BERLIN, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 1,000 people marched through Berlin
today in protest against the World Congress of Biological Psychiatry.
Organized by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), an international
watchdog group, protestors blamed biological psychiatry for psychiatrists
becoming legal drug pushers who generate a multi-billion dollar industry for
themselves. Over US $10 billion (11.7 billion ECU) were made in sales of
antidepressants and "anti-psychotic" drugs in 1999 alone. Stimulant use for
the bogus disorder, "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder" (ADHD) has
soared internationally. Children now sell their prescription drugs illegally
for $5 ($5.8 ECU) per pill to get high. In France, 3,400 one-year-olds have
been prescribed psychotropic drugs.
Millions more unnecessarily undergo drug treatments, psychosurgery, and
electroshock-the tools and trade of biological psychiatry.
The protest included people from France, Hungary, UK, Denmark, Sweden,
Holland, Germany and America.
Marla Filidei, Vice President of CCHR International said, "Psychiatry
should be held accountable for its questionable diagnoses and the devastation
left by its treatments. Psychiatrists create 'diseases'-supposed 'chemical
imbalances' for which no scientific proof exists-and drugs are developed to
'treat' them. Children are becoming legal drug addicts because of biological
psychiatry's false theories."
At the demonstration, one German mother referred to the psychiatric
hospital where her daughter was incarcerated and eventually died, "a torture
chamber." Other parents testified about their being children ruined by
psychiatric labeling, drugs and other treatments. Experts reported that
1,000 persons are committed to German psychiatric hospitals every year, many
against their will.
A truck carried child-like mannequins stuffed with psychiatric pills,
illustrating the drugging of millions of children. Grim Reapers and
gravediggers symbolized the tens of thousands of deaths while undergoing
brutal psychiatric practices. Large photos showed the cemeteries of German
psychiatric institutions. Protestors carried signs saying: "Psychiatric
drugs destroy the will to live," "Psychiatry Kills" and "Psychiatry: Death
instead of Help."
Elvira Manthey, the last survivor of the Nazi Brandenburg Havel
institution, could testify to this. She spoke of how she and her 3-year-old
sister, Lisa, were declared feeble minded and incarcerated by a Nazi
psychiatrist in 1938. Lisa died in the gas chambers, aged 4. Mrs. Manthey
called for psychiatric drug use in children to be abolished.
CCHR was established by the Church of Scientology in 1969.
MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here
SOURCE Citizens Commission on Human Rights