Hundreds Target Biological Psychiatry Conference in Germany: Announces CCHR

Jul 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Citizens Commission on Human Rights

    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.
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