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What is it all about?
On May 16th Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA) held a demonstration against electroshock (ECT) in Toronto. This protest occurred internationally, in 28 cities around the world, and is organized by three shock survivors: Debra Schwartzkopff, Ted Chabasinski and Mary Maddock.
CAPA has a long history of initiating such demonstrations, including annual international ECT focused on women and the elderly. This particular protest is specifically targeting the American Psychiatric Association, which is believed to have constantly lied about shock therapy, claiming that there is no harm to the patient.
In fact, research has shown that shock always causes brain damage (Zarubenko et al., 2005), memory loss and cognitive impairment (Sackeim et al., 2007). There is also a consent issue involved, as patients are rarely (if ever) asked if they want to be treated with electroshock.
Who Are We Talking To?
The interactive interview is with Don Weitz, an insulin subcoma shock survivor, who has been an antipsychiatry activist for over 30 years. He is an active member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. The discussion touches upon the importance of the demonstration in Toronto and psychiatric “treatment” in general.