Citizens Commission on Human Rights

The Mental Health Watchdog

Australian National Office

The Difference Between a Medical Disease and a Psychiatric Disorder

Psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies claim mental disorders such as Bi-Polar, Depression, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) are “diseases” like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Yet unlike real medical diseases, there are no biological/medical tests to verify the medical existence of any psychiatric disorder. This is not to say that people do not get depressed, troubled, or even sometimes act psychotic. The point is that the psycho/pharma industry misleads the public that these are medical conditions in order to justify giving them dangerous and mind altering drugs. It’s a brilliant marketing campaign, but it is not science. Take a closer look at the difference between a disease and a psychiatric “disorder.”


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