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New Research Links Psychiatric Hospitalization to Much Higher Risks of Premature Death and Suicide After Discharge, CCHR Warns

A growing body of evidence suggests that psychiatric hospitalization itself may be a major risk factor for suicide and other harms to patients’ mental health, especially for those admitted against their will. Citizens Commission on Human Rights is calling on Congress to investigate. Continue reading

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Mothers’ Psychiatric Drug Use Increases Risk of Newborns Needing Urgent Medical Attention, New Research Finds

Expectant mothers considering psychiatric drugs should have the increased risks of premature birth and respiratory, circulatory, and feeding problems for their newborns fully disclosed to them by their prescribers. Continue reading

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CCHR Calls Attention to New Research Finding More Serious Risks to Elderly Dementia Patients from Antipsychotic Drugs

Citizens Commission on Human Rights calls for government action to make prescribers and caregivers of the elderly aware of the wider range of serious risks to dementia patients from antipsychotic drugs and to curtail the wrongful use of the drugs. Continue reading

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CCHR Applauds FDA Advisory Committee Rejection of Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy for Post-Traumatic Stress

Committee’s recommendation to reject as therapy the psychedelic drug MDMA, also known as the “date rape” drug Ecstasy, comes after evidence from clinical trials was deemed insufficient to establish safety or effectiveness. Continue reading

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Push for Use of Psychedelic Drugs as Mental Health Treatment Downplays Dangerous Risks, Citizens Commission on Human Rights Says in Protest

It is not known how psychedelic drugs are supposed to work as mental health treatment. Psychedelics carry the risks of devastating immediate and long-term harms, putting human lives and sanity at risk. Continue reading

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CCHR Commends Lawsuit Filed over FDA’s Failure to Act on Citizen Petition to Update Antidepressant Labeling for Persistent Sexual Problems

Research has long indicated that antidepressant users are at risk of serious sexual problems that may persist indefinitely, even after stopping the drugs. Citizens Commission on Human Rights says FDA needs to act now. Continue reading

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Psychiatrists’ Refusal to Align with UN, WHO on Ending Forced Psychiatric Treatment is Big Reason US Lags on Mental Health Human Rights

Citizens Commission on Human Rights marches in protest, opens human rights exhibit, delivers open letter to American Psychiatric Association leadership demanding it adopt international human rights standards to end coercive psychiatric practices. Continue reading

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CCHR Exhibit Exposes Psychiatric Human Rights Abuse

Notable New York City activists spoke at opening of Citizens Commission on Human Rights’ exhibit exposing sordid history of harmful psychiatric practices still in use today. Continue reading

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Human Rights Group Marches in Protest to Demand American Psychiatric Association Denounce Electroshock for Children, Coercive Treatment, in Step with UN and WHO

Citizens Commission on Human Rights calls on APA to end the use of lucrative but dangerous coercive treatment and electroshock. CCHR’s exhibit in New York City exposes grievous harm that psychiatric practices have caused patients. Continue reading

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CCHR Calls Attention to New Reports on Risks of Antipsychotic Drugs, Including Loss of Self-Identity

How antipsychotic drugs are used is challenged by research reporting on the negative effect on patients’ sense of self and on the possibility of worse social functioning and quality of life from long-term use for some patients. Continue reading

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