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Lorie McCloud replied to Sophia Ninidze's discussion Seeking for volunteers willing to participate in a radio show that is against phsychiatric medication
"I don't know if you're still doing the radio show, but if you are, I'd be interested in participating. I'm a Certified Music Practitioner. we provide live music to individual pts and taylor our music to the needs of the pt.…"
Mar 5, 2014
Heidi Henkel replied to Heidi Henkel's discussion Geodon
"I uploaded the study i referred to. If you combine this and chapter 4, p 28-30 of Grace Jackson's book "Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent" you get the full picture."
Jan 2, 2014
Heidi Henkel replied to Heidi Henkel's discussion Geodon
"I have a way to prove that overall, in sum total, the "atypical antipsychotics" are causing a >25 yr decrease in life span just due to "side effects" (death-causing medical complications) of the drugs.  It involves a…"
Dec 30, 2013
Phil Strong replied to Heidi Henkel's discussion Geodon
"Another ploy that Drug companies use is to say that the medical problems may have occurred anyway without the prescribed drugs - difficult to prove as many people do not actually complain about the prescribed drugs, because they are feeling so sick…"
Dec 22, 2013
Heidi Henkel replied to Heidi Henkel's discussion Geodon
"I looked it up myself, and found way worse side effects than that, just on drugs.com and doublecheckmd.com details. All of the atypicals have really severe caradiovascular side effects that often cause death: prolonged Q-T interval, myocardial…"
Dec 21, 2013
Heidi Henkel replied to Sophia Ninidze's discussion Seeking for volunteers willing to participate in a radio show that is against phsychiatric medication
"I would like to participate,  Write to me at  heidikhenkel@gmail.com for further discussion."
Dec 21, 2013
Robert Berezin, MD posted a blog post

Reflections on ‘Drowned in a Stream of Prescriptions’

I applaud the New York Times for publishing Drowned in a Stream of Prescriptions, by Alan Schwarz, on the front page of the Sunday Times, Feb. 2, 2013.It is a painful and horrifying story. There can be no consolation for his poor parents. The article is very well written and captures the insensitivity, uncaring and destructiveness of my fellow psychiatrists in a…See More
Oct 21, 2013
Robert Berezin, MD posted a blog post

Add Tony Scott to the list of suicides on antidepressants

In “Tony Scott Anti-Depressants: Prescription Drugs Found In ‘Top Gun’ Director’s System” on the Huffington Post, June 24, 2013, We learn that Tony Scott was taking mirtazapine a tetracyclic antidepressant and Lunesta when he committed suicide. He is one more example. After incredible…See More
Oct 18, 2013
Anne e Watmough commented on Ginger Breggin's blog post What Causes Schizophrenia?
"Hi Ginger, enjoying this so much.  Have to comment on the post re - What Causes Schizophrenia? - This is my opinion.  I think Dr.Bertram has got so much right.  I agree with what he has discovered and has said.  I would just like…"
Jul 11, 2013
Tricia DiMaio commented on Ginger Breggin's blog post What Causes Schizophrenia?
"Wow, i just came across this. Because living in fear, i went and googled my name to see what people find. I'm trying to confront my fears. I can attest to being thrown into fear living with family members who do nothing more than terrorize you…"
Jul 11, 2013
Sandra Ellen Dodd commented on Ginger Breggin's blog post What Causes Schizophrenia?
"Thank you for this info...My daughter and I have a long way to go with her recovery after withdrawing as well. I realise that the drugs and also the trauma of hospitalisation have changed her brain chemistry  as well. She is only 21 and…"
Jul 11, 2013
Robert D. Stolorow posted blog posts
Jul 11, 2013
Profile IconPatricia Murphy (Carlson) LCSW, Katiouchka Beaumont, Cynthia Darling and 3 more joined Empathic Therapy, Education & Living
Jul 11, 2013
Mary Ashcroft commented on edwin rutsch's video

Conservative Senator Jeff Sessions asks - What is an Empathy?

