The fight for human rights in mental health continues, with the campaign to ban electroshock “treatment” which is being used on children, pregnant women, the elderly and vulnerable patients. The fact is Electroshock (ECT) is documented by the US FDA to cause permanent memory loss, cardiovascular complications, brain damage and even death. The fact is that the Electroshock machine, has never been approved as safe or effective. The fact is, electroshock is torture, not treatment.
While most Americans think that electroshock (called Electroconvulsive Therapy or ECT) is no longer practiced, the fact is an estimated 100,000 Americans are electroshocked every year. In fact, through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, CCHR has obtained documentation proving that 19 states are currently electroshocking children, with 7 of those states electroshocking children aged 0-5 years old. The American Psychiatric Association is now lobbying the FDA, which regulates the ECT device, to allow them broader use of electroshock on the public, including it’s use on children, stating “Having access to a rapid and effective treatment such as ECT is especially meaningful in children and adolescents.”
Not only should ECT be banned on children, but such a brutal treatment should not be used on our elderly, pregnant women or any vulnerable individual seeking help (all of which are currently being electroshocked in the U.S.).
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