Press: Internationella pressreleaser: 20 augusti 2005



20 August 2005


Dear Friends,
Psychiatry's "Brave New World" has arrived; the initiative to "transform" mental health care has begun.
The "transformation" of America's mental health system is based on the recommendations of the "New Freedom Commission on Mental Health" (NFC), which called for nationwide mental health screening of every man, woman and child in the U.S. The primary government agency implementing a new mental health "Action Agenda" to "transform" U.S. mental health systems is the federal agency, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
SAMHSA has released its plan to "transform" America's mental health systems with a new mental health "Action Agenda" which clearly is designed to convince the public that they are "mentally ill" and need "treatment."
There is no question that children are a primary target.
The justification for this billion-dollar initiative is the explanation that nearly half of all Americans have a "mental illness" that is caused by a "chemical imbalance" in the brain, and only psychiatric drugs can allow the "mentally ill" to function normally.
But as a recent opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times titled, "Are we all going mad, or are the experts crazy?" pointed out: "Because there are no biological tests, markers or known causes for most mental illnesses, who is counted as ill depends almost entirely on frequently changing checklists of behaviors that the DSM [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the psychiatric bible] considers as symptoms of mental disorder….For children, signs of disorder occur when they are deceitful, break rules, can't sit still or wait in lines, have trouble with math, don't pay attention to details, don't listen, don't like to do homework or lose their school assignments or pencils, or speak out of turn."
The author of the article, professor Stuart A. Kirk, continues with, "The vast broadening of the definition of mental disorders has its skeptics, myself included, who are suspicious of the motivations of the APA [American Psychiatric Association] and the drug companies that may view the expanding sweep of mental disorders like a lumber company lusting after a redwood forest."
Everything from restlessness, irritability, sleeping too much or too little, eating too much or too little, difficulty concentrating, fear of social situations, requiring excessive admiration, fear of being criticized in public, fear of rejection or disapproval, difficulty expressing disagreement, being excessively devoted to work and productivity to being preoccupied with details, rules and lists are now mental disorders. Kirk states, "If you don't see yourself on that list, don't fret, more are in the works for the next edition of the DSM."
CCHR is leading the public awareness campaign to expose and eradicate subjective and unscientific mental health "screening" before millions more Americans are targeted for psychiatric treatment. But our efforts are only as strong as the people who support us. The time is right to pull out all of the stops and deliver the message about the fraud of psychiatric diagnoses and the deadly nature of what it calls "treatments." Your assistance is vitally needed. The recent media firestorm has turned the spotlight onto psychiatry's abusive and even deadly methods, and given us our best opportunity to expose the lies and provide the truth. We have to do this now. Your support makes all the difference.
The time to act is now.

Very best,
Samantha Garcia
CCHR International



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