"Well, something is very obvious, this idiot does not understand the meaning of the term empathy.:)  Empathy is what destroys all of those prejudices.  It is a shame he doesn't know that.  Poor man.  I actually feel sorry for…"
Apr 14, 2013
Profile Iconcarol schofield and Lisa Cushman joined Empathic Therapy, Education & Living
Apr 6, 2013
carol schofield shared Ginger Breggin's video on Facebook
Apr 2, 2013


Welcome to our Empathic Therapy Network

Welcome new prospective Empathic Therapy members!  I am Ginger Breggin, Executive Director for the Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy.  We want to make this a safe and friendly network for all of you to relate and share with each other-- so I am pre-qualifying new potential members in order to weed out potential spammers.  If you are a new prospective member you will be approved if you have an email with which I can reach you and confirm you are, well, you, and some other reassurance…


Created by Ginger Breggin Sep 1, 2012 at 3:19pm. Last updated by Ginger Breggin Sep 1, 2012.

Calling All Therapists & Other Service Providers

Dear Empathic Therapy Network Members: 

We are developing a professional resources directory page on our Empathic Therapy website to assistant potential clients and patients in finding the help they seek.


To be part of the Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy Directory page, we require only that you maintain your annual membership (link) with the nonprofit 501c3 Empathic Therapy organization. 


What we need from…


Created by Ginger Breggin May 23, 2012 at 1:35pm. Last updated by Ginger Breggin May 23, 2012.

Epidemiology Mis-counts: Systematic Bias Leads To Misleading Rates

Allen Frances, MD has again delivered a very candid and emphatic criticism of psychiatry through his most recent blog for Psychiatric Times on the web.  This latest blog slams psychiatric epidemiology that results in media and other claims of skyrocketing rates of psychiatric disorders. 


Dr. Frances begins: "The entire field of psychiatric epidemiology has a systematic bias that leads it to misleadingly report what are highly inflated rates of psychiatric disorder.…


Created by Ginger Breggin Sep 25, 2011 at 4:56pm. Last updated by Ginger Breggin Sep 25, 2011.

What if No One Made Antidepressants? Dr. Peter Breggin's latest blog!

Drug companies stop making antidepressants? The possibility is not so farfetched.

A headline in Britain's Guardian puts it this way: "Research into brain disorders under threat as drug firms pull out." The subhead explains, "Scientists warn of big financial and social impact while fear of litigation and expenses is linked to move." Apparently, two British-based…


Created by Ginger Breggin Aug 22, 2011 at 5:57pm. Last updated by Ginger Breggin Aug 22, 2011.

Drug Companies Stop Researching ‘Mental Diseases’

Some drug firms, such as Janssen, are continuing to grow more hard core about promoting the most dangerous and damaging of the psychiatric drug spectrum—injectable, long-acting antipsychotics.   Here is the creepy still graphic that is the highlight of this new ad campaign.  The antipsychotics, known…


Created by Ginger Breggin Jul 11, 2011 at 2:31pm. Last updated by Ginger Breggin Jul 11, 2011.


Seeking for volunteers willing to participate in a radio show that is against phsychiatric medication

Started by Sophia Ninidze in General. Last reply by Lorie McCloud Mar 5, 2014. 4 Replies

Hello everyone,I've been here for a while now and so has my show, it's on and off, and in it I try to raise awareness for mental illness, suicide and depression, lower their stigma and promote treatment without anti-psychotic, anti-depressant,…Continue

Tags: mental, illness, suicide, depression, anti-depressant


Started by Heidi Henkel in Critique of Psychiatry. Last reply by Heidi Henkel Jan 2, 2014. 6 Replies

Does anyone know anything about Geodon?  What is it for, what are the effects, especially long term, what long term studies, if any, have been done, does anyone have any direct personal experience with it, etc?   What health problems does it cause? …Continue

Tags: drugs

Is ADHD Real? Mental Illness: Real Disease or Big Pharma Lie? Truth About DSM

Started by Phil Strong in General Jan 22, 2013. 0 Replies

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX5o8N-jT9cInteresting - and thought provoking - please watch................Continue

antipsychotic drug solian (amisulpride) causing anxiety and anger when meditating

Started by Frank Zaffiro in General. Last reply by Phil Strong Jan 22, 2013. 1 Reply

