LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Why have more than five million
American children been forced to take an addictive, psychiatric stimulant drug
which is biochemically similar to cocaine? Did you know that the Journal of
the American Medical Association reported the 2-4 year-old prescription rate
for this mind-bending drug doubled between 1991 and 1995? Why was there a
tenfold increase in the number of newer antidepressant prescriptions for
preschoolers between 1993 and 1997?
Is there something wrong with this picture, or do we all now believe that
compassionate caring for children equals heavy drugging from the earliest
possible moment? Of course we don't, but someone surely does. And of course
there is something wrong, but it seems far too few are able to define it.
A new free publication by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR),
the international watchdog for mental health established by the Church of
Scientology in 1969, promises to change that, and a whole lot more. Called
"Psychiatry: A Human Rights Abuse and Global Failure," the booklet in part,
charges that psychiatry has created an international, multi-million dollar
child drugging culture through the invention of such stigmatizing labels and
fraudulent diagnoses as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD as
it is widely known.
A growing army of critics of ADHD and child drugging include the late
Dr. Sydney Walker III, neurologist and psychiatrist, who wrote in 1998,
"Hyperactivity is not a disease. It's a hoax perpetrated by doctors who have
no idea what's really wrong with these children."
In fact, ADHD is now the subject of major class-action lawsuits which
allege that the American Psychiatric Association and a psychiatric advocacy
group, conspired to create a market for the prescribed stimulant treatment
drug, in order to expand its use and thereby sales. CCHR, which for the past
three years has been holding public hearings into the epidemic of psychiatric
labeling and drugging of children, says the problem is more widespread than is
Ms. Jan Eastgate, International President of CCHR, and a 23-year veteran
of mental health reform, says, "Psychiatrists ordering parents to put their
children on drugs assures us of a deepening drug culture. Today's addictive,
psychiatric drugs become tomorrow's street problem, with students selling them
for up to $5 a pill, and crushing and snorting them to get high."
"However, with children one-year old and younger now being prescribed
antidepressants, the risk of pre-schoolers later suffering irreversible damage
to their nervous system -- a condition called Tardive Dyskinesia -- is also a
serious threat that parents also need to be made aware of."
CCHR's booklet isolates psychiatry's billing bible, the Diagnostic
Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) as a pivotal reason for this
explosion in psychotropic drug use. Arrived at by what psychiatrists call
"consensus," which in reality is no more scientific or sophisticated than a
vote of powerful insider hands, the DSM legitimized ADHD, which has garnered
millions in government appropriations for psychiatry through its assault on
the youth "market."
But this abuse is not limited to children. As the booklet further
reveals, the DSM mushroomed from 112 mental disorders in 1952 to a record
374 so-called disorders in 1994. Margaret Hagen, author of "Whores Of The
Court," summarily dismisses the DSM: "Given their farcical 'empirical'
procedures for arriving at new disorders with their associated symptoms lists,
where does the American Psychiatric Association get off claiming a scientific,
research-based foundation for its diagnostic manual? This is nothing more
than science by decree. They say it is science, so it is."
Flanking this has been psychiatry's "anti-stigma" campaign through which
they plan to garner billions more dollars for psychiatry. Federal legislation
introduced last May and called the "Mental Health Early Intervention,
Treatment and Prevention Act of 2000," asks for more than $585 million in a
bare-faced push to have the mental health agenda integrated into practically
every government sponsored or financed public health activity throughout the
United States. It includes screening children for mental illness in schools,
thus promoting a biological approach, assuring us of more children being
bathed in psychotropic drugs that will result in, as psychiatrist and author,
David Kaiser states, "a growing number of over-diagnosed, over-medicated and
disarticulated people less able to define and control their own identities and
CCHR urges governments, schools, hospitals and colleges to review funding
of psychiatric programs, studies and curricula and to demand accountability
for the $80 billion already spent federally on the country's mental health
budget. With more than $40 billion in medical insurance fraud committed
annually within the mental health industry, accountability has become the
watchword. "Accountability," Eastgate notes, "means results, and that means
less insanity, drug abuse, crime and violence in society, and less reliance
upon powerful psychotropic drugs or other psychiatric treatments which simply
damage the brain and nervous system."
These are but a few of the numerous damning perspectives provided in this
latest CCHR publication about the very real dangers and risks in psychiatry
and thereby, the mental health industry today. From psychiatry's lackluster
history, the savagery of its treatments, its abuse of basic human rights, its
catastrophic political experiments, its heavily-funded but unworkable
programs, to the degradation in its institutions even today, CCHR's message is
very clear -- psychiatry is a global failure.
For free copies of Psychiatry: A Human Rights Abuse and Global Failure,
call CCHR at (800) 869-2247 or visit http://www.cchr.org/.
SOURCE Citizens Commission on Human Rights