Citizens Commission on Human Rights Criticizes Clinton Administration to Support Psychiatric Industry

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ --

"The Surgeon General's report on mental illness isn't about science, it's about science fiction, and about the snaring of billions of taxpayers  dollars by a failing mental health monopoly," charges Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) a 30-year international psychiatric watchdog group. "One of the report's main lobbyists and contributors, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), admits that after spending $6 billion in research expenditure, no causes for mental illnesses have yet been established.

The report is also negligent in ignoring the plague of fraud, abusive treatment, including 150 restraint deaths per year, and excessive drug pushing within the psychiatric system," Jan Eastgate, International President of the CCHR stated. "The Clinton Administration announced that health care fraud is its number-two priority behind violent crime and is allocating $4.5 billion over the next 6 years to fraud enforcement. Yet the largest health care fraud suit in history [$375 million] involved the smallest sector of health care -- psychiatry. An estimated $20 billion is defrauded by psychiatry in any given year. This is the crisis.

"By asserting that life's problems and mental functions are the result of brain malfunction and ignoring voluminous medical opinion that psychiatric diagnoses are unscientific, the report also reinforces the established and lucrative psychiatric fixation on using mind-altering drug solutions. This will only provide a gold mine for pharmaceutical providers and prescribers." Releasing its own report, Psychiatry Committing Fraud: Extortion in the Name of Mental Healing, CCHR states: In 1999, 160 psychiatrists and psychologists were convicted and jailed for crimes ranging from patient brokering, illegal possession and selling of drugs to murder, with 66% of the crimes being for fraud and 24% for sex crimes committed against patients.

Psychiatrists' fraudulent schemes are limited only by their imagination and have included billing for having unlawful sex with their patients, charging patients $150 per day for the use of a TV and for playing bingo, baptisms in the hospital swimming pool, and billing for patients who were dead. Psychiatry's most lucrative asset is its stigmatizing billing code, the Diagnostic Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) which the Surgeon General's report heavily relies upon to sustain the apparency of scientific rigor. DSM has made the American Psychiatric Association (APA) more than $60 million, with the number of "mental disorders" increasing from 112 in 1952 to 374 in 1994, including "spelling disorder," "written expression disorder," "mathematics disorder," and "caffeine withdrawal." Psychiatrist Sydney Walker III, author of A Dose of Sanity, says that DSM has "led to the unnecessary drugging of millions of Americans who could be diagnosed, treated, and cured without the use of toxic and potentially lethal medications."

While the Surgeon General's Report states, the "Nation has realized immense dividends from 5 decades of investment in research focused on mental illness and mental health," CCHR counters that: Since 1961 funding of psychiatric research has been given without accountability for results. By 1995, Dr. Rex Cowdry, director of NIMH, admitted that they had been unable to find the causes of mental illness and had no methods of curing them, a message repeated in the Surgeon General's report.

Psychiatric research is compromised by its pharmaceutical funding sources: for example, in 1994, Dr. Lewis Judd claimed to have discovered a new mental disorder, "subsyndromal symptom" (SSD) which he said effected 8.4 % of the population. SSD's universal symptoms included fatigue, lack of concentration, and weight gain. Judd recommended treatment using antidepressants: an antidepressant manufacturer had subsidized the study $1.2 million.

The NIMH's wasteful studies have included $1,505,326 for a 21-year study of Norway rat pups to study their nursing behavior, their responses to odors and an analysis of their urine in relation to maternal licking of the pups; $3,156,044 for a 30-year study of the "vocal learning of birds"; and $213,304 for a 2-year project studying crickets and flies. The Surgeon General report also admits that the "exact etiology of ADHD [Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder] is unknown" and grossly underplays the risks of stimulant use in children.

According to Dr. Edward C. Hamlyn, Founding member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, ADHD is "a fraud intended to justify starting children on a life of drug addiction." Studies show that psychiatric drugs and their withdrawal effects can cause violent, manic, psychotic or suicidal reactions. Since 1997, there have been at least 6 attempted or successful killings committed by teenagers taking psychiatric drugs known to cause violent reactions. Ultimately, CCHR's report stresses that we must begin to demand real results from psychiatry, results which are reflected in improved community conditions; and if not forthcoming, the easy funding ride should stop.

Contact: Marla Filidei of CCHR, 323-467-4242

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