Scientific Community Finally Admits What CCHR Has Said for Decades: No Medical Tests Exist for Mental Disorders17/06/2014 16:16
“It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” — Samuel Adams
By Kelly Patricia O’Meara
June 13, 2014
Call it an awakening. Slowly, ever so slowly, the scientific community finally is acknowledging what the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog, has been exposing since 1969—that psychiatric disorders are not verifiable medical conditions, that the diagnosis is based solely on a checklist of behaviors, and that the drug “treatments” have serious, life-threatening effects.
In 1926, Aldous Huxley pointedly wrote, “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” As the world’s leading mental health watchdog, getting the facts to the people about psychiatric disorders and the harmful effects of psychiatric drugs has been CCHR’s constant mission.
It has not been an easy battle against the multi-billion dollar psychiatric drug industry, which is all too happy to cash-in on the psychiatric community’s unsubstantiated and fraudulent claims of “chemical imbalances” and brain disease, with sales of psychiatric drugs in the U.S. increasing between 2005-2012 from $25.9 billion to $33.9 billion.
For decades leading psychiatrists, in positions to affect mental health policy, have sold the “brain disease” line, despite producing no science to support such claims.
In the late 1980′s, psychiatrist and then director of the National Institute of Mental Health, NIMH, Lewis Judd persuaded Congress and the first Bush administration to jointly declare the 1990′s to be the “Decade of the Brain,” and Judd was quoted in a 1988 interview in Parade magazine saying depression was “a real disease, just as a heart attack is real.” By 1994, the NIMH budget skyrocketed to $600 million, up from $90 million in 1976—a 567% increase.
Others following in Judd’s footsteps continued the psychiatric “brain disease” propaganda, including former American Psychiatric Association (APA) President, Jeffrey Lieberman who, in 2013, said, “[S]chizophrenia and related psychotic disorders are brain diseases that affect people’s mental function and behavior….”
But the facts cannot not be ignored, and because of CCHR’s dogged pursuit of psychiatry’s false “chemical imbalance” claims, some in the psychiatric community finally are coming clean about these fraudulent scientific claims.
Not long ago Allen Frances, a psychiatrist and former DSM-IV Task Force Chairman, admitted “There are no objective tests in psychiatry—no X-ray, laboratory or exam finding that says definitively that someone does or does not have a mental disorder…. There is no definition of mental disorder. It’s bull…I mean you just can’t define it.”
To add credence to CCHR’s work and Frances’s revelations, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Thomas Insel, last year openly criticized the latest version of the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5, saying, “The weakness is its lack of validity. Unlike our definitions of ischemic heart disease, lymphoma, or AIDS, the DSM diagnoses are based on a consensus about clusters of clinical symptoms, not any objective laboratory measure.” Insel concluded, “Patients with mental disorders deserve better.”
Even Columbia University psychiatrist and the Chairman of the DSM-III, Dr. Robert Spitzer, does not dispute the subjective nature of psychiatric diagnosing and has stated, “No biological markers have been identified” for any alleged psychiatric disorder. The NIMH supports this statement through its website, which lists all of the alleged mental disorders, admitting that science does not know the cause of any.
The facts—the decades of scientific data—no longer can be ignored, and a recently formed organization, the Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry (CEP) in the United Kingdom, intends to take action to “combat overdiagnosis and overtreatment in psychiatry.”
According to academic and co-founder of CEP, James Davies, “If more people knew about the problems associated with psychiatric practice and medications, this would put greater pressure on the institutional and individual leaders of the profession to institute reform.”
CCHR couldn’t agree more. The increased acknowledgment by the formation of organizations like CEP is a vindication of CCHR’s decades-long work to expose psychiatric abuses. It is encouraging that many within the scientific community are acting to correct long-known, yet equally-ignored, problems within psychiatry. The CEP is the latest to call the psychiatric profession to account.
Like the years of ignoring the fraud of psychiatric diagnosing, for decades the scientific community has been fully aware of the dangerous, and often deadly, adverse reactions associated with psychiatric drugs, but chose to ignore them.