EXHIBIT EXPOSES PAST AND PRESENT PSYCHIATRIC HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
Concern is growing about the medication of children with psychiatric drugs. Nationally, over 1 million children ages 0-5 are on a psychiatric drugs as are one in seven adolescents and teens ages 12-17, according to IMS Health, a leading global information and technology services company.
Washington State Representative Chad Magendanz, ranking Republican on the House Education Committee, supports parents’ rights to choose whether to place their child on a psychiatric drug.
At the Seattle opening of the Psychiatry: An Industry of Death exhibit in September, he said, “The number of school children on psychotropic medication is shocking. There are alternatives. Too often children are placed on medication for others’ benefit, not for their benefit.”
The exhibit goes into great detail on this and other abuses by the psychiatric industry, including the use of electroshock. Also called electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, this practice is seeing increased use amid heated controversy.
“The number of school children on psychotropic medication is shocking…. Too often children are placed on medication for others’ benefit, not for their benefit.”
The president of the American Psychiatric Association wrote a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to lower the risk category of electroshock therapy to ensure its wider use on children. ECT devices have never gone through standard clinical trials to establish safety and efficacy. The FDA has requested studies, manufacturers have ignored this, and the FDA has neglected to follow through, failing to take action to protect the public.
The Seattle exhibit is the touring version of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibit, which has toured internationally, covers the history of psychiatry, a sobering thing to behold.
“This opened my eyes to how much damage has been done in the name of help,” said an exhibit visitor. “It’s kind of hard to look at, but I feel stronger knowing this information.”
Here is a summary of just some of the education and awareness activities of the past year:
reached by CCHR through educational materials.
for CCHR materials fulfilled, giving mothers, fathers, teachers and doctors the facts they need.
distributed exposing human rights violations from psychiatric abuse, empowering people to strike back.
to CCHR websites for fact sheets and documentaries and to find out how to take action to end abuse.
reached by CCHR PSAs and award-winning documentaries.
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