Bruce E. Levine
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Bruce E. Levine, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, often at odds with the mainstream of his profession (see critical psychology), in private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been in practice for nearly three decades. Levine writes and speaks widely on how society, culture, politics and psychology intersect.
Levine's most recent book is Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011, ISBN 1-60358-298-3). It calls for a new kind of politics to help Americans overcome political demoralization.
Published in 2007, Surviving America's Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy (Chelsea Green Publishing) argues that by not seriously confronting societal sources of depression, American mental health institutions have become part of the problem rather than the solution. The book provides an alternate approach that encompasses the whole of our humanity, society, and culture, and which redefines depression (as a problematic strategy to shut down pain) in a way that makes enduring transformation more likely.
Levine is also the author of Commonsense Rebellion: Taking Back Your Life from Drugs, Shrinks, Corporations and a World Gone Crazy (New York-London: Continuum, 2003), a protest book. The 26 alphabetically ordered chapters of Commonsense Rebellion detail Levine's contention that the high national rates of mental illness in the United States are really just natural reactions (e.g., discontent and disconnectedness) to the oppression of what he terms an "institutional society," which he argues causes many to break down psychologically. An earlier edition was released in 2001 with the subtitle Debunking Psychiatry, Confronting Society — An A to Z Guide to Rehumanizing Our Lives.
Levine is a regular contributor to AlterNet (archive), CounterPunch, Z Magazine, Truthout, and The Huffington Post, and his articles have appeared in Adbusters, The Ecologist and many other publications.
Dr. Levine is a member of MindFreedom International, and on the Advisory Council of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP).
- DepressionIsAChoice.com - 'A history of failure: Author and psychologist Bruce Levine pummels psychiatry, psychotropic drugs and the role both may have played in the case of Andrea Yates', Amy Benfer (July 11, 2001)
- LiP Magazine - 'Mad, Mad Nation: Mental Illness and the Drugging of Rebellious Tendencies', Silja J. A. Talvi (Interview of Bruce Levine, October 29, 2001)
- RadPsyNet.org - 'A review of Commonsense Rebellion', Mel Starkman
- ZMag.org - 'Psychiatric Medications, Illicit Drugs, & Alcohol', Bruce Levine
- ZMag.org - 'Eli Lilly, Zyprexa, and the Bush Family: the Diseasing of our Malaise', Bruce Levine (May, 2004)
- Bruce E. Levine on Rag Radio Interviewed by Thorne Dreyer, June 3, 2011 (55:26)