electroshock, electroshock treatment, electroshock torture, electroconvulsive
brainwashing, ECT, EST, ECB, involuntary commitment, involuntary psychiatric
treatment, psychiatric treatment without
genuine informed consent
Activist Survivor Advisers
Electroshock causes death. Psychiatry often
says 1 in 10,000. The truth is a much higher death rate; some studies
show 1 in 200.
Electroshock always causes memory loss. The question is only how much.
Electroshock has no beneficial effects. (The supposed short-term benefits are in reality the immediate sign of brain damage.)
Electroshock often results in cardiovascular complications or epilepsy.
Electroshock poses extra risks for the elderly, who bear the brunt of the treatments, including higher mortality rates.
There is denial and minimization of harmful effects. The American Psychiatric Association 2001 Task Force Report on The Practice of Electroconvulsive Therapy states that "in light of the accumulated body of data dealing with structural effects of ECT, brain damage should not be included [in the ECT consent form] as a potential risk of treatment. This same report also states that, "a reasonable current estimate is that the rate of ECT-related mortality is 1 per 10,000 patients" The truth, is a much higher rate. So the APA recommends that patients be misinformed about two of electroshock's most serious potential risks. This is gross deception. Psychiatry’s professional organization gives no credence to the numerous human autopsies, brainwave studies, animal studies, clinical observations, and reports from electroshock subjects clearly demonstrating electroshock's brain-damaging effects. Nor does the APA offer any documentation substantiating its claim that electroshock’s mortality rate is “1 per 10,000 patients.”
A 1987 study by Benedict and Saks of the regulation of professional behavior regarding ECT in Massachusetts showed that "approximately 90% of ECT patients received treatment inappropriately, suggesting that the regulation of ECT administration is ineffective." Interestingly, the authors also reported that "the more familiar a psychiatrist was with threatened or instituted lawsuits involving ECT, and the more likely a lawsuit was thought to be, the greater was his or her departure from the guidelines." From this statement alone, I hope you will see why your investigation, control and oversight are so crucial. Psychiatry is incapable of policing itself. Many people become victims of this so-called "treatment" at a time in life when they are extremely vulnerable. At vulnerable times, people desperately need to trust and rely on others for help. Reaching out, they need complete safety and support. Often their only hope in such times is to trust the wisdom and guidance of the professionals to whom they turn for help.
Electroshock does not save lives, and is absolutely not necessary. There are many causes for depression. Some are physical and respond well to legitimate medical treatments for conditions such as diabetes, liver or kidney problems, or thyroid malfunction. Some are related to psychological trauma or grief and loss, and respond well to emotional healing techniques. Many are social and respond well to closeness and affection and renewal of community. These are good solutions, for the whole individual, and for the community, including our precious elders whom psychiatrists are most wont to electroshock.