Parents: Get the Facts—Know Your Rights
About ADHD & Child Mental Disorders:
“Virtually anyone at any given time can meet the criteria for bipolar disorder or ADHD. Anyone. And the problem is everyone diagnosed with even one of these ‘illnesses’ triggers the pill dispenser.” — Dr. Stefan Kruszewski, Psychiatrist
“‘Mental illness’ is terribly misleading because the ‘mental disorders’ we diagnose are no more than descriptions of what clinicians observe people do or say, not at all well established diseases” — Allen Frances, Psychiatrist and former DSM-IV Task Force Chairman
There’s no doubt that many parents need help. Whether it is the school complaining about their child’s behavior, or the parent observing emotional or educational problems. The problem is parents are being told their child has a “mental disorder” and needs “medication” but are not being given all the facts about these psychiatric labels (mental disorders) or the drugs being prescribed to ‘treat’ their children. In the U.S. alone, 8.4 million children are currently being prescribed psychiatric drugs—more than 1 million are under the age of five (source: IMS health.)
These are the actual figures taken from IMS Health Vector One National database, the most credited source of pharmaceutical prescribing information available in the United States. To see the breakdown of what drugs these children were prescribed click here.
Number of Children on psychiatric drugs in the United States
0-1 Years 274,804
2-3 Years 370,778
4-5 Years 500,948
6-12 Years 4,130,340
13-17 Years 3,617,593
This is fact: There are no medical tests in existence that can prove ADHD or any other mental disorder for which millions of children are being labeled, and drugged, is based on a physical abnormality, brain dysfunction, chemical imbalance or genetic abnormality.
The American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association and the National Institute of Mental Health all admit that there are medical tests to confirm mental disorders as “disease,” but do nothing to counter the false idea that these are biological/medical conditions when in fact, diagnosis is simply done by a checklist of behaviors.
Even the National Institute of Health (NIH) Consensus issued a statement admitting, “We do not have an independent, valid test for ADHD, and there is no data to indicate that ADHD is due to a brain malfunction.”
This is not to say that children cannot experience emotional or behavioral difficulties (scroll down to the page to see alternative non-drug solutions), but these diagnosis of mental disorder are not the same as diagnosis of verifiable diseases or medical conditions. There are no genetic tests, brain scans, X-Ray or any scientifically proven test to verify mental disorders as disease. Claims of “new research suggests” or “psychiatrists now believe” continually running in the press, are simply claims, not scientific evidence, and quickly fade to be replaced by new claims. Yet none have proven workable or verifiable. If there were a proven test or genetic marker, X-Ray, brain scan, or blood test…. each and every person diagnosed would have the lab results before being “diagnosed.” They don’t because none exist. And while psychiatrists and federal mental health agencies are well aware of this fact, the public is not.
“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.” — Allen Frances, Psychiatrist and former DSM-IV Task Force Chairman
Parents are not given this information, but are simply told their child is mentally ill and more often than not, told to place their child on psychiatric drugs, including ADHD drugs which the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration categorizes in the same class of highly addictive substances as cocaine, morphine and opium.They are not being provided with non-harmful, non-drug solutions for problems of attention, mood or behavior.
The purpose of this page is to give parents facts about mental disorders, psychiatric drug risks, and non-harmful medical alternatives to psychiatric labels and drugs.
The first thing parents should know is that there are no medical tests that can prove your child is “mentally ill” and any diagnosis of mental disorder is based solely on opinion—in fact, a simple checklist of behaviors. Therefore, if a psychiatrist or doctor says your child has a “mental disorder” and needs to be on “medication” (drugs):
1) Demand to see the lab test, brain scan, blood test or X-ray that proves your child has a mental disorder—(there isn’t one) that would require drug “treatment”
You can also print off this page, with psychiatrists and doctors admitting there is no medical test for any mental disorder and no evidence that any “mental disorder” is a medical condition
2) If drugs are recommended for your child, print off summaries of international drug warnings/studies on whatever type of drug is being recommended and provide this to the doctor/psychiatrist recommending drugs and ask if they are aware of the international studies and warnings on these drug risks (unfortunately, many doctors get their information on drugs safety from Pharmaceutical representatives)
Or to find studies and warnings on specific brand name drugs such as Ritalin, Paxil, Adderall, Concerta, Zoloft, Risperdal, simply type in name of the drug inCCHR’s Psychiatric Drug Side Effects Search Engine here
3) If the psychiatrist/doctor provides you with what they claim is evidence of a ‘mental disorder’ forward this claim to CCHR Internationalhere— and we will provide you with the evidence that whatever claim is being made, is false.
