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ALTERNATIVE MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

In general medicine the standard for informed consent includes communicating the nature of the diagnoses, the purpose of a proposed treatment or procedure, the risks and benefits of the proposed treatment, and informing the patient of alternative treatments so he can make an informed, educated choice.

Psychiatrists routinely do not inform patients of non-drug treatments, nor do they conduct thorough medical examinations to ensure that a person’s problem does not stem from an untreated medical condition that is manifesting as a “psychiatric” symptom. They do not accurately inform patients of the nature of the diagnoses, which would require informing the patient that psychiatric diagnoses are completely subjective (based on behaviors only) and have no scientific/medical validity (no X-rays, brain scans, chemical imbalance tests to prove anyone has a mental disorder).

All patients should have what is called a “differential diagnosis.” The doctor obtains a thorough history and conducts a complete physical exam, rules out all the possible problems that might cause a set of symptoms and explains any possible side effects of the recommended treatments.

There are numerous alternatives to psychiatric diagnoses and treatment, including standard medical care that does not require a stigmatizing and subjective psychiatric label or a mind-altering drug. Governments should endorse and fund non-drug treatments as alternatives to dangerous drugs that have been proven no more effective than placebo, and more dangerous than most street drugs.

Although CCHR South Africa does not condone or promote any specific practitioner, medical organization, practice or group, we have found the following resources to be helpful for individuals looking for non-drug approaches to mental health. The links below are provided as access to reference sites only. It is always best to make a decision based on the most facts possible. While some of these are international resources, they are full of thought provoking data. Some of the alternative resources below are people and organizations dedicated to helping and finding alternative solutions to drugs through natural means and who will really go that extra mile for you.
Person  /OrganizationDescriptionContact Info
Theta HealthOnline health shop of natural health products.www.thetahealth.co.za
Yan HealthHealth shop providing natural alternatives and advice.www.yanhealth.co.za
Anya ViljoenNatural healthcare and nutritional expert.
SoteriaAlternative and non-drug solutions for people diagnosed schizophrenic.
Fight For KidsEducation website for protection of children
The Rights of Children ProjectEducation website assisting parents with children labelled with ADD/ADHD.
Block Center
Find and treat underlying health problems in children and information on how children can safely get off of psychiatric drugs.
DrugFreeChildren.OrgInformational website on issues surrounding the use of "chemical restraints" on children.
Mind FreedomNon-profit organisation that works to win human rights and provide alternatives for people labelled with psychiatric disabilities.
TruthAboutECT.Org
Public awareness website about the dangers of electroconvulsive therapy (also known as electroshock or ECT).
www.truthaboutect.org
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