On May 16 the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA) is organizing a public protest against electroshock (ECT) at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Toronto. This protest and others are being held simultaneously in over 25 cities in the United States, Canada, the U.K., Ireland and Scotland – an International Day of Protest in honour of and inspired by the life and work of the late Leonard Roy Frank, courageous shock survivor, fearless antipsychiatry activist and brilliant researcher and author who died suddenly last January. For Frank and thousands of other shock survivors and activists, electroshock was and still is a devastating and harmful procedure, always memory destroying and brain-damaging; Leonard once renamed it “ECB (Electroconvulsive brainwashing).”
The decision to target the APA is intentional and appropriate; because this psychiatric organization constantly deceives, minimizes and generally lies about the devastating trauma, permanent memory loss and brain damage caused by electroshock. It actively promotes ECT and holds continuing education courses, funded by Big Pharma, at all its annual meetings. In its 2007 official policy position statement, the APA claims, “Electroconvulsive therapy is a safe and effective evidence-based medical treatment. ECT is endorsed by the APA when administered by properly qualified psychiatrists for appropriately selected patients.” This statement is false and self-serving; it is directly contradicted by the personal testimonies of many thousands of shock survivors who have permanently and tragically suffered loss of personal knowledge, special skills, creativity; years of personal memories erased. according to the most comprehensive study by psychologist Harold Sackheim and co-researchers, electroshock causes permanent memory loss and brain damage, which is more severe in women and the elderly.
It’s time to expose and protest these shock lies and demand the abolition of electroshock before it harms or kills many more people including some of our brothers and sisters.
Thanks to KC, a Raging Granny