Anyone diagnosed with a psychiatric (mental) disorder and/or their parent or
guardian has the right to informed consent and to know that unlike medical
conditions, psychiatrists do not have blood or other biological tests to ascertain the
presence or absence of a mental illness. It is also important to know that
according to a leading medical manual, "Mental health professionals working
within a mental health system have a professional and a legal obligation to
recognize the presence of physical disease in their patients" to rule these out
causing "a patient's mental disorder."
Frequently psychiatrists do not conduct thorough physical exams to rule out
medical conditions, thereby misdiagnosing the patient. This can result in
inappropriate and dangerous treatment, added to the fact that the real underlying
medical condition is left untreated. It is also extremely costly to your insurance
Further, if a psychiatrist says that your mental condition is caused by a chemical
imbalance in the brain or is a neurobiological disorder, you have the right to ask
for the lab or other test to prove that diagnosis.
This Psychiatric Abuse Report Form is a guide only for information you may
wish to provide. Please give as much detail as you wish.
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