Fact Sheets and Reports
Click here to download fact sheets and reports on issues ranging from alternatives to mental health treatment and international warnings on psychiatric drugs to psychiatric fraud and abuse.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
Allen Jones, a former investigator with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General (OIG), Bureau of Special Investigations blows the whistle on the pharmaceutical-psychiatric collusion to push psychotropic drugs and drive up insurance costs.
It is no wonder that CBS’s 48 Hours show claimed that “schizophrenia” was a physically based mental “disease” requiring debilitating antipsychotic drugs—CBS receives nearly $600 million a year in drug company advertising revenues, and the antipsychotic drugs manufactured by CBS’s sponsors are extremely profitable.
By their own admission, psychiatrists cannot predict dangerousness. They often release violent patients from facilities, claiming they are not a threat to others, or grant them privileges that lessen security procedures. According to the American Psychiatric Association’s own Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the manual is “not sufficient to establish the existence for legal purposes of a ‘mental disorder,’ ‘mental disability,’ ‘mental disease,’ or ‘mental defect,’ in relation to competency, criminal responsibility or disability. Read more in this report.
Blaming the Brain: The “Chemical Imbalance” Fraud
The cornerstone of psychiatry’s current disease model is the theory that a brain-based, chemical imbalance causes mental illness. However, Dr. Mark Graff, Chair of Public Affairs of the American Psychiatric Association said that this theory was “probably drug industry derived.” His cohort, Dr. Steven Sharfstein, Former APA president, was forced under media pressure to admit that there is “no clean cut lab test” to determine a chemical imbalance in the brain. This is a brief synopsis of the theory behind the “chemical imbalance” fraud with expert comments debunking it.
Doctors’ Open Letter to Governments
How concerned should we be about reports that mental illness has become an epidemic striking one out of every four people in the world today? According to the source of these alarming reports—the psychiatric industry—mental illness threatens to engulf us all and can only be checked by immediate and massive increases in funding. This letter from doctors is the foreword to a CCHR booklet on the “mental illness” crisis generated by psychiatrists.
Global Burden of Disease
Flanking the rapid development of psychiatry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Lewis Judd, director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) from 1987 to 1990, created the psychiatric marketing strategy. It was dubbed the “Decade of the Brain” and was signed into United States law by Presidential Proclamation. Since then, terms such as “treatable brain disorder,” “no-fault brain disease” and “chemical imbalance in the brain” have been marketed. This report shows how the global burden of disease, when it relates to “mental disorders,” is a hoax.
This article by the renowned Dr. Thomas Szasz is reprinted by permission of Sheldon Richman, Editor, Ideas on Liberty. which is published by The Foundation for Economic Education, Irvington-on-Hudson, NY 10533.
Prompted by psychiatrists with their own vested interests in pharmaceutical sales, the media spun the blame for the rise in the suicide rate for children on the “black box” warning labels placed on antidepressants. This was utterly false and this report details why.
This article explores how, over the past fifty years, there has been an astonishing increase in severe mental illness in the United States. A review of the scientific literature reveals that it is our drug-based paradigm of care that is fueling this epidemic. The drugs increase the likelihood that a person will become chronically ill, and they induce new and more severe psychiatric symptoms in a significant percentage of patients.
The report covers: deaths, abuse, crime (including massive fraud in New York State), patient abuses (including an involuntary commitment case that goes to the issue of psychiatrists’ inability to determine dangerousness), psychiatric escapees causing harm and psychiatric experiments in New York.
CCHR’s Mental Health Declaration articulates the guiding principles of CCHR and the standards against which human rights violations by psychiatry are relentlessly investigated and exposed. It has been used to expose institutional abuse and outlines how it should be reformed.
MENTAL HEALTH PARITY
According to psychiatrist Sander Breiner, in the Psychiatric Times, nearly 40 percent of psychiatrists in the United States are sued for malpractice during the course of their career. This can impact on the cost of general medicine. As a report entitled “Medical Malpractice Insurance” published by the Insurance Information Institute states: “Many insurers have scaled back their exposure to the medical malpractice market and, in some cases, exited the market completely.”
MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING
Mental Health Screening in Schools Leads to Dangerous Child Drugging
In 2003, a report to the federal government on “mental health care” recommended that all 52 million American schoolchildren undergo screening for “mental illness.” The report claimed—without a shred of scientific evidence—that “early detection, assessment, and links with treatment” could “prevent mental health problems from worsening….” Today, those recommendations are going into force, state by state. Get the facts and fight back.
South Bend, Indiana—Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana on behalf of an Indiana family whose 15-year-old daughter, Chelsea Rhoades, was subjected to screening. If you want to protect your child against psychiatric screening in school, this article is well worth reading.
In 1991 in Dallas, Texas, two uniformed security guards pulled up in a patrol car beside 14-year-old Jeramy Harrel and took him, against his will and his mother’s protests, to a private psychiatric hospital owned by Psychiatric Institutes of America (PIA), a subsidiary of National Medical Enterprises (NME). A psychiatrist, Dr. Mark Bowlan, and a child welfare agent—who had never spoken with Jeramy or his parents—had filed an application to the court for the boy’s detention, claiming he was a “substance abuser” and that his grandparents had physically abused him. Read this story and learn more about the illegal practice of “trolling for patients.”
The US-based insurance company, Blue Cross & Blue Shield United, reported that as many types of health insurance fraud exist as the “criminal mind can invent.” This fact sheet offers but a small sample of convictions.
One of the essential problems with psychology is its reliance upon psychiatric or biological behavioral models—a far cry from its foundations. Psychology once followed early philosophy and initially meant the study of the soul—psyche (soul) and ology (study of). The general thought was that the mind and body were separate entities. Thus, each man and woman was regarded as a composite of soul, mind and matter. Here we provide a brief paper about the derivations of psychology.
Recent teen/school shooters under the influence of psychiatric drugs resulting in 54 killed and 105 wounded.
The 1963-1974 American Medical Association Committee on Quackery set out to discredit chiropractors, with the AMA urging its members to lend “their full support to the continuing vigorous attack on medical quackery and to the education program on the cult of chiropractic.” The AMA recommended that Congress exclude payment for chiropractic services from insurance coverage. This report shows how psychiatrists, in collusion with the AMA, sought to discredit non-drug alternative treatment methods, denying patients the right to be fully informed of all options available to them.
People do have problems in life, sometimes very serious. Mental difficulties do exist, people’s hopes and dreams can be shattered and their methods of coping with this can fail. However, with such a prevalence of mind-altering, physically damaging, psychiatric drugs, psychiatrists are not healing, but are creating addicts and lifelong patients. While CCHR does not give medical advice, this report offers information regarding alternative options recommended by doctors.
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