Dr.David West Keirsey
(August 31, 1921-July 30, 2013)
In his 91 years, Dr. David Keirsey lived a great deal and changed countless people's lives through his writing, his counseling and the sheer force of his personality. His Please Understand Me books, in fact, changed the way that we look at personality itself. Dr. Keirsey was a tireless champion of more humane and more effective forms of psychological treatment.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to the Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, a nonprofit 501c3 organization. The Center has offered to collect donations in the memory of Dr. David Keirsey and to contribute the entire proceeds to the funding of the children’s advocacy film, Letters from Generation RX. The Center is directed by Peter R. Breggin MD and his wife Ginger Breggin who were good friends and great admirers of Dr. Keirsey.
Donations may be sent to:
Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy
101 East State St. #112
Ithaca, NY 14850
Letters from Generation RX is the latest film by international award-winning filmmaker Kevin P. Miller. After the release of his documentary Generation RX, which two-time Academy Award winner Paul Haggis called "a powerful and often chilling eye-opener," Miller received thousands of letters from parents, teens, educators and others who shared their highly personal sagas of mental illness, emotional crisis and the often tragic unintended consequences of psychiatric diagnoses and drugs.
Letters from Generation RX reflects those stories — combined with the latest mental health research, science, and medical health perspectives. The filmmaker spent two years interviewing some of the world’s most respected researchers, physicians,, journalists, politicians, and academics. It focused on dozens of family members and others whose lives became inextricably linked to the medications that were prescribed. In doing so, the director features a breathtaking array of stories, from those who lost it all to those who came back from the brink of agony and desperation to a place of true wellness.
To date, approximately 75% of the filming has been completed. Fundraising is being done to complete production and editing so that the film can be released by early 2014. We invite you to join us in supporting the completion of what could be the most powerful and important film ever produced about mental illness. Filmmaker Kevin Miller plans to include an In Memoriam in honor of Dr. David Keirsey at the end of the film.