The FDA has released a review of electrical stimulation devices used for behavioral therapy. “The FDA has grown concerned that serious risks of using these devices may outweigh the benefits for patients with limited intellectual ability or developmental disabilities,” said an FDA spokeswoman. A statement from the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, MA, the only facility currently using the devices, replies that “Without the treatment program at JRC, these children and adults would be condemned to lives of pain by self-inflicted mutilation, psychotropic drugs, isolation, restraint and institutionalization – or even death.”
Electrical Stimulation Devices for Aversive Conditioning (FDA Executive Summary)
FDA reconsiders behavior-modifying “shock devices” (CBS News)
FDA Considering Banning Shock Therapy (HNGN)
Divide and conquer. The only good thing about the Rottenberg case is that the legal briefs make references to the objective of getting hundreds of kids off psychotropic medications. This adds to the information circulating in the legal community about the harm to children of being on long term psychotropic medications. When my beautiful daughter was in a catatonic state once, the psychiatrist made the case for ECT, as an alternative that was worth pursuing, calling her meds ‘toxic’ Although he made the comment under his breath and he would probably deny saying on record anything that contradicted the party line about her meds, or that they may have contributed to her catatonia, the more we can get professional treatment providers to state on record that neuroleptics are toxic and make people chronically ill, the stronger the movement to demand safe, humane alternatives will become. The shock used at this facility is an abomination but the glimmer of hope is that it exposes even more how desperate professional treatment providers have become in treating ‘hopeless’ cases where behavior has become a real issue the more we know about the harm that medications can do to children
I appreciate your spirited dedication and advocacy regarding the dangers of psych medications, and am moved by your fierce advocacy for your daughter.
At the same time, as someone who has spent many years advocating for an end to the horrors of the practices of the Judge Rotenberg Center, I don’t think there are ANY good things coming out of the issue. I don’t believe that the fact that JRC is in favor of eliminating psychotropic meds is, in itself, a good sign. Maybe I’m just being cranky, but I think there should be some separation from the JRC issue and more large-scale (but extremely valid) protests of psych meds. The place is an abomination.
Best to you!
I found this by searching ‘former JRC student’ looking for testimonials.
Trigger Warning: Extremely detailed description of abuse and torture of a disabled person.
Are there any more ?
There are hundreds more – although many aren’t written out like this one. This and the videotaped incident that went to trial are regular occurrences at JRC.
Good you’ve added the trigger warning. Reading that makes me want to go and literaly do something really nasty to people who put me through some of this kind of torture. This feeling isn’t helped much by the fact that these same people are still working in the so called hospital and torturing others.
As an adult disabled by drug induced brain damage inflicted on me with psych drugs as a child, I would gladly trade it all for some electric shocks instead. At least electric shocks don’t cause irreversible brain damage and permanent movement disorders.
I’m sorry you experienced such damaging results from callous overmedication during childhood. However, I’d suggest reading the survivor’s letter linked to above by copy_cat before saying that ‘some electric shocks’ are preferable!
Wrong, if it’s head ECT – they do. “Mild” electric shock to extremities may not leave you brain damaged but they are essentially torture as well so trauma guaranteed. CIA used electroshocks to torture detainees for a reason, same as Chile’s dictatorial forces and many other human right abusers. Both drugs and shocks are horrible.
I’m afraid you’re too optimistic… Btw, I’d recommend everyone who has to deal with psychiatrists to carry around a small recording device in their pocket when talking to them. I wish I had that with me at the time, they wouldn’t get away from responsibility by fixing their documentation with straight lies.
As a boarding school survivor myself, I can’t even imagine the insane level of combined hatred and helplessness I would feel if someone shocked me with one of those things and I could not get at them and take revenge. I likely would be able to think of nothing else 24/7 365.
Also does anyone else get a eerie feeling and sense almost presence of evil when looking at photos of the inside of that place ? I think suffering leaves stains of sorts on a place.
Combined with a creepy factor like Michel Jacksons Neverland Ranch
I am off this thread, JRC is creeeepy evil … think about something else now time.
Just one more,
Psychiatry has been a sadist playground for centuries now that’s particularly attractive to abusers in that it combines the pleasures they get from sadism with those of self-righteousness.
Well, I’d say what a person with this combination of preferences is called but I’m afraid I’ll get censored again ;P.
That being said, I totally agree. Not every one of them is of course like that but there is no doubt there is a significant enrichment…
We can debate drugs vs shocks vs alterntives for a thousand years and it doesn’t matter, what they did to that kid in the “shock video” was as sick as sick gets.
They should all be in prison getting there own “medicine” tied down and shocked daily till they are dead as a warning to the next mad scientist sadist that puts on a show like that.
Aversive conditioning? Seriously? How about calling it what it really is: fear conditioning. Mild electroshock is used in rodent research as a classic paradigm for fear. You’re basically scaring the poor kids with painful shocks. Disgusting…
Btw, FDA CONSIDERS banning it? Are they f***ing insane? The people who were doing it should all be in prison active immediately. It’s not therapy, it’s torture and physical and psychological abuse. What kind of world are we living in?!? I feel really sickened now and I thought there are few things that can still make me that angry. And the parents of these kids? What the f**k are they thinking? If I had someone strap electrodes over my kid body and shock them for good behaviour I’d … (self censorship here). Affin’ insane.
Three Southern California police officers involved in the shooting death of a dog have been pulled off street duty after receiving death threats from outraged dog lovers.
The social media fallout from the Sunday shooting has the Hawthorne Police Department scrambling to protect its officers and also tell another version of the story. Police released a new video of the shooting taken from a different angle. They believe this alternative perspective will prove to viewers that the officer’s actions were justified.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/hawthorne-police-receive-death-threats-shooting-max-rottweiler-article-1.1390610
I think people generally care more about dogs than other people.
Thats why no one went to jail for torturing this kid.
If I shocked my dog like they shocked this kid and a video of it went viral on youtube …
I had better move to the south pole !
People don’t care about other people.
The Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures was a series of social psychology experiments conducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram. They measured the willingness of study participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts conflicting with their personal conscience.