Being fully informed means having all of the information about the various so-called ‘mental disorders’ that psychiatrists claim children are suffering from, having all of the information about the effects of psychiatric drugs being prescribed for the various ‘disorders,’ as well as knowing and being able to apply their fundamental rights as parents.
There can be no doubt that many parents need some help. Whether this is as a result of a school complaining about their child’s behaviour, or the parent observing emotional or educational problems, parents need information that will empower them and help them make the right choices that are in the best interests of their children.
Parents are being told their child has a so-called ‘disorder’ and needs ‘medication,’ but they are not being given all the facts to make that fully informed choice. The aim here is to empower you the parent with the facts about mental disorders, psychiatric drug risks, and non-harmful medical alternatives, so that you can make that important decision based on all the information.
In the UK, 8.4 million children are currently being prescribed psychiatric drugs—more than 1 million are age five and under (source: IMS health.)
The psychiatric drugs prescribed to millions of children carry more than 286 drug regulatory agency warnings.
The American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association and the National Institute of Mental Health all admit that there are no medical tests to confirm mental disorders as “disease,” but do nothing to counter the false idea that these are biological/medical conditions when in fact, diagnosis is done by a checklist of behaviours.
This is not to say that children cannot experience emotional or behavioural difficulties, but these diagnoses of mental disorder are not the same as the diagnoses of verifiable diseases or medical conditions. There are no genetic tests, brain scans, X-ray or any scientifically proven test to verify mental disorders as diseases that require dangerous drugs to ‘treat’ them.
Parents are not given this information, but are simply told their child is mentally ill and more often than not, told to place their child on psychiatric drugs. including ADHD drugs, categorised by the Home office as Class B drugs, in the same category as… Parents must be provided with non-harmful, non-drug solutions for problems of attention, mood or behaviour.
The first thing parents should know is there are no medical tests that can prove a child is ‘mentally ill.’ They should also know that any diagnosis of mental disorder is based on opinion. In fact, a simple checklist of behaviours. Therefore, if a psychiatrist or doctor says your child has a ‘mental disorder’ and needs to be on “medication” (drugs):
1) Demand to see the laboratory test, brain scan, blood test or X-ray that proves your child has a mental disorder—(there isn’t one) that would require drug ‘treatment.’
You can print off this page, with psychiatrists and doctors admitting there is no medical test for any mental disorder and no evidence that any “mental disorder” is a medical condition.
2) If drugs are recommended for your child, print off the summaries of international drug warnings/studies on whatever type of drug is being recommended and provide this to the doctor/psychiatrist recommending the drugs. Ask if they are aware of the international studies and warnings on these drug risks.
For ADHD Drug Warnings and Studies click here
For ANTIDEPRESSANT Drug Warnings and Studies click here
For ANTIPSYCHOTIC Drug Warnings and Studies click here
For ANTIANXIETY Drug Warnings and Studies click here
Or to find studies and warnings on specific brand name drugs such as Ritalin, Seroxat, Adderall, Concerta, Zoloft, Risperdal, simply type in name of the drug in CCHR’s Psychiatric Drug Side Effects Search Engine here
3) If the psychiatrist/doctor provides you with what they claim is evidence of a ‘mental disorder,’ forward this claim to CCHR UK here.
4) There are non-harmful, non-drug medical alternatives to treating children’s problems with mood, attention and behaviour that do not require stigmatizing psychiatric labels (not based on science or medicine but strictly on opinion) or a dangerous drug. You have the right to know about these, and to ask your doctor about non-drug treatments. You also have the right to get a second opinion. Click here for more information (watch the video below and/or scroll to the bottom of this page)