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.”
24 October 2015
12 May 2015
04 May 2015
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And many regard it as an outdated, barbaric treatment no longer in use.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
28 April 2015
MAY 16th INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST AGAINST SHOCK TREATMENT
Time: 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm
Place: Grey Nuns Community Hospital, 1100 Youville Drive West (3015 62 Street NW), Edmonton, Canada
On May 16, 2015, from noon until 3:00 pm, there will be a demonstration at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital against Shock Treatment. The demonstration will be part of a coordinated international event involving over thirty cities in nine countries on the same day. This historic event has been organized by three shock survivors: Ted Chabasinski from California, Debra Schwartzkopff from Oregon, and Mary Maddock from Ireland. Protests will begin in Rotorua, New Zealand, early on May 16, and end many hours later at an evening forum to be held in New York City.
02 April 2015
28 February 2015
The previous two posts on this blog may makes sense to those familiar with the Christian understanding of the human person. That is, a person is body and soul. For those unfamiliar with this idea, the following video of Dr. Alice von Hildebrand gives an excellent teaching on the subject.