite psychologists, Michael Cornwall PhD talks with me and you about the meaning of dreams.  Starting with Carl Jung's little-known approach to dreams, which is remarkably practical, we discuss dreams in everyday life and in psychosis from both our perspectives.  Michael brings a remarkably informed viewpoint as a person with lived personal experience and as a therapist who has spent decades helping people, including those whom others give up on and push aside with diagnoses and neurotoxic drugs.   As always with Michael, a thoughtful and interesting discussion filled with wisdom.  

 The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 10.31.18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:13

A great show:  My last Wednesday of the month open lines for callers, where my audience becomes my guests.  I am beginning each of these last-of-the-month shows with a pithy Dr. Breggin's Keys to Life, and do believe that if you put into practice today's advice, it will change your life.  Then we go on to several  encouraging, hopeful calls from people who have triumphed over psychiatric drugs or helped their family members do so.  I also answer a few tough questions about psychiatric drug withdrawal.  This show is a good way to learn from me because I'm challenged throughout to relate to and to help each person who calls in.  Remember the show is live every Wednesday at 4 pm NY time on and you can call in live during that hour on 888 874 4888.   

 The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 10.18.18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:25

Pam Popper, PhD, plus two wonderful callers and I, make this an inspiring show all about human purpose.  If you're glancing through my archive wanting encouragement, looking for courage, seeking inspiration and direction, or simply wanting to enjoy yourself, join into this wonderful robust conversation about living by principles and finding purposes.   Don't forget, you listen live on every Wednesday 4 pm NY Time, and to join on us on the air, you call 888 874 4888.  

 The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 10.10.18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:36

Today my guest is psychiatrist Penar Miski, MD.  In a longer than usual intro, I share many exciting events including the settlement of an important ECT suit. I also describe another settlement of a tardive dyskinesia (TD) case.  TD is the dreadful disorder of abnormal movements caused by antipsychotic drugs, which often masquerade as antidepressants, bipolar drugs, mood stabilizers and even sleeping aids.  Penar is the wonderful psychiatrist who teaches my on-line course Why and How to Stop Taking Psychiatric Drugs which starts up again in January.  It’s very intensive, covering many of my most important ideas and research.  Pinar and I also talk about two shorter courses I’ll be presenting through Pam Popper’s Wellness Form Health, one a consumer guide to drug withdrawal and another about how people can help themselves and each other.  I’m cosponsoring Pam’s annual conference in Columbus, Ohio, November 9-11, 2018, which is open to the public.   You can get information on how to personally contact her about the conference or the courses on the show and on my website,  Remember, you can listen to The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour every Wednesday 4-5 PM New York Time and you can call-in to chat with us live every show by phoning anywhere in the world to 888-874-4888.

 The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 10.03.18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:31

Peter Gøtzsche, MD is among the bravest, most ethical and scientifically motivated doctors in the history of medicine and psychiatry.   As a result, he is now under attack by the organization he helped found, the Cochrane Collaboration, whose purpose in more honorable days was to raise published medical research to a higher ethical and scientific standard. Peter Gøtzsche is too busy responding to the attack to come on my radio show this Wednesday October 3, 2018, so instead I am replaying his most recent radio interview with me on the Dr. Peter Breggin hour.   Ironically and prophetically, the show is about how psychiatry forcefully attacks its critics.  Earth is a place in need of constant moral repair and this is nowhere truer than in medicine and psychiatry which has become a locus of too much undeserved wealth and power.  Peter has devoted himself to this task of repair and realizes, as others of us do, that there are deeply embedded reasons why reform is needed.  People fight to hold onto power and money, however corrupt its source. They act as if their lives depend on this corruption, when in fact their souls depend on higher ideals.  I hope Peter properly views every attack of him as a badge of honor that he receives for taking ethical and scientific stands—and for having a good effect on the world.   The attack on Peter is generating international publicity and may ultimately advance medicine, science and humanity.  I will not sully these remarks in honor of Peter with the details of the assault.  They mean nothing, they prove nothing, they indicate nothing—other than that Peter Gøtzsche deserves to be honored and supported by all of us.   I am proud to have given Peter the first Honored Blogger award for his outstanding contributions to this world we live in.   I am prouder to be his friend.  You can read his first two blogs on the Honored Blogger Series on the pages

 The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 09.26.18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:29

An hour that could change you, helping you climb into the light of a worthwhile life.  My audience becomes my guests, with greater callers for the entire hour.  We talk not only about the harm from psychiatric drugs and electroshock, but how to overcome their negative effects upon you and your family.  We explore how to create a good life.  The Dr. Peter Breggin hour is every Wednesday from 4-5 pm NY time.  You can listen live on or on the PRN.FM Ap.   You can call in from anywhere in the world on 888 874 4888.  The last Wednesday of every month is entirely for callers who want to ask a question, to share their experience, or to comment.  Call in any Wednesday from 4-5 PM NY time and especially every last Wednesday of the month, which is my favorite format, because you become my guest.  We will talk live on the radio, we will get to know each other better, and I will respond to exactly what's on your mind.    

 The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 09.19.18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:45

A rousing hour with my friend and professional partner, Pam Popper, PhD about the state of medicine and psychiatry, conflicts of interest, the on-line course I teach through her organization (Wellness Forum Health), my new video courses that are coming out, and our upcoming conference November 8-10 in Columbus, Ohio.   Listen to the show and get Pam’s direct phone and email to learn about our work together.  This is a show that is flat out interesting, and Pam is totally inspiring.  You can also learn about what we are doing and get her contact information at my website,

 The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 09.12.18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:48

With psychologist Michael Corrigan, a very strong show about what do children really need!  Michael is a researcher, teacher and author who has devoted his professional life, as well as his family life, to caring for children.   Michael’ focus is on what can we do about the dreadful plight of foster care children who get drugs instead of real help?  I chime in on the nature of that real help.  Foster children need the very same thing that more fortunate children need—loving, informed parents and substitute parents.  How do we achieve that?  Remember to call in every Wednesday at 4-5 pm NY time to join the conversation.  The call in number is 888 874 4888.  To listen to the show, go to      

 The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 09.06.18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:35

A wonderful show with someone you really should get to know:  Educator Denise Herrenbruck, who this week received the Fifth Honored Guest Blogger Award.  She tells the story of her father and his tragic outcome at the hands of geriatric psychiatry; but it's much more than that.  It's about the inspiring place of love and relationship in our lives and the changing expressions of those vital elements at different stages of our lives.  Together Denise and I read some dialogue between her and father from her new blog on I loved this show, so did the one caller I took, and I think you will, too.   Remember you can call in to the show every Wednesday at 4-5 pm NY time.  Wednesday September 26 at 4 pm is Live Talk Call-In for general questions.  Listen on and call in at 888 874 4888 to get on the show live.   My book the Heart of Being Helpful is a great accompaniment to this presentation of the Dr. Peter Breggin Hour.      


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