#FDAStopTheShockDevice: Sign the MindFreedom International Petition here:https://www.change.org/p/fda-stop-fda-from-down-classifying-the-shock-device-to-a-class-ii-device-stop-shock-treatment
Join 900+ Supporters saying #FDAStopTheShockDevice
Do Not Be FooledIt is important to understand that the psychiatric industry - the trade organization for the psychiatrists, the American Psychiatric Association--have their own campaign supporting the use of shock treatment on people that they assign as "depressed", "bipolar", "treatment-resistant", or "require rapid response".
They are threatened by the truth. This statement is from the American Psychiatric Association to its members in its push to support shock treatment:
"A similar reclassification proposal by the FDA in 2010 met significant resistance from anti-psychiatry groups and did not pass. That is why it is so important for psychiatrists to take the lead in expressing their views in regard to the role that ECT plays in clinical practice and in the treatment of major depressive disorder."The American Psychiatric Association tells its membership blatant lies: specifically they are arguing that the Shock Device is currently listed as "Class III (high risk)" and that what the FDA is proposing is to move them to Class II (low risk)".
Class III means that the device has never been tested for safety or efficacy (and is usually high risk).
Because the shock device existed prior to the FDA, it was grandfathered in as a Class III device.
There is a move at the FDA to either have all Class III devices moved to Class I (general controls) or Class II (special controls) devices--or-- taken off the market.
The American Psychiatric Association's claim to its membership that Class II is "low risk" is an outright lie.
Class II means that there are special controls put on a medical device to try to mitigate risk.
In the current case of the shock device, what the FDA is trying to do is say that by labeling the device with its known risks and brain and body damaging consequences, the risk is mitigated. This of course, is ludicrous.
Putting a label on a device will not mitigate the real risks of shock treatment.
What Psychiatric Survivors and Allies Are Doing
People who are psychiatric survivors, particularly people who are survivors of shock treatment, allies, and MindFreedom International members have held 9 national teleconferences since the FDA released the proposed rule, December 29, 2015.
We have created a petition stating that the FDA should not down-classify the shock device for any reason. We are also demanding that the FDA hold hearings about this proposed rule to down-classify the shock device. If this rule is put in place the use of shock treatment to soar.
What You Can DoPlease join the 900+ supporters who are calling on the FDA to do the right thing and not down-classify the shock device, and listen to those who have been damaged by those who subjected them to shock treatment.
Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/fda-stop-fda-from-down-classifying-the-shock-device-to-a-class-ii-device-stop-shock-treatment
Thousands Are Having Shock Treatment For Breakfast. #FDAStopTheShockDevice