A Better Mental Health System
Article 3 – CCHR’s Mental Health Declaration of Human Rights
“The right to have a thorough, physical and clinical examination by a competent registered general practitioner of one’s choice, to ensure that one’s mental condition is not caused by any undetected and untreated physical illness, injury or defect, and the right to seek a second medical opinion of one’s choice.”
People do experience problems in life, sometimes very serious. Mental difficulties do exist, people’s hopes and dreams can be shattered and their methods of coping can fail. However, with such prevalence of mind-altering psychiatric drugs that can damage the body, psychiatrists are not healing, but creating addicts and life-long patients.
Do No Harm
Therefore, the first action to take with the mentally disturbed is to “do no harm.”
Secondly, do not tell them they have a psychiatric “disease” that only a drug can correct. They are having enough trouble as it is. More than anything they often need rest and security.
CCHR has long been an advocate for competent, non-psychiatric, medical evaluation of people with mental problems. Undiagnosed and untreated physical conditions can manifest as “psychiatric” symptoms.
Whatever we talk about in life, there are generally other options.
In 2005, The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) released a clinical Guideline for treatment of “Depression in Children and Young People”. It advised that because “all anti-depressant drugs have significant risks when given to children and young people,” children should be “offered advice on the benefits of regular exercise”, “sleep hygiene”, “nutrition and the benefits of a balanced diet.”
But when it comes to society drugging people as the first, the second and generally the only option, there has to be something wrong. There is a world of difference between the art of identifying symptoms and the science of finding and treating causes.
Psychiatrists specialise in cataloguing symptoms and then try to convince people that the symptoms are causes and that their treatments work, merely because the symptoms appear to have dissipated or changed. But these are not causes, they are just symptoms and their treatments often bring about a worsening of the person’s condition. Blind to real causes, they remain blind to the consequences of their actions.
And herein lies the most important truth concerning the plague of social problems characterising our youth and general society today — psychiatrists are redefining every child or adolescent problem in life as a “mental disorder,” to be controlled in the main by mind-altering drugs.
The medical industry explores new medicines for identifiable conditions. e.g. if someone is suffering from high cholesterol levels in the blood, or high blood sugar levels, doctors can prescribe drugs for these specific conditions. However, these particular complaints and many others will require a change in the patient’s lifestyle. For example, a heart attack victim will need to lose weight, give up fatty foods, take more exercise, reduce or cope with life stresses and probably stop smoking, drinking and/or other habits.
Any medical doctor who takes the time to conduct a thorough physical examination of a child or adult exhibiting signs of what psychiatrists say are “mental disorders,” can often find undiagnosed, untreated physical conditions.
Decades ago, the term “mad as a hatter” stemmed from workers using mercury to prepare felt hats. The fumes and the quantity accidentally ingested, produced an organic deterioration resulting eventually in dementia. Thus, a sizeable number of hatters became “mad” as a result of chronic mercury pollution. – Wayne O. Evans, Ph.D. and Nathan S. Kline, M.D. (editors), Psychotropic Drugs in the Year 2000, Use by Normal Humans, (Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, Illinois, 1971), p. 71
Medical doctors have established that mercury poisoning, environmental toxins and allergies can affect behaviour and academic performance and can create symptoms, which have been labelled as childhood behavioural and attention “disorders.” – Marla Cones, “Cause for Alarm over Chemicals,” Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2003
This is not a case of “mimicking” a “mood disorder,” it means that an untreated physical condition exists — and that is all it is.
Gases, cleaning fluids, scents and other chemicals can make a child “irritable, inattentive, spacey, aggressive, depressed or hyperactive.” – Becky Gillette, “Breaking the Diet – ADD Link,” E Magazine, 5 Mar. 2003