LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Citizens Commission on Human Rights(R) (CCHR), a psychiatric watchdog organization, is calling the "Report of the Surgeon General's Conference on Children's Mental Health" yet another attempt for snaring billions of taxpayers dollars by a failing mental health monopoly, which has consistently failed to find scientific evidence for any of the so-called child mental disorders. Bruce Wiseman, the national President of CCHR stated, "One of the report's main contributors, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), admits that after spending $6 billion in research, no causes for mental illnesses have yet been established. They still cannot scientifically prove that any child has any of these so-called mental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), yet millions of children are supposedly affected by it. The truth is these are nothing but arbitrary labels created by psychiatrists to justify their existence and rake in insurance money". In 1998, the National Institute of Health convened a three day conference on ADHD and the treatments used for it. The leading experts from across the U.S. came to present their data to the panel yet failed to provide any scientific evidence to validate ADHD as a neurobiologic brain disorder. In 1987, ADHD was literally voted into existence by the American Psychiatric Association and inserted in the DSM-IV, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, psychiatry's "billing bible" for diagnoses and assigning insurance-payment codes. Within one year, 500,000 children in the U.S. were diagnosed with the disorder and today the number of children diagnosed is closer to 5 million. Wiseman states, "Despite the fact that psychiatry cannot scientifically validate this so-called "mental disorder", millions of children have already been stigmatized with the ADHD label and subjected to what we now know are dangerous and mind-altering drugs." With this latest report, the Surgeon General has come out with a blanket statement that one in ten children suffers from some sort of mental health problem. Wiseman asks, "Based on what research and more importantly who provided that research?" CCHR will be utilizing Freedom of Information Act procedures to obtain the supposed science and studies behind this report. Wiseman says, "The public has a right to know what proof the Surgeon General has that millions of children have mental disorders -- and what scientific proof there is that these disorders even exist." According to Dr. Edward C. Hamlyn, Founding member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, ADHD is "a fraud intended to justify starting children on a life of drug addiction." The issue of children getting addicted to psychiatric drugs is not novel; while the Surgeon General maintains that children are suffering from mental health problems, including depression, the report makes no mention regarding the Drug Enforcement Administration's report on Methylphenidate (the drug used most commonly to treat ADHD). The DEA report clearly states that "The high percentage of attempted suicide is consistent with the high frequency of depression associated with stimulant abuse." With millions of American children already being given these stimulant drugs for Attention Deficit Disorder, and growing national concern about the fact that children are now selling and recreationally using these psychiatric drugs, the Surgeon General's report makes no attempt to correlate these facts or for that matter, even mention them. Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee thinks the growing issue of children using and abusing these psychiatric drugs is alarming enough to launch a national investigation into the "theft, illicit sale and any other manner of diversion and abuse of these medications". The Surgeon General's report also calls for reducing the "stigmatization" associated with mental illness in children. Wiseman counters, "Who is doing the stigmatizing here? Millions of children are being told there is something 'wrong' with their brain, though no one can prove it. They are labeled 'mentally ill' with diagnoses such as ADHD, a disorder that came into being not by science but by majority vote. Children are then subjected to mind-altering drugs in order to change their behavior. It's pretty clear where the 'stigmatization' is coming from. It's coming from the mental health monopoly that stands to profit at the sake of millions of children." For more information, or a free copy of CCHR's latest publication, "Documenting Psychiatry: A Human Rights Abuse and Global Failure." call 800-869-2247 or visit CCHR's website at http://www.cchr.org/failure/eng/index.htm . The Citizens Commission on Human Rights was co-founded by the Church of Scientology and Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, Dr. Thomas Szasz, to investigate and expose mental health abuse and psychiatric violations of human rights.
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