11 January 2017

Turn it on again! Phil Collins reveals he uses controversial electroshock therapy as he plans his big comeback

An interesting story was published on the Daily Mail: Turn it on again! Phil Collins reveals he uses controversial electroshock therapy as he plans his big comeback. It was published 23:20 GMT, 30 December 2016 and updated 01:12 GMT, 31 December 2016, but I didn’t see it until around 18:30 MST, 11 January 2017. The article seems to imply that Phil Collins has been receiving the same controversial treatment that Carrie Fisher, who died a couple of days before this article was published, received and promoted. However, this article says Phil Collins is receiving this treatment to help “overcome problems with his spine, neck and arm” rather than so-called “Bipolar Disorder” like Carrie Fisher.

Upon a critical read of this confusing article, it seems the implied similarities between the physiotherapy treatment Phil Collins received and the psychiatric treatment Carrie Fisher received are all false.

28 December 2016

The Return of Stephen Normal

In addition to Carrie Fisher going into cardiac arrest a couple days before Christmas and then passing away two days after Christmas Day, Argentine film director and writer Eliseo Alberto Subiela passed away on Christmas Day. Eliseo Subiela wrote and directed the 1986 movie Hombre mirando al sudeste (Man Facing Southeast), which was featured in this music video by the fictitious character Dr. Stephen I. Normal:

Carrie Fisher

The news of Carrie Fisher going into cardiac arrest a couple days before Christmas followed by her death yesterday was rather disturbing within the psychiatric survivor community, particularly the ECT survivor community. I admit that I tend to live under a rock and don’t pay very much attention to news concerning movie stars and the entertainment industry in general. Nonetheless, Carrie was briefly mentioned on this blog a year and a half ago. She also became a topic of discussion at the beginning of December in some online forums I belong to. These discussions led me to write the following email to my daughters on December 6th:

24 October 2015

To Consider Before Getting Electroconvulsive Therapy

The following article was written by Steven Strnad. It is posted here with his consent, for which we are grateful.

This essay is composed in order to better inform the person considering electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) so that they may better understand the range of possible consequences and adverse affects that shock can have on their life and thus be in a better position to decide if ECT is the right treatment for them.  This paper is intentionally one-sided as the author hopes to properly inform persons regarding the harm that electroconvulsive therapy can and does regularly cause.  To emphasis the negative possibilities is appropriate and necessary as the psychiatric industry does not provide truthful information regarding the severity of the risks.  Presently, shock treatment is being presented as a safe and effective form of treatment even though it is neither.  Since it was first introduced, it has had devastating consequences.  This is the case presently during what proponents have termed “modified ECT.”

12 May 2015

Protect the Human Person

“All the great causes that are yours today will have meaning only to the extent that you grant the right to life and protect the human person.”

“Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”

04 May 2015

10 Myths and Facts About Shock Therapy

A controversial treatment

This post was inspired by an article on Health.com by Tammy Worth

When most people think of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), or shock therapy, they imagine a strapped-down patient writhing in pain. (Probably thanks to the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.)

And many regard it as an outdated, barbaric treatment no longer in use.

In fact, ECT is still in use, and why and how it’s used may surprise you. Here are some common myths and facts about the procedure.

02 May 2015

Damage Due to Electra Start

NOTE: While the following commentary on Harley Davidson is meant to be humorous and not to be taken seriously, the following commentary on Shock “Therapy” is very serious, and not at all funny. ECT is a violation of human rights, and no moral society can support its use, particularly on the vulnerable.