CCHR protests the use of electroconvulsive therapy on children and other abuses during the annual American Psychiatric Association convention in New York City.
CCHR makes their voice heard against 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!”

A CCHR march and demonstration protested psychiatry’s use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)—also called electroshock therapy—especially on toddlers and children, at the annual conference of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in New York City. Many believe that ECT—up to 460 volts of electricity through the brain—no longer exists. But the more than 25 lectures and papers presented on ECT at the APA convention put such beliefs to rest. US manufacturers of electroshock devices were two exhibitors at the APA conference.

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

The protesters decried ECT, shown to cause brain damage and memory loss, as torture and called for it to be banned.

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 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 cchrint.org/electroshock to learn more and sign the Petition to Ban Electroshock (ECT) Device Being Used on Children, the Elderly and Vulnerable Patients.



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