All human rights organizations set forth codes by which they align their purposes and activities. The Mental Health Declaration of Human Rights articulates the guiding principles of CCHR and the standards against which human rights violations by psychiatry are relentlessly investigated and exposed.
A. The right to full informed consent, including:
1. The scientific/medical test confirming any alleged diagnoses of psychiatric disorder and the right to refute any psychiatric diagnoses of mental “illness” that cannot be medically confirmed.
2. Full disclosure of all documented risks of any proposed drug or “treatment.”
3. The right to be informed of all available medical treatments which do not include the administration of a psychiatric drug or treatment.
4. The right to refuse any treatment the patient considers harmful.
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a nonprofit mental health watchdog, responsible for helping to enact more than 150 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive practices. CCHR has long fought to restore basic inalienable human rights to the field of mental health, including, but not limited to, full informed consent regarding the medical legitimacy of psychiatric diagnosis, the risks of psychiatric treatments, the right to all available medical alternatives and the right to refuse any treatment considered harmful.
CCHR was co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus Dr. Thomas Szasz at a time when patients were being warehoused in institutions and stripped of all constitutional, civil and human rights.
CCHR functions solely as a mental health watchdog, working alongside many medical professionals including doctors, scientists, nurses and those few psychiatrists who have taken a stance against the biological/drug model of “disease” that is continually promoted by the psychiatric/pharmaceutical industry as a way to sell drugs. It is a nonpolitical, nonreligious, nonprofit organization dedicated solely to eradicating mental health abuse and enacting patient and consumer protections. CCHR’s Board of Advisers, called Commissioners, include doctors, scientists, psychologists, lawyers, legislators, educators, business professionals, artists and civil and human rights representatives.Read More
Paper Links Psychiatric Medications with Physical Violence
by Bruce Boyers
A recent research paper, citing data from some 176 different scientific sources, has found that drugs that target the brain have effects that are “not always intended.” These effects can be as severe as homicide and suicidal tendencies.
The paper focused on the way drugs are absorbed in the body, and how this process can be affected by genetic factors. Individual reaction to drugs can vary based on an individual’s genetics. Genetic variations can result in adverse reactions such as akathisia (the inability to sit still because of uncontrollable movement caused by reaction to drugs). If not recognized for what it is, akathisia may be mistaken for a new mental illness, and treated with further medications. Akathisia often precedes violence, suicidal tendencies, homicide, mania and psychosis.Read More