May 16, 2015 International Protest of Electroshock

Nancy Rubenstein speaks from her personal experience about why she is supporting this day of protest. Additional information and another personal story are included in this post. [click on title to read more]

National Mental Health Coalition Calls “Today Show” Electroshock Segment One-Sided (press release)

The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) urges “The Today Show” to provide balanced coverage of the risks of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), in which grand mal seizures are electrically induced, usually to treat severe depression.

The NCMHR is responding to a one-sided segment about ECT that “Today” ran on August 20, 2013. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Response to Dr. Oz show on Electroshock (and a compelling video by someone who had ECT)

PRESS RELEASE: (and then follows a video of someone post ECT) The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) calls upon the producers of “The Dr. Oz Show” to provide balanced and truthful coverage of the risks of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), in which grand mal seizures are electrically induced, usually to treat severe depression.

“We are surprised that Dr. Oz would air such a one-sided show,” says NCMHR director Lauren Spiro, “as ECT remains one of the most controversial psychiatric practices.”

“Shock survivors” and many other mental health advocates assert that ECT’s disabling effects – including permanent memory loss and cognitive deficits – outweigh possible benefits, and call for potential ECT recipients to be told the risks so they can make an informed choice.

Minnesota Woman Says “No!” to Her Forced Outpatient Electroshock

This simply should not be happening, EVER. From yesterday, MindFreedom is starting an action to help stop a woman’s forced electroconvulsive “therapy.” Almost two years ago Mindfreedom along with supporters helped stop Ray Sanford’s forced “treatment.” Let’s make that happen even faster for Elizabeth. Elizabeth: “I have never believed in electroconvulsive therapy!” By coincidence: Today… Continue Reading →

F.D.A. Is Studying the Risk of Electroshock Devices

Background: Electroshock devices have been on the market since 1937, but have never undergone the approval process for safety and efficacy required by the FDA for devices of this type. These devices were “grandfathered” into the system when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration assumed jurisdiction in this area in 1976.

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