CCHR and South African citizens together protest The South African Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (SAACAPAP) convention.
Published by CCHR SA - 25/5/2019
Dr. Julian Whitaker, author of the respected Health and Healing newsletter says psychiatrists "do not have any pathological or laboratory diagnosis; they cannot show any differentiation that would back up the diagnosis of these psychiatric 'diseases.' Whereas if 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 will show on the X-ray. In psychiatry, it's just crystal-balling, fortune-telling; it's totally unscientific."
In 2004, Professor Frank Furedi stated, "If present trends continue, soon there will be little to distinguish school from a mental health institution. ...If we treat difficult challenges as an experience with which children cannot cope, pupils will pick up the message and regard it with dread. However, if we back off from playing doctor and patient and concentrate on developing children's strength through creative teaching, then the kids will cope ... sheltering children from pressure and new experiences represents a lack of faith in their potential to develop through new challenges."
Dr. Thomas Szasz, professor of psychiatry emeritus, said: "I have long maintained that the child psychiatrist is one of the most dangerous enemies not only of children, but also of adults who care for the two most precious and most vulnerable things in life - children and liberty."
Harvard Medical School's Joseph Glenmullen explains: "In medicine, strict criteria exist for calling a condition a disease. In addition to a predictable cluster of symptoms, the cause of the symptoms or some understanding of their physiology [function] must be established. This knowledge elevates the diagnosis to the status recognised disease. For example, 'fever' is not a disease, it is merely a symptom. In the absence of known cause or physiology [function], a cluster of symptoms that one sees repeatedly in many different patients is called a syndrome, not a disease." In psychiatry "we do not yet have proof either of the cause of the physiology for any psychiatric diagnosis. ... The diagnoses are called disorders because none of them have established diseases."
Dr. Sydney Walker, a neurologist and psychiatrist, wrote: "The moral is that very little is undiagnosable, but much is not being diagnosed."
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