May 1, 2012
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On
Saturday, May 5, 2012
, as thousands of psychiatrists congregate for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting, individuals with psychiatric labels and others will converge in a global campaign to oppose the APA's proposed new edition of its "bible," the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5),
scheduled for publication in 2013.
Occupy the APA
will include distinguished speakers from
10 a.m. to noon
at Friends Center (1515
), and a march at approximately
Convention Center (12th and Arch Streets), where the group will protest from approximately
while the APA meets inside.
"This peaceful protest exposes the fact that the DSM-5 pushes the mental health industry to medicalize problems that aren't medical, inevitably leading to over-prescription of psychiatric drugs – including for people experiencing
natural human emotions
, such as grief and shyness," said
, founder of
MindFreedom International (MFI)
, an independent voice of survivors of psychiatric human rights violations. "We call for better ways to help individuals in extreme emotional distress."
Others criticizing the revised manual include
, Ph.D., of the
Coalition for DSM-5 Reform
, which has gathered over 13,000
from mental health professionals calling for "an alternative approach." "The DSM-5 will recklessly assign psychiatric labels to many people who should not have them, which will lead to further over-prescription of dangerous drugs and more infringement on individual freedoms," he said.
Jim Gottstein, Esq.
, founder of the
-based Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
, will cross the country to speak. "The public mental health system is creating a huge class of chronic mental patients through forcing them to take ineffective yet
extremely harmful drugs
. As the APA gets ready to do even more harm with its proposed expansion of what constitutes mental illness, I want to be there in person to participate in the protest."
Other speakers include
, executive director of the
National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
and a longtime consumer/survivor movement leader.
"We will promote humane alternatives to the traditional mental health system, such as
, which evidence proves is effective in helping individuals recover from severe emotional distress," Oaks said. "Our protest is about choice. Everyone is welcome."
Contacts: Susan Rogers, Clearinghouse,
, MFI, 541-345-9106,
SOURCE MindFreedom International