Now I don’t argue that kids with these labels can also be leaders, activist or artists, but you can’t dismiss that they have a real illness. To say that a child that throws chairs through walls and becomes paralyzed by their sadness and thoughts of suicide is just an “artist” or that a child that can’t have fun with other children because their social anxiety has them so sick they vomit is just an “activist” is ludicrous.
CCHR Int. seems to simplify symptoms when explaining how labels are diagnosed. Here is an example of that on their website:
For example, If an adolescent is strong willed, this is redefined as “oppositional defiant disorder.” If a kid acts like a kid, sometimes losing pencils or toys, or acting “on the go” then this has been pathologized into “ADHD.” If a teenager has normal adolescent mood swings, then this has been repackaged as “bi-polar disorder.” And shyness? Doesn’t exist. It is now called “social anxiety disorder.” Moreover, once labeled, these kids are stigmatized for life. CCHR claims on their website that they created this video to dispute NAMI’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) campaign “To Stop the Stigma of Mental Illness”.  They claim that these labels are bogus and were created to allow the pharmaceutical industry to maintain their hold on the $84 billion dollar-a-year psychiatric drug industry that is based on marketing and not science. 
From my own experience, regarding psychiatry labels, getting a “label” to diagnosis your child’s mental illness is extremely hard, if not impossible. I’ve been told more than once by doctors that they won’t diagnosis my son since he’s so young, even if he has the symptoms. It is my experience that the mental health system is very careful with labels and I’ve been warned that it could take up to 10 years to get a diagnosis. I also find that doctors are careful to give labels because they themselves are concerned with the stigma that goes with it and want to treat the child without making their life any harder.
I wish that I could show this organization what mental illness really looks like. That they could see the look in my son’s eyes change, as the chemistry in his brain changes. That they could see my son crying in pain because something is wrong with his brain. To see him suffer after a rage because once the rage is over, he realizes all the damage he’s caused and knows that he can’t stop it because the bad side of his brain takes over. To see him terrified because he saw visions of a monster in his room and a man outside our house with a gun. To see him isolated from kids because his social anxieties make it hard to make friends. To see him cry because the restaurant is too loud and the store is too crowded on a fun family outing. To see the self hatred he feels as depression kicks in, making him feel worthless. To see my precious child cry out that he doesn’t want to live anymore.
I also wish they could see the smile on my son’s face when he started to take a mood stabilizer and how he said he felt “happiness” inside for the first time in months. How medication is giving my son a chance to be a leader, an activist, an artist or anything else he desires. How medication is giving my son an opportunity to have a good life.
I truly wish this organization knew what it’s like to have a child with a real mental illness and would use all their abundant resources to support research, so that one day we’d have better ways of diagnosing our children and better yet, a cure.
Citizens Commission on Human Rights International
Campaign to “Stop the Stigma” of Mental Illness—Is a Pharmaceutical Marketing Campaign