Electroshock Therapy To Be Reintroduced On Millions Of American Teenagers
With mandatory mental health screening for all American teenagers coming soon, this move may see electroshock therapy become the ‘norm’ in dealing with teenage depression.
The FDA downgraded Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) devices from Class III to Class II – meaning their use are now much less regulated. This follows the passing of the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6) which “relaxes scientific standards, virtually guaranteeing insufficiently tested drugs will hit the market only to be recalled after the damage is done“.
At the same time U.S. authorities are also pushing for mandatory mental health screening for all American teenagers, meaning American teens may well be subjected to routine electroshock therapy in the near future.
In a January article, CCHRI, in commenting on the proposed rule change by the FDA, said that officials there sought to make the change “despite the federal agency’s admission that the ECT device has not been proven safe and effective.”
To date, the organization says that 5 million people have been treated with ECT devices, but none of the manufacturers have ever had to submit clinical trial evidence of their effectiveness or attest to their safety.
According to an announcement of the pending rule change from the FDA, the agency is proposing changing the classification of ECT devices “for use in treating severe major depressive episode (MDE) associated with major depressive disorder (MDD) or bipolar disorder (BPD) in patients 18 years of age and older who are treatment-resistant or who require a rapid response due to the severity of their psychiatric or medical condition.”
But wait! Aren’t these dangerous?
Oddly, the FDA also lists 14 health risks that are associated with ECT devices. The more serious complications and side effects include:
— Death, which could occur due to “reactions to anesthesia, cardiovascular complications, pulmonary complications, or stroke,” CCHR reported;
— Cardiovascular complications from convulsion-induced arrhythmias (irregular, and sometimes dangerous, heartbeat patterns), or from a heart attack or hypertension;
— Memory and cognition can be impaired or destroyed, “specifically immediate post-treatment disorientation, anterograde memory impairment and retrograde personal (autobiographical) memory impairment,” said CCHR;
— Device malfunction;
— Physical trauma;
— A worsening of psychiatric conditions.
“One has to wonder, then, why has such a possibly deadly device been allowed for decades to be utilized and never undergone clinical trials for safety and efficacy? Further, from what source will the patient obtain a ‘detailed summary of clinical testing pertinent to the use of the device…?” as required under the new reclassification, CCHR reported. “Clinical testing has never occurred on the devices.”
CCHR maintains in a separate alert that if the change in classification is initiated, it will mean that for some uses, ECT devices will be in the same category as contact lenses and air purification machines.
“Because the FDA does not regulate medical practice, classifying the ECT device as Class II for any ‘disorders’ opens the door to a massive potential for off label use and enforced treatment of involuntarily detained patients and children,” says Jan Eastgate, president of CCHR International.
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I volunteered with Wesley Aged Care for a while – Dorothy, a resident of one of their house in the neighbourhood scheme, was in her mid 40’s –
Something went wrong for Dorothy in her last year of highschool –
Dorothy was diagnosed with schizophrenia & locked away for several years
Dorothy received regular Electroshock Therapy treatment during those years
WITH NO ONE TO OVER-SEE OR REVIEW HER CONDITION OR TREATMENT:-
As a result Dorothy’s sight was destroyed NEEDLESSLY.
Dorothy was a very bright young lady, an A+ student
What was in fact a nerveous breakdown, due to the pressure of exams, was incorrectly diegnosed as schizophrenia & VIGEROUSLY TREATED – so that she actually became disfunctional & needed to remain institutionalized, & even today – at an agad care facility.
In Victoria –
A / ONE MEDICAL PRACTITIONER – JUST ONE
A LOCAL DOCTOR
AT THE LOCAL CLINIC AROUND THE CORNER OR UP THE STREET
CAN SECTION YOU
YOU WILL BE PICKED UP AND FORCABLY DETAINED FOR AN INITIOAL 24 HOURS
IF YOU REFUSE TO GO TO THE MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY THE C.A.T. TEAM WILL CALL THE POLICE SO AS TO TAKE YOU THERE IN A DIVVY VAN
THE GP WHO SECTIONED YOU TELLS THE STORY OF HOW HE/SHE PERCEIVE YOU TO BE MENTALLY ILL & IN NEED OF CARE
NO OTHER MEDICAL PERSON
NOT YOUR FAMILY
NO RECORDED HISTORY OF MENTAL DISTURBANCE IS NECESSARY
JUST THIS ONE BASTARD – WHO MAY HAVE NEVER MET YOU – FEEL YOU NEED HELP
The will tell you this is not true & they are lying to you.
One morning a Greek man in Brunswick, who’s wife of 50 odd year had just passed away.
In a state of grief, went to the GP whom he had visited for countless years, for some kind of assistence with grief management.
The Dr, prescribed some Valium & said it would pass with time.
That afternoon – out of the blue the C.A.T. team were at his front door to take him away.
When the old guy was allowed to call his children 2 days later – they immediately came & took him home.
For some strange reason … this old guy committed suicide a few months later … his family & grief counselor were stunned – there was no reason – the old guy was coming along very nicely & was planning to visit Greece with his eldest son in a few months.
WHO DUN IT mate.