Hi thereI have been on solian for sometime now and i want to meditate but i find i cannot because when i try to relax and meditate i become angry and full of anxiety.Before being diagnosed i used to practice trancedental meditation. i have tried qi…Continue

Friend trying to get off of psych drugs

Started by Heidi Henkel in General. Last reply by Heidi Henkel Dec 31, 2012. 2 Replies

I have a friend who is trying to get off of psychiatric drugs and her psychiatrist refuses to help her get off the drugs.  Her state medicaid also refuses to pay for reduced dosages of drugs and will only pay for it if she takes what is considered…Continue

citing studies presented at 2011 empathic therapy conference

Started by Heidi Henkel in General Nov 13, 2012. 0 Replies

Can anyone remind me the name, date, names of researchers, for the following studies presented at the 2011 Empathic Therapy Conference?  one that I think was done in the UK, showing MRI evidence of brain atrophy in response to ADHD drugs, was quite…Continue

Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome and my daughter

Started by Sharon Beverly in General. Last reply by Mary Ashcroft Aug 18, 2012. 7 Replies

Hello everyone:Well, I was so hoping for a miracle with my daughter, but things have gone from bad to worse. Her first full-blown psychosis was a little over a year ago, and I do not see any light at the end of the tunnel yet. She is getting worse,…Continue

Violence Again Found to be Adverse Effect of SSRIs, ADHD Drugs and Other Psych Drugs in New Study

Started by Ginger Breggin in Critique of Psychiatry. Last reply by Mary Ashcroft Aug 9, 2012. 2 Replies

Quoted from this new study: "We identified 1527 cases of violence disproportionally reported for 31 drugs. Primary suspect drugs included varenicline (an aid to smoking cessation), 11 antidepressants, 6 sedative/hypnotics and 3 drugs for attention…Continue

Tags: ADHD, benzodiazepines, SSRIs, drugs, suicide

Some thoughts on stopping psychiatric medications

Started by Stuart Shipko, M.D. in Critique of Psychiatry. Last reply by Mary Ashcroft Jul 11, 2012. 18 Replies

PHARMA has been able to purchase a standard of care that involves giving a drug, usually a SSRI, but now also antipsychotics, when a person describes emotional discomfort.  Now, it is estimated that one out of 10 Americans are taking one or more of…Continue


Started by Anne E Watmough in General Jul 1, 2012. 0 Replies

Save your skin!!!Continue

Blog Posts

What Causes Schizophrenia?

Posted by Ginger Breggin on March 19, 2011 at 4:09pm 4 Comments

my husband's colleague and one of our dearest friends, Dr. Bertram Karon, was interviewed in 2007. I'm including a link below. Dr. Karon was asked what causes schizophrenia and he replied:


Dr. Bertram Karon said: if you look at all the data we have and all the case studies... schizophrenics are very…


One year ago....

Posted by Tricia DiMaio on March 20, 2011 at 3:04pm 5 Comments

This is my one year anniversary of being hauled away by the men in white coats. I had escaped reality because of extreme anxiety from a crisis of a stalking boyfriend, which made me smoke more and sleep less. I became paranoid and delusional, but not a eminent threat to myself or others.

So this thing with crisis and the way the mental system dictates that crisis is actually a symptom of a brain disease really bothers me..... A fellow psych survivor told me that one crisis is…


The Assange case and the following rape-debate in Sweden

Posted by Daniel Kraft on March 17, 2011 at 8:05am 4 Comments

Some of you might have read Judith Hermans book Trauma and Recovery. I feel it is a beautiful work because she brings together so many different aspects of trauma. One of the things I remember from that book is that she describes how the awareness of trauma has varied throughout the last century.

Herman stresses how a greater awareness of trauma in society helps trauma victims to be able to look for help and…



Posted by Carolyn Chiew on February 27, 2011 at 3:15am 5 Comments

I want to share an experience I had yesterday at a BBQ where everyone present had a diagnosed mental health condition. It was a consumer organised event so there were no mental health professionals present. Someone got very upset over an issue that was raised. To calm the situation down, people asked him to shut up, tried to change the topic or just ignored him. The more this was done, I noticed the more agitated and aggressive he became as he tried to bring people back to the issue. The…



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