Informed Consent

“Psychiatrists regularly fail to obtain informed consent by not fully informing their patients of the risks of psychotropic drugs as well as overstating their benefits.” [James B. Gottstein, Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, Volume 9, Number 2, 2007] CCHR has long fought to restore basic inalienable human rights to the field of mental health, including, […]

Drugs to treat neuropsychiatric disorders have become too risky for big pharma

An article in the August, 2011 Scientific American, written by directors at the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, claims that “many big drug companies are pulling the plug on R&D for neuropsychiatric and other central nervous system (CNS) medicines.” While we rejoice at this good news, it is accompanied by equally distressing […]

Risperidone Ineffective for PTSD

Risperidone Ineffective for PTSD A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association investigated whether the antipsychotic drug risperidone would be effective for veterans diagnosed with military-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Serotonin reuptake-inhibiting (SRI) antidepressants are currently the only FDA-approved drugs for the treatment of PTSD. This study used risperidone on veterans who […]

The Parental Consent Act

The Parental Consent Act Congressman Ron Paul has re-introduced The Parental Consent Act, a bill which prohibits federal funds from being used to establish or implement any universal or mandatory mental health, psychiatric, or socioemotional screening program. The Parental Consent Act 2011 (H.R. 2769 – previously H.R. 2218 in 2009) prohibits federal education funds from […]

ADHD-Labeling normal kids “mentally ill”

ADHD—Labeling normal kids “mentally ill” Click the picture to watch a short video. ADHD is a bogus mental “disorder” based off a checklist of behaviors. There are no medical tests to prove any child has ADHD, yet more than 4.5 million kids have been diagnosed and put on drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta, […]

The Psychiatric Abuse of the Elderly

The Psychiatric Abuse of the Elderly Click on the picture to find out about the disastrous legacy of the widespread introduction of psychiatric treatment into the care of the elderly over the last few decades. Click here to download and read the CCHR booklet “Elderly Abuse — Cruel Mental Health Programs — Report and recommendations on […]

Psychiatric Labeling

Psychiatric Labeling “Confirmation bias” is a term used to describe the tendency for people to favor information that confirms their preconceptions regardless of whether the information is true. As a result, people may gather evidence and recall information from memory selectively, and interpret it in a biased way. A recent paper (“Confirmation bias: why psychiatrists stick to […]