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CCHR Protests 2019 SA Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Convention
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Once again psychiatrists descend upon Johannesburg, this time for their 20th Congress of The South African Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (SAACAPAP). And once again they are confronted by members of CCHR South Africa, including; grandparents, fathers, mothers, teenagers and children – fighting to stop the destructive use of psychiatric “treatments” in South Africa.

The psychiatric convention was held at The Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg over a 3 day period, and clearly their main target was our future generations – our children.

Inside the psychiatric convention, psychiatrists were asked about their prescribing of drugs and ECT electro-shock to children. Although knowing how deadly these treatments are - as even stated on some of their own literature - the responses were simple nonchalant justifications that those are the risks.

During the 3 day convention psychiatrists were met with furore, not just from members of CCHR but from ordinary people off the street, who joined the protest.

Protesting The South African Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions SAACAPAP Convention

One woman picked up a placard and joined in because of her personal experience with psychiatric “treatments” that had just about ruined her daughter and almost ripped her marriage apart.

A mother and her 10 year old son approached saying her son had been on a cocktail of 3 psychiatric drugs, including Ritalin (see Ritalin side-effects), from when he was 7 years old. When asked, she said that her child wasn’t given any medical tests to determine any illness, just prescribed the drugs – which is all too common with psychiatric evaluations. No physical biological tests are done to determine any underlying cause.

Another mother contacted CCHR saying she was taking her child to see a psychiatrist but didn’t feel right about it. She didn’t think there was anything wrong with her child but was being pressurized by the school to put her 6 year old daughter on Ritalin because she is very energetic and she’s “disruptive”, as the only reasons they could give.
 
A passing father said “absolutely right, we must stop drugging kids.” He said his son would have been put on Ritalin had he not stopped it and that his son would have been a drug addict today if he hadn’t.

A woman parked her car to say how she had been intimidated into putting her son on Concerta - also known as Ritalin - (see Concerta side-effects) and couldn’t abide how it had altered his personality and functionality.

Another mother who was so concerned about making kids take psychiatric drugs joined in the protest by handing out booklets - about the dangers of these drugs - to other passers-by. She said,

"Ritalin in a lot of the private schools is prevalent. Teachers want the kids on Ritalin so that the class is quieter and easier to control. There are little boys in the class they have to take Ritalin every single day. They have to take an anti-anxiety tablet to counteract the Ritalin. They have to take headache tablets during the day because of the headaches that they get from the Ritalin. They have to take sleeping pills to go to sleep at night. They have to take an upper in the morning to get up in the morning to start the Ritalin cycle all over again.”

"Teachers request schedules from parents as to which drug to give and what time. A few years ago the one grade, one class, had 19 out of 25 kids on Ritalin. I don’t think children need to be drugged, they’re children. Everybody progresses differently, and everybody’s an individual… and stop being institutionalized and all made the same, and we all have to fit into the same little hole and it doesn’t work.”

These are just a few of the real life stories of ordinary South African parents being subjected to pressures from psychiatrists and schools to put their children on harmful psychiatric drugs such Ritalin.

South Africa has one of the highest rates in the world of prescribed stimulants for children labelled with so-called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says methylphenidate (Ritalin) is “closely related to cocaine.”

The stimulants can cause hallucinations, liver problems, seizures, stunted growth, psychotic or manic symptoms, and suicidal thoughts. Unlike for diabetes, heart problems or medical conditions, there’s no scientific test to prove that ADHD exists, as agreed by many doctors.

South African parents have the right to know about safe alternatives for their child and to ask their doctor about non-drug treatments. If you or anyone you know been intimidated or forced to take psychiatric medication or treatments then report it here.



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