Daniel Dorman, MD

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About Daniel Dorman, MD

Daniel Dorman has been a practicing psychiatrist for more than 40 years and a professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine since 1972. Due to his background in neurophysiology, he understands the toxic consequences of using drugs to treat mental illness. He specializes in treating patients without the use of medication, including psychotic patients. His humanistic approach to psychiatry relies on patient-doctor collaboration rather than drugs, even in the most serious cases.

In addition to his books, Dorman has contributed a chapter to "Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy: Guideposts to the Core of Practice", ed. K. J. Schneider (Routledge, 2008), and co-authored, with David Garfield, a chapter in "Beyond Medication: Therapeutic Engagement and the Recovery from Psychosis" (Routledge, 2009). Dr. Dorman is currently at work on a new book. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has been featured on numerous TV documentaries and news segments on mental health. 


Media Appearances:

  • Interviewee in "Dark Voices-Schizophrenia" on the Discovery Health Channel series "Fires of the Mind" (available from Amazon as a VHS tape).
  • Interviewee in "Take These Broken Wings," a mental health documentary. Video ClipFullFilm
  • Speaker at "The Power of Relationships in Recovery from Mental Illness" at Recovery in Action, a 2005 National Conference in Los Angeles. Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3
  • Speaker at a regional National Alliance on Mental Illness conference in Los Angeles, 2006.
  • Featured speaker at a local NAMI meeting, 2004.
  • Speaker on "Alternatives to Biological Psychiatry" at International Society for Ethical Psychiatry and Psychology, New York, 2005. Full Talk