Raising Awareness of Human Rights Within The Field of Mental Health
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Are you looking for a local psychiatrist near you or a nearby psychiatrist in your town or city that provides psychiatric services in South Africa? If you are searching for a local psychiatrist near you for an adult, adolescent or child to treat depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD/ADD or other psychiatric disorder then you should first be fully informed about what "treatments" psychiatrists use for mental health disorders, and exactly what the effects of those "treatments" are.

Since 1969, CCHR Citizens Commission on Human Rights has been involved in the field of mental health reform, ensuring the mental health industry - psychiatrists, psychologists and psychiatric hospitals - are held fully responsible for any harm done to their patients, not only locally in South Africa but internationally.


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Looking for a Nearby Psychiatrist in South Africa?

Psychiatrist Near MeIf you searched for a "psychiatrist near me" you may want to think again; here's why. Today, in South Africa, we live in a culture which has developed to an impressive degree in many disciplines, such as computer and communication technology, agriculture, the arts and many other areas. At the same time there are many ways in which South Africa today is not as well off as it has been at times in the past. The crime rate is on a long-term increase. The decline of education has been catastrophic. Attempts to treat drug addiction have failed utterly, and only create addiction to more dangerous drugs. Local news headlines in towns and cities across the South African provinces and around the world report increasing numbers of psychotic, irrational acts of violence which have no motive and cannot be understood. Yet in our enlightened era, treatment of the problems of the mind remains an area of dark, fearsome ignorance.

Psychiatrists worldwide, and nearby psychiatrists in South Africa, have never provided a science of the mind that actually cures mental illness. Instead they use practices such as electroconvulsive therapy (electric shocks to the brain) and prescribe psychiatric drugs that are mind-altering and intensely destructive. Medical evidence shows that such drugs can, and actually do, create killers. Sexual abuse by therapists is well known to be destructive, yet psychiatrists and psychologists sexually abuse their patients at a startling rate. They commit health insurance fraud at a higher rate than any profession and many come from the dregs of medical school classes. It's a fact that in whatever town or city you live, local psychiatrists in South Africa and countries worldwide actually create worse mental health problems.


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Psychiatrist Near Me for Psychiatric Evaluation, Test, AssessmentIt is important to know that psychiatry consists, not of methods of healing, but of brutal practices that no self-respecting medical professional would ever call treatment.

As author Edward Shorter stated in A History of Psychiatry, psychiatrists have had "a rather poor reputation among their medical colleagues as the dull and the second rate." Despite massive funding increases, psychiatrists have failed to define, let alone cure, the causes of mental problems.

While there is an appearance that modern psychiatry is scientific, it still fumbles around with brutal psychiatric treatments and a complete lack of systematic approach to mental health. The absence of any real scientific system for psychiatric diagnosis by psychiatrists for mental problems contributes to psychiatry's poor reputation. A psychiatric evaluation by a psychiatrist is simply nothing but dangerous guesswork at the expense of their patients.

How Does a Psychiatrist Diagnose in South Africa?

Psychiatrists in South Africa use a list of so called mental disorders to compare with or judge against a patient's own mental problems. The most common list of disorders used for psychiatric diagnosis is compiled into a book called the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). In 1952 the DSM contained only 112 entries of mental disorders but the number of disorders has increased dramatically to 374 in 1994, and is still rising today. WHY?

A study published in April 2006 by university public health researchers, disclosed that every psychiatric expert involved in the development of the mood disorders listed in the DSM-IV had financial ties with drug companies, before or after the book was published. This report was the first to officially document the wide-ranging and incestuous monetary relationship between the pharmaceutical companies, psychiatrists and other mental health industry personnel responsible for the manual. In effect, the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is a grab bag of billing items for the mental health industry.

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Depicted as diagnostic tools, the DSM or other similarly compiled list of "mental disorders" are not only used to diagnose mental illness and prescribe treatment, but also to resolve child custody battles, discrimination cases based on alleged psychiatric disability, support court testimony, modify education and much more. Yet there is no science to this diagnostic system despite huge sums of taxpayer's money being poured into psychiatry in South Africa. If you get a psychiatric evaluation test by a local psychiatrist near you and then visit another psychiatrist in your area, chances are both psychiatrists will give different evaluations and prescribe different treatments. Psychiatrists base their evaluations on what they think is wrong with a patient and NOT on any scientific cause. They treat a list of symptoms and NOT real causes.

