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]
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]
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.
An alert from MindFreedom for us to take ACTION on the part of Elizabeth Ellis who is trying to avoid receiving electric shock. YES — people are still FORCED to get this “treatment.” Elizabeth is clearly capable of making her own decision. I’ve posted on this before and it’s time we do more. A judge… Continue Reading →
An expert panel advising the Food and Drug Administration decided Friday that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) machines should undergo the same rigorous testing as new medical devices coming onto the market – a decision that could drastically affect the future of psychiatry’s most controversial treatment.
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 →
Great commentary on the NYT’s article about electroshock therapy on One Community, One Family Blog. I covered the ECT article here, briefly. The author at One Community, One Family Blog points out that the New York Time’s gives lots of attention to psychiatrists who support ECT and very little mention of those who do not…. Continue Reading →
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.
In keeping with yesterday’s announcement about the FDA hearing for ECT machines (THEY’VE NEVER BEEN APPROVED!) I’m sharing a video that Liz Spikol did a few years ago. It’s a damning and compelling piece of work. She has a series of them on her experience with ECT. This is one of them: Click through to… Continue Reading →
This is the body of an email I got from Vince Boehm, written by Vince, regarding the FDA hearings for Electroshock devices. (used for electro-convulsive “therapy” or ECT) Wanted to pass on the information for anyone who might be able to testify. Background: Electroshock devices have been on the market since 1937, but have never… Continue Reading →