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Exposing Electroconvulsive Therapy For What It Is - Torture

Published by CCHR SA in Mental Health · 11 August 2018
Electroconvulsive therapy, a psychiatric “treatment” that has never produced evidence of being safe or effective. Today it is being used on children aged five and younger in the name of “help,” and CCHR says, “Stop this abuse!”

CCHR protests against the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) - also called electroshock therapy - especially on toddlers and children. Many believe that ECT - up to 460 volts of electricity through the brain - no longer exists.

ECT, has shown to cause brain damage and memory loss, and is tantamount to torture and should be banned. Through the Freedom of Information Act in several US states, CCHR found that children aged five and younger are being electroshocked in psychiatric hospital wards. Such abuse, if committed by anyone but a psychiatrist, would constitute a crime, and when given to children should be meted the highest penalties.

Some media attempt to portray that ECT “works.” But no psychiatrist has proven how brain damaging a person does anything but temporarily shift the person’s attention off what might be ailing him - too numb and in pain to remember. Based on thousands of cases reported to CCHR over decades, their underlying problem can return and may even worsen. ECT induces a grand mal seizure, causing unconsciousness and violent muscle contractions, masked by an anesthetic. The U.S. FDA has never required manufacturers to conduct clinical studies to prove ECT is either safe or effective, despite being used for more than 80 years.

The effects of children being given ECT include a seven-year-old girl, who, following five sessions, became nearly catatonic.

In 2017, CCHR launched an online petition supporting a ban on ECT. Go to to learn more and sign the Petition to Ban Electroshock (ECT) Device Being Used on Children, the Elderly and Vulnerable Patients. You can also report psychiatric abuse here in South Africa.

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