Watchdog Group Protests Annual American Psychiatric Convention


On Saturday, May 14 News Citizens Commission on Human Rights is holding a rally in Atlanta at 10:30 a.m.

This is to protest the American Psychiatric Association’s professional recommendation that electroshock therapy, ECT, Electric and Communication Technology, should be used on children and teenagers less competent to psychiatric drugs.

The CCHR, Citizens Commission on Human Rights,is a non-profit mental health watchdog group devoted to removing “abuses committed under the guise of mental health.”

The rally will take place in downtown Atlanta at the APA’s annual convention.

Participants is going to meet at the North end of Woodruff Park, on Peachtree Street Northwest and Auburn Ave Northeast.

Electroshock therapy, otherwise known as electroconvulsive therapy is an ancient treatment created in the 1930s.

That transmits jolts of electricity into the brain.

It is affiliated with numerous side-effects, in which includes: Short and long term memory loss, cognitive problems, undesirable personality changes, manic symptoms, continuous seizures, heart problems and death.

The Executive Director of ECT, Lee Spiller said, “ECT is a degrading, damaging, memory robbing procedure that should have been outlawed years ago.” “Shock machines are one of a number of devices that were on the market prior to today’s laws. They were essentially grandfathered in.”

Currently, the United States Food and Drug Administration is determining whether or not to declassify the chance of electrocution therapy, from a Class III device, the maximum risk category, to a Class II, identified as relatively risky.

Since 1979, electroshock therapy has become categorized as a Class III gadget, making it subject to the highest level of regulating control.

Opponents fear the fact that if the FDA makes a decision to declassify the risk level of ECT.

The treatment can be used a lot more freely.

Due to the fact that the devices will be eligible for “off-label” use.

Even though the FDA has required safety data since 1978, no ECT company has ever supplied a Pre-Market Approval or any clinical trials demonstrating the treatment’s safety and efficacy.

The American Psychiatric Association is the driving force guiding the risk level declassification of ECT.

It is also the push to use the treatment on children and teenagers unresponsive to present drugs and therapies.

This means that, under the APA’s recommendation, if psychiatric drugs are not working for children, the next step could possibly be electroshock therapy.

A treatment that will permanently damage cognitive capabilities, handicapping children for life.

None the less, the APA believes that the damage triggered by mental illness may be just as severe.

Although advocates say Electroconvulsive Therapy is more secure than when it was first developed in the 1930’s.

The procedure continue to involve delivering up to 460 v of electricity into the brain.

Enormous amounts of children experiencing the side effects of psychiatric drugs could possibly be exposed to electroconvulsive therapy

Currently, approximately 8,000,000 children in the United States are being prescribed psychiatric drugs.

Including antidepressants and anti psychotics, as well as medications for anxiety and ADHD, according to CCHR.

One million of these children are between the ages of 0 and 5 years old.

The CCHR expressed in its press report for Saturday’s protest, “Children are being drugged simply because psychiatry has pathologist normal childhood behaviors, and repackaged them as ‘mental disorders.'” As a result, millions of children are “being drugged for behaviors reclassified by psychiatry as ‘disease.”
“Children are becoming addicted to these drugs, many of which are in the same class of highly addictive drugs as cocaine, opium and morphine. Yet the American Psychiatric Association is doing nothing to stop this epidemic, ” and “Quite the opposite, they are now calling on the FDA to allow them to electroshock children who don’t respond to ‘treatment’ (drugs.) This opens the door for millions of children experiencing side effects from the drugs, to be reclassified as ‘treatment resistant’ and to undergo electroshock as ‘treatment.'”


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