Talking Alternatives


You should first reject any diagnosis of a ‘mental disorder’ based on the DSM or ICD. It is the diagnosis, the label, that stigmatises the patient, not the mental condition. There is no test or any physical means to scientifically substantiate any diagnosis listed in these manuals.

You can ask any psychiatrist or doctor what causes mental illness and they will tell you the same thing – no one knows exactly. The most common explanation for mental disorders is a ‘chemical imbalance’ in the brain, but this is an unproven theory.

What is known and proven is that nutrients, such as zinc, vitamin B6 and B12, are the building blocks that a person needs to make the right amounts of important chemicals such as neurotransmitters, and it makes sense that a lack of these nutrients could cause a person to not feel mentally healthy.

For any adult and especially a child diagnosed with a so-called psychiatric disorder, they should receive a thorough physical examination by a competent medical practitioner or qualified nutritionist to first determine what nutrients they are deficient in or what underlying physical condition is causing the manifestation or symptom, including, but not limited to testing for:

  • lead poisoning
  • thyroid or hormonal conditions
  • early-onset diabetes
  • heart disease
  • worms
  • viral or bacterial infections
  • malnutrition
  • head injuries or tumours
  • allergies
  • vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies
  • mercury exposure
  • gases, cleaning fluids, scents and other chemicals
  • eye or ear trouble
  • pesticide exposure causing nervousness, irritability, memory problems and depression

ADHD:  Help without taking psychiatric drugs

Children can misbehave or they may not be able to focus because he or she is experiencing the effects of undiagnosed and, therefore, untreated conditions.

Concurrently with the child receiving a proper medical examination, parents should also ensure the child fully understands what is being learnt in school to determine whether he or she should see a competent tutor who acknowledges the value of phonics and the value of defining key words. There are educational solutions for behavioural and classroom problems.

Educational problems can be the result of a lack of or no phonics (understanding the sounds of letters and their combinations) in school.

Creative and/or intelligent children become bored, fidget, wiggle, scratch, stretch, will not focus and start looking for ways to get into trouble.

There may be an unchallenging curriculum. Goal-oriented children have a rough time focusing unless a specific challenging goal is given to them.

A simple lack of discipline may also be the cause of behavioural issues.


There are numerous articles, trials, observations and so forth, that show nutritional deficiencies are a key cause of many conditions.

In today’s modern world, it is all too easy to adopt a diet that is deficient in essential elements or one that is too rich in high-risk foods.

One only has to remember the results seen in the film ‘Supersize Me’ where the film-maker only eats food from one source and suffers severe health problems (mentally and physically) as a result.


Doctors recommend exercise for numerous physical complaints, but it is not considered and recommended as often as a solution to mental well-being. Reports and research are increasingly starting to show that exercise can help in many conditions such as depression, anxiety, etc.


We all know that some people are more serious than others; whichever category we are in, all of us get worked up, and all of us get ill in different ways.

For some of us, sleep, diet, exercise, or a hobby are all things that help us to relax. But whatever it is that we find in life that helps us, we must find time to do it. Doing things that you enjoy can be very therapeutic.


Are you getting enough sleep? Research shows that this is important and that proper rest is important to mental well-being. And we know that after suffering a bad night’s sleep!


Alcohol, recreational drugs and no end of other stimulants and other lesser drugs affect our bodies and our minds.

Look carefully at what is being consumed, even if these are longer term drugs for other conditions – even for contraception. Ask your health professional whether there are other options, whether the drugs are still needed, dosage levels, etc. Reduce your reliance upon other ‘addictions’ whether these are as innocuous as caffeine, raw cane sugar or carbonated drinks.

Many things taken in excess can turn out to be harmful.


CCHR actively supports all professionals that address mental health problems using specialist (and professional) listening skills to help patients ‘get issues off their chests’, and to confront and deal with problems.

There is a growing part of the psychiatric profession that has rejected the now common practice of drugging patients without getting to the cause of the underlying complaints – see the Critical Psychiatry Network for more details.


Family, friends and the community, as well as a church and its ministers (largely in all religions), are regular places to seek help, to share a bereavement, to air grievances and issues; in lieu of going to a ‘talk therapist’ of some sort that we see in the modern world. With the break up and change in communities and the dilution and/or social unpopularity of most ‘churches’, a lot of the more common outlets for people have disappeared over time.


Natural workable therapies are generally based on the foundation of complimenting the body and its natural healing abilities.

We do not recommend any particular form of treatment and patients should always take a range of advise in their treatment. There are many other solutions that can be used to treat mental health issues.


Take up a hobby, or another interest. This does not need to be something that is overly expensive or difficult to do, but something that is of interest which can help a person to re-focus. Easier to ‘say’ than to ‘do’, but often the key to helping us ‘move on’.


Some say there is nothing more theraputic than laughter.  If you can force yourself to smile or even laugh at your problems or your darkest days, this alone can greatly change the way you feel and change your outlook on life.