  • Psychiatrist Colin Ross points out: "The way things get into the DSM is not based on blood test or brain scan or physical findings. It's based on descriptions of behaviour. And that's what the whole psychiatry system is."
  • Psychologist Tana Dineen tells us: "Unlike medical diagnoses that convey a probable cause, appropriate treatment and likely prognosis, the disorders listed in DSM-IV [and later editions] are terms arrived at through peer consensus" - literally, voted in.
  • Dr. Mark Filidei concurs: "There's no science behind it. It's a matter of opinion. If enough doctors think it's a disease, it becomes a disease."
  • Dr. Thomas Dorman wrote: "In short, the whole business of creating psychiatric categories of 'disease,' formalizing them with consensus and subsequently ascribing diagnostic codes to them, which in turn leads to their use for insurance billing, is nothing but an extended racket furnishing psychiatry a pseudo-scientific aura. The perpetrators are, of course, feeding at the public trough."


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Through stigmatizing labels, unscientific diagnoses, easy seizure and commitment laws and brutal, depersonalizing treatments, millions around the world fall into psychiatry's coercive system every year.

And too many individuals and governments assume that psychiatrists understand and practice mental healing, when they don't.

Psychiatrist questions used for patient mental disorder evaluations are not reliable to diagnose any psychiatric condition. If you visit a psychiatrist in your area you will generally have a brief consultation where you are told what is wrong with you without making any physical examination. A psychiatrist report recommending a course of psychiatric treatment is not based on a valid diagnosis. Before being given any medication or treatment by your local psychiatrist ask them what physical checks they are going to perform to diagnose you. The chances are they won't perform any physical check, simply because they don't know what causes mental illness.

Dr. Julian Whitaker, author of the respected Health and Healing newsletter says psychiatrists "do not have any pathological or laboratory diagnosis; they cannot show any differentiation that would back up the diagnosis of these psychiatric 'diseases.' Whereas if you have a heart attack, you can find the lesion; if you have diabetes, your blood sugar is very high; if you have arthritis it will show on the X-ray. In psychiatry, it's just crystal-balling, fortune-telling; it's totally unscientific."


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Searching for the Nearest Child Psychiatrist for Kids and Teenagers?

Are you are looking for a psychiatrist for kids near you or a psychiatrist for teenagers near you? What treatments will a child or adolescent psychiatrist look to? Claiming that normal childhood behaviour is a mental disorder and that drugs are the solution, local child psychiatrists and psychologists have slyly positioned themselves into positions of authority over children - particularly in our schools. Our schools have turned into explosive test tubes with many kids and teens being prescribed medications for "behavioural disorders".

There is no segment of society in South Africa or the world today that is targeted more by psychiatrists and its partners in the drug industry than children. WHY? Because children's emotions are often fluid and unpredictable, making them ideal candidates for psychiatric diagnoses; because children are compliant and will accept damaging direction from an "expert"; and most of all, because children can be turned into lifelong customers. Schools are frequently targeted by child psychiatrists and drug companies as "catchment areas," where captive populations of children can be screened for "mental illness" under the guise of a health inspection. Those children caught in the web are then forwarded to a nearby "mental health professional" for diagnosis - and then a drug.

In 2004, Professor Frank Furedi stated, "If present trends continue, soon there will be little to distinguish school from a mental health institution. ...If we treat difficult challenges as an experience with which children cannot cope, pupils will pick up the message and regard it with dread. However, if we back off from playing doctor and patient and concentrate on developing children's strength through creative teaching, then the kids will cope ... sheltering children from pressure and new experiences represents a lack of faith in their potential to develop through new challenges."

The reality is that all child mental health programs are designed to control the lives of children towards specific ideological objectives, at the expense of, not only the children's sanity and well-being, but that of parents, teachers, and society itself.

Dr. Thomas Szasz, professor of psychiatry emeritus, said: "I have long maintained that the child psychiatrist is one of the most dangerous enemies not only of children, but also of adults who care for the two most precious and most vulnerable things in life - children and liberty."


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Looking for a Psychiatrist for Adults Nearby?