4) There are non-harmful, non-drug medical alternatives to treating children’s problems with mood, attention and behavior that do not require a stigmatizing psychiatric label (not based on science or medicine but strictly on opinion) or a dangerous drug. You have the right to know about these- and to ask your doctor about non-drug treatments. You also have the right to get a second opinion. Click here for more information (watch the video below and/or scroll to the bottom of this page)
Dr. Mary Ann Block, Author of No More ADHD
ABOUT PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS
Common Psychiatric Drugs Being Given to Children Are Documented by International Drug Regulatory Agencies to Cause Heart Attack, Stroke, Diabetes, Hallucinations, Violence, Mania, Homicide, Aggression, Depression, Suicide and Death
This is not opinion. This is documented fact by international drug regulatory agencies. Parents are quite simply not given the documented facts about the psychiatric drugs prescribed for their children, yet it is their right to have full information about any drugs being prescribed their child. ADHD drugs, Antidepressants, Antipsychoticsand Anti-Anxiety Drugs given to children, have been documented by hundreds of drug regulatory agencies to have severe and life-threatening side effects. Children are commonly prescribed drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall,Concerta, Paxil, Prozac, Celexa, Zoloft, Luvox, Risperdal, Seroquel and parents are not given any warning on the known dangers of these drugs. It is for this reason that CCHR created a simple, easy to understand search engine on psychiatric drugs which provides documented side effects, drug warnings, studies and adverse reaction reports filed with the FDA in a simplified format.
ABOUT PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS
Contrary to Popular Belief—The Doctor Doesn’t Always Know Best
The child drugging epidemic that has resulted in infants, toddlers, foster children, and a total of 20 million children on psychiatric drugs rests on one fraudulent premise; that mental disorders are biological “diseases” therefore justifying the administration of mind-altering drugs. The falsity of this premise is easily established by the fact that there is not one medical or scientific test that can prove any child has a mental disorder. Not one. Behaviors are not diseases and drugs are notmedication. This isn’t to say that children don’t have emotional or behavioral problems, it is saying that without evidence of disease—a physical disease—children are simply being drugged to change their behavior. Psychiatrists know this—they admit this, their own literature admits as much. But they like to keep these facts to themselves. For more information on psychiatric diagnosis, click here.
ABOUT NON-HARMFUL SOLUTIONS AVAILABLE FOR PARENTS
There Are Non Harmful, Non-Drug Solutions for Parents
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. Although CCHR International does not condone or promote any specific practitioner, medical organization, practice or group, we have found the below resources to be helpful for individuals looking for more information on the following topics:
Safe Harbor — Find medical doctors (by zip code) who will treat people including children without the use of psychiatric drugs.http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/directory/search.asp
The Block Center — Find and treat underlying health problems in children and information on how children can safely get off of psychiatric drugs.http://www.blockcenter.com
DrugFreeChildren.org — Informational website on issues surrounding the use of “chemical restraints” on children. http://www.drugfreechildren.org
The Doris J. Rapp Education Corporation — Vital information on environmental factors affecting health in children and adults.http://www.drrapp.com
AbleChild — Parents for A Label and Drug Free Education.http://www.ablechild.org
American Academy of Environmental Medicine — Promotes optimum health through prevention and safe and effective treatments.http://www.aaemonline.org
Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry — Lead Toxicity: What Are the Physiologic Effects of Lead Exposure?http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/lead/pbphysiologic_effects2.html
ABOUT SCHOOL CHILDREN – WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW – SCHOOLS CANNOT PRESSURE OR COERCE YOU TO DRUG YOUR CHILD AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING SCHOOL
Did you know—Federal Law Prohibits School Personnel from Requiring You to Drug Your Child?
Most parents are unaware that schools cannot require a child to take a psychiatric drug as a condition of attending school. Any coercion or pressure put on the parent violates federal law. This law came about following CCHR’s documentation of numerous cases of parents being coerced/pressured or forced to give their children psychiatric drugs by school personnel, including parents charged with medical neglect for refusing to give their child a psychiatric drug. CCHR spearheaded a national campaign on this issue and by working directly with parents and the press, this issue was brought before state and federal legislators resulting in the Prohibition on Mandatory Medication Amendment which passed into federal law in 2004,prohibiting schools from requiring a child take a psychiatric drug as a requisite for attending school.
If a teacher or other school employee has concerns about or objects to your child’s behavior or academic performance, they are prevented by this law from pressuring you to put your child on a prescription drug and they cannot stop your child from being in school if you refuse to drug him or her. Click here for the portion of the law that you can print out and use as needed.
You can also use the below forms for parents and students of legal age to sign and present to preschools, elementary and secondary schools and colleges. They are an advance directive against having mental health screening conducted on students that could lead to them being referred for psychiatric drug treatment.