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 being reported. 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 lives...." 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