Guest writer speaks about ECT and reviews Linda Andre’s book: Doctors of Deception: What They Don’t Want You to Know About Shock Treatment

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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.

Doctors of Deception – by Linda Andre, book review

Secondly, not unlike other physicians, I am weary and critical of medical scientific writings by individuals whose background is not medical. With that preface, I opened and read this book with skepticism and no small measure of trepidation. What I discovered was something out of the ordinary. This book is brilliant analysis. It is successful on many levels, including its most important task: presenting an overview of the history, safety and efficacy of electro-convulsive therapy. The book is also a masterpiece of scientific writing.

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