Michael Winterhoff

The Times
TV psychiatrist Michael Winterhoff accused of fostering cult
Oliver Moody
August 13, 2021

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A celebrity child psychiatrist is under investigation for allegedly causing “bodily harm” to children by prescribing inappropriate medication.

Michael Winterhoff, 66, a star of German television talk shows, expounds strict theories in bestselling books about why parents should not indulge their youngsters. His core edict is that parents must “dissolve the close connection to their children” or risk fostering little tyrants…

He is also accused of giving many children unnecessary long-term prescriptions for strong antipsychotics and sedatives. Several former patients told the documentary Why Children Are Not Tyrants that he favoured pipamperone, a potent drug used to treat schizophrenia or help people to sleep…