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CCHR DSM Pseudoscience and Psychiatry

CCHR DSM Pseudoscience and Psychiatry

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Misuse of psychiatric evaluations ad Diagnosis
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PSYCHIATRY’S FALSE DIAGNOSES 
A Public Service Report fromCitizens Commission on Human Rights 
PSEUDOSCIENCE 
CITIZENS COMMISSIONON HUMAN RIGHTS 
The Citizens Commission on HumanRights (CCHR) was established in 1969 bythe Church of Scientology to investigateand expose psychiatric violations of humanrights, and to clean up the field of mentalhealing. Its co-founder is Dr. ThomasSzasz, professor of psychiatry emeritus andan internationally renowned author. Today,CCHR has more than 130 chapters in over30 countries. Its board of advisors, calledCommissioners, includes doctors, lawyers,educators, artists, business professionals,and civil and human rights representatives.CCHR has inspired and caused manyhundreds of reforms by testifying beforelegislative hearings and conducting publichearings into psychiatric abuse, as well asworking with media, law enforcement andpublic officials the world over.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: 
CCHR International6616 Sunset Blvd.Los Angeles, CA, USA90028Telephone:(323) 467-4242(800) 869-2247 • Fax:(323) 467-3720www.cchr.orge-mail: humanrights@cchr.org
 ® 
 
