Bruce Levine

Bruce Levine

“Times of Quiet Desperation”

From Documentary "Healing Voices" September 26th, 2019

10 Reasons Why Psychiatry Lives On—Obvious, Dark, and Darkest

Mad in America September 17th, 2019

No matter how clearly the scientific case is made that psychiatry is a pseudoscientific institution meriting no scientific authority, do you have that sinking feeling that psychiatry will continue to retain power and even grow in influence? It doesn’t seem to matter that psychiatry’s “chemical imbalance theory of mental illness”—the major reason why people in […]

Curious “Anti-Authoritarian” Definitions and Divides

CounterPunch September 5th, 2019

For most of us—excepting possibly Mussolini, Trump, and other bully boasters—the word authoritarian is a pejorative. In contrast, many of us want to define ourselves and our heroes as anti-authoritarians, and this has resulted in some curious definitions of that term. The American Heritage Dictionary defines authoritarianism as “characterized by or favoring absolute obedience to […]

Why the Mainstream Media Has Failed to Tell Truths About Psychiatry

Truthout July 20th, 2019

INTERVIEW WITH JOURNALIST ROBERT WHITAKER. In April, journalist Robert Whitaker wrote an article titled, “The New YorkerPeers into the Psychiatric Abyss… And Loses Its Nerve.” I was curious to hear Whitaker’s thoughts on the general state of mainstream media’s coverage of psychiatry.

The Groundbreaking Public Health Study That Should Change U.S. Society—But Won’t

CounterPunch July 19th, 2019

What variable is associated with a 12 times greater likelihood of a suicide attempt—and also doubles the likelihood of cancer, heart disease, or stroke? In the late 1990s, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study revealed a stunningly powerful relationship between childhood trauma and later adult emotional difficulties and physical health problems. Two decades after the […]

Thomas Paine, Christianity, and Modern Psychiatry

June 14th, 2019

Beyond Common Sense, most Americans know little about Thomas Paine (1737-1809). Few know that at the end of Paine’s life, he had become a pariah in U.S. society, and for many years after his death, he was either ignored or excoriated—the price he paid for The Age of Reason and its disparagement of religious institutions, […]

Tom Paine, Christianity, and Modern Psychiatry

CounterPunch June 14th, 2019

Beyond Common Sense, most Americans know little about Thomas Paine (1737-1809). Few know that at the end of Paine’s life, he had become a pariah in U.S. society, and for many years after his death, he was either ignored or excoriated—the price he paid for The Age of Reason and its disparagement of religious institutions, […]