National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

Psychiatry Reform or Abolitionism

Bruce E. Levine, Ph.D.

While there are some psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals who actually help emotionally struggling people, they are often "rebel" and "dissident" professionals. In contrast, compliance with standard mental health professional training routinely results in unhelpfulness. Can psychiatry as an institution be reformed or does it need to be abolished?

Dr Levine's most recent book is Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite. Other notable books are Commonsense Rebellion and Surviving America's Depression Epidemic. He is a practicing clinical psychologist often at odds with the mainstream of his profession, and he writes and speaks widely on how society, culture, politics, and psychology intersect. His other books include Surviving America's Depression Epidemic and Commonsense Rebellion. Levine is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, CounterPunch, Truthout,  AlterNet, and Z Magazine, and his articles and interviews have been published in Skeptic, Adbusters, The Ecologist, High Times, and numerous other magazines. His website is