Message from the President CCHR International

Most people today have difficulty understanding the destructive impact that psychiatry is having on communities around the world. For far too many people, the lesson is learned only after a psychiatrist has destroyed some part of their life.

The destruction might come in the form of the death of their child due to long-term usage of a stimulant drug, prescribed for an invented psychiatric disorder called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); it could be a murderous school campus assault by a gun-toting child who had been prescribed a violence-inducing psychiatric drug and/or undergone “death education” or “anger management” classes; perhaps the death of a frail elderly relative from electroshock treatment at a psychiatric nursing home; maybe a child who was labeled mentally ill early in school and prescribed addictive, psychotropic drugs, who later becomes a hard-core street-drug addict.

At CCHR, we work continuously to educate the public on the truth about psychiatry. Only in this way is it possible to reduce the number of victims who learn this truth through personal tragedy.

One of the most important things to know about psychiatry is the complete lack of science supporting its system of diagnosis or its treatments. Take, for example, the psychiatric billing bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-IV. Not one of the disorders has ever been proven to exist by using observable pathology or objective tests. A panel of psychiatrists arbitrarily defined symptoms of each mental disorder and then literally voted on their suitability for inclusion in the DSM. By this system, if a newly defined mental disorder loses the vote, it fails to make it into the DSM. The system is subjective and ambiguous; its terminology is ill-defined or undefined.

In spite of such serious and fundamental flaws, this system is widely accepted as the benchmark for both judging human behavior and for determining treatments in courts, prisons and schools. In many countries, the DSM also forms the basis of mental health services billings to insurance companies.

By medicalizing everyday problems, psychiatry has fraudulently labeled millions as mentally ill, and either forced or convinced them to adopt prescription psychotropic drugs as a routine part of their lives. As a result, psychotropic drug consumption has escalated with, for example, 17 million children now taking them worldwide.

CCHR remains dedicated to exposing the scientific myths and hype with which psychiatry has managed to surround its diagnostic system and treatments.

Its work aligns with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For example:

  • Article 5 states, "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,"
  • Article 7: Ensures that "All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law," and
  • Article 26 says: "Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children."

Yet psychiatrists violate these on a daily basis:

  • Through psychiatrists' false diagnoses, stigmatizing labels, easy-seizure laws, brutal, depersonalizing "treatments" and deadening, mind-altering drugs, thousands needlessly fall into their coercive system every day all over the world. It is a system that exemplifies human rights abuse and denies individuals their inherent human rights
  • Involuntary patients have fewer rights and less legal protections than a criminal, even though they have broken no law
  • Thousands of psychiatric victims or their families contact CCHR each year to report incidents of psychiatric harm such as sexual abuse, brutal institutional treatment and conditions, hospital fraud, false imprisonment, kidnapping and even murder
  • Scores of parents are being denied the right to choose the kind of education their child should be given, being coerced into administering their child mind-altering psychiatric drugs-some more potent than cocaine-as a requisite for school, or are being forced to subject them to mandatory "screening" for mental disorders for which no scientific evidence exists

Through CCHR’s work:

  • Thousands of victims have been rescued from involuntary commitment and other coercive psychiatric practices
  • Hundreds of victims have been compensated tens of millions of dollars for the mental and physical damage they have suffered in psychiatric hands
  • Legislation has been enacted to ensure that psychiatric rape of patients is dealt with as a criminal offense

CCHR also works to make psychiatry and criminal psychiatrists answerable to the law:

  • In one 10-year period, CCHR’s investigations led to the prosecution and conviction of more than a thousand psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health workers
  • CCHR’s monthly Fraud Report provides insurance investigators with information about convicted psychiatrists and psychologists
  • During the 1990s, CCHR documentation contributed to government investigations into a plague of private psychiatric hospital insurance fraud across the United States. Key psychiatrists involved were criminally charged and more than $1 billion was recovered by the government and insurance companies. Similar investigations followed in Canada
  • Legislators now support laws that protect individuals from psychiatric abuse. Insurance companies have become more alert for practitioner fraud

Mental health can be created, but only through:

  • Effective mental healing delivered in a calm atmosphere characterized by tolerance, safety, security and respect for people’s rights
  • By restoring individuals to personal strength, ability, competence, confidence, stability, responsibility and spiritual well-being
  • Using highly trained, ethical practitioners who are committed primarily to their patient’s and patient family’s well being

This description bears no resemblance to mental treatment under psychiatry today. Psychiatry does not produce mental health, but rather mental ill health and millions of ruined lives.

At CCHR we work to help bring about an environment for mental healing that is based upon human dignity and decency. As a result of our work, millions have avoided the ravages of psychiatric treatment.

We would like to welcome you to our website and hope that you will avail yourself of this opportunity to better guarantee the future for your loved ones, your friends and yourself.

Jan Sig

Jan Eastgate
Citizens Commission on
Human Rights International

Jan Eastgate has a 27-year history of investigating psychiatric abuses. Politicians, lawyers, psychologists and civil rights workers described her as a “tireless campaigner”, and “a person of enormous determination and courage” who has “performed remarkable work”. In her native Australia, Ms. Eastgate helped achieve a Royal Commission (government inquiry) into deep sleep treatment, a lethal psychiatric practice involving a barbiturate drug cocktail and electroshock. The government banned this practice and compensated hundreds of patients. Based in Los Angeles for more than a decade, Ms. Eastgate has conducted international investigations into and inspections of psychiatric facilities in Denmark, Greece, Germany, South Africa, Russia and the United States.

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