Are you searching for a psychiatrist for adults near you? Perhaps you need a psychiatrist near you for borderline personality disorder or a local psychiatrist specializing in bipolar or eating disorders? You should know that the results of psychiatrist's treatments for adults and the elderly have never changed during its 200 year-existence. And don't listen to the brags of psychiatrists - inspect for yourself.

In the early days of psychiatry, it was claimed without scientific proof that all mental illnesses were scientific brain diseases. Emil Kraepelin, the Father of Psychiatric Classification, himself asserted that he "knew" that mental illnesses were medical diseases - and he was certain the proof would soon be found. But to this day, it never has been. Today, there is still no evidence whatsoever that any of psychiatry's "mental disorders" come from any detectable problem in the brain such as a lesion, tumour or a blood abnormality. Nor are there any tests like X-rays, blood tests and brain scans that could confirm any psychiatric diagnosis.

But psychiatrists still ignore this lack of evidence, and have created many theories, the most popular of which is known as the "chemical imbalance theory". Promoted by psychiatrists and broadly advertised by their partners in the pharmaceutical industry, this "theory" has attained pop-culture status, though there is not a shred of evidence to support it.


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Need a Local Psychiatrist for Depression and Anxiety?

Are you trying to find a psychiatrist near you for depression or anxiety? Being depressed is a big problem and so looking for some form of help is understandable. But how does a psychiatrist diagnose depression and how does a psychiatrist treat depression and anxiety? Well, you may spend 20 minutes or so in a psychiatrist's office who would simply give you an on-the-spot diagnosis without any physical testing. And the treatment? Expect to be prescribed drugs. Let's look a little closer. It may be stating the obvious, but for a doctor to legally prescribe a drug there has to be some sort of agreed-upon diagnosis, some standard by which to act, that would include agreed-upon, legitimate physical symptoms. This isn't the case with psychiatry.

Harvard Medical School's Joseph Glenmullen explains: "In medicine, strict criteria exist for calling a condition a disease. In addition to a predictable cluster of symptoms, the cause of the symptoms or some understanding of their physiology [function] must be established. This knowledge elevates the diagnosis to the status recognised disease. For example, 'fever' is not a disease, it is merely a symptom. In the absence of known cause or physiology [function], a cluster of symptoms that one sees repeatedly in many different patients is called a syndrome, not a disease." In psychiatry "we do not yet have proof either of the cause of the physiology for any psychiatric diagnosis. ... The diagnoses are called disorders because none of them have established diseases."

In the last few decades, a new breed of drug has moved into mainstream society. These drugs have become so much a part of life that many find it difficult to consider living even a day without them. Psychiatric drugs have become a cure-all for the pressures and stresses of modern living, used extensively in schools, nursing homes, drug rehabilitation centres and prisons. They are relied on to "help" with everything from weight control, and mathematical and writing problems, to flagging self-confidence, anxiety, sleeping disorders and minor day-to-day upsets.

While medical drugs commonly treat, prevent or cure disease or improve health, psychiatric drugs at best suppress symptoms - symptoms that return once the drug wears off. Like illicit drugs, they provide no more than a temporary escape from life's problems. But psychiatric drugs are also habit-forming and addictive. Withdrawal from them can be far more difficult than from illegal drugs. The clearest evidence of the similarities between psychiatric and illegal drugs is the fact that addiction to psychiatric drugs now rivals illegal drug addiction as the No.1 drug problem in many parts of the world. Yet, such dangerous and problem-ridden drugs have become widely accepted in society.

So how can a psychiatrist prescribe medication to treat depression when they don't know what causes it? Here's a hint. Consider that worldwide sales of antidepressants were more than $19.5 billion in 2002 alone. Antipsychotic drug sales have reached more that $12 billion. Although psychotropic drugs may appear to take the edge off depression, anxiety, pain and stress, they also take the edge off life itself. These pills not only numb the pain but numb the whole mind. In fact, close study reveals that none of them can cure, all have horrific side effects, and due to their addictive and damaging properties, all are capable of ruining a person's life.


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Trying to Find a Nearby Psychiatrist for ADHD / ADD?

