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Here are links to sources to studies and research backing up the facts found in the MindFreedom International "Truth in Mental Health" Brochure.

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A Debate over Neuroleptics in The Register-Guard Newspaper

(Published: Sep 16, 2008 03:49 PM)
More information about the high death rates of those in the mental health system, and a debate over the proper response.

Affidavit of Robert Whitaker

(Published: Sep 16, 2008 03:55 PM)
The diagnosis about which the most dire predictions are made is that of “schizophrenia.” Yet perhaps just because psychiatry has such dire predictions, many long term outcome studies have been done for people with this diagnosis. The conclusion: that recovery is more common for those not taking medication, and that it can be complete. See section IV of the article.

Anatomy of an Epidemic

(Published: Sep 16, 2008 03:37 PM)
This article, by Robert Whitaker, argues that, while there is no good evidence that someone has any kind of biochemical imbalance just because they have been diagnosed with a mental health problem, there is very good evidence that any person who takes psychiatric medication will have some kind of abnormal biochemical condition after taking it. (For an overview of this problem, see pp. 25-27)

Concerning "Mental Illness" as a Brain Disease

(Published: Sep 16, 2008 02:04 PM)
A variety of articles showing that “mental illnesses” are not brain diseases are available here.

Effective non-drug treatments for "schizophrenia" and "psychotic depression"

(Published: Feb 02, 2009 03:15 PM)
A variety of articles on successful research into non-drug alternatives are available here.

Factors Involved in Outcome and Recovery in Schizophrenia Patients Not on Antipsychotic Medications

(Published: Sep 16, 2008 04:14 PM)
This article found a rate of recovery of 40% among those who had gotten off medications, and only of 5% for those who persisted in taking medications.

Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness

(Published: Sep 16, 2008 03:42 PM)
Source for the assertion that people in the mental health system in the US are dying 25 years earlier than average, often because of the effects of psychiatric medications.

Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness -- Power Point

(Published: Sep 16, 2008 03:45 PM)
A Power Point presentation of the article "Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness."

Mortality and psychiatric drug use articles and citations

(Published: Feb 12, 2009 08:24 PM)
Here are scientific studies and news articles about the topic of deaths related to prescribed psychiatric medication.

Quitting Psychiatric Drugs

(Published: Sep 16, 2008 04:02 PM)
More information about withdrawing from psychiatric drugs.

Research comparing psychological treatment with drug treatment for anxiety and depression.

(Published: Feb 02, 2009 03:19 PM)
This site reviews a large amount of research, and contradicts many common myths about the "superiority" of drug treatment.

Serotonin and Depression: A Disconnect between the Advertisements and the Scientific Literature

(Published: Sep 16, 2008 02:07 PM)
This is a good article on the lack of evidence for a “chemical imbalance” causing depression.
External link: http://tinyurl.com/8vywy

Sources showing that long-term antipsychotics can cause brain damage.

(Published: Feb 12, 2009 08:06 PM)
Multiple scientific studies now show that long-term high-dosage neuroleptics -- also known as "anti-psychotic" -- psychiatric drugs, can lead to actual measurable shrinkage of the higher level part of the brain.

The Fallacy of the 50% Concordance Rate for Schizophrenia in Identical Twins

(Published: Sep 16, 2008 03:31 PM)
An article going into detail about how people have been deceived into thinking “schizophrenia” is definitely genetic.

The Latest Mania: Selling Bipolar Disorder

(Published: Sep 16, 2008 03:40 PM)
A good article addressing “bipolar” medications.

Why do people have withdrawal problems?

(Published: Sep 16, 2008 03:59 PM)
Source for the assertion that problems in quitting psychiatric medication are often withdrawal related. These problems are explained in brief at a helpful website that aims to help people reduce or get off medications

Why is it so difficult to stop psychiatric drug treatment? It may be nothing to do with the original problem.

(Published: Sep 16, 2008 04:07 PM)
This article, by Joanna Moncrieff, focuses on withdrawal problems for the so-called “antipsychotic” (also known as "neuroleptic") medications.

Zero fraud! View the gateway page about MindFreedom "Truth Injection" Brochure

(Published: Feb 12, 2009 08:02 PM)
Here's a link back to the general information about the MindFreedom Truth Injection, including where you can download your PDF copy. Fraud in the mental health system is a human rights violation.
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