There are many alternatives to psychiatric diagnoses and harmful psychiatric drugs and treatments. These include standard medical care that does not require a subjective psychiatric label or mind-altering psychiatric drugs.
CCHR does not provide medical or legal advice, nor do we condone or promote any specific practitioner, medical organization, practice or group. We have found the resources below to be helpful for individuals looking for more information on these topics:
- Informed Consent
- Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Programs
- Alternative Medical Non-Drug Treatment Programs
- Non-drug alternatives for children
- Alternative non-drug treatments for those diagnosed “schizophrenic”
- Legal resources and more.
In general medicine the standard for informed consent includes
- Communicating the nature of the diagnoses,
- Purpose of a proposed treatment or procedure,
- Risks and benefits of the proposed treatment,
- Informing the patient of alternative treatments so he can make an informed, educated choice.
Psychiatrists routinely do not inform patients of non-drug treatments, nor do they conduct thorough medical examinations to ensure that a person’s problem does not stem from an untreated medical condition that is manifesting as a “psychiatric” symptom. They do not accurately inform patients of the nature of the diagnoses, which would require informing the patient that psychiatric diagnoses are completely subjective (based on behaviors only) and have no scientific/medical validity (no X-rays, brain scans, chemical imbalance tests to prove anyone has a mental disorder).
All patients should have what is called a “differential diagnosis.” The doctor obtains a thorough history and conducts a complete physical exam, rules out all the possible problems that might cause a set of symptoms and explains any possible side effects of the recommended treatments.
Psychiatric drug withdrawal programs
Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs The Icarus Project and Freedom Center’s 40-page guide gathers the best information we’ve come across and the most valuable lessons we’ve learned about reducing and coming off psychiatric medication. Includes info on mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, risks, benefits, wellness tools, psychiatric drug withdrawal, information for people staying on their medications, detailed Resource section, and much more. A ‘harm reduction’ approach means not being pro- or anti-medication, but supporting people to make their own decisions balancing the risks and benefits involved. Written by Will Hall, with a 53-member health professional Advisory Board providing research assistance and many other collaborators involved in developing and editing.
Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and their Families, by Dr. Peter R. Breggin MD. This is the first book to establish guidelines and to assist prescribers and therapists in withdrawing their patients from psychiatric drugs, including those patients with long-term exposure to antipsychotic drugs, benzodiazepines, stimulants, antidepressants, and mood stabilizers. It describes a method developed by the author throughout years of clinical experience, consultations with experienced colleagues, and scientific research. Based on a person-centered collaborative approach, with patients as partners, this method builds on a cooperative and empathic team effort involving prescribers, therapists, patients, and their families or support network.
Safe Harbor includes links to find medical doctors (by zip code) who can assist with helping people safely get off of psychiatric drugs and medical personnel who will treat people without the use of psychiatric drugs.
Alternative to Meds Center— Residential psychiatric medication withdrawal with medical and naturopathic oversight in Sedona, Arizona. http://www.alternativetomeds.com/
The Road Back— How to get off psychiatric drugs safely. The most widely used outpatient drug withdrawal program in the world since 1999.
The Biosanctuary— A unique integrative medicine health retreat providing a unique detox & healing environment using the best of today’s most effective, evidence-based, biological medicine treatments.
Located in Los Angeles, and Mexico.
Soteria House— Alternative and non-drug solutions for people diagnosed schizophrenic.
Life Center for a New Tomorrow— The Life Center for a New Tomorrow is located in the beautifull hills of Woodbury TN (about one hour south east of Nashville). The Center was created to provide a safe environment for people who have conditions difficult to deal with. The Life Center is not a medical or treatment facility. The main focus is to provide an environment that is peaceful and safe, where people can rest, gradually calm down, regain their senses, and with some help perhaps recover the social skills necessary to function successfully in life.
Alternatives to psychotropic drugs for children
The Block Center— Find and treat underlying health problems in children and information on how children can safely get off of psychiatric drugs
The Doris J. Rapp Education Corporation— Vital information on environmental factors affecting health in children and adults
AbleChild— Parents for a label and drug-free education
Psychiatric survivors groups
Mind Freedom International — is a nonprofit organization that unites 100 sponsor and affiliate grassroots groups with thousands of individual members to win human rights and alternatives for people labeled with psychiatric disabilities. In a spirit of mutual cooperation, MindFreedom leads a nonviolent revolution of freedom, equality, truth and human rights that unites people affected by the mental health system with movements for justice everywhere.
Whitaker Wellness Institute— Health care for a longer, more active life with a focus on elderly care
The American College for the Advancement of Medicine— A nonprofit medical society dedicated to improving complementary and alternative medicine
Environmental issues & mental health
American Academy of Environmental Medicine — The AAEM provides research and education in the recognition, treatment and prevention of illnesses induced by exposures to biological and chemical agents encountered in air, food and water.
Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry— Lead toxicity: What are the physiologic effects of lead exposure?
MedlinePlus— Information on drugs, supplements and herbal information
Psych Drug Dangers— CCHR International’s psychiatric drug side effects search engine includes reported side effects of psychiatric drugs to the US FDA
Reporting side effects of drugs
Medwatch— The FDA safety information and adverse event reporting program
Health options & information
Naturalnews.com— Independent news on natural health, nutrition and more
Natural Solutions — Natural remedies and healthy solutions
Natural Health Education
Bailey Perrin Bailey— Large civil litigation firm specializing in personal injury litigation
Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman— Wrongful death and personal injury lawyers
Vickery Waldner & Mallia LLP— Wrongful death and medical negligence lawyers
The Peterson Firm, LLP— Legal options for mothers who took antidepressants while pregnant