Press Release – updated: Mar 14, 2018 17:34 PDT
NICE, France, March 14, 2018 – When European psychiatrists arrived at Hotel Westminster in Nice for their annual congress, angry protesters were there demanding reform.
Some 150 members of the French chapter of international mental health watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) targeted psychiatry's “treating” normal childhood behavior and human emotion with dangerous psychiatric practices including electroshock and highly addictive psychiatric drugs.
CCHR opened their traveling exhibit Psychiatry: An Industry of Death to educate psychiatrists attending the convention and the general public on the on the history of psychiatry, including the pivotal role played by key German psychiatrists in creating the killing camps of the Holocaust. The exhibit also covers the use of psychiatric drugs as chemical straightjackets to silence political prisoners, and the lack of science in their labeling of normal behaviors as disorders that they then treat with experimental and hazardous drugs.
CCHR organized a conference where professionals discussed the state of psychiatry in France and the rest of Europe and the urgent need for additional oversight, prosecution and eradication of damaging practices.
A couple approached CCHR at the exhibit for help with their daughter. The child became aggressive and “like a zombie” after she was put on psychiatric drugs. They were relieved to learn that her personality change was likely a side effect of the drugs she was administered.
A law student wanted to learn more about the forced psychiatric commitment of children. He was briefed on one hospital in the south of France where children as young as five are taken from their families. He wants to work with CCHR to eradicate this abuse of parents' and children's rights and is now planning to meet with a judge on the subject.
Among those visiting the exhibit were 15 psychiatric students and psychiatrists in town for the congress. They toured the exhibit and agreed to the urgent need to eliminate such abuses as restraints and isolation rooms, ECT and the drugging of children.
Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a nonprofit charitable mental health watchdog co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and professor of psychiatry Dr. Thomas Szasz. It is dedicated to eradicating psychiatric abuse and ensuring patient protection.
With headquarters in Los Angeles, California, CCHR International guides a global human rights advocacy network of some 180 chapters across 34 nations. CCHR Commissioners include physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, lawyers, legislators, government officials, educators and civil rights representatives.
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