'What are the suggested alternatives?
All patients should receive what is called “differential diagnosis” whereby the doctor analyses the patients medical history and conducts a thorough physical examination to rule out any possible problems that might cause a set of symptoms. These medical tests could include comprehensive blood tests, X-rays, or even MRI and should be based solely on scientific medical validity rather than subjective opinion led diagnosis to ensure that a person’s problem does not stem from an untreated medical condition that is manifesting as a “psychiatric” symptom.
In general medicine the standard for informed consent should include communicating the nature of the diagnoses, the purpose of a proposed treatment or procedure, the risks and benefits of the proposed treatment, and information on alternative treatments so that an informed and educated choice can be sought by the patient.
Exploring your other options
There are numerous excellent alternatives to be discovered including standard medical care, environmental solutions, education, and many socially orientated support groups if one searches around for them.
Although CCHR NZ does not condone or promote any specific practitioner, medical organization, practice or group, we have found the below resources to be helpful for individuals looking for more information on the following topics:
New Zealand & Australia Websites
Find a registered healthcare practitioner trained in nutritional and environmental medicine by ACNEM.
Dr Janelle Sinclair - Biochemist and natural medicine practitioner analyses biochemical imbalances that may contribute or cause Mental Health symptoms
Alternative & Non Drug Solutions for people diagnosed schizophrenic
Institute for Progressive Medicine — Conventional and Complementary Therapies
The American College for the Advancement of Medicine — A Non-Profit Medical Society Dedicated to Improving Complimentary and Alternative Medicine
Whitaker Wellness Institute — Health Care for a Longer, More Active Life
Environmental solutions/alternatives for mental health
American Academy of Environmental Medicine — Promotes Optimum Health Through Prevention and Safe and Effective Treatments
Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry
The Doris J. Rapp Education Corporation — Vital Information on Environmental Factors Affecting Health in Children and Adults
Alternatives to psychiatric drugs for children
DrugFreeChildren.org — Informational Website on Issues Surrounding the Use of “Chemical Restraints” on Children
The Block Center — Find and Treat Underlying Health Problems in Children
Psychiatric drugs side effects information
MedlinePlus — Information on Drugs, Supplements and Herbal Information
Reporting the side effects of drugs
Medsafe — The New Zealand Medicines Safety Authority where you can and should lodge any Adverse Reactions to Drugs
RxISK is the first free, independent website where patients, doctors, and pharmacists can research prescription drugs
Non drug solutions for mental health getting off withdrawing from psychiatric drugs
The Road Back — How To Get Off Psychiatric Drugs Safely
Alternatives and information on non-psychiatric drug solutions
Naturalnews.com — Independent News on Natural Health, Nutrition and More
Natural Solutions — Natural Remedies & Healthy Solutions
Natural Health Education
Alternatives to Meds Center
High Impact Biological Medicine Health Spa & Detox retreat