Peter Breggin Testifies for the “Zoloft Defense”


Dr. Peter Breggin, acting as an expert witness for the defense in former police officer Anthony Orban’s California trial for kidnapping and rape, testified that Orban’s resumption of Zoloft at full dosage five days before the attach had sent him into a manic psychosis. Orban’s wife also testified, saying “Being married to him, I watched the effects of the Zoloft on him. How it stripped him. How it impaired him.” In final arguments before the case went to the jury yesterday, the prosecution derided Orban’s claim, saying that Breggin was “intentionally misleading” and that the scientific community rejects his theories. The defense asserted that Zoloft was the only possible explanation for Orban’s bizarre behavior.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].