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Real disease... Versus mental "disorder".

Psychiatric disorders are not medical diseases. There are no lab tests, brain scans, X-rays or chemical imbalance tests that can verify any mental disorder is a physical condition.
This is not to say that people do not get depressed, or that people can't experience emotional or mental duress, but psychiatry has repackaged these emotions and behaviors as "disease" in order to sell drugs. This is a brilliant marketing campaign, but it is not science.
"... modern psychiatry has yet to convincingly prove the genetic/biologic cause of any single mental illness... Patients [have] been diagnosed with 'chemical imbalances' despite the fact that no test exists to support such a claim, and... there is no real conception of what a correct chemical balance would look like." óDr. David Kaiser, psychiatrist
"There's no biological imbalance. When people come to me and they say, 'I have a biochemical imbalance,' I say, 'Show me your lab tests.' There are no lab tests. So what's the biochemical imbalance?" óDr. Ron Leifer, psychiatrist
"All psychiatrists have in common that when they are caught on camera or on microphone, they cower and admit that there are no such things as chemical imbalances/diseases, or examinations or tests for them. What they do in practice, lying in every instance, abrogating [revoking] the informed consent right of every patient and poisoning them in the name of 'treatment' is nothing short of criminal." óDr. Fred Baughman Jr., Pediatric Neurologist
"Psychiatry makes unproven claims that depression, bipolar illness, anxiety, alcoholism and a host of other disorders are in fact primarily biologic and probably genetic in origin... This kind of faith in science and progress is staggering, not to mention naÔve and perhaps delusional." óDr. David Kaiser, psychiatrist While "there has been no shortage of alleged biochemical explanations for psychiatric conditions... not one has been proven. Quite the contrary. In every instance where such an imbalance was thought to have been found, it was later proven false." óDr. Joseph Glenmullen, Harvard Medical School psychiatrist.
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a nonprofit mental health watchdog, responsible for helping to enact more than 150 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive practices. CCHR has long fought to restore basic inalienable human rights to the field of mental health, including, but not limited to, full informed consent regarding the medical legitimacy of psychiatric diagnosis, the risks of psychiatric treatments, the right to all available medical alternatives and the right to refuse any treatment considered harmful.
CCHR was co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology (Founded by L. Ron Hubbard) and Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus Dr. Thomas Szasz at a time when patients were being warehoused in institutions and stripped of all constitutional, civil and human rights.

Interesting Talk on This Subject 04.Jun.2012 14:42

Jim Lockhart videoactivepdx@gmail.com

Keynote presentation by author Robert Whitaker at the 2011 Rethinking Psychiatry Conference in Portland Oregon in 2011.

Robert presents from his most recent book, "Anatomy of An Epidemic," which is a study of the pervasive use of drugs to treat mental illnesses in western medicine.

Rethinking Psychiatry