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1 Dr. Tana Dineen, Ph.D.,
 ManufacturingVictims
, Third Edition, (Robert DaviesMultimedia Publishing, Montreal, 2001), p. 86.2 Paula J. Caplan,
They Say You’re Crazy
(New York: Addison-Wesley PublishingCompany, New York, 1995) p. 91.3 Margaret Hagen, Ph.D.,
Whores of the Court,The Fraud of Psychiatric Testimony and the Rapeof American Justice
(Harper Collins Publishers,Inc., New York, 1997), p. 77.4 John Read, “Feeling Sad? It Doesn’t MeanYou’re Sick,”
New Zealand Herald
, 23 June 2004.5 Lawrence Stevens, J.D., “Does Mental IllnessExist?” undated article, http://www.mental-healthfacts.com/antipsychiatry/exist.htm.6 Lars Boegeskov, “Mentally Ill Have to HaveHelp—Not to be Cured,”
Politiken
19 Sept.1994.7 “Ten Things That Drive Psychiatrists toDistraction,”
The Independent
(UnitedKingdom), 19 Mar. 2001.8 Bruce D. Levine, Ph.D.,
CommonsenseRebellion: Debunking Psychiatry, ConfrontingSociety
(Continuum, New York, 2001), p. 277.9 Lisa M. Krieger, “Some Question Value of Brain Scan; Untested Tool Belongs in Lab Only,Experts Say,”
The Mercury News
, 4 May 2004.10 Kelly Patricia O’Meara, “New ResearchIndicts Ritalin,”
 Insight Magazine
, 7 Sept. 2001.11 Paul Campos, “Beware Timeless Malady;Witch Hunt,”
Deseret News
, (Utah), 6 July 2003.12
Op. cit,
Tana Dineen, pp. 155–156.13 Sydney Walker III, M.D.,
 ADose of Sanity
(John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 1996), p.14.14 Lorrin M. Koran,
 Medical Evaluation Field Manual
, Department of Psychiatry andBehavioral Sciences, Stanford UniversityMedical Center, California, 1991, p. 4.
RECOMMENDATIONS 
1
Government, criminal, educational, judicial andother social agencies should not rely on the DSMand no legislation should use this as a basis fordetermining the mental state, competency, educa-tional standard or rights of any individual.
2
Establish rights for patients and their insurancecompanies to receive refunds for psychiatrictreatment which did not achieve the promisedresult or improvement, or which resulted inharm to the individual.
3
If you or a relative or friend have been falselyimprisoned in a psychiatric facility, assaulted,abused or damaged by a mental healthpractitioner, seek attorney advice about filing acivil suit against any offending psychiatrist andhis or her hospital, associations and teachinginstitutions.
Caution:
No one should stop taking any psychiatric drug without the adviceand assistance of a competent non-psychiatric medical doctor.
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© 2004 CCHR. All Rights Reserved. CITIZENS COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS, CCHR and theCCHR logo are trademarks and service marks owned by Citizens Commission on Human Rights. Printedin the U.S.A. Item #FLO19137
This publication was made possible by a grant from the United StatesInternational Association of Scientologists Members’ Trust.
PHOTO CREDITS: Page 12: LADaily News/Corbis
“Making lists of behaviors, applying medical-sounding labels to people who engage in them, then using the presence of those behaviors to prove they have the illness in question is scientifically meaningless. It tells us nothing about causes or solutions. It does, however, create the reassuring feeling that something medical is going on.”
— John Read, senior lecturer in psychology, Auckland University, New Zealand, 2004 
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cies as part of the medical examination” and “if indi-cated, perform selective evaluative laboratory testing.”People suffering from mental disturbance shouldfirst obtain a full and searching medical—not psychi-atric—examination. According to the CaliforniaDepartment of Mental Health
 Medical Evaluation Field Manual
(1991), “Mental health professionals workingwithin a mental health system have a professional anda legal obligation to recognize the presence of physicaldisease in their patients ... physical diseases may causea patient’s mental disorder [or] may worsen a mentaldisorder.”Dr. Julian Whitaker, author of the respected
 Health& Healing
newsletter, says: “When psychiatrists label achild or [adult], they’relabeling people because of symptoms. They do nothave any pathological diag-nosis; they do not have anylaboratory diagnosis; theycannot show any differenti-ation that would back upthe diagnosis of these psy-chiatric ‘diseases.’ Whereasif you have a heart attack,you can find the lesion; if you have diabetes, your blood sugar is very high; if you have arthritis it willshow on the X-ray. In psy-chiatry, it’s just crystal- balling, fortune-telling; it’stotally unscientific.”Psychiatry would pre-fer to say or imply thatonly brain-based, mental“illnesses” can affect irra-tional behavior or thinking, that they need long-term, if not life-long care, and that they are incurable.These falsehoods have been so successfully dissemi-nated throughout the mental health system andamongst the public, that countless numbers have become trapped as lifelong patients of psychiatricand psychological services.These falsehoods must be exposed.
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“When a child’s behavior is labeled as a disease they believe they have something wrong with their brains that makes it impossible for themto control themselves without using a pill.”
— Dr. Fred A. Baughman Jr., a pediatric neurologist andFellow of the AmericanAcademy of Neurology 
H
ave you ever heard of the following
mental
disorders: reading disorder, disruptive behavior disorder, disorder of writtenexpression, mathematics disorder, caffeineintoxication, nicotine withdrawal disorder, non-compliance with treatment disorder, or “physicalabuse of a child problem” and “sexual abuse of achild problem?”
These are a few of the 374 mental disordersthat are listed in the American PsychiatricAssociation’s (APA)
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV)
or in themental disorders section of the World HealthOrganization’s
 International Classification of Diseases (ICD)
.
Depicted as diagnostic tools, the
DSM
and
 ICD
are not only used to diagnose mental andemotional disturbances and prescribe “treatment,” but also to resolve child custody battles, discrimi-nation cases based on alleged psychiatric disabili-ty, augment court testimony, modify educationand much more. In fact, whenever a psychiatricopinion is sought or offered, the
DSM
or the
 ICD
are presented and increasingly accepted, as thefinal word on sanity, insanity and so-calledmental illness.
Canadian psychologist Tana Dineen reports,“Unlike medical diagnoses that convey a probablecause, appropriate treatment and likely prognosis,the disorders listed in
DSM-IV 
[and
 ICD-10
] areterms arrived at through peer consensus”
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—liter-ally, a vote by APAcommittee members—designed largely for billing purposes.Lynne Rosewater, a psychologist who attend-ed a
DSM
hearing presided over by one of themanual’s leading architects, psychiatrist RobertSpitzer, reported, “[T]hey were having a discus-sion for a criterion about Masochistic PersonalityDisorder and Bob Spitzer’s wife, [a social worker
INTRODUCTION‘DISEASE’ BY PSYCHIATRIC OPINION AND DECREE 
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