Do you need a psychiatrist for ADHD near you? If you are looking for a local psychiatrist in your area to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) then you should understand what that entails. Adults as well as children are diagnosed with ADHD or ADD by psychiatrists and are in the majority of cases put on prescription medication. Millions of children around the world and South Africa are prescribed these drugs, after parents being told by psychiatrists and psychologists, that their child suffers from a disorder affecting his or her ability to learn - commonly known as a Learning Disorder (LD). The disorder is also labelled Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or most commonly today, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

There are numerous risks associated with the prescription of medication for so-called behavioural or learning disorders. Such ADHD medications like the stimulant Ritalin can lead to addiction, psychotic episodes, violent behaviour and bizarre mannerisms. A 2001 Journal of the American Medical Association study found the stimulant to be more potent than cocaine. Suicide is a major complication of withdrawal from this stimulant and similar amphetamine-like drugs.

  • Clinical psychologist Ty C. Colbert says that when behaviours are "viewed as pathology, however, doctors will prescribe drugs under the guise of balancing a chemical imbalance. Yet, because there is no imbalance, all the drugs do is chemically restrict the brain's capabilities."

  • Dr. Sydney Walker, author of The Hyperactivity Hoax, says "a child who sees a DSM-oriented doctor is almost assured of a psychiatric label and a prescription, even if the child is perfectly fine... This willy-nilly labelling of virtually everyone as mentally ill is a serious danger to healthy children, because virtually all children have enough symptoms to get a DSM label and a drug. Hyperactivity is not a disease, it's a hoax perpetrated by doctors who have no idea what's really wrong with these children."

  • Dr. Thomas Dorman, a member of the Royal College of Physicians says, "...emotional stress associated with a chronic illness or a painful condition can alter the patient's temperament. In my practice, I have run across countless people with chronic back pain who were labelled neurotic. A typical statement from these poor patients is 'I really thought I was going crazy.'" The problem may be "simply an undiagnosed ligament problem in their back."

There are many childhood problems that can appear to be symptoms of so-called "ADHD," but which are, in fact, either allergic reactions or the result of a lack of vitamins or nutrition in the body. More often than not, children simply need educational solutions. Tutoring, and learning how to effectively study, can save the child from a life of unnecessary and harmful psychiatric drugs.


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Still Looking For a Psychiatrist in Your Town or City?

Do you still want to visit a local psychiatrist for a consultation? Perhaps you want to know how much a psychiatrist costs? Or maybe you want to find a psychiatrist near you that accepts medicaid? Did you know that your nearest psychiatrist can have you involuntary committed to a psychiatric hospital? And done so based on nothing but their opinion of what they "think" is wrong with you?

An involuntary patient has fewer rights and less legal protection than a common criminal, even though he or she has usually broken no laws. Every minute another person is forced into a psychiatric facility - on the say so of a psychiatrist - to undergo brutal and unworkable treatments they do not want. Psychiatrists order parents to put their children on a mind-altering drug, which constitutes child abuse. One-year-olds are now being prescribed such drugs. Six-year-olds have been restrained and killed in institutions without any criminal culpability. Electroshock assaults women and kills the elderly. Psychiatric patients are made submissive and emotionless, no joys, no sorrows, just obedient and manageable.

No one denies that people have problems in their lives and that they can become mentally unstable, even psychotic. However, mental healing methods should result in recovered individuals. And workable healing methods do exist. The first action to undertake with someone manifesting "psychiatric" symptoms is a full and searching medical examination.

Dr. Sydney Walker, a neurologist and psychiatrist, wrote: "The moral is that very little is undiagnosable, but much is not being diagnosed."

Anyone with a physical or mental condition should first see a competent, non-psychiatric physician to ensure that an undiagnosed, untreated physical condition is not causing "psychiatric" symptoms.

Consider the following basic criteria for the creation of real mental health:

  1. Effective mental healing technology and treatments which improve and strengthen individuals and thereby society, by restoring individuals to personal strength, ability, competence, confidence, stability, responsibility and spiritual well-being.
  2. Highly trained, ethical practitioners who are committed primarily to their patient's and patient family's well-being and who can and do deliver what they promise.
  3. Mental healing delivered in a calm atmosphere characterized by tolerance, safety, security and respect for people's rights.


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Looking to Find a South African Psychiatrist Near Your Home?

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Restoring Human Rights and Dignity to the Field of Mental Health

What should you know about psychiatry’s “cures” in the name of mental health? How valid are psychiatrists’ diagnoses—and how safe are their drugs?

The answers are contained in this information kit, which is provided free to legislators, government officials, medical and legal professionals, and human rights and advocacy